Monday, December 12, 2005


The househunt was most fruitful. We saw seven properties and we were easily able to limit the group down to three that we really liked.

Favorite But Not Practical

My first choice though would be too much of a stretch for us as it is just out of the upper limit of our price range. Its unfortunate though because it has an almost 400 sq. ft. enclosed yard area that is off the living room and a 400 sq. ft. patio off the master bedroom on the second floor. To some that live in the burbs that might not sound like much but it is given the area that we are looking in. Most places have 80 sq. ft. patios and thats it. The interior of this place was outstanding too. My favorite part was that on the second level there was an office that was on a split level so the cieling was lower. I loved how cozy it was. The only thing I could think that was not so good about the place was the kitchen only had three drawers. Not cool. Oh there is also the fact that the house is so much larger than what we have now, we'd have to buy a whole lot more stuff to fill it.

A Very Live Option!

So the next place we saw was quite similar in its layout as the one I just described but it was smaller and soooooo much cheaper. Its way cheaper than what were planning on spending but its a very very NICE option. It had maple floors and nice galley kitchen. The carpet upstairs needs to be replaced and the bathrooms need updating but at the price we would definitely have enough money to do that later on. The owners of this place also had some amazing works of art including what I think is an original Lichtenstein.

The place that is best in terms of ammenities and price was an unexpected surprise(not pictured). The decor of the people that live at this place was totally not my style but the layout of this unit is awesome. We loved that the kitchen had an area for a table so we could eat in the kitchen. We loved that the living room has floor to ceiling windows and a fireplace that is see through to the dining room. The dining room is open to the loft landing above and one of the bedrooms has a fireplace. The bonus is that each of the two bedrooms has its own bathroom and its own patio. There is also an amazing patio off of the living room as well. There is a unit identical to the one for sale that we saw and for much less and we're going to see it this week. I'm so excited to see it and hope that its as good as the unit we saw.

If all goes well maybe we'll get a house for Christmas!


Anonymous Nathan said...

What a great Christmas present to yourselves :)

All 3 houses sound cool, but I agree about the kitchen. Storage is so important.

Happy Househunting

8:47 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Both places look nice Adam! Good luck in your house hunt!!

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

I vote for the last house, as it provides me with my own bathroom while I'm there visiting. Ha! :o)

9:32 AM  
Blogger John said...

God, I remember searching for my first house...choices, choices! Have fun with it though! Don't top out so you'll have money to do other fun things rather than sit at home and complain about how you don't have money to do fun visiting friends in Israel.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Spider said...

They are both beautiful places Adam - I am sure you both will be very happy in which ever place you choose! HOW EXCITING - new house! Like Nathan, make sure you have plenty of storage and closets!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Mizez Slocombe said...

I reserve recommendation until all are pictured, but 3 sounds pretty nice with some upside value potential. 1 pretty much has none.

More from Paris soon. I get my ADHL tomorrw, merci a dieu.

10:08 AM  
Blogger DanNation said...

Wow. I remember the excitement of looking at houses, and it took a year to find the right one.

I'm trying to figure out where in the U.S.A. I want to live next. I think that by the end of 2006, I'm leaving Santa Fe...then I get to go through what you've been doing all over again.

10:48 AM  
Blogger jjd said...

hmm.. I like the first house pictured! Well, I really like the wood floors and their color, very very nice. You say its a stretch, my dad always says if you can stretch and make it work you should bet on yourself. Leverage, when it comes to an asset like a house, isn't so bad. No one else is going to give you a house for pennies on the dollar like a bank. Of course, that advice is only good for people who can live with the strain that creates. No more lobster dinners, macaroni and cheese from a box three nights in a row.. whatever. I'm doing that now with the new house and it definitely requires keen alike minds to make it work. So, maybe its not worth it and you all are smarter than us.

Kitchen space cannot be underestimated. That was the problem with our first house, and why we ended up moving. Galley kitchen sounds cramped, especially if both of you help eachother with the cooking.

The 3d option sounds nice, wish you had pictures!

good luck, happy hunting!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I like the galley kitchen. House shopping is the best. You sound as if you are enjoying it fully.
Dan - Western PA is a wonderful place to live.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Ariel1980 said...

"House Hunters" on HGTV is my porn. I love watching the process, but only on the episodes where they show nice houses. Yes, I'm sure that Sally Sue the struggling single mother's attempt to find affordable housing in LA is compelling to some, but I want granite counters and large baths to entertain me. I never really thought about houses until I had my own, but now it is a passion. Mazel Tov in your hunt, I hope you find the perfect home.

1:38 PM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

How fun. My advice is to get the one you think will increase in value the most. You will thank yourself for this later on. They all sound great though.

1:40 PM  
Blogger tim said...

ohhhhh, I love putting together a house/place/abode. I'm jealous of the fun you will be having.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I love the first house - it's very homey and the space!!! You can always grow into a big house but it's much harder to cull and shrink later on.

10:05 PM  

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