June 17, 2009
After having our house on the market for a month (which I know isn’t that long at all, especially in the market right now, but OMG IT FELT LIKE AN ETERNITY) we finally got an offer last week while we were at the beach and now have an agreement on our house. Which means! We’re moving in like, 8 weeks or so. TO THIS.
(The pictures aren’t the greatest, but they’ll do for now. They’re from the realty website!)
The front of the house- complete with a (fake) balcony over the front porch, off of the bedroom that will be Maggie’s. It really drives Dan nuts that it’s just a pretend one.
Welcome to the entry! It’s big! And bright! Hardwood floors! After 5 years of our teeny tiny entry that requires some advanced yoga maneuvering in order for anyone carrying more than a small purse to enter the house, this will be very very nice.
The dining room. We are so getting rid of the light fixture. Not that it’s ugly (the exact same light is actually in the entry way- 2 for one sale, I guess?) But it’s just way too big and fancy for the room.
The ginormous living room. SERIOUSLY. It looks big in these pictures partly because they use a wide-angle lens to take the pictures, but no joke, it’s huge. I’m not entirely sure what we’re going to fill it with yet. Probably Maggie’s toys, at least for a while. And maybe my little writing desk in the corner? And at some point, couches.
The kitchen. Pretty standard- the cabinets are really nice and there are lots of them. I love the island! Not a huge fan of the countertops or the appliances, but they definitely don’t need replaced right away. And that bulkhead thing on the ceiling above the island is probably going to go at some point, it serves no purpose that we can tell and makes the room seem kind of closed in.
Another view of the kitchen. Going to need to get a little table for in here!
Butler’s pantry in between the kitchen and dining room- this I LOVE. Extra counter space, storage, and on the right side of this picture is the FIRST FLOOR LAUNDRY. OMG.
Side story: Originally we (okay, full disclosure: it was really just me) were planning to buy a brand new washer and dryer when we moved to a new house. We bought a set used when we moved 5 years ago, and they were already 4 or 5 years old. Well, the cats broke our dryer and we had to buy a new one, so now our dryer is kind of new, but the washer is getting old. So we thought, hey! Include those with the sale of the house! And I can get some of those fancy new ones that dry your clothes in 5 minutes and you can wash a gazillion towels at once! Except: the buyers of our house don’t need a washer and dryer. SO BOO. I get to keep them. There goes my excuse to buy nice shiny new ones.
Maybe I can invite the cats back to break the dryer again. hee. JUST KIDDING.
On to the family room! I love love love the wood floors. And the windows. And the hugeness of it all.
Dan’s litmus test while we were house hunting was this: Can we have a Steeler party in this room? We have a pretty large family- both sides, actually- and until now it’s been hard to have more than 10 or so people in our house (though I did have a baby shower last year with 25 women and kids and wow was that a tight fit!) (that’s what she said.) We saw a lot of houses where we loved a lot of things, but the living room and family rooms were just way too small. This one? Is lovely and spacious and we are very much looking forward to hosting our first Steeler party there. Good thing we move in right before the season starts! woo!
Upstairs! The master bedroom- more wood floors (swoon!) and get this: we each have our OWN WALK-IN CLOSETS. SERIOUSLY. ONE ALL TO MYSELF. You have no idea how excited I am about this. Growing up, I had about 3 feet of closet space for my clothes, plus one drawer, plus one of those cardboard drawer organizer things. Then I went to college and had maybe a little more space than that. And even now in our house, we share a normal sized closet, so I have about 3 feet for hanging stuff, 1 small dresser, and the shelf space under my clothes in the closet. Dan’s stuff is always TOUCHING MINE and everything falls out because it’s over-stuffed and my drawers don’t shut so there are bra straps and tshirts sticking out all the time… a whole closet to myself? I AM ALL OVER THAT.
Master bath- garden tub, shower stall, we each have our own sink (!!!!) and vanity, and there’s a nice big closet for storage. AND A WINDOW. The floor is a little meh– vinyl, but it’s not ugly vinyl so we’ll keep it for a while. Eventually we’ll probably upgrade the counter tops and sinks to boost the fancy-ness of it all, but that’s way down the road.
Our bathroom situation now: I use the main bathroom in the hall, and Dan uses our ridiculously tiny ‘master’ bathroom (I say ‘master’ in quotes because seriously? You can barely turn around in there. Every time I sit on the toilet, I end up hitting my head on the wall when I go to stand up.
Maggie’s room! Can you guess why? ha! Eventually I’ll probably paint to tone down the pink (SO MUCH PINK) But she’ll like it for now and maybe when she gets a little older and is in her toddler bed, we can pick out new bedding and redecorate everything to match. But until then, MOVE IN READY!
Another bedroom. Ready to go for a boy! ha No immediate plans for that yet, and I’d probably redecorate for a new baby anyway. But it’s a nice size room and right across the hall from the master, so it will work great for a nursery when the time comes.
Fourth bedroom- a little small, but I love the window seat. This will probably be an office.
Upstairs bathroom. Not really much to say here. It’s a bathroom! yay!
Powder room off of the kitchen. I am super excited to be able to direct guests into a bathroom that doesn’t have our toothbrushes out on the counter.
This. THIS IS WHAT SOLD US. The yard is fantastic. It’s private and level and huge. For the area where we live, trying to find a yard with all three in our price range seemed impossible. When we found it, we were hooked.
The deck is pathetic. Please don’t laugh at it, you’ll hurt its feelings. It’s small and doesn’t even have steps down to the yard. That will be Major Project #1. I have plans, baby.
Not pictured: The unfinished basement (that’s the door in the picture of the deck). We’re contemplating adding a 5th bedroom down there (more for resale than anything else), definitely a powder room and a game room, possibly a fireplace. I think it’s large enough to do all of these things if we arrange it right. In the meantime, it’s big and clean and square, so it will work for Dan’s gym equipment and storage until we save up to do something awesome down there.
So! There it is. The inspection is this Friday morning, and I don’t anticipate any major issues- the house is only 5 years old. Once our inspection is finished, our buyers will schedule their inspection of our house. And unless there are any dramatic issues there (hopefully none, but you never know) and as long as everyone’s mortgage stuff goes through okay, we’ll be closing on both houses August 14.
I am starting to get really excited. I wasn’t letting myself get excited because we really didn’t know if it would happen, even after we found the house. It all came about rather unexpectedly- finding a house we liked this much in the school district we wanted with all of the features we were looking for so quickly? Seemed impossible. But it happened and we are so so happy.
So who wants to come help us move?