4.25.2012

Hello there, Classic Mid-Century Tudor…

You are ours :)

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Well, pending inspection, closing, and all that technical stuff, but we have a contract and are scheduled to close June 5th.

This all went very fast and I’m still taking it in, but I’ll give you the short version… We contacted our realtor to start the house hunt last week. This one popped up on the market Friday. We saw it Sunday, made an offer Monday, and it was finalized Tuesday!

I can’t tell you how hard it was for me to commit to the first house we saw, but that’s the nature of the market here - the best homes sell before the sign is even in the yard. Typically I’d want to “shop around” to make sure it’s what I wanted but there were 2 other couples making offers on this home so we didn’t have that luxury.

We had to look at the house by itself and ask if it fit our criteria…

  • Desirable neighborhood and great schools? Yes. The schools are highly rated and the elementary and middle are with walking distance. I love that all the garages open to a back ally road. It keeps the streets safe and friendly… So many younger families are moving in to these old areas. Every other house has a swing in the front yard tree, and neighbors are out everywhere talking across the street to each other. It’s like stepping back in time 50 years, or so I imagine…
  • Size and floor plan? 4br/3bth, lots of extra living areas… Yes.
  • Great backyard and trees? Oh yes. One of the strongest selling points. The backyard is really big for this area and 4 HUGE trees keep the entire lot shaded. Be still, my Tennessee heart. It has that great, soft, always-green St. Augustine grass, too.
  • Fairly up-to-date and well-kept? Yes. We’ll add a few updates before moving in, and a few others will be more long-term projects. I’m looking forward to getting in there and making it ours.
  • Exterior? I never saw myself in a Tudor-style. I was thinking more along the lines of front porch and shutters… But I was surprised by how much I liked this in person; especially the brick work and roof. An updated solid wood door and new lanterns will make it just perfect.

Here are a few *sneak peeks* I snatched from the realtor site…

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My favorite things about the house besides the layout and the backyard is the wood floors throughout downstairs and the great closet and built-in storage space.

Not only did it meet our criteria but it was priced to sell. After sleeping on it Sunday night we decided to put in our best offer and trust God that if it worked out it was the right move… I guess it is :)

Although we close on June 5th, the seller’s need possession until June 22nd so we’re leasing it back to them until then. Kind of a drag, but our townhome lease ends June 23rd so I guess it works out. At least it gives me plenty of time to decide on paint colors, carpet, find contractors, plan the kids rooms, and all that fun stuff. My creative juices are going a mile a minute :)

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{This tree is in dire need of a swing, right?}

We’re all relieved that the end of our “transitional living situation” is in sight. We’re tired of being cramped and are ready to get the rest of our things out of storage. Knox is particularly PUMPED. I mentioned in yesterday’s post when I told him we were going to look at a house on Sunday he started “packing” his toys… Oh if only it were that easy! He wants to move now so we’re trying to reinforce the fact that we won’t be moving until after his birthday.

Thanks for all your kind words and support through this little rollercoaster of change* we’ve been on since January! I joke about my loathing of this townhome but it’s mainly sarcasm and meant to be taken lightly. The biggest challenge has not been the living space, but the fact that the kids aren’t in school and our outdoor playtime is limited to park visits once or twice a week. We’re just adjusting and maybe a little stir crazy :)


*If you’re not up-to-speed on our relocation you can read these posts to catch up…

17 comments:

Jessica said...

Love the house! We are house hunting in Ft. Worth now! Hubby starts a new job mid june and I am in panic mode. We may rent an apartment until we find the area we want to settle in.

elizabeth said...

Congratulations! Love love love the house! Can't wait to see more pictures!

Timsha Coleman said...

Congratulations the house is gorgeous! I am sure you can't wait to get in there and put your touches on it.

Jennifer said...

Your new home is gorgeous and I am slightly jealous of it! Can't wait to see all of the things you do with it.

Jenna said...

It's Beautiful!! Love the Character of this house! Congrats to you and your family!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful!!! So happy for y'all!! And a little jealous...I can't wait to move into an "American" home!!

Shae said...

Such a gorgeous house! I know you're excited to make it your own.
I'm happy y'all found something with so many wonderful perks that come with it.
Keep us posted with all the updates you do on it. It looks stunning as it is.

Rosemary said...

The house is beautiful!!! So excited for y'all.

Emily said...

Looks beautiful! I can't wait to get out of an apartment and back into a house when we move back from Minnesota! Enjoy decorating!

texas girl said...

Love love love the house! I seriously can't wait to see what all y'all do thank heavens for pinterest ha!

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

that is just adorable! I love houses with big trees. Congratulations, I can't wait to see what you do with it

JenBye1104 said...

Congratulations! I am jealous of all of your beautiful yard. I love all of the trees. I can't wait to see how you make it a home!

Kallie said...

Congrats on your new home! And with your amazing creativity, you will make it even more beautiful in no time!

Daily Mom said...

Yeah! It is beautiful! We move tomorrow into our new house, close in our old house Monday, amd can't wait to get creating the perfect long term home!!!

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Lea Liz said...

Congrats! It is beautiful! Can't wait to see more pictures once you make it your own :)

Lindsey said...

Oh, I think the house is adorable. So glad y'all found one so quickly. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Mara said...

Oh girl, it's beautiful and I would love that yard!!