Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I didn't see this coming...

Ummm yeah - so the Mr. and I house hunted for about 6 months. The search was long, starting with no inventory in the winter, to a crazy spring market of bidding wars (we lost two), to the summer of 2009. Where there was nothing.

Until Canada Day Weekend.

We were up at the cottage where it was rainy and cold (where IS the summer?!) so we did a lot of indoor activities, including browsing the web for houses and we found it. The one.

It had just come on the market and looked almost perfect for us. It was on a street we like, had all of the features we were looking for, and was renovated to our taste!

Oh yeah, it was IN OUR PRICE RANGE!

So we came home from the cottage early to go to the open house. Beautiful day to see a house. Birds were chirping, the sun was shining. It was meant to be.

We walked around and it was perfect. Not in a 'oh my god I've never seen anything so amazing' way (we've seen a LOT of houses and a few that were out of our price range) but in a 'this place is so beautiful, has everything we want, feels like home and we can afford it' kind of way.

To me, the practical decision maker, it was perfect.

So we put in an offer on the Monday (yep, the NEXT day), and after a few sign backs, we became the (conditional) owners of our first home!!!

It was conditional on a few inspections that took place later in the week it passed with flying colours (for a house built in 1901)!

Here is the front of the house:




This blog will be a little window into our home and how we do what we can to make it ours. Hope you enjoy your stay!


17 comments:

Debbie said...

What a beautiful house!

Maggie @ Okay, now what? said...

Just reading this now. We bought our house the same weekend after loosing 2 previous offers and searching for months!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Really!? THat is so funny Maggie. I think it is because it was the long weekend and everyone was at the cottage!! Lucky us I guess!

MagUK said...

Hi, I came across your blog because I'm searching for paint colours for my front door. I've been doing it for too long and I  need to make a decision. My decision was Oak Apple by Fired Earth. It's another UK make similar to Farrow and Ball. (I don't know if you have this make in Canada). I realise now the paint doesn't come in the finish I need and I'm hooked on the colour now. I noticed the colour of your lovely house was very similar and wondered if you knew what it is? 

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Hi Mag! Are you looking for the colour of the door or the house?

MagUK said...

The house please

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Okay let me go hunt in the basement for the colour. I'll get back to you!

Tanya @ dans-le-townhouse.blog said...

Great house!!

dewofthedesert said...

I just found your blog by following Lindsay's link and I love it! We are also the proud newish owners of an old house (ours was built in 1920) and I started a blog to document our experience as new homeowners; renos  and all other happenings.

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Thanks for dropping by!

Cherry Pie said...

I just stumbled on your blog. The house is great, and how awesome that you found the house over the long weekend like that. We just sold a house that we loved because we had twins and outgrew it too quickly.

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

I actually know a few people that had luck on a long weekend!! If we had twins we'd have to move too :-)

Beachier said...

I found your blog and would love to link to it from mine if you don't mind. Always interesting to see how other T.O.-ers approach renos and design. Love the look of the work you have done so far! I am www.soontobeachier.wordpress.com.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

it's a gorgeous house! very belated congrats :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Aw thank you!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I love your blog and your renovations --- where did you get the lamp in your bedroom?

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Which lamp?