Animal Friends

Part of the attraction to this house was the area it is in.  It’s surrounded by 27 acres of nature preserve. This includes woods, wetlands, and the beach. There are critters everywhere , which I absolutely LOVE! We’ve only been here a week and I’ve already spotted a lot of animals…most of them right up on our deck!  The first day I was here I put some seed out on the deck and almost immediately cardinals, blue jays, doves, a woodpecker, and blackbirds flew down to eat…I knew then that I was going to love it here. 🙂 I love looking out the kitchen window and seeing this!

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Interior House Tour

So after our moving horror show this weekend, we finally have wifi. Yay! These are photos taken before we did anything to the house.  Right after we closed we made some changes before we moved in.  It took two weeks from closing to moving day.  I’ll show the progress photos and changes we made in a later post.

When you walk in the front door and look to the left you’ll see the living room. I love the fireplace and all of the windows.  I can’t wait to be cuddled up on the couch (once it’s delivered) during a snowstorm with a fire going. 🙂

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The French doors lead into the sunroom, another favorite for me.

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Here’s the deck that is off the sunroom.

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I absolutely love the kitchen windows.  It’s one of my favorite things in the house. They look out onto one of the nature preserves that borders our property (the other is across the street).  This is where I see all of the animal visitors (deer, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, birds) to our yard.

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View of the dining room from the kitchen.

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 The Dining Room

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 The Guest Bathroom

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Office

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Master Bedroom

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Downstairs Bedroom

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 Upstairs Bedroom #1 (not sure what we will use this for)Image

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Upstairs Bedroom #2 (maybe another office?)

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When you walk through the closet of this bedroom there is an unfinished attic. This house is definitely not lacking storage!

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Upstairs Bathroom

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Upstairs Bedroom #3 (Guest Room)

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Finished Side of the Basement

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Unfinished Side of the Basement

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Another one of my favorite things about this house…future home for my art studio space! So excited for this!!!    Image

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Laundry Area

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Garage

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 You can see posts about the exterior of the house here and here.

 I have so many plans and projects for this house. 🙂

Stay tuned,

Geralyn

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

I love when something has a good story behind it.  Our new house is known around town as “The Wizard of Oz House”.  The former owner was an artist.  He handcrafted beautiful birdhouses.  He also created a legit yellow brick road, with a life-size Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Wicked Witch of the West on the property. Yes, a YELLOW. BRICK. ROAD.

When we first looked at the property during the open house, the realtors made the owner take down the characters for fear that potential buyers would run away before they even pulled into the driveway.  We had no idea about the house being “famous” in the town.  As we were looking at the property, I was enamored with the whole vibe of the property.  We walked to the front of the property and began walking on the brick pathway that was not really yellow anymore.  We thought it was a strange spot for a path and were trying to figure out why it was there.  As we were on it, I said to Steve, “I feel like I’m on the yellow brick road.”  With that the realtor turned to us…”Funny you should say that.”

She went on to explain that it actually was a recreation of the Wizard of Oz.  There was an article written in the New York Times about it.

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When you type our address into Google Maps, this is what you see…

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How friggin cool is that?!?! Not many people can say they google their address and they see the Wizard of Oz!

The characters are no longer there and the yellow brick has faded, but the spirit of Oz still remains.  You can still see hints of yellow on the brick and faces are still on the trees. Here’s what it looks like now:

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We plan on keeping what remains of Oz…maybe even repainting the bricks.  I think this history makes our home that much more awesome.

There’s no place like home,

Geralyn

Home Sweet Home or “We Bought a Park?!?”

It’s true…we are homeowners! I still can’t really believe it.  Our house hunting adventures began back in January.  We had been talking about buying a house for a while but just weren’t ready to take the plunge.  I would look on realtor.com for the last few years just to see what was out there. The first thing we had to figure out was where we wanted to live.  This was no easy task.  We wanted land (Steve had to be able to throw a football in the yard to his brothers or our future children…no joke this is what he told the realtor), it had to be close enough to the city for Steve’s commute, and I really, really, really wanted to live near the beach.  So I started looking at different towns that fit the profile.  We narrowed it down and started casually looking at open houses on the weekends.  We weren’t in any rush and it was fun to go house hunting.  After seeing a few houses, we realized that Steve and I had very different tastes (not that we didn’t know that already) and requirements for what we wanted.  After a couple of months we decided to get a realtor and get a little more serious.  I would go with the realtor during the week after work and if I saw anything I liked, I would bring Steve back to see it.  I also would jam pack our weekends with as many open houses as we could fit in…usually 10 a day.  By the beginning of May we thought we may never find “the one”.  It’s true what they say, “When you find the right one, you will just know.”  On paper, many of the houses we looked at seemed perfect, but they just didn’t feel right.  We became frustrated after seeing close to 75 houses and thought we would never find the house that was just right for us.  Finally, one Saturday in the middle of May we went to another open house.  As we were driving up the block I didn’t feel anything special.  Even as we first saw the house, I wasn’t all that impressed.  But then I saw these beautiful bird houses on the property (turns out they were made by the former owner.  You can read more about him here.) and saw how big the property was.  When we started walking through the house I had a big smile on my face and when I looked at Steve, I realized he had one too.  We continued walking through the house and we both had “that” feeling…the punch you in the stomach, take your breath away feeling.  We had finally found it…our home!

The house is a farm ranch that was built-in 1945 on a 1.25 acre lot and surrounded by 27 acres of nature preserve.  We only have one neighbor, who you can’t really see from our house.  There is wildlife everywhere, which I absolutely love because I am a huge animal lover.  The beach is less than a mile down the road (score!) and a golf course across the street. The house has endless potential and I couldn’t have asked for more!

Here it is…Home Sweet Home!  We better get some really good lawn equipment!

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 Welcome Angel: This had to be a sign from the universe!

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 Right side of the house…fire pit and hot tub.

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 Back of the house:

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 Outside the sunroom:

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 Reminds me of The Secret Garden:

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 Entrance to the Koi Pond:

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Our Koi Pond:

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 This is the frog that lives in our koi pond.  I see him hanging out there almost every day. I named him Jeremiah because…well… you know why.  Now I bet you can’t get the song out of your head. 😉

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So there you have it.   It’s very overgrown so we have a lot of work cut out for us.  Next time I’ll post all the interior photos.  We have already started making some changes so I’ll definitely  show some before and after shots.

XOXO,

Geralyn