Most people celebrate April 15th as the day their taxes are due. But for Kim and I it's also the day we closed on our house – back in 2005. It was the end of a year long process for us because we bought our house before it was built.
K. Hovnanian was about to build a new development in Old Bridge, NJ and were selling homes based on specs and artist representations. Since we were getting in on the ground floor – literally – the price was right. After the homes were built the prices jumped nearly 100,000k.
We chose a house in a cul-de-sac with a backyard connecting to a forest – a conservation easement – so we'd never have to worry about neighbors. Every few weeks Kim and I would drive to Old Bridge from our Manhattan apartment to see the progression of our house.
April 15th, 2005, it was ours to move in to. We took that "American Gothic" photo (above) and sent it to family and friends with our new address. We also shot a little video, letting people know we moved...
Did you happen to see the two Toyota billboards in the video? Mine.