We Bought A House!!

FAQ:

  • We would love help moving!
  • Yes, there is a guest room. Please visit 🙂
  • No, we are not fully “grown-up” yet
  • Yes, we will be here for a few years (probably)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1530 square feet
View from the yard. The addition is very obvious here where the roof line changes - that used to be the end of the house!
View from the yard. The addition is very obvious here where the roof line changes – that used to be the end of the house!
Our open floor plan and dream kitchen - two big items on our list when we started house hunting.
Our open floor plan and dream kitchen – two big items on our list when we started house hunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon & I are the new proud owners of a cozy Cape Cod in Alexandria, Virginia and we can’t wait to move in this weekend (Valentine’s Day).

Sometime over the summer we started seriously discussing taking the property plunge. We narrowed in on a very specific area, convenient to work (biking distance!), shops, Old Town Alexandria, and where we could afford a detached house with a yard. Nearly all of the homes in this neighborhood (Belle Haven) were built in 1950 on a similar Cape Cod footprint of 1080 square feet with two floors, a tiny kitchen, 3-4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a nice yard.

Joey helps with a home inspection during the negotiation period.
Joey helps with a home inspection during the negotiation period.

We quickly realized that we would struggle to live happily in one of the original houses because they were so compact. On the advice of our excellent realtor, Ali, we waited for a renovated house to come up in our desired area. An expanded home in our choice neighborhood that ticked all of our boxes was listed in November.

It's still a hot mess while we get everything set up and organized, but it is our home! Everything should look a lot better by Sunday night :)
It’s still a hot mess while we get everything set up and organized, but it is our home! Everything should look a lot better by Sunday night 🙂

(Have you watched House Hunters recently? That doesn’t happen too often!) Things got very interesting when the price was slashed by 40K to sell quickly. Although it was a little earlier than planned, we decided to join the bidding war. Thanks to Ali’s help we managed to place the winning offer! We closed on December 23rd, just before departing for Williamsburg and Indonesia for several weeks.

Joey's first non-white bedroom!
Joey’s first non-white bedroom!

Since our current rental lease doesn’t expire until the end of March, we had lots of time to paint Joey’s bedroom, touch up caulking and trim, and otherwise set up the house for move-in over the last few weeks. The house had been “flipped” – bought at foreclosure by a general contractor in April for a very low price, updated and renovated, then put back on market. This meant we had to be very careful with our home inspection and go through and do some finishing work before we moved in. (I’m sure the sellers were thrilled to learn that their buyers were a pair of scientists, one an engineer and one related to several reputable property attorneys). But it also meant the house was pretty move-in ready, and no major work was required. We are stoked and ready for the big move on Friday.

Our new house!
Our new house!
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