We got the house! We still have to finish all the paperwork and make sure all the ducks are in their line, but we got it! There was a waiting list, and I had resigned myself to the fact that it might not work out. And besides, I had found the Architectural Digest house. Jeff went to see said AD house, and while it was great, it was a lot smaller than we would need and very hard to get to. Plus with the exchange rate the rent would have tipped the scales at almost $5,000/month. Wowzers.
But it all worked out:-) Without further rambling (man can I ramble), here she is!
It is built on a hill, so the finished basement opens up to a (little) fenced in yard with a covered patio! SCORE! Picture of basement:
The first floor has the kitchen, living/dining room and a tatami room. There is also a nice sized deck that overlooks a beautiful wooded area. Jeff said it was so green and hilly. Here is a picture of the living room with the tatami room off to the side:
Bathroom upstairs (the shower and bathtub are in the adjoining room). And yes, that is the washer in the bathroom. Very typical in a Japanese house. There is another deck off of the shower room as well. We assume it is meant to dry your clothes:
So that gives you a pretty good idea of what a modern home in Japan looks like. And, in Japanese standards, it is HUGE at 1784 sqft. I feel so very lucky that we get to live in this house for a few years. And being around all of that green is going to be paramount. Even in Misawa, a farming community, it was rare to see so much green from your home. Besides the fields everything was covered in cement. I have to say, it got a little depressing. So to have not one but three decks (there is one off of the master bedroom as well) plus a covered patio... we are very lucky.
Now, who wants to come visit?!