Saturday, February 21, 2009

A corner to ourselves

I am marking it down in the history of us...

Today, we bought our first house. We finally (almost finally since we officially close on March 27th) have a little corner of the world to ourselves. Literally! The house is at the end of a cul-de-sac that backs to a wildlife preservation and neighbors a park so we don't have anyone behind us or next to us. We only have two other houses on our street. Its nice and tucked away and quiet.

We had to make some concessions, but who doesn't with the limited budget that accompanies a first home? Its a 2 story (wanted a single), has 1800sqft (we wanted 2000), and has 3 bedrooms (wanted 4). But its BRAND new. No one has lived in it and it has $16,000 worth of upgrades in it. Its totally energy efficient, has upgraded appliances, upgraded carpet, and the biggie...the lot. Its on a large lot that, like I said, backs up to a preservation that will never be developed. Its actually the only lot like it and the best one in the neighborhood! We're neighbors to the new TPC PGA golf course and the 5 diamond Marriott that will be opening soon, as well as million dollar homes; all of which will help keep our home value up. The schools are great and we're getting a brand new elementary school located inside the neighborhood slated to open in 2010. We also have a playground, basketball court, sand volleyball area, pavillion and walking trails. So those concessions we made were all for location, location, location (which is big for resale, resale, resale! (and with the deal we got on the house, we'll make money off of it.)!

I'm not going to sleep easy tonight. What, with my head swimming with decorating ideas, paint options, landscaping, and a refridgerator to pick out? I guess I should at least try. On that note, I'm off to dream of my future HGTV inspired realities.

15 comments:

Kristen C said...

Congratulations you guys!!! I am so excited for you!!! I know how stressful that whole process can be.

DixieJo said...

Rawson's, I am very, very happy for you!!!! (Very sad for me) I delighted that our paths crossed though!

Jessica said...

How exciting! Congratulations and good luck with all the planning.

Jamie said...

Wow! That sounds like an awesome house!! I know y'all must be so excited! Congratulations guys! We'll be waiting on some pictures.

chasenbrooke said...

That is so Awesome! I can't wait til Chase and I get to buy our first home. Good luck with the whole closing process. I bet you can't wait to move in.

Cherie' said...

Holy cow! That is so very awesome! We are so happy for you guys. You deserve a beautiful quiet place to call your own. I can't wait to see what you do with the place. Be sure to take lots of pictures.

Karen Snow said...

Yeah for you! I know how exciting (and somewhat stressful) that is. We will have to make a trip down there to see it =). Until then, I expect lots of pictures!

Lexi said...

Hey- no more ants! ;-)

That is so exciting! When do you move in?!

Where are the pictures?!

PICTURES! PICTURES! PICTURES!

I can't wait to see it :-)

Sarah R. said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you guys! Hopefully you'll still come and watch LSU games with us!!

Robin D said...

JEALOUS, JEALOUS, JEALOUS! But I'm so very happy for ya'll! It sounds wonderful and knowing you you'll have it decorated so cute!

Anna and Dell said...

congratulations!!! I want to come dream hgtv dreams too. I love the planning stage! We will miss you in our ward though. You house sounds like a dream. I'd love to see more details of it. I adore houses. They're so full of possibilities.

Cory said...

I am so excited for you guys!!! I can't wait to see it! I expect playgroup to be at your house all summer! ;)

Jenn said...

That is great news! I can't wait to see pics. Sounds awesome. Man we need to come live in yalls neighborhood. I know you love the new part. Sounds like it couldn't be more perfect. Congrats, love yall!

Holly said...

Yay! I'm so excited. I know you will do a fabulous job of decorating and making it feel like your home. You have always had a talent for making a space feel like home. Some of my favorite memories of living with you were of coming home when you had been home cleaning and the apartment would feel so warm and inviting.

You know I am dying to see pictures of this house. It sounds like y'all found a great home in a wonderful location. I see you put your New Orleans real estate lessons to good use :) I am still grateful for your tips when we bought our house.

Nulphs said...

Congrats on the new home!! it sounds fantastic, expecially the location! i want pics as soon as you get in!!