Last week I showed you House #1 in our hunt for a newish, one story, traditional home. What do you think?!! Was that the house we picked OR is House #2 a better fit!?! I thought it’d be fun to take you with us on our shop for houses and then see if you can figure out which we picked!?! Homes in our new little town are usually sold within days (if not hours) after they are listed. As we were driving through town looking at another house, we found this house!
The curb appeal totally caught our eye and although we were pretty sure it was out of our price range, we went ahead and set up a walk through. As we toured the house, we were handed a sheet of information and were both shocked that a. this house was a viable option and b. that we stumbled on it before it had sold. It is 500 square feet larger than House #1. The price/sqft is in the middle of House #1 and House #3. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, 2 living rooms, 2 eating rooms, a 3 car detached garage (with a portiere), a large pool, and a HUGE bi-level yard. It’s located in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the area and again not far from the major highway Stud uses for work! Check it out…
The landscaping on this home is totally working! My only job would be maintaining what had been planted — such a dream! Neither Stud or I are great at planning flower beds.
Although a detached garage has never been on my wishlist, the width of this portiere totally makes it seem no big deal (even with groceries).
The entry is incredibly impressive — this beautiful house has non-stop gorgeous thick molding throughout! I love that the entry is a room to itself rather than have a dual purpose of living room and entry.
With exception to the bedrooms, this house is covered with hardwood floors. The floors are actually similar to House #1, a little orangeish and super glossy — not my first choice, but really really nice! Long hallways had my boys planning on what area would be best for them to practice their baseball slides!
As you walked into the home, directly to your right and down a few steps is the formal dining room. The formal dining room has a built-in hutch that stays with the house! Isn’t it gorgeous. What color should I paint it?! Glossy white or a pop of color!?!
If you go to the left instead of down the stairs you end up in the formal living room. This room has a door that opens out to the backyard. It’s a very open and light space and is wired for surround sound.
Down the hallway is the laundry room and one of my favorite features is that the laundry room shares a wall with master closets. Rather than carrying the laundry around — there’s a laundry shoot in both his and her master closets. Sweet!
Have you noticed the major flaw with this house yet!?! No, not the ceiling fan…that’s bad, but an easy fix. — The problem is the popcorn celings throughout. I’m just not a big believer in the “acoustics” theory! Besides the ceilings, the Master Bedroom is still very pretty and bright with a wall of windows that open up to the pool.
The Master Bath has obviously been updated with white cabinets and granite countertops. I get weepy eyed thinking about never showering in my old bathroom again! After I saw this bathroom I told Stud to just sign the papers — I was sold!
A nice tub!?! Sweet! I’m not a huge fan of the glass blocks though. Any suggestions!?!
This shower is HUGE, too. And I love that they got rid of the brass when they updated this room. At one time, every room in this house was covered with wallpaper! The previous owners put a lot of sweat equity into that job — been there done that!
Speaking of luxury — both master closets were fully loaded with shelves, dressers, and tons of hanging rods!
In my rancher, we have to tiptoe passed Little B’s room to get to our bedroom and just past our room is the boys room. It’s like a Master Bedroom sandwich — nice when the kids are tiny, but we had definitely outgrown that floor plan. The kids rooms are on a completely different hallway! This would be Little B’s room.
And through the Jack and Jill bathroom –
The guest room is the perfect room for my boys to share!
The kitchen and I had a love – hate relationship. I love all that cabinetry and that they are built to the ceiling — no wasted space! I love the recessed lighting, the island, the dual pantries…AND…
…that it’s connected to the breakfast nook that just so happens to have a fireplace!?! There’s also another built-in (staying here) breakfast room hutch! Nice, right! So why do I hate this kithcen?!! The popcorn ceiling removal seems like a whole lot of work — I’ll let you know! Not pictured, on the left side of the office. It is a great sized office / guest room with a full size restroom!
And on the other side of the kitchen breakfast room fireplace is the family room. It’s not a large room, but it’s super cozy and the molding in here is again totally gorgeous.
These doors open up to the backyard which feels like a vacation home.
The lot behind this home is a three acre ranch home that is surrounded by newer homes on slightly small lots — .60 acre and such. As you sit on the back patio, the view goes on forever.
One little or maybe major issue!?! The patio meets the pool in the shallow end. In other words, if my boys were to take a running jump or dive from the back door — they would meet the pool bottom very quickly. Definite food for thought!
Isn’t the view beautiful!?! The backyard is bi-level. The pool, garages, and driveway are all on the top level. For a very large strip of grassy play area, you can take the stairs down to the bottom level — be careful of baseballs though — this is the perfect spot for my boys to practice their pitching and batting with each other!
In the driveway, in front of the garage is the perfect spot for a basketball goal! A little basketball — get all sweaty — a little pool time — repeat!
And that’s it for House #2
Any thoughts, opinions, comments, guesses!?!