After last week’s post showing the house in it’s inglorious state after the water damage, we’ve decided to throw it back even further to June of 2015, when we purchased the house.
We started looking at houses in January, about a month after we found out we were pregnant – bless our little honeymoon baby! – and came to terms quickly with the fact that we were searching in the most expensive area of the country to buy a home. I blame House Hunters – Southern Editions for false expectations about how fun it would be to decide between the house with the open concept but “dated” 1997 kitchen, or the new-build house with complete customization options but *gasp* 5 minutes away from the ideal school district.
House Hunters – Westchester edition would not make for good TV, unless it’s more of a “look how much money you have to spend to get anything above a shack” type of show. At the end of the episode the three houses may look something like this: 1. House on the real estate listing that looks perfect – updated finishes, open concept, perfect! Until you pull up and the backyard is five feet from the train tracks. 2. House that has seemingly never been updated since it was built in the 1920’s. But it’s an adorable Tudor with SO much potential! (and so many future headaches) 3. The foreclosure you have to do a drive by on – but can’t go in – and gives you delusions that you can be like Tarek and Christina and turn a 60k profit in one month’s time. After a little elbow grease, of course – c’mon! 😉
Sarles was most like number 2. Except it’s not even a cute Tudor. BUT it does have a stream (AKA the Saw Mill River) in the backyard. We have a water view!! Check that off on the bucket list. I can’t help it but all I think about when I see the stream is playing Pooh sticks with my son! It was also on an adorable street, with adorable houses, with adorable kids outside playing in their yards. The American Dream.
During our first viewing of the house, the homeowners were home. We were immediately greeted by an older gentlemen who was so excited and insisted on showing us around his home personally – all while his wife chided, “Now, leave them alone. Let them take their own look around!!” to which he would reply, “But I just need to show them….” It was wonderful seeing his pride of ownership and how determined he was to make sure the house was passed on to a young couple starting a family. He had lived in the home for over 50 years! We hope to be here just as long too.
We saw the potential in the home, and felt confident and assured knowing we had a strong network of family and friends to help us with improvements. Pat’s father is a master carpenter and my father is extremely handy as well. In those first few months in the home, all while waiting for baby, we were able to rip down every inch of wallpaper and paint every room, open up and update the kitchen, completely update/remodel the first floor bathroom, and update electrical throughout the house. Looking back a mere 10 months later while posting these pictures, it’s amazing to think about how far we have already come.