Not Just Any House

4/29/2014


Have I mentioned that Matt and I are looking for a house? To own? Even typing that word "own" makes my heart start to pound a little bit. Such a decision...such a commitment. It's like a long-term relationship, isn't it? Only the financial commitment up front is mind-blowing. This is especially true in California where many first time home buyers are going against investors with "all cash" offers. The bidding wars here are out of control, and it frankly presents a daunting and depressing situation. Will we ever find a home? Let alone get an offer accepted?

I'm also one of those extremely irritating people to real estate agents. I sort of want the weirdest, quirkiest house available. Shag carpet...great! Wood paneling...fabulous! Old, drooping cupboards with deep secrets...fantastic! Unfortunately those funky little weird houses are kind of few and far between. And it seems that more and more people are looking for something with quirky character, something they can refurbish a bit and truly call their own.

Of course what it all boils down to is the fact that this is a financially big decision, and while a dream house is far out of my grasp (how boring anyway), I'm searching for that home that screams: "Hey come love me! I'm kind of dusty and old and strange..." A house to raise my family and to truly make my own. I know it's out there. Hey home: It's me, Alexa, give me a ring, will you? A text? A tweet? ;)


Do you own a home? Or would you like to someday?

P.S. Just for fun, some things that might be cool in a house...someday.


Dwell Studio Otto Tangerine Pillow // Lulu & Georgia Olle Side Table // Bruno Planter // Lulu & Georgia Rwanda Rug // Anja End Table // West Elm Crosby Chair // Crate and Barrel Holden Vase

Photo (current home that we rent): Alexa Evans for Short & Sweet Blog (Rug from Lulu & Georgia sold out. Find others here

11 comments:

Leslie said...

My husband and I dream of owning a home. We're in DC, and the prices around here are so high! We like to look at real estate out in the suburbs because that's slightly less depressing. I hope you and Matt find a little house you can call your own. :)

Amanda || Eclectic Snapshots said...

How exciting! I'm with you, I want a home with quirky character. Maybe not shag carpet though, hahah.

Michaela said...

So fun and exciting. Your one-day-home will be awesome. I know it :) Love the picks here, too!

Jillian Manesh said...

YAH! soooo excited for you two! we own our condo and we found it pretty fast...but that was in 2011 when the market was still down. watch lots of house hunters to get some buying tips!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Laura {happily ever} Parker said...

I feel your pain. The San Francisco Bay Area is the number 1 hardest place to purchase a home right now. Between cost, investors and inventory I know you can relate! We were hoping to buy before little miss makes her appearance in August but I'm not so sure that will be happening anymore! :(

Johanna said...

Buying a house is such a process but we learned so much. Good luck on your search...it gets kinda fun like a game if you aren't under a time pressure crunch. I just loving seeing the potential!

Katy Byrne said...

It's terrifying at first (as you sign your name thirty times) but it's definitely worth it. Happy hunting! That's the best part

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Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

Can't wait until you find the perfect house! Because it is going to be beautiful and allllll yours :) Also... real estate in claifornia is terrifying so make those realtors work for it!!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I was the same way. The crazier the house, the more I liked it. Enjoy the hunt!

Lauren said...

House hunting is exhausting, trying and FUN! I'm excited for you guys. We've owned our current home for nearly 11 years now, and it's the dearest space. But. Too big for the three of us with changing neighborhood demographics. We've just started to think about leaving for a new space. Which is crazy weird but exciting too.

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

yay! so exciting. i rent. i'd love to own a home, but here in portland it's expensive and (lots of investors/flippers here too), and there aren't a lot of places outside the city i'd want to look in. i dream of owning a home all the time, maybe someday. i wish you luck on your search!