Monday, February 12, 2007

Home Sweet Home

This weekend, I went down to Richmond and BOUGHT A NEW HOUSE! Ok, technically, I put an offer on a house, and technically it's a townhome, but the offer has been verbally accepted.

And before you ask, no, I don't have pictures to post. I'll take some for you when I go back down for the home inspection in the next two weeks.

But let me describe it for you. It's in the West End of Richmond (it's one of a few trendy areas in the city) in an area called Shannon Green, in a subdivision called Summer Hill. It's a townhome, and it is about 1200 sq-ft. Plenty of space for me and the cat. There's an adorable front porch with one little quirk - one of the railing posts is upside down! I LOVE it, because it means I'll fit right in. Ha ha. You walk in to a very open living room, with a huge window that looks out on said porch and the blooming cherry tree (or plum, we can't tell yet) in the front yard. There's a half bath off of the entranceway. Next, there's a HUGE eat-in kitchen with a look-through/bar area from the living room, and definitely more than one kitchen drawer (I only have one in my condo) with tons of cabinets and a pantry. There's a washer/dryer room off the kitchen separated by bi-fold doors. Off the kitchen is a huge double door which leads out to my small backyard, featuring a concreate patio and a storage unit. The view out of the back door is an embankment with a tree - no peeping toms from the townhouses in the next court over.

Let me take you upstairs, (there are 2 floors) where the most beautiful hall light hangs to light our way. There are two bedrooms and two full baths. And both of the bedrooms and the hallway have vaulted ceilings. The master bedroom has his and hers closets and a small full bath, with possibly the nicest ceiling fan I've seen (the previous owner updated all the light fixtures). The guest room also has a walk-in closet, and then the larger bath is at the end of the hall. All of the baths have a tan marble vanity top with a "shell" sink and the former owner also updated all of the towel racks, etc. on the walls.

No house would be perfect, and I expected to have to do a bit of work. First things first, I'll need to paint. The bedrooms upstairs are just not my taste (one is pink. ugh) and I'll paint the living room and kitchen as well. The kitchen definitely needs new laminate, and I'll probably do something fancy with the floor in the entryway. Maybe some marble tile. But I would make whatever home I bought "mine" with little Carmen touches, so all in all, it's the perfect place for me.

I met one set of neighbors. They were having a birthday party for their small daughter, and outside, you could hear the noise, but inside my home, NADA! QUIET! The townhouse is an interior unit, so I was concerned about that, but not anymore! The neighbors seem nice enough, except the homes on either side of me have VIRGINIA TECH flags in their windows. I'll just have to go order myself the biggest UVA flag I can find. ;)

There is some movement on the selling my own home front as well. I won't go into it now though, because I don't want to jinx anything there. But keep your fingers crossed for me.

17 comments:

Melli said...

WOWWIE ZOWWIE!!! You GO girl! How EXCITING!!! Carmen, it sounds wonderful! Oh, I'm SO excited for you!!! *clap*clap*clap* And I'm crossin' my fingers and sayin' some prayers for all to go favorably with the condo too! Whooo hooo! *VBG*

Janet said...

Congrats, Carmen, it sounds beautiful! I have townhouse envy :-)

Red said...

Wow, that sounds fantabuloso, Carmen! Hope your offer gets accepted and everything move quickly so you and the Poohster can move into this dream place!

jenn said...

sounds like you found a real winner. 2.5 baths? That's three toilets to clean, but I guess you don't have to use all of them, since it's just you!

I'm so thrilled for you, good luck on the condo. It's adorable, so it should move pretty fast I would think!

Renee said...

Wow! That sounds wonderful! Your description makes me wanna move into your almost home. I think Pooh is going to be very impressed.

Hope that everything goes well and you're all settled soon. Will you be able to paint before you move in?

mar said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for youuu!!!! Good luck, good luck (can't wait to see pics!!)

Goofy Girl said...

Sounds very nice!! I hope the other deal goes thru too!!

Cheysuli said...

Carmen your condo sounds perfect! When can I move in?

By the way, I found the dress on Demetrios Brides. It's under prom dresses. I think it's the first one. Unfortunately, I'm not the model!

Sylvia said...

Boy. I've really missed a lot!

Congratulations, and I hope it works out for you.


(Crossing fingers, toes, legs hands and eyes. I'll cross other stuff later when James gets home)

Libragirl said...

It sounds awesome. Congratulations and good luck.

Sean said...

my little sister went from being an aggie to a hoakie. guess it seemed like a natural progression from the undergrad to the grad degree...

congrats on the new house!

Rose said...

Congrats, Carmen. What wonderful news!

Anthony said...

It sounds great, Carmen. Especially with basketball season heating up, the Virginia flag would be a great touch.
The best part is the quiet part. I wish my place was as much so. I hear my neighbors clomping up the stairs, and at night, I can hear their shower and toilet. Ugggh.

local girl said...

Sounds like things are moving along nicely for you! I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Hails said...

Ohh that is soo exciting and your hopefully new house sounds soooo gorgeous! cant wait to see a photo!

Fingers crossed on your home front as well!

Kukka-Maria said...

I'm just so glad to hear Pooh will have his own closet! His and hers...

Teena said...

Congrats on the new house! It sounds great! I can't wait for the housewarming party!!!!