Monday, September 15, 2008

Country Mouse, Town House

Well, Matt and I have taken an official grown-up step into the world of homeownership. Actually, more like we have taken a headlong leap into that scary scary world. Who knew there was so much involved?? SHEESH!





We have looked at houses off and on for the past year, and up until now the timing and/or the home just wasn't quite right. We would get frightened of the enormity of the undertaking that is homeownership. We worried about money, we worried about how the stress of buying a home would affect our relationship. Basically, we beat ourselves up with worry, and quit looking.
Then Matt saw this home. I immediately thought...wow! But then saw the location. To me, it wasn't ideal. Mostly because it isn't country, and country is what I love. But to be realistic, there is no way we can afford to buy the home of our dreams on the land we want. At least not at this point!(realistically, probably not ever, but you never know)




Soooo anyway, we went to see the house with our very trustworthy realtor. No seriously, that guy is freakin' awesome. We have had some weird real estate agents before...including one who tried to convince us that a stand alone toilet in the KITCHEN was a selling point. Uh...no thanks. We made an offer on Saturday, and after over 30 hours of hearing nothing, during which we had convinced ourselves that we had not gotten the house, we finally heard back from our Realtor that they had accepted our offer with no counter offer.



The house is an older home in a historic district called The Avenues. It is definitely (right now) the worst home on the block. She needs some TLC, but fortunately for us, most of the repairs are cosmetic. Sanding floors and painting walls doesn't scare me in the least. I told Matt when we started looking that I would prefer to have a home that is not new construction so we could really make it our own and retain some character. This one...definitely NOT new construction! There are a few big repairs we will need to make right away...we need to update the electric, as well as repoint the brickwork. Oh yeah, country mouse is going to try her hand at some minor masonry! I'm sure you will get to see that debacle unfold on here. So stick around! That should be fun (for you).





AND NOW...without further ado...I give you...COUNTRY MOUSE MANOR.
Cute right? Do you see some potential there??? (Please say yes!!)

We close on November 7th, then the move-in and renovation will begin. Be honest with me right now...are you interested in post about home changes? I don't mean that I'll put up a picture of every new glass we buy, but post with before and afters...do those interest you or not? I don't want to drive you away with house junk, but at the same time it is going to be occupying a large portion of my time, and I am kind of sort of hoping that MAYBE I can turn to all of your wise opinions on things like...wall color, kitchen appliances, decorating, etc.

21 comments:

  1. That house screams charming! I'd have LOVED a house like that when we were looking for homes. In the town we moved to, though, it's pretty much littered with new construction, so we do what we can with cookie cutter houses, but you have the chance to really make this something even more spectacular. The porch alone makes me swoon with envy!

    So, hah, I guess what I'm saying is I'd love to see transformation posts! Congratulation on your new home!

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  2. OMG that house is beautiful! so much potential there!! im soo jealous! i would love to see house pics and blogs about it!!

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  3. That house looks very quaint - and British, (and that is supposed to be a compliment)...

    I'm not too keen on renovation posts - there are a lot of those around in the blogosphere - but I'm sure your posts will be interesting.

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  4. I LOVE house reno posts! Post away! I'll give you plenty of opinions if you ask! I love hearing about it all: new paint, new fixtures, sanding floors, WHATEVER!

    Oh, and your house is super cute. I love it. Welcome to the fabulous (yet crazy and expensive LOL, I'm not gonna lie!) world of home-ownership!!!

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  5. Gasp. That house is just darling. It is exactly the type of house I wish I had. LOVE IT.

    And house redo post are great. I love them. So post away.

    Congratulations to you and Matt. It's a big step, but a great new beginning for both of you.

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  6. Congratulations! That is a beautiful home!! How exciting!Yes of course we want pictures! Not every little thing but the ones you find fun and interesting. After all that is why we come back here! I am so excited for you, your first home.Good luck and I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

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  7. Wow, congrats, I am so glad for you guys. That house is gorgeous, and it has so much potential. How old is it, is it a craftsman style house? So lovely. I can't wait until you start showing us pics of the inside and the outside. That is so what we are looking for up in Armstrong. I obviously am a "older character house nut". How could you tell. I drool over them whenever we pass one by. I know that they need work, and TLC, but they have a "life". Not like those new cardboard houses that spring up all over. Congrats again. I am so looking forward to seeing your house posts.
    Jen

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  8. CONGRATS!

    That is some huge news!

    You are going to have so much fun, enjoy yourself!

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  9. It is so cute! Congrats! We are just starting this process. Not looking forward to it.

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  10. oh so cute...and yes...yes...yes

    but can we make some decisions...like i wanna be all involvoed since we are bffs ...rih becky...i kid. i kid.. i know you hate that...i am such a dork

    but let us help you chose colors and stains and curtains and toilets for the kitchen....i mean bathroom

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  11. OMG! Totally jealous! That is a GREAT first house!!! I can not wait to see more pics. I want you to post pics of everything!! CONGRATS!!!!

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  12. That is a georgous house! So when do you move?!?!?!?! Is there room on the front porch for a porch swing? I can hardly wait for "Extreme Makeover Home Editon" posts/pictures!

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  13. BEKAH! I LOVE IT!!! SO FREAKIN ADORABLE!!!!

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  14. thats sooo exciting! can't wait to see some more pics:)

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  15. Wow!!!! I LOVE the house! Talk about charm and character. And that definitely looks country to me. I am sooooo involved in home improvements right now, so I would love your posts on it. (with pics please!---I still can't find my damn camera battery recharger!). Congrats!!!!

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  16. Cute, cute, cute! I love older homes. They have so much character. I would love to see the works on the blog. Keep us informed.

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  17. Bekah, had to send you this site. Hope that we don't find your house on it LOL.
    Jen

    http://lovelylisting.blogspot.com/

    It's one of my favorites.

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  18. CONGRATS BEKAH!!! That house looks adorable. You have to take pictures of the inside too!

    Wow. You guys are brave. I have never bought a house - never even come close! Partly because I've always lived (and rented) in cities. But it is my dream to have a cute house with my cute man.

    I am so thrilled for you guys! Keep us posted!
    Cheers, Jen xx

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  19. I lurve your new house and am very jealous. I have told my husband that I want one just like it when we retire (and I'm with you - give me land with this house on it).

    Now for the interior pictures......? Please....

    Congratulations!!!

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  20. I LOVE that house and the wonderful trees! It's a WINNER!

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