So, in this sideways two-step, backwards cha-cha, there might actually be progress on the house project. The two recours against the project were rolled into one, and then adjudicated. The Tribunal de Premier Instance rejected all the concerns of the plaintiffs. That was November. In January, in a 14 degree (celsius) living room, I started… Continue reading Progress?
Planning permission did not go according to plan
Happily, in April, on the recommendation of the excellent environmental engineer I was working with, I started working with an architect. It has been a very happy relationship so far. The dossier to ask for construction permits and authorization was submitted yesterday. Now we wait. It will take about 60 days for the dossier to… Continue reading Latest news on the house
A suspensive sale is not uncommon, but nor is it the most straightforward. The family did find the one niece that the notaire couldn't. But, there was supposed to be a ninety day window in which the five nieces and nephews could contest the sale, but because math is hard, there was only a sixty… Continue reading Non-traditional house purchases
I had been searching, combing through the various website for months. My budget was on the bottom end of the range, so I knew I would have to be patient. Buying off-plan didn't really enter onto my radar. New builds tend to have very small rooms. I currently live in a beautiful two bedroom, one… Continue reading How did I find this precise house?
I have lived in Geneva for a long time. Moved into a lovely if over-priced apartment when I arrived, and have been here since. The housing market always seemed way out of reach for me. I'm from NoVa, and even compared to that, the Geneva market is batshit. And the Swiss real estate market operates… Continue reading Why was I looking for a house
And I still own the house. I still have no clue what I'm doing, and it is abundantly clear that I have made some very poor life choices (I'm turning 44 in a couple of weeks, if I hadn't made some poor life choices at this point, I would be disappointed). I'm not sure the… Continue reading It’s been a year…
I'm not really sure, to be honest. Be forewarned, I do swear a lot. Probably not as much in writing as in conversation, but blue is not just a color I look nice in. I bought a house. In Geneva. I am happy to answer any questions anyone might have about that process, but please… Continue reading What the hell am I doing?