Monday, June 23, 2008

welcome home!

Jake and I have been on a major roller coaster for the past year. After a lot of thought and careful planning, we decided to put our lovely condo in the south burbs on the market last June. There were rumors about a real estate market downturn in the Chicago area, but like a lot of homeowners, we felt that our place was special and that we wouldn't have those same problems. We were wrong. Fortunately, other than some major stress over driving to work, to friends and to family, we did not NEED to sell our place. We were financially secure, we hadn't bought a new place yet and no one had been transferred to a job in a new city. We had, however, staged our house to high heaven and it no longer felt like our home. We were mentally ready to go.

Then, one lucky day, a young couple came through the condo and loved it as much as we had. Within 24 hours, we were under contract. We close in one week (fingers firmly crossed, prayers to St. Joseph said daily) and we are nervous, excited and a little bit scared about taking the next step. Please meet the next step:


We still have another three weeks until we close and I might be jinxing myself by posting this picture, but I had to share because it has been totally consuming my thoughts for the past month. It needs a little (read: a lot) of TLC before we can move in and it will look a bit different when we are done. We have been doing a lot of research on bungalows and Craftsman style and we are a bit excited to restore the home to its original glory. We had our inspection this morning, and there weren't any major surprises (yay!) which means we are planning to move forward with the contract.

As you might imagine, this is all a bit overwhelming since the wedding is in 74 days. I am now so grateful that we delayed our honeymoon until January! The beach will be so, so welcome after months of demo, sanding and painting!

Any tips on keeping cool would be appreciated :)

9 comments:

  1. you have no idea how jealous i am, i love craftsman homes and dream of owning one someday! congrats! do you mind telling us what neighborhood you will be living in??

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  2. Your new house is amazing! I am so jealous. That is going to be a wonderful home.

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  3. We are actually moving to Elmhurst, a suburb on the west side. We picked it because it is so close to the city- only a 18 minute train ride!

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  4. oh i love elmhurst, that is where FH grew up. so exciting!

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  5. I love your house! I am also a huge fan of craftsman style homes. congratulations on becoming a homeowner!

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  6. Congratulations! My friend lives in a great Craftsman home and she loves it. No advice on keeping cool; I am the opposite of calm in these matters. :) Good luck!

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  7. the house is adorable. you will be so happy to have all of your things settled and moved in before going on your honeymoon. we moved into our bungalow in december before the may wedding. what a blessing to get it out of the way! good luck with finalizations of everything!

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  8. I just went through the same thing - we closed last Monday. And we have a TON of work to do on our place too.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that is goes well for you. And think how nice it will be to come home to your new home. Congrats!

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  9. Thank you all for the good wishes! I will keep you posted after we close.

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