Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another day...another yellow house


Although this 1955 house has some outdated fixtures and flooring and a little too much security (cameras front and back), I think that this house will be a great fit for Joshua and I.  2 bonus points: 1. It is in delivery distance of a Pita Jungle 2. It's yellow!!!!

PS - Animal heads do not convey!

Remarks: ++SUPER PRICE++DON'T MISS OUT++CLEAN DEAL ++ NOT A REO OR SHORT SALE++ GREAT LOCATION IN THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE ARCADIA DISTRICT SPECTACULAR VIEW OF CAMELBACK MTN. NORTH /SOUTH EXPOSURE. GREAT SHOPPING + DINING. THIS IMMACULATE ''MOVE-IN-READY'' HOME SITS ON AN EXTRA LARGE IRRIGATED LOT/W LUSH GRASS, 6 AZ SWEETS ORANGE TREES, 5 GRAPEFRUIT TREES(SWEET), 2 ORCHID TREES {PRODUCE BEAUTIFUL & EXOTIC BLOOMS} AND A POMEGRANATE BUSH/TREE THAT IS LOADED W/FRUIT. THIS HOME HAS BEEN KEPT IN GREAT SHAPE! NEW ENERGY STAR A/C UNIT & GAS HEAT 2010. EXTERIOR OF HOME PAINTED 2010. 2CAR+ ''ENCLOSED'' CARPORT W/AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR. 6 MOTION SENSOR LIGHTS ON PROPERTY. ALARM SYSTEM STAYS. ALSO, CEILING FANS THROUGH-OUT. GAS STOVE STAYS. LIGHT & AIRY COVERED PATIO, FUN FOR OUTDOOR LEISURE TIME & BBQ'

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer reading


I'm so excited to get started a new series of books.  Last summer, I read the Harry Potter series and watched all of the movies in order.  Since it is so hot here, it is nice to have something to pass the time inside or next to the pool.  I've heard such good things about this author.  Josh mentioned the series to me a few weeks ago and the next thing I knew, I was just seeing and hearing about it everywhere.  I'm sure that has to do with the third book just recently launching.  I just finished Somewhere Inside by Laura and Lisa Ling last week.  Even though I generally knew the story of Laura Ling's captivity in North Korea, I really didn't know or understand the details of her return.  It was a really interesting read and I had a hard time putting it down.  What's on your reading list?  A great way to share and discuss books is by joining one of my favorite websites - goodreads.com.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Seriously considering this house....


Our top pick for the day is in the photo shown above.  It is a red brick home in a nice, central location.  Josh asked me which I'd prefer: this house or the little yellow house on State that we had wanted so badly.  My immediate reaction was to wonder how to choose?  So I started comparing notes.  What parts of a house are important to me and which house rates better.  Seems simple enough.....um, not really.  Which pros are more important than others?

Little Yellow House - Glendale and 7th St.

Pros

  • Huge front windows that felt magical - lots of light
  • Beautiful hardwood floors
  • Nice neighborhood
  • Perfect yard with irrigation
  • 1 car carport with double drive for both vehicles
  • Easy freeway access to 51
Cons
  • Kitchen needed a major makeover
  • Entire house needed to be painted on the inside
  • 3 small bedrooms and no bonus space (no family room, den or office space)
  • Bathrooms both needed major updating
  • Owner had made no major improvements on the house in recent history, but the roof and ac both checked out as new in the past 7-8 years.  
Brick House - Missouri and 7th Ave.

Pros
  • Kitchen and bathrooms both check out as move-in ready
  • Entire house has been painted recently
  • Full AC/Heat update in 2009
  • Full floor updating with tile and carpet in 2009
  • Partial plumbing update 2009
  • Full roof update in 2009
  • Full kitchen update in 2009
  • Full bathroom updates in 2009
  • 1/2-3/4 mile from the light rail and okay neighborhood
  • Extra family room/den/office space as well as 3 bedrooms
  • Extra storage space and a large laundry room.
Cons
  • Awkward addition storage space in the back with a picture window - would make a nicer Arizona room if you ask me and maybe that is a change that we can eventually make.
  • No carport, but has a double drive
  • Not as good of freeway access
  • Josh is not as excited about the yard - it will need some tlc

Even though the pros far out weigh the cons, and I really do like the brick house why is it that I don't feel the same sparkle that I felt with the little yellow house?  Did that house steal my sparkle? Am I just tired and worn down from looking?  It feels an awful lot like if we choose this house it would be because of my brain and not because of my heart and that doesn't seem quite right.  I do remember questioning the little yellow house until we saw it again.  At that point, I really invested in the house.  Maybe I need to look at it with fresh eyes and really do some soul searching about it being for us.  Any advice?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day


Josh and I drove down to Tucson for an early Father's day celebration today.  We took his mom and dad out for lunch and then played some pool at a nearby bowling alley.  It was nice to relax and spend some quality time with family.  We've been so high strung about the house situation, it was a much needed break from reality.

Tomorrow morning we plan to look at houses...again.  Josh read my last blog and then showed me specifically why he thought the neighborhood was "questionable" for the modern house.  He was right as he usually is.  I agree that there are some things nearby that make this house undesirable, no matter how cute it might be.  We took it off of our possibility list.  :(

Cross your fingers that we'll find something good tomorrow.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Modern home catches my eye


We saw a few more houses tonight.  This house surprised me.  I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.  Of course, it is in what Josh considers a questionable neighborhood.  I'm starting to wonder if that is just his nice way of saying that he doesn't like a house because all of my favorites homes seem to be in a "questionable neighborhood".  Hmmm....maybe I'm on to something here..... There is a huge, HUGE walk-in closet in the master bedroom.  It reminded me of the Carrie Bradshaw closets in the Sex and the City movies.  It isn't quite that large or bright, but it was definitely the largest closet I've seen thus far.  This was of course a huge selling point for me, but there were many more.  Both bathrooms were nice.  The backyard was great.  The kitchen was perfect.


In other news, Josh and I are puppy sitting Cash for 6 full nights this week.  So much for sleeping all night long.  He wakes me up 2-3 times a night to either let him outside or to recover him up because he's cold.  



Honey is officially depressed.  She prefers to be an only dog, but she is hanging in there.  We try to give her extra attention so that she knows that she's our one and only. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Onward and upward


We looked at a few houses last night.  We revisited one of my favorites that recently made its way back on the market again.  I love this house, but Josh feels concerned about the neighborhood.  It is very central Phoenix, and he just isn't sold that it is the right area for us to raise a family - 7th Avenue and Indian School.  I feel like we both need to really love a house and the area for it to be right, but I thought I'd share the photos all the same.  I like the area because of the Wag N Wash and Copper Star Coffee just around the corner, but I understand his caution. It was built in 1944.  I love the layout.  It is small, but feels spacious.  It is by far one of my favorite houses that we've seen.


There is one other home at the tail end.  It is in a great area, but I'm not convinced that I love the house.  But it still stays in the running due to the awesome location near 16th St. and Bethany Home Road.

So we'll be back out on the hunt this Friday evening.  The house that slipped through our fingers set the bar high for what we want and need.  It sometimes feels like it will be impossible to find that great of a deal again, but I keep reminding myself that our house is out there somewhere and we just need to find it.  And now, of course, it is HOT here.  So we have to either go house hunting in the early morning or the evening.  Aw well, it will be worth the wait.

Friday, June 11, 2010

No new home for Sara and Joshua


We are so sad to report that the appraisal for our possible home came in too low for the seller to sell the house to us.  We are somewhat back to square one and feeling a little shell shocked and very sad.  I know, I know....that wasn't the ONE for us.  There MUST be something better waiting around the corner.....yada, yada - I've heard it all.  I'm sure I'll buy into it when I find that next perfect house.  But for now, I am pouting.  I'm sure after I actually have time to process it (I'm at Bead & Button and busy as all get out), I will realize that this is some sort of mysterious blessing.  I'm just not there yet.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

On pins and needles


Despite our reasonable and prudent inner voices, Josh and I can't help but think about all of the changes that we might make to our new home if we actually get to purchase it.  The appraisal is on Tuesday.  I've learned that we should know what the appraisal is a few days later after a written report is submitted.  Knowing that there is a strong possibility that this deal could fall through at the time of appraisal, both Joshua and I are on pins and needles.  Regardless, we visited IKEA and Home Depot this weekend.  Josh researched possible new appliances and we looked at paint swatches.  



I've been putting a lot of thought and research into painting the interior before we move.  We are thinking of a soft yellow and white for the living room and kitchen, we'll keep the blue in the dining area and possibly use it in the main bathroom too and finally a soft gray for the bedrooms and maybe the hallway.  I think the blue I have shown in these paint swatches is far more turquoise than the actual blue in the house, but I wanted to add a blue so you can get the general idea.  

 


We're keeping all of the trim and ceilings white.  The kitchen cabinets will be repainted white.  Today, I started to purge my office files, old pictures and general clutter.  Regardless of whether we move sooner or later, we are inevitably moving so I thought I might as well get started.  It feels so liberating to shred and throw out old clutter.

Oh please, please, please let it all work out. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Appraisal is scheduled for next Tuesday morning


Finally, the appraisal is scheduled.  Everyone cross your fingers that it comes in at the right price.  I'm not quite sure on the process, but I assume that we'll find out the appraised value sometime that same day.  Oh please let it come in at the right price...please, please, please.  Okay, enough begging.

In other news, I leave next Tuesday for Bead and Button in Milwaukee, WI.  It is the largest bead show in the world with over 370 vendors.  It is always a great deal of fun and nice time to catch up with all of my jewelry making friends.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Home inspection passes without a hitch



One more step down!  We had our home inspection today and the inspector seemed pleasantly surprised to not find much of anything wrong with the house.  There were little things here or there that we could do to make it safer, a leaky shower in the master bedroom, a few electric plugs that need to be fiddled with...but nothing major and nothing that was a deal killer.  We feel good about moving forward to the appraisal process.  Today, Josh walked me around the yard and told me all of his ideas for making his mark on the lot.  I just have such a good feeling about this home.  I am cautiously optimistic that this will all work out and that we will make this our home in only a few short weeks from now.

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