ANDERSON — Three years ago Chuck and Sandy North left their 60-acre property in Farmland in search of a different school system for their grandchildren. Raising a second set of kids changed their priorities and their lifestyle.
Rachael, now 10, is deaf with cochlear implants and needed to be in a school district that would transfer her to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in Indianapolis. This meant the new home needed to be in the Frankton/Lapel school district. She and her brother, Dustin, now 15, also prompted the Norths to place child-friendly elements on the must-have list during the house hunt.
“Moving into a new area, we wanted a place where the grandchildren and their friends would want to be,” said Sandy, mentioning the importance of the pool. “We wanted to know where they were and what they were doing. And I love the water. I used to teach swimming.”
In addition to the opportunity to splash in the pool with friends, the three-acre property supplies plenty of space to explore and play games. While the land is significantly smaller than what the couple was accustomed to, it also requires much less upkeep.
“We feel like we are on a farm but without the chores,” said Sandy, an aide on a bus for special needs students going to Hinkle Creek Elementary School in Noblesville. “We have so much space here.”
A basketball court in the haymow offers the opportunity for even more fun.
But Chuck and Sandy didn’t sacrifice all their adult desires in favor of pleasing the children. The grace and elegance of the high ceilings and wide trim of the farmhouse built in 1923 is the perfect backdrop for the antiques the couple likes to collect.
“When I walked in this living room, I felt my mom touch my shoulder,” said Sandy. “It looks like the one I grew up in. I love this home.”