Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Nashville to-do list: "meet Gene Simmons" and "buy a house"

Okay. So maybe not "met" so much as "saw." But still!

(Sorry for the poor quality. I kept asking Jim "should I take a picture?," and he kept saying "no." But then, as it was too late to grab the real camera, he says, "yeah, why don't you?" and I had to resort to the camera phone.)

But in other more accurate new, we DID buy a house.

After looking at more than 20 homes last Saturday and Sunday, we were blessed to view a property in a city that we'd foregone looking at because of the average cost of homes. More attainable than they would ever be up here, but still out of our price range. But due to some divine circumstances, we were able to place an offer on a beautiful home in a great new subdivision, and our offer was accepted less than 12 hours later!

Isn't it beautiful?

The Lexus, unfortunately, does not come with the house!
Things I love about this home:
  • PRIVACY! We're in a great neighborhood, but we are on a creek (crick?) fronted, wooded lot that backs up to a hill. There is NOBODY behind us, and there never will be
  • Second floor laundry room (more than fair trade for the loss of my dual laundry shoot)
  • Double vanities and garden tub in master bathroom
  • HUGE closets
  • Large deck with a baby gate already installed
  • A flagpole! I just think that is SO cool!
  • Gas fireplace in living room (wasn't a must, but it was on the wish list)
  • Attached 2-car garage (I'm pretty sure this will be used for the cars, too! What a novel idea!)

Yes, we still need to sell our house in Ohio, but we feel very confident that it will go, even in this market. We see now, even more than we did in 2006, how blessed we were to get such a great deal on our current house. We'll be able to keep the price comparable with the houses up for sale in our neighborhood, and still not lose any money. But still...we would still appreciate it if you would pray that the house moves quickly!

I had intended to write more this morning, but my heart is still heavy for Stacy and Spencer, and details about our move just seem a little trivial right now. But I know that several of you were waiting for news of the house hunting trip, so...there you go!

PS -- Plans will be to close in early to mid-November, and do a major "stuff, not people" move the week of Thanksgiving. We think we have the perfect timetable all mapped out.....but who know how that will play out in reality!? =)

Thanks for stopping by, and I'd love to hear what you think about our new home!


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the inside. You guys did good. Love ya

Anonymous said...

Grammie says: What a beautiful home and setting...everything you will need for a happy home (which includes three very special dears!! I am so excited for you with all the opportunities that are now part of your life!!! This includes my love and hugs for all the years ahead. Isn't God good as His word when we are faithful!!

phasejumper said...

Wow! I can't believe you found a house so fast! I never got to take advantage of you being so close! Your house looks awesome. I definitely want to see the inside too! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you and Jim and of course Seth. The home is beautiful and from the pictures of the inside it too looks lovely. Even in all of our moves over the years, we were never able to secure such a lovely home in a weekend. You are a pro first time out of the shoot. I am soo excited for you and even more excited that you are getting closer to Florida.
Love Mom

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

beautiful exciting!

Becky said...

Hey there, I just found your blog and wanted to say an early "welcome to Tennessee!" From your fellow Tennessee girl, Becky.