God is good (all the time)! Our prayer to have housing when we get to Boston has been answered. We will be living in military housing on Hanscom Air Force Base - which is a totally new adventure for us since we've never lived "on-base" at any other duty station we've been assigned to. As much as we've liked finding our own place to live in the past, we simply didn't have many (or any!) options this time around because it's so incredibly expensive there.
Before you hit up the floor plan and limited (unprofessional) pics from the website below, I'll share some pros and cons for this future abode of ours.
+ 1900 sq feet...the most we've had in the last 4 homes was 1500 sq feet
+ Air conditioning!!!
+ 3 bedrooms with big closets
+ Upstairs laundry with a sink
+ Double sinks in both upstairs bathrooms
+ Tons of storage, including a mudroom...never had one of those
+ Attached 2-car garage (quite convenient when loading a toddler in the car during a blustery nor'easter)
- Interior unit of a four-plex, which means we share walls on both sides.
- It's "builder basic", and by thrifty government standards that means linoleum, cheap carpet, chalky white paint, boob lights, and discount laminate
- Very limited natural light on bottom floor
- Tiny kitchen with no pantry
- Carpeted dining space
- Awkward layout on bottom floor - Where do you float a couch in this place??? Especially when you want it to be across from a TV cabinet???
- Limitations/restrictions on painting, putting nail holes in walls, changing hardware, and updating fixtures
Overall, more pros than cons. But, it will definitely be a major decorating challenge! (see pictures below...)
I'm thinking I'll definitely switch the "dining" space with the "great room" space next to the kitchen because the table needs to be close to the doorway of the kitchen vice around the corner and through the woods.
View from Front Door
Looking in to Dining/Living Space...
Any thoughts, friends? I've been lying awake at night rummaging through furniture layout ideas in my head. Once we get there I'm sure we'll have a better idea of where things should go, but I'm a wee bit of a (mega) planner.
Anyone else ever live on a military installation? Most of our friends who have, say they love the close-nit neighborhood feel, so we're really looking forward to that part of it. Oh, and they have an indoor splash pad and some awesome parks for some crazy cool progressive park parties (like progressive dinners, minus the food and wine). After all, that's the way we roll most days...