Monday, September 26, 2011

We Closed on a House in Grant Park

We have been house hunting ever since I found out I was pregnant back in January.  We have put offers on 5 different houses, been screwed by a bank, and on the most recent deal, walked away one hour before closing.

These were all disappointing experiences, but they were always overshadowed by the "next best thing."  Did all of those houses "fall through" for a reason?  Just so we could find our new house?  A house that is better than all of the rest in comparison?  Maybe, or maybe is was "just our luck!"

Several weeks ago we walked into this home with our realtor and decided then and there to put in an offer.  The whole process went very quickly.  I was forbidden to blog about what was happening.  Ernesto said that I jinxed the other two houses that we lost.

For the record, Im not a superstitious person nor do I believe in jinxing something.  Further more, I don't believe that "everything happens for a reason."  There are way too many inexplicable bad things that happen for no reason.   I do, however, believe that when one door closes, a window opens. 

Here are our new open windows!!

The 3bed/2.5 bath home is located in Grant Park, a great historic neighborhood just 2 miles south of Midtown and one mile east of downtown.  The park will be great to cruise around with my new stroller and the zoo is located inside the park!

The house is a 2-story southern style used a lot when blending new homes into older neighborhoods.  The spaciousness of the first floor is amazing! Living room, dining and kitchen all in one huge space, perfect not only for entertaining, but just for our lifestyle.  (ie: always in the kitchen)

We are also happy with the amount of closet/storage space.  Next to the stairs, there is a coat closet, a pantry, a small powder room and ......a laundry room right off the kitchen!!  Yay!  I can do my cloth diapering!!!

The kitchen has brand new appliances, minus a refrigerator.  We are going to buy a stainless fridge  when we move in and then sell the black appliances to buy matching stainless ones.  I think it will look much better against the black granite and dark wood.

Here are some other pics.
{master bath}

{baby's room and office/guest room}
{master bedroom}
{2nd floor balcony off master}

Im sure you noticed the "builder boring-ness" throughout the house, but let me tell you, I have been decorating in my head for  weeks now, and this house will be getting many upgrades to make it unique.  Starting with the easiest fix, paint of course!  All tile will be changed out too, (bathrooms, kitchen floor and fireplace) and a kitchen backsplash will be added. Also, wood floors on the second floor will replace the carpeting.  I am not a big fan of carpet! Im a lover wood and rugs!

Well, there you have it!  It finally worked out!  Although searching for and buying a foreclosure took a lot of time (8 months) it was well worth it to get a great deal on a house!


My family is here and did all of the moving while I relaxed with Mateo.  Really, it wasn't relaxing at all, it was very hectic.  Thank god we had help, Im not sure how we could've done it ourselves.  We closed at 2pm, had a moving truck at 5pm and loaded everything by 9pm.  

Tuesday morning, we were enjoying our first morning at our new place!

 Home sweet home with our family of three!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations for a gorgeous house, Cindy! This place is just right for your family. Now, you are a family of four, and I am certain that the space is wide enough for your children to run and play. Don't forget to do regular maintenance to keep the beauty of the house.

    Francisco Close @Katch Mark


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