Welcome to our home! This is where the magic happens. And by magic I mean that I’ve been known to spend endless hours singing and dancing to impromptu songs composed of absolutely the most ear grating sounds possible. Just ask Rob – he loves them. A house you feel this good coming home to can do that to a person.
We started our home search five years into our relationship and less than a year into our time living together! Now you may think that it’s a crazyyy serious purchase and commitment for a young couple who haven’t even hit their first year of deciding whether or not they could stand to listen to each other breathe every night… and you might be right. Luckily for us we’ve been listening to each other breathe with only the occasional interrupted bliss since 2012. The decision to buy a home so soon – and so young! we were only 21 and 22 at the time – was two fold. The first reason is that Rob is a 54 year old man at heart (and in his knees) and he was ready to feel rooted when he was approximately 10 days old. The second reason is that he made a ton of sense when explaining to me that we were putting all of our hard earned rent money into nothing of long term value.
And so began the process of home ownership. After we went through all of the super fun stuff, you know… meeting with a home loan officer, eating rice and beans for 6 months to save money, eradicating our social life to avoid turning down opportunities where we would have to spend said money, and just generally being poor in order to build our savings for a down payment …we got down to brass tacks and starting searching for our dream “starter” home. The search took us in a few different directions but what we did know right off the bat was this: we did NOT want a tract home. I think we may have thrown our primarily suburban real estate agent for a real curve ball with this request.
We looked at a range of turn-key and some seriousssly troubled historic fixer uppers (think open concept in the sense that you can see your outdoor space from a gap between your wall and your floor). We almost pulled the trigger on a spacious turn key with a formal dining room and orgasmically large laundry room UNTIL the very next morning a historic beauty popped up fresh on the market. I have to give 100% credit to Rob on this one because he knew INSTANTLY. He turned to me and said, “This is our home.” It came down to location, location, location. Long story short we were 1 of 6 couples who bid on the house and somehow WE got our grubby little hands on it.
Here is what the house looked like when we bought it (photos from the MLS listing):
Our house is located a subdivision of the neighborhood that maintains a historic status from street to street and we are lucky enough to be on the side of the street that is still officially registered as historic. Our little (1,200 sq feet to be exact – dripping with character and around .003% storage space) green beauty was built in 1939 and owned by the same couple, Andrew and Goldie Golden, – yeah. I wish I had enough foresight before I was born to end up with a name that cute, too – for about 60 years. We purchased it from a flipper who did a decent job recovering the home from the pretty rough condition it was in. I say “decent” because while it maintained a lot of the historic feeling of the home it had some pretty cheap and run of the mill fixtures and upgrades (“flipper-grade” if you will) and *GASP IN HORROR* the original hallway cove builtins were removed. Now, I don’t know about you but we get just as tingly/borderline aroused as the next person when we see an original fixture or built in character, so this was a serious bummer. But overall the house provided us the perfect base for us to express our personal style while honoring the way it was originally.
Fast forward to 5 years later, two historic home tours, and 1,265,427 projects later (give or take), we are more in love with our house than ever. Anddd we’re feeling more and more like we won’t be able to let this baby go. Our 7 year plan for this “starter” is looking more like 10 year plan… possibly even longer, and we’re totally cool with seeing where this home can take us. My time estimates are always off anyway, just ask anyone who’s ever waited for me to arrive at a scheduled dinner/date/meeting ever 😉 We can’t wait to show you what the inside looks like now and we hope you love it even half as much as we do!
xoxo Ariel & Rob