House Hunting: Origins

16 Nov

It happened. I am an official house hunter. Minus the torrential downpour, it was exactly what I imaged. And on a positive note, I did find out that my new trench coat is water-resistant as promised. High five!

Despite the rain, Ike and I enjoyed walking through 5 houses on Sunday afternoon. We immediately eliminated 3 for major deal-breakers:

  1. A half bath in the master (I would KILL Ike if we had to share that…)
  2. A steep driveway on a busy street (I would never be able to leave!)
  3. Tiny living room, no place to entertain

There were a couple that caught our eye. Here’s the good and and the bad from our top two.

Option #1: Cute Kitchen, Charming Living Space

Source: zillow.com via Alexis on Pinterest

Source: zillow.com via Alexis on Pinterest

Source: zillow.com via Alexis on Pinterest

The Good:
  • The price is right! We could put an offer on this one without moving up our range or changing our mortgage plan, and I think we’d still have enough space.
  • It has a formal dining room.
  • The living room and sunny kitchen speak for themselves!
  • And you can’t see it in the photos, but the floors are a rich dark wood.
  • The back yard is really big. Lots of room for Buster!
The Bad:
  • The master bath only has a single vanity (I might HURT Ike if we have to share).
  • The laundry hook ups are in the garage (which is insulated, but has plastic walls, what is that?)
  • The driveways are all steep, so most people were parked on the street. It felt a little crowded.
  • The backyard is really big. Lots of work for Ike.

Option #2: (Nearly) The Complete Package

Source: zillow.com via Alexis on Pinterest

Source: zillow.com via Alexis on Pinterest

Source: zillow.com via Alexis on Pinterest

The Good:
  • Hardwood floors throughout.
  • Great Master Suite: Double vanity in bathroom, HUGE bedroom with 2 walk-in closets.
  • Great living room, love the vaulted ceilings.
  • Manageable yard with cool deck.
The Bad:
  • The kitchen flow was a little cramped (and that is a major factor for the Peters’ fam).
  • The guest bathroom could use some updating.

The bottom line: For now, we keep looking. We decided to move up the price parameters on our search to get a wider look at the market before making any decisions. Aren’t we responsible adults?

I’ll be back talking about something new next week! Be excited (that’s an order).

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One Response to “House Hunting: Origins”

  1. Grandma Jean November 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I’m glad you are planning on buying a house,it seems like a good time to invest in a home,you are a wise couple.

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