Though we were confident we'd find a place, we were each getting worried because we couldn't quite agree on which flats we liked. Finally we found what I thought was an incredible house with a three minute walk to the Ealing Broadway Tube station. It looked really nice, had two reception rooms (American: living rooms), a decent kitchen, two large bedrooms on the first floor (American: second floor) and a converted loft on the second floor (American: third floor). Attached to the kitchen is a beautiful conservatory with a lovely glass roof, perfect for a breakfast nook and there's a lovely, private garden out back. On top of that, it seems under priced for the area by a couple of hundred pounds per month.
As we left, I knew it was where I wanted to live, but then Bob spoke up. He asked if I wanted to have another look at the "garden flat". It was a decent flat we had seen earlier in the day, but with an incredibly gorgeous garden out back. I loved the garden, but really didn't care about the flat. My heart sank. Once again, Bob and I weren't quite agreeing. I said "sure, let's go". So we did.
After touring it once again, Bob asked what I think. I replied "top choice, hands down, is the house we just left."
Bob sighed in relief. It was his top choice, too. We just made an offer and it was accepted a couple of hours later. We move in May 11th. We now have a home.
Oh, and I can have a cat, too :)
After a bit of negotiating, I'll pay a bit more and get the master bedroom (the other one is still a decent size). It has an en suite bathroom, but you can't walk directly into it because you have to walk through the large wardrobe to get to it. This place has so many fantastic nooks and crannies and just plain old quirks that it feels wonderful.