Thursday, February 6, 2014

House hunting! Sorta...

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At this point in my life I can comfortably say I understand how those who are looking for a new home feel. I have also decided with a great degree of certainty, I have no desire to EVER partake in that process. 

Currently I am painstakingly attempting to find a barn. Like I said just as bad as house hunting. 

When I moved to the Bay Area I was blinded by the impressiveness of opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I love it here. But all those amazing companies/projects/schools come at a cost. Namely in the cost of EVERYTHING.

I was lucky enough originally to nab a spot quickly in the Stanford Red Barn. It was not until after I went to switch horses, accidentally giving up my coveted spot, that I realized the importance of it! 

Apparently every barn in this area either costs more than my rent (for a little perspective this is equivalent to a mortgage) or has a waiting list longer than the running airtime of Dr. Who.

Its also extremely difficult because NO barn in the area measures up to the wonderful Red a Barn.

I will have to keep frantically looking, as the pageant season heard up soon! 

10 comments:

  1. Ugh. Barn hunting is the WORST. I feel like it's even worse than house hunting because you not only have to like the property, but the staff and their routine as well... all I need are walls, a roof, electricity and running water -- the rest I can figure out myself!

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    1. Exactly! Like I got looked at as a crazy person when I said that I wanted lights in my stall... Sorry but we don't clip! Ha so many factors

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  2. Barn hunting is totally the worst. Good luck!

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  3. Barn hunting is no fun. But when you find a gem there isn't much better. Bummer that you lost your spot.

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    1. It is tragic.... Good thing is I will get it back at some point, patience was never my strong suit lol

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  4. L mentioned to me that you had a similar problem that I did with renewing your domain - would you mind emailing me? I have some questions about how on earth you were able to pay for it. I can't even find a number. Super frustrating. :) equestrianathart at gmail

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  5. I find barn hunting kind of exciting because I get to peer into all these different horse places that I wouldn't have gone too before. I'm actually pretty low maintenance in what I require for a barn (meaning, safe, good arena, good feed, but nothing fancy needed), because I figure I can always just trailer my horse once a week to a great lesson or clinic at a fantastic place (and will have more room in my budget for that if I go to a more humble barn), plus I find that barn drama is less at more low-key places. Whenever I've been in that situation I find it so funny to have my gorgeous warmblood saunter down aisles past backyard ponies and rundown old beloved equines. Being a convenient drive from my house is one of my numero uno factors, so I can spend as much time at the barn as possible, and not eating up in driving time! Good luck in the search!

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