Read about my earlier adventures in house hunting here.
The hunt for the perfect home continues. I’ve toured several homes since I made my last offer on a house, and I’ve decided to increase my budget slightly. While I still love the idea of a fixer-upper, I’ve realized that the perks of a move-in-ready home are worth considering too.
Recently, I’ve toured three homes that all check most of my boxes. Melrose Manor wowed me with a beautiful loft, hardwood floors and a secret compartment in the bedroom closet (so cool!). But it sits awfully close to a busy street and the backyard is nice but small. The Country Cottage had a great layout and a huge yard, but the location wasn’t ideal. It sold shortly after I toured it, so that eliminated an option for me.
After considering these homes – which all had some great plusses – I decided to make an offer on the Southside Starter, a small home on a quiet street with a large backyard (one of my most important requirements). It may be 100 years old, but the owners have updated the interior, which features beautiful hardwood floors and a modern kitchen and bath. It also has surprisingly high ceilings, which have me thinking about the possibility of bunk beds in the guest room. The master bedroom is enormous, and the smallest bedroom would make the perfect office space.
The Southside Starter isn’t in my original search area, but it is located conveniently close to work and other amenities, and it’s within walking distance of downtown. Most importantly, it would be a great place to raise a dog. And if you know me at all, you know that I won’t be happy until my dog is happy.
As we wait for a response on the offer, our fingers (and paws) are crossed! For updates on my house hunting escapades, be sure to subscribe.