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Old 05-21-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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I imagine many of the forum members have wondered what happened to me...

I was house hunting. I had to quit the Internet and put my full focus on my problem. The Southern California real estate market has gone crazy! For every house on the market there are dozens of buyers fighting over the properties. There are psycho bidding wars. No house sells for anything under thousands over the asking price. If the seller asks 300 they get 350, if they ask 350 they get 400...

I finally found my dream home and I offered a peremptory amount over the asking price, and I got the house! I'll be moving in early June! I'm moving to Valencia, CA, in the pretty Santa Clarita Valley in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County.

As soon as I get established in my new home I'll resume an active participation in the forum. I can't wait to get my kitchen back!!!


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Old 05-21-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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welcome back gwc.

good luck in your new house.

does it have a nice kitchen?

we need pics.

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Old 05-21-2013, 04:50 AM   #3
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Hi Greg, nice to have you back

Good luck with move into your lovely sounding new home
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:45 AM   #4
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Welcome back!
Congratulations on your new home!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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How exciting for you Greg! Glad you are back!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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Good to see you, Greg! Great news about the house! Can't wait to see kitchen pix!
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:01 PM   #7
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Well good for you Greg.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:06 PM   #8
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Nice to see you again, Greg!
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #9
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Good-o, for Greg who used to cook will again be Greg Who Cooks!
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #10
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Thanks all!!!

The kitchen is nice but it will take a little work to make it great. It's got a very nice white tile counter in the kitchen but it's screaming "I want granite!!!" Part of the kitchen counter comes out in an L-shape with two bar stools so my guests can chat with me while I cook. Double sink, dish washer, electric oven and gas cook top. (Somebody tell me if I can get a gourmet quality cook top to drop in, I'm game to go into the steep prices to get something fantastic!) Refrigerator spot is sized for double door refrigerator.

My kitchen looks out over the family room, the dining room is diagonal (both FR and DR at back of the house, MBR upstairs at back). Vaulted ceilings, it's a great house and a very large yard (for my dog), at least large in LA County terms. Beautiful community with all my favorite restaurants and stores, all within several minutes drive. (Okay Trader Joe's is 4-5 miles away.) Everything considered it's the best house I could ever get and its the best house I'll ever have, and probably my last house too. I expect to live there for the next 20-25 years or however long I'm granted on this planet.

I should be well on my way to rejoining the cooking community in late June.

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