The Trout family is moving. Although we are only moving about six miles from our current home, it is a big production. When searching for a new house, we utilized all the normal criteria. We considered location, character, charm, condition, privacy, number of bedrooms, the kitchen and all the other characteristics that matter. The Airstream added another dimension to our search. There was only one relevant question in that regard? Will it fit?
We have a good setup in our current home. We can park it on the curb and the neighbors don't mind as long as we don't overstay our welcome. We have a 30 amp plug at the house and always bring it home to prepare for a trip. We can charge it, stock it, and fill the water tanks before our trip. This is something we did not want to lose in our new home.
Our current setup looks something like these photos below.
So our search began.
We looked at new homes. The cost of building is pretty high in Washington Township, Ohio and we wanted a wooded lot. That is a tall order in our community which is mostly built out. This home was beautiful inside but way too expensive and notice the lack of trees. The Airstream would have fit in the long driveway but the home did not work for us.
We searched homes in existing neighborhoods. This home was in a great neighborhood, well built and the Airstream would have fit in the long driveway. However, this home did not have that intangible character we were looking for. The backyard would have accomodated the Airstream but that would not have made us popular even with a carraige house.
We even looked at homes we could not afford like this one straight out of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The Airstream would have been tricky here. There was a long narrow driveway behind the home. Are you seeing a pattern? We like older homes with character.
Then we found the one. It had character, charm, grace, a beautiful lot and the right layout. It was built in 1810 and we fell in love instantly. However, we had the Airstream to consider. There was definitely enough land to store it on site but getting in would be tricky. The front of the house contains a stone wall constructed before the Civil War. All paths lead through that gate.
This is where we want to store it if we can get it back here. That may require some modifications.
In the end, the Airstream fit. It did not go in exactly as we planned and we had to stop traffic but we got it in. In a future post, I may be discussing how I move this thing once we back it in to the driveway. For now, I am grateful that it fits.
Our new adventure will begin this fall but I will miss the place and this easy spot to park in.