Dang, I didn't think I'd find myself in this thread for a while. But here I am.
Here's the lowdown. Moved from Milwaukee to Madison last summer for a new gig. The roommate is still commuting back to MKE twice a week and home-officin' the rest of the time.
At the time we rented a condo from a dude who was moving to Atlanta. We knew the joint for sale at the time, but as dude said, "It's not gonna sell, it's been for sale for a year already."
It was a good place 854sq feet. 2 bedrooms, $1050/month, which was killer for it's location and condition. But it sold. We started looking to replacements. Everything that kept me within walking distance of my office was either a college dump or approaching $2000/month. Even living out in PassingGas' old hood put us at $1300 and the need for a second car. It was when we found an "ideal" place for $2250 that we decided to consider buying a joint.
So now we have one. We're closing on the 23rd of July. It's an 1154sq ft rambler (I believe). 3 bedrooms. Built in 1958. Detached garage, rad asian-esque screened-in zone, nice lawn with a decorative pond. Super landscape possibilities. The kitchen is small-ish and the floor in it is fucking crazy. But whatever.
The flooring guys are coming in immediately after closing to redo the hardwoods. Superwide, 6-inch planks with all the nailheads visible and in line. It's sharp. There are some things to be done it, but we're stoked.
I'm sure plenty of pics will be coming.