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August 14, 2003

This Ole House

So Jay and I have taken the plunge and bought a house. We made the offer this morning. The seller was about to drop the price on the listing, but we managed to get in early and offer the new price before anyone else got a chance to. So, barring any problems with the inspection/neighbourhood review or financing, it's as good as ours!

The house is a 1904 farmhouse with a gorgeous, newly remodelled interior. On the lower floor is the sitting room with an attractive (but nonfunctional) fireplace and a large dining room, with a modern kitchen in the back. Upstairs is the master bedroom with lots of closet space and a view of the Cascades and Lake Washington, the guest bedroom, and a third bedroom which has no closets (and so we'll probably use that as an office). The bathroom -- featuring a clawfoot tub with low water pressure -- is upstairs also.

An extension has been built on the back of the house which provides a large family room and a small bathroom. Unfortunately, it wasn't built very well, and the inspection report about it was frightening: "the entire addition is in poor condition ... and would be recommended to be removed or completely reconstructed". But it's OK for a few years at least, and the house is still good value even if we knock it down, say for a patio in a larger backyard. (The backyard is tiny but the front yard is nice, and the entire house is fenced in so Dozer can run around.) In the meantime, we'll probably use it for the home theatre system, provided the electricals can cope. At least we have a room where we don't have to worry about damaging the walls or carpet in a party!

All going well, we should be moving in at the end of September. It's a big step, and kind of stressful, but I can't wait until we can settle in to our first family home together! Posted by jay at August 14, 2003 10:22 AM | TrackBack

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Posted by: ray on August 14, 2003 11:41 AM

It's so lovely, I'm dying with jealousy over your (nonfunctional) fireplace. Please promise me you'll keep the master bedroom pink!

Posted by: anika on August 14, 2003 11:50 AM

Sorry Anika, but the bedroom isn't pink (thankfully!). I think the photographer (from the agency) what just using a rose-tinted lens to make the laydeez swoon. Seems to have worked! :)

Posted by: david on August 14, 2003 11:53 AM

Umm... I think it is pink, and that might be a problem for me. No promises just yet!

Posted by: jay on August 14, 2003 12:06 PM

I can picture the Crate & Barrel registry already...

Posted by: Annett on August 14, 2003 01:00 PM

Oh, my gosh!!! It is totally gorgeous!!! No wonder you were in such a state last night when the owners countered! It's definately love at first sight. It this is any indication of what you two are going to be doing together, your life together is going to be marvelous!

One thing I might mention to Annett...No Crate & Barrel registry for my guys....Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma only!!!!!

Love you both, and I'm so very proud of you!!!

The Judy

Posted by: Judy Porter on August 14, 2003 04:06 PM

Welcome to the neighborhood!!! Not that you weren't already in it. But now you live just 5 blks from Austin's best friend, and about the same number from St. Cloud's the neighborhood hangout. The house looks wonderful, not unlike the dreamy home I've been living in for the last 9 years. Congratulations!!

Love, N

Posted by: nancy on August 14, 2003 07:31 PM

My most humble apologies to the Williams-Sonoma family! How could I forget?! Let's not forget Hold Everything and Chambers! Catalog living - ain't it grand? :)

Posted by: Annett on August 20, 2003 06:50 PM
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