Moving Again… Gresham Village

So, just after 5 short months living in the house in Cromer, we are leaving.   I’ll just say the lack of maintenance, ownership and professionalism from either the Catholic Church (including the Priest of the parish) and the property management team.The fact that the Church is extremely active with three masses a week – while being told that there are no masses and only a couple meetings a month is a complete lie. The leaking shower, decaying wall corners, numerous mold issues, smelly drainage which leads to the discovery of a septic tank, rotting floor boards due to poor drainage out back, being told we have to prune all the trees are they are “eye sores” for those in Mass.  It really goes on & on and we’ve had enough and took the out when offered.

Front of our current house

We did some searching around for a home for us in Cromer & Sheringham and West Runton, to keep close to the beach and the larger towns, but there was nothing available for us.  We did, however, find a semi-detached house in Gresham Village!  It’s perfect for us as we can WALK the kids to school! This is going to be extremely helpful when I have to drop both kids off at 8:40 am, head back at 12:00 pm to get Maebh and then return at 3:10 pm to get Soren.  On really rainy days, perhaps we’ll drive or just bundle up in our wet gear (we are in the UK after all).   Sure there is no shops nor a pub in walking distance, but I’m okay with that too.  Plus rent is cheaper, heating is cheaper, council tax is cheaper and petrol costs will go down due to walking the kids to & from school.

View of the house on the (right side) from the backyard.
Back garden – Wendy House, old swings and a firepit too. 
Built in BBQ area – need a table for this area.
Living room – we’ll find a place for a desk here too.
This is where they have a second set of couches.  We’ll put the table there.
Where they have the dining table is where we’ll make the kids play area.
My kitchen.  We’ve asked if they can plumb a space for a dishwasher.  In addition to the washing machine
spot and a last spot for the dryer. We’ll put the fridge on the side.
This will be Maebh’s bedroom – see the black and silver wall paper.
This will be Soren’s bedroom.
This will be our bedroom.
Family bathroom upstairs.  A toilet & sink downstairs.

The house is nothing like the house we’re living in now, with all the extra space, but that is okay.  In fact, we both agree, it is a mix of our places in Winthrop & Beverly. It has the openness of both homes, where I can cook dinner, see the kids in the play area, living room, dining room and backyard. The backyard has a built in BBQ with a paved area (I love this part), step down to a grass section with a Wendy House for the kids, an old swing set which I would have tossed (but they love it) and it has a small pond, which will be drained right after we move in.   While it was not deep, we’d rather not have the open water with our kids so we’ll fill it up with a sandbox with a lid when we pick one up.

The above photos from the family who lived there before us so it will look different when we move in.  We’ll keep up the wall paper on the two walls and if we hate it, we’ll remove it when the time comes.   You’ll see they have their dining area on the left side of the family room area and a second seating area on the right side – we’ll swap the two.  I’d rather have the dining area closer to the kitchen and carve out a space for the kids to have a play area.  No need for two sets of couches in our house. I’m on the hunt for an IKEA Expedit shelf with drawers to hold their toys and stuff.  Plus we’ll put some toys out in the Wendy House.

We just got word that we’ll take possession of the house on Friday, August 30th – and then we’ll move in that Saturday.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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