Sunday, September 23, 2012

Which House Did We Pick?

You really don't think I would buy a condo?

Really?

After being my blog friend for years and years, you think you know me that well?

OK.

You do :-).

We did not buy the condo.  Though it was beautiful, and had great amenities, we just could not wrap our heads around not having some sort of yard/garden.

The house we made the offer on was house number 3.  Your guesses were pretty even between 2 and 3.  27 of you picked 2 and 35 picked house number 3.  No one picked the condo.

So here is where we are.  The sellers have graciously agreed to take care of some issues.  We are waiting on the bank appraisal.  In the mean time would you like to see more pictures of the house we chose?  Today, the outside.  Next post inside pictures.

The house has a steep front yard, but it has some ground cover and we will plant more ground cover and that will take care of that.  It has light gray hardiplank siding with white and dark gray trim.  I think we will change out the dark gray trim to all white trim.


As you can see, it has a great front porch.  The following pictures are the view you see standing on the front porch.

Mountain view to the left.


Lake view to the right.


Closer picture of the lake view below.


View looking a little towards the right with mountains in the distance.  It was a hazy day when I took this last photo.


The back yard...it is small, but I think a good size for us now.  We will add a pergola like we did at our last home, on a smaller scale.


There is a small patio off the great room with French doors.  It has a fire pit.  I think we will be removing that and putting a fireplace in it's place.

Here is a view of the back yard from the opposite direction.


It has a lot of landscaping in place that just needs a little trimming.  Plus we will add more when we get settled in.  I have hydrangeas!!


The walkway from the driveway.

The pretty stone retaining wall.  The base of the house is stone too.


Here are the stats on the house.  It is a 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bath home.  It has a bonus room upstairs.  It is about 2300 square feet.  That is about 1300 square feet smaller than the home we just sold.  It is a perfect size for the two of us.

Keep your fingers crossed on the bank appraisal.  I will show you inside pictures in the next post.   Thanks for house hunting with me!!
Welcome Home,
Penny

42 comments:

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

My fingers are crossed! Hope all goes well with the appraisal Penny!

Jojo said...

Hope it works out. Beautiful views!

Vee said...

I was wrong, though I can certainly see that this home has many charms and it will be gorgeous when you and your hubby get your hands on it. The front sloping yard concerned me. If you're not concerned; I won't be. What fantastic views! (Think you can talk a neighbor into cutting a tree or two. ;> )

Daffodil Hill said...

Good luck. I can't wait to see all the changes. It's pretty already, though.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nice home. Love those views. I am sure you will get it and y'all will add your special touches.

Christine said...

YEA!
Great choice. What views!
Can't wait to see more.

Terra said...

This house is a charmer, and the best feature is that huge front porch, and the views. Wonderful.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Penny,
Oh my goodness...it's one beautiful home with stunning views. I hope all goes well and y'all will be moving in very soon. How is your booth going for you...I am thinking about going down to just one.

Blessings,
Linda

Canadian Chickadee said...

Scrolling back and looking at the photos you posted earlier of house # 3, it sounds as if you made a good choice. Can't wait to see the photos of the house after it's been "Penny-ized!" xoxo

Mimi Sue said...

Hope all goes great with the appraisal. It's going to be fun seeing what you'll do with this adorable house. LOVE those dormer windows. Mimi

Bonnie said...

I guessed correctly. This house has so much potential. Good luck. I can't wait to see you transform it into a stunning, raving, beauty.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

sending good wishes for the appraisal.
So happy ya'll found the home you hoped for.

Looking forward to seeing more.
what an exciting time- wooohoooo.

Rose H (UK) said...

Finger crossed here for you too - what a great position :o))
Rose H
xx

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a pretty view. Somehow I knew you would pick this one. We replaced the siding on our mountain house with Hardiplank and it's a fabulous material.
Sam

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

The sloping yard threw me off on my guess. The views are incredible! I'll admit, I'm a little envious. You're flatlands Florida friend, Jeanne. :)

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

The sloping yard threw me off on my guess. The views are incredible! I'll admit, I'm a little envious. You're flatlands Florida friend, Jeanne. :)

Pondside said...

I'll have to go back and see the previous posts - I've been out of the loop! It looks like you made a great choice!

see you there! said...

Love it! Love the views. There is something about a "long vista" that is so relaxing. Wish I could sit out on that porch with you.

Darla

Karen Harvey Cox said...

The views are spectacular Penny. Mountains and the lake are really special. It is already a beautiful home, I am sure you two will make it look even more gorgeous. I love that you are on a new adventure. It will be so much fun to see you design and add your own touches to this home. I'll say a prayer that bank appraisal goes the way you want it to.

Karen

Catherine Holman said...

Beautiful Penny! I'm sure you are so excited to get settled in to your forever home!

Sarah said...

Congratulations, Penny. Love the views from that wonderful front porch. Good luck with all the details of the closing..........Sarah

Sandy said...

I really enjoyed your house-hunting! This house is lovely. Can't wait to see the inside. I live five minutes from Pensacola Beach, but dream of living in the mountains.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The outside is lovely, Penny! Can't wait to see the inside!

Kelly said...

It's very pretty! I think I chose this one? It looks like it will be perfect for you.

Cozy Little House said...

That's the one I thought you'd pick. I would have!
Brenda

Donna said...

Penny, what a beautiful house! I hope everything works out for you. How exciting!

Hugs,
Donna

Debbiedoo's said...

Congrats to you!~ You made a fabulous choice Penny. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you do.

20 North Ora said...

Penny - Looks like a beautiful home and oh, those views. So peaceful. I know you are more than ready to move in and get settled. Fun!!

Judy

Jeanne said...

Hi Penny, I picked the right one. I love the area photos and I hope the appraisal is good. It is a very lovely home and for the third time...I love the dormers. LOL. The lake view is awesome and I do like the landscaping very much. I like the fire pit as well. We love our smaller home (a little less than 2,000 Sq, ft.) However, we are on 1 & 1/3 acres. A lot to mow but we love where we live. It looks like your view is practically circle vision. So pretty.
Best wishes to you both on this new home adventure.
Hugs,
Jeanne

Beverly said...

Love it, Penny.♥ I am so excited for you.

Kathleen Grace said...

I knew it! I didn't consider the condo for a moment, I just knew you needed a yard to grow tomatoes and other yummy things. The views are beautiful and I can't wait to see inside:>)

Melanie said...

What a gorgeous house - and I love the views! Can't wait to see the inside.

Pat said...

I love the stone around the foundation! Beautiful views and wonderful home. Looking forward to seeing the inside.

bj said...

Being of the olden age that I am, I was concerned about that steep front yard. However, if you don't mind it, like VEE, I won't worry, either. :))

Love that big front porch.
You will have it all dressed and pretty in no time at all.
xo bj

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
I just knew it...house 3:)
How fun for you, its the perfect house and you are going to doll her up in no time. I can't wait to see all the changes.
Sending hugs, Elizabeth

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Penny...it's been a while since I have visited. I am so sorry! And then I get here and find out you are moving. Seems like just yesterday you had just moved into the old house and was so busy fixing it up. Wasn't that just a couple of months ago?? lol Love your "new" house, especially that stone wall. We had a stone wall in our old house and I loved it. If I had my druthers I think I would move now into something smaller and more manageable. 10 acres is a lot to take care of but Bobby G. wouldn't here of it right now. :) xoxo

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Oh Penny,it's so pretty. I am so curious to know where it is. We looked for a new house in North Carolina, near Asheville, but in the end decided we would wait until Hubby retires, since we just aren't there enough each year to enjoy it. We sold our North Carolina house in December. This summer we simply rented a house in Asheville. That was fun to have a place to stay with a kitchen, but then leave without having to think about maintaining it while we aren't there.

You chose well, that house is so pretty and the view is wonderful.

Jenn said...

How beautiful! I love it, it has such character already and I'm sure you'll make it even better.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations, Penny! It is a beautful home and I know you will make it shine!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I lived in a house just a wee bit larger than that in Arizona and it was the perfect size. We would love to retire in something about that size instead of this monstrosity we are in. I'm happy you two made your decision. Love the house and that neat stone wall!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I really like this house! The views are so pretty and I love that you have a small yard but big enough to plant a few of your favorite things.

Pamela said...

Penny I can't wait to see how you transform this home! I need to go back and see which one I thought you would pick.