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For almost 20 years our home was a small condo in the costal San Diego. We loved there, our kids grew up there. However, with time life style changes, priorities change and most importantly community and neighbors have changed (and not to the good side). COVID was sort of the last drop and we have started looking for more room, less neighbors and no HOA. Here it means in land, far in land. It would not work pre COVID, but with my wife and kids telecommuting to work and school and me in the lab every other day we got some flexibility.

Even then it was not easy. I guess the same thought occurred to a few more people, and with less houses on the market due to COVID it was combat house hunting all the way. For a few months all houses coming up at reasonable prices were snatched in the first few days with bidding wars. You should have seeing the prices they have bid up to, completely crazy!

We were really down and frustrated, but with some thinking out of the box and some luck we did managed to buy a house. Realtors have this thing where they can see new listings 24 hours before they hit all real estate websites. So, we made above the list price offer 8 minutes after it was prelisted (at 7 am in the morning) and the sellers have accepted it an hour later. They were in a rush to sell and move to Tennessee. We saw the house for the first time next day. :D

It was build in 60s, in stages, and as result has lots of character, which we love. It sits on the hill and no matter where you go inside or outside you have to walk stairs, lots of stairs. Built-in cardio! It got solar which delivers more power than we use, orchard with oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes, tangerines (basically, all citruses you can think off), grapes and avocados and garden to grow veggies. AND, lots of space to store and deploy telescopes. :D

Now, what I did not get are the dark skies. On a positive side they are a bit darker (Bortle 6) and I got way more clear view in particular south. Also the climate is dryer and more predictable than on the coast. I expect more clear nights with less humidity.

Here are the views form our porch and dining room window.
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Looks perfectly lovely! Congratulations.
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Wonderful!

Looks really nice Bigz!
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Sounds great! Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures!

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Congratulations ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰
Looks lovely, welcome home ๐Ÿก
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Congratulations Bigzmey, I hope you and the family love the new home!
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Very nice, and congrats for success!
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That looks like a lovely home.

I'm pleased you've settled in.

Good luck for the future.
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Congratulations, your new home looks lovely.
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Thanks everyone!
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
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Cool, looks great ๐Ÿ‘we took a similar leap seven years ago and ended up in the friendliest place we have ever lived. May that happen to you too.
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I know that view. Wait a minute...Did you buy my old place? Does the neighbor still have the peacock? ๐Ÿ˜€
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Andrey,

Congratulations. Looks very nice. Hope you'll all be very happy and safe there.

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Looks like a great new home Andrey! And with better skies to the south and less fog I'm sure you will be able to get in more observing from home.
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Hi Andrey. A big congratulations on the new home. It looks beautiful and the surrounding countryside is superb. Thanks for your report Andrey, and the best of wishes on your new dwelling place.
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Looks great and you have your own *citrus* trees! Congrats!
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Shabadoo wrote: โ†‘Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:17 pm I know that view. Wait a minute...Did you buy my old place? Does the neighbor still have the peacock? ๐Ÿ˜€
Congrats!
The neighbor has goats and we got chickens!
We also hear horses and donkey near by. Strangely no peacocks. :lol:
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helicon wrote: โ†‘Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:03 pm Looks like a great new home Andrey! And with better skies to the south and less fog I'm sure you will be able to get in more observing from home.
Thanks Michael! Seating on the hill also helps. I already managed a couple of sessions. Feels much nicer than my old location.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
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Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 2106 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1635, S110: 77). Doubles: 1385, Comets: 18, Asteroids: 95
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Very cool. The citrus orchard would be a big selling point for me. My wife and I have a very edible yard - but only in the summer!
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KingNothing13 wrote: โ†‘Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:08 pm Very cool. The citrus orchard would be a big selling point for me. My wife and I have a very edible yard - but only in the summer!
Thanks Brett! After living most of my life in apartments and condos, it is really refreshing to walk out from the front door, pick up a few fruits and squeeze a glass of orange juice or mix a margarita. :D
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
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Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric; AltairAstro: Positive lock prism.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
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