We got the happy news Monday night that the bank accepted our offer! It’s nice not to feel homeless anymore. If this didn’t work out I was really dreading the emotional let down, restarting house hunting, and enduring a longer amount of time in limbo. So grateful we found something that we both feel so good about.
The house is in Tampa, near Citrus Park mall. It’s only 10 minutes from Ben’s office and zoned for fairly good schools. Never imagined myself living in Tampa, but it will be fun to meet a new group of people. It will also be nice to live close to Mike and Sarah. This isn’t our “Forever House” but I could see us living there for a few years. Ben thinks we’ll just be in it a year or two and then hopefully sell it for a profit and buy a house in Pinellas County. Who knows? Our plan was to stay in our current house three years and it will be seven this month.
The house has a unique layout. The front doors open to a stair case which splits at the landing. The right goes to the master bedroom and bathroom. The left goes to two bedrooms and a bathroom. The downstairs has a dining room to the right of the stairs and it’s matched by a living room on the left. Very symmetrical which I like. The kitchen is to the back right when you walk in the front doors and the family room is behind the stairs. There’s another bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room to the back left of the lower floor. The house is 2200 sqft. It’s not huge but it’s bigger than what we have. I think it will be perfect. I wish the house had a slightly larger kitchen and family room but the rest of the house was exactly what we were looking for. We also love that the house is in a quiet, safe neighborhood. I’m not sure about parks or places to walk to, but hopefully we’ll find something.
We are hoping to close in 30 days. The house needs some work so we probably won’t move in for another month after the close. We plan to have the inside and outside repainted, new flooring in the whole house, update bathrooms, gate around the pool, and spruce up the stairs a little. We have a few other dream projects but I’m not sure if the budget will stretch that far – new doors, trim, and built in bookcase in living room to name a few.
We’re excited and relieved to have found our next house. Any suggestions about how to make it cute? Please share!
These pictures are in reverse order. Sorry about that!