For Ken and Karen Drzymala, their move to a townhouse on the Buffalo waterfront began with a trip to the Erie Basin Marina - for ice cream.
At the time, they were living in a ranch-style house in the suburbs where they raised two daughters. They were not shopping for a new home.
Then they saw an open house sign and decided to take a look. That's all it took. They made an offer.
"Our first house was in the city. We always loved the waterfront, so it must have been in the backs of our minds when we became empty-nesters. We always took our daughters there when they were growing up for ice cream and to ride the bike path," said Karen Drzymala, a retired Buffalo teacher, in a phone call.
Nearly 13 years later, Ken Drzymala, who worked in manufacturing, has one word to describe their townhouse: perfect.
Now retired and the grandparents of four granddaughters, the Drzymalas know they made the right move at the right time.
Ken Drzymala described their home this way in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our "Home of the Week" online feature:
“It’s a perfect two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath with water views out the back. It's maintenance-free and perfect for our retirement years.
“Being a tri-level makes it a healthy 32 stairs. Ninety percent of our townhouse consists of hardwood floors.
“The cost of heating and cooling is a saving considering that it’s a four townhouse unit ... simply a beautiful arrangement. It’s the best purchase we ever made,” he wrote.
Do you love your house enough to show it off like Ken and Karen Drzymala did? This could be your chance.
The Buffalo News is looking for other beautiful local homes and the stories behind them and their décor.
Those chosen will be displayed in a weekly feature at buffalonews.com and could be chosen as Home of the Month with a spread in a Sunday edition of The Buffalo News.
If you are interested, tell us about your home in 150 words or less, and email 10 images (in .jpg form) of the interior and exterior to email@example.com.
Those chosen for BuffaloNews.com will be contacted by Home and Style Editor Susan Martin. A phone number is helpful. Single-family homes, condominiums, lofts and apartments are eligible.
The News will include your name and the city or town in which you reside but not your exact address.
*Look back at last week's Home of the Week, below, or click the tag to see all of them.
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