Our search for the perfect home has had a lot of ups and downs. I was starting to feel like the right house was never going to come along, when suddenly the universe took charge and said “I got this.”
It started about a month ago when I was playing with Lila at a nearby park. For some reason I felt compelled to drive to the next town over and see if there were any new listings we might like. We had zoned in on one area, but there were basically NO houses for sale all summer there.
Low and behold, as I drove down our ideal street, I noticed a “For Sale by Owner” sign in front of a beautiful historic house. I put the number in my phone and immediately called our realtor, Christine Stowell, to have her check on it for us. She called me back…
“Okay they JUST put the sign up today. The house is 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and has been completely updated … BUT they already have four offers. Are you sure you want to still see it?”
Luke was wary of getting into a multiple offer situation, but I convinced him to at least go see it. We were getting pretty desperate after all and this house could be perfect. We set up a showing for the next day, and I’m so glad that we did.
The owners of the house greeted us at our showing and explained that they had bought it as a run-down duplex and lovingly converted and restored it from top to bottom. They went out for a walk so we could tour the house.
And oh my gosh, you guys, it was/is so amazing. I literally was running from room to room gasping,
“LOOK at these antique doors!! Even the hinges are original!!”
“OMG I LOOOOOVE this light fixture.”
“The wood floors throughout are to die for.”
(Yes I sound like a valley girl when I get excited)
At one point Luke and Christine thought I had fallen or something because I screamed “AHHH OH MY GOSH!!” when I went up the stairs and saw this huge, amazing picture window. To say I was excited about this house would be an understatement. Here is a list of things I loved about the house:
1. It was built in 1880.
2. It has original wood floors throughout the whole house.
3. The owners put in gorgeous thick crown molding throughout.
4. Despite being an old home, it has an open concept first floor.
5. It has a big front porch, a side deck and two screened in porches (one up and one down).
6. Many of the door knobs and hinges are restored and original.
7. There is a several hundred year old ginkgo tree in the front yard that drops all it’s leaves in one day.
8. It is one block to a super cute downtown with shops, restaurants and more.
9. The kitchen is totally updated with quartz countertops and beautiful appliances.
10. It’s not huge (2400 sq ft), but has a ton of nooks to maximize the space.
I was ready to put in offer in immediately, but Luke wanted to sleep on it. That entire night I was so excited about this house that I didn’t sleep a wink. The next morning we put in an offer and after meeting with the owners the next day, our offer was accepted!!
All in all, the house was on the market just one week. ONE WEEK. I feel so lucky that I randomly decided to drive by that house when I did and saw the for sale sign. We very easily could have missed it.
I am dying to show you all a picture of the outside, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that from a safety perspective. Once we move in (Nov 3), I will show you all the beautiful details inside of the house. For now it’s on to finding furniture to match our cute antique home.