Who wants to see my new house?

I stole these images off a real estate website…

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So basically they are totally crappy quality photos.

I’ve taken at least a hundred photos of the house, but to post them tonight would require me to get up, go to my car (In 100 degree heat), get my camera, unload the pics, sort through them, upload them, and then post them. No Thanks.

Whew. That wore me out just typing it. So for today, you get the crappy quality pics instead.

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Don’t worry my little Padawans, you will be seeing plenty of pictures of my new house in due time. You’ll probably see my new house so much that you’ll eventually get sick of my new house and will send me hate mail asking me to please stop posting pics of my new house.

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One great thing about buying a home in TEXAS is that real estate is not expensive. Well, it’s expensive to us Texans that grew up in Texas and don’t know any different, but to everyone else, Texas real estate is ch-eeap.

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My new house (I say “my” like I actually own it, but technically we still haven’t even closed, so I’m still living at my mom’s house) isn’t cheap but it’s BIG. A whopping 3600 square feet actually. Yippie!

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If I were buying in Los Angeles or New Jersey (both are places I’ve actually lived) then I’d be getting a cracker-jack sized 1 bedroom house in scary-ville that wasn’t suitable for humans to actually live in.

But in Texas? In Texas I get a 3600 square foot house. (I love Texas!)

It does help that the house is a foreclosure house. One family’s loss is my gain. 🙂 I feel bad for them, but Thank You anyway because it made this home just barely eek into our price range.

Okay, so now for the 29 photo tour…

(Can I preface by saying that I plan on painting 100% of the interior of the house…?)

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Entry way. As inspiring as the “Bless All Who Enter” is, it will be removed within about 30 seconds of closing on the house (which better happen soon or I’m going to poke someone in the eye!)

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I’m pretty sure this is my favorite room in the entire house (can you sense my sarcasm?): The Dining Room. The previous owner decided to paint the entire room (not just the walls but the ceiling also) in purple and gold faux. This room will receive a head to toe makeover as soon as I can find a can of paint and a roller. Yikes.

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“Formal Living Room” aka “We don’t know what to use this room for so I guess we’ll put our piano in here” room.

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Family Room. Like we even need a fire place in Austin, Texas (it’s 100 degrees right now!) but boy am I excited to decorate this one!!!

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Another view of the Family Room.

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Kitchen. Sile stone counter tops. Niiiiiiiice.

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Second view of kitchen. That arch over the sink overlooks the family room.

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Breakfast Area. You can’t really tell in this picture, but this area could hold a table for 15… at least. (Okay, maybe not that many, but it’s a big area!).

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Master Bedroom. Does the term “Master Bedroom” kinda grate on you? Like I’m the Master and my kids are the servants? I don’t know, it just sounds so Type A Control Freak-ish to me.

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Angle two of the “Master” Bedroom. Through the archway on the left is the closet and the right is the bathroom.

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About 1/3 of our “Master” closet aka: our 6th bedroom. 😉

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Master bathroom. Love. Pure love.

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Laundry/Mud Room. I am so friggin’ excited about this room. I sound so lame-o, but it’s a real ROOM. It’s not a closet or a hole in the wall. It’s an actual room. And it’s big. And there’s extra room for a utility refrigerator/freezer and a place for me to install cute “mud room” type hooks and a bench.

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Okay, this is a total waste of blog space, but I promised all 29 photos, and this one was included in the batch.

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Guest Bedroom. As much as my mom and everyone else I’ve shown the house to likes the blue walls, enjoy them now because they are so gone.

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Game Room. Or should I say “the room that’s so big I’m going to have to actually float my couch just so it’s close enough to the TV” Room. Nice big open space. Just don’t mention the utility bill to me right now to cool this 2nd floor. Because I’m not going to listen. I’m enjoying my fantasy too much at the moment.

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Another view of the Game Room. Texas Aggie fans rejoice. Too bad I’m a Longhorn. This Maroon’s days are numbered.

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Your boring average builder grade bathroom.

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Son’s future bedroom.

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Another bathroom (there are 4 total).

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Daughter’s future bedroom. Yes, the football room is going to be my daughter’s room. Yes, I know how incredibly mean and cruel it is to give my daughter the football room when my son is hanging from my knees begging and crying for the football room. But she has to have this room. Why? See for yourself:

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Window seat. Yup, I want her to have the window seat. I know, I know, I win the mean mommy of the year award. But seriously, it’s a window seat. It just screams GIRL! I tried to convince my hubbs that she needed that room because it was further from the game room and the noise (she’s a light sleeper) but he didn’t buy it. He knows me too well. He took one look at that window seat and accused me of wanting our GIRL to have it. And he was right.

BUT, I’m going to repaint in a New York minute so she won’t live with footballs for long (ever?). And my son wants a skater/snow boarder type room anyway, so the football field doesn’t even match his theme…

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The 4th and final bathroom.

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5th bedroom which will be our office. This room and the Master are downstairs while the other 3 rooms are upstairs.

So there you have it. 29 photos of the house that is so close to being ours. Now all we need to do is put the hot poker to the Loan Officer guy and make him hurry up and set a closing date.

Maybe we’ll actually get to move in (and paint!) before the end of this month. We are hoping for next week, but we aren’t holding our breath.

Once I actually get my camera out of my car I’ll show you some of the big decor plans I’ve got for this house. I can’t wait to get in and start decorating (if I can afford it which I probably can’t!)

Thanks for being patient with me while I slack off on my poor blog. Trust me, I miss my blog more than you do.

Oh, and if you haven’t decided to pack up and move to Texas yet, you should.

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Comments

  1. Awesome! I would love to live in/near Austin someday as much as I would miss all the free babysitting from my parents here.

  2. Your home is gorgeous!! So glad you could share!!

    Shopper Gal
    http://www.shoppergal.com/

  3. LOVE IT!!!! Can’t wait to see all the fabulous things you will do with this house!

    P.S. You left your camera in your car?? Didn’t you learn your lesson in LA? Just kidding, I’m sure it’s safe and sound 🙂

  4. congrats on the new house!! 3600 sq ft is a dream!!!

  5. Hahaha, ohhh how I’ve missed your humor Allison!! You have a great house. 3600 square feet? Wow. Ummm, yea, I won’t mention how high your electricity bills will be and let you bask in the glory for a moment. I sure hope the AC is at least zoned or you have 2 units! 🙂

  6. Congrats on the house. I hope you get to close soon. I hate the waiting game.

  7. i adore every bit of it! it’s like the perfect mix of new, big, gorgeousness and a little bit of fix-it-upness. yay for you. plus austin is one of the coolest cities! i’m going there for vacay wednesday! i’ll be thinking of how jealous i am of people who get to live there the whole time! 🙂

  8. @Mattie “P.S. You left your camera in your car?? Didn’t you learn your lesson in LA?”

    OMG, I laughed out loud at this. Touche. I can’t believe after my car theft less than A MONTH AGO I left my camera in the car! You’d think I would learn my lesson. But this is Texas. And in Texas (and everywhere in the entire USA besides Beverly Hills for that matter) I’ve never had my car broken into. I guess old habits are hard to break.
    I should go get my crap out of my car now… Thanks for the reminder. 😉

  9. @Emily@decorchick

    Yes, we have two units (thank gosh!) One downstairs and one upstairs. Good thing my bedroom is on the main floor so I can be cool at night. The kids can just sweat it out and use ceiling fans. lol. 😉

  10. OKay…I’m already sick of seeing pictures of your new house! (kidding!!)

    Congrats on the house – looks nice!

    Sam

  11. Wow wow wow! What a beautiful house! I’d totally help you paint if I could – good luck with all that!

  12. Haha Allison – I live in Oklahoma where we don’t worry about stuff like that either! Nice to be home huh? Where people have better things to do than take other people’s crap and break their windows.

  13. The house is fabulous! And I would be painting that blue room before the ink dried on the loan papers.!!!!
    Love the Master bath…wowzers!
    Congrats on the house…very cool and very big!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  14. Hooray! The house is beautiful! Maybe you’ll have it all done by the time I get to Texas next June?? 😉

  15. OMGosh girl that dining room is to die for LOL Do you know who built your house? I really like it especially the front porch. I just left TX house hunting in that el cheapo real estate lol

  16. It’s beautiful!! I love that property is so cheap here, but you will never want to move anywhere else because you will just get less!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it 🙂

  17. It’s gorgeous! Maybe we need to move to Texas because real estate here sucks.

  18. I am so excited for you! I do have to say that the little Aggie remark really hurt deeply 😆 (you know I am just kidding with you) I think you are going to love your new house and you are definitely correct – Texas is the “best” place to live!

  19. Beautiful!! I cannot wait to see all the fun/crafty/lovely things you’ll do in your new pad! It’s just beautiful by the way! Congratulations!! 🙂

  20. Love the house! I grew up in Dallas and LOVE Texas. I, so, badly want to move back there, especially Austin. The Deaf community is large there. Maybe someday I will if I can convice my husband.

    Can NOT wait to see how you will fix up this house. So completely excited for you. 😀

  21. Awesome house! I’m in love with your kitchen… can’t wait to see how you transform the place!

  22. I am so with you on the window seat for your girls room. I am mom of 3 boys and 1 girl and I would have insisted on the same! Gorgeous house! Happy painting!

  23. 3600 square feet? Geez, woman, that’s a lot of paint!

    Good luck on the closing, the house is just wonderful.

  24. That’s an awesome house! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  25. lots and lots of great space and potential. love that cutout from the kitchen. boy, you said it! watching house hunters in the philly suburbs, we literally yelp when we see what we could get in texas and other states, lol. too bad i don’t want to move out of the tri-state area!

  26. Love your new house! We’re looking at a new house in about a year with similar elements, but not quite as big 😀 .
    Can’t wait to see what you do with it so I get some inspiration!
    Congrats on your new purchase!

  27. Wow, that house is HUGE! But lovely! Wow, you can do so much with it! I hope everything goes through okay and you guys get to move in (or at least start painting) soon! I can’t wait to see what you all do with it.

    ~Chelsea

  28. LOVE the new house! I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for keeping up with it! 🙂

  29. LOVE it! Love the front door. Very exciting! Yes, I too LOVE TEXAS real estate 🙂

  30. Apartment TLC says:

    believe me I totally get the window seat thing. yay for girly touches!

  31. i love it! love, love, love it! and YES! I wish I could pack up and move to Texas, did you say 3600 sq feet and 5 bedrooms?!?! I’d be in HEAVEN!!!! I’d finally get my craft room! Love the kitchen too so open! Im Jealous! BTW, I live in a 1200 sq foot home…. at $350 a square foot! And this we bought “affordable housing”

  32. I think it’s just a gorgeous house. Congrats, and can’t wait to see what you do with it!! When you close, of course…hope that day comes quickly for you!

  33. oh and btw i cant wait to see the transformation

  34. I can’t remember where this house is. Email and let me know how close you are moving!

    And yes I do want to hang out!

  35. Wow. Very nice.

  36. Congrats on the new house! Looks lovely… and will be fantastic with the redecorating you will be doing! Cant wait to see those photos as well.

    Any plans to extend the deck?

    Enjoy the excitement!

  37. Great buy! Love all the space. Now time to fill it all.

    TeamEdcob9tdv5g

  38. Wow! Nice BIG house. I’m def with you I would have given my girl the window seat… oh wait I have two girls so that would have been a problem. I can’t wait until you start decorating!

  39. Wow! That dining room is heinous! Can not wait to see how you transform your big beautiful house!

  40. Oh, Allison! It’s perfect!!! I am totally in lust with your kitchen! LOL

  41. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous right now. I’m tempted to pack up and move on back to Austin. Beautiful!

  42. The paint colors are making me twitch and I don’t even live there. 😆

    I can’t wait to see what you do with all of that space!

  43. OMG! I AM SOOOO HAPPY for you! I can not wait to see all your new projects! Congrats! (And agreed, the window seat is TOTALLY for a girl! Duh!) 😆

  44. LOVE it!! And the possibilities for decorating are fantastic! I hope you are able to close soon so you can jump in there and add your touch to make it your home! 😀

  45. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you do with it, espeically that purple and gold room. Yikes!

    Karen

  46. I love my big Texas home:) Congrats!

  47. Looks like the builder was cheap and didn’t want to spend money on crown molding and bought the bathrooms, tile, and sinks from a discount store

  48. Did someone pee in your Cheerios, Susie?

    Allison, it’s gorgeous 🙂

  49. Rebekah of All Thingz Related says:

    I think your house is gorgeous! I’m pretty sure I’d give my left pinky toe to have a house with all that space!!!

  50. I am pretty sure susie is sitting in her double wide right now just wishing she could afford a toilet from the discount store!

    I would kill for your “Cheap house” 😛

  51. Congratulations Allison! Hurray! It’s a beautiful home! I look forward to all of your projects that entail making this YOUR home! Keeping fingers crossed that the closing goes smoothly – Even if I hate you for having hot weather as I sit typing under my electric throw blanket watching the Steelers play in your home state! I should be there! 😉 haha

    Good luck this week!
    Roeshel

  52. Looks great to me! Love the 3600 square feet idea 🙂 Congrats & I can’t wait to see your transformations.

    p.s. I’ll never understand why some people insist on being so mean.

  53. Ha! Too funny. I’ll have to use that.

  54. I’d love to have your home. It was even pretty before you moved in.

    I can’t believe how rude people can be.

  55. Texas is great. Hope your closing goes smoothly – I have heard bad things about foreclosures, but hopefully they are all vicious lies! I’m looking forward to seeing you transform this shell of a house into your own home.

  56. I don’t know what is wrong with Susie…but your house is absolutely beautiful…I thought that the first time I read this post and I still feel that way now. Ignore her and keep on enjoying that gorgeous house!!

  57. Good for you Allison. She’s probably just a hit and run, having a bad day, boo hiss.. I love your house.

  58. EVERYONE has a BAD DAY now & then ! HOPE Susie is over hers ! Loved the comment about “Peeing in the Cheerios” LOL! LOVE YOU HOUSE ! I’m in Awe of all the space ! Good luck & Have FUN ! ! !

  59. I love your home!! Welcome to the neighborhood – I live an hour down 183. I love your blog – such wonderful ideas. Welcome back to Texas – see ya at Walmart :). Pam

  60. I feel bad for the people that lived there before. what if they see this post :(. My family’s home was foreclosed and it was the most awful thing in the world and I don’t know what I would do if I saw someone post on the internet for the world to see: ‘one familys loss is my gain :D’ and criticism about their choice of decorating it :(. It’s clear it was their dream home and just like mine was and I wish you were just a little more sensitive about it!

  61. Hi!!

    I just took a lookyloo at your new house and it’s beautiful!! I would go crazy with happiness if it was mine. I live in Vancouver, BC, and that house would be well over $800,000.00 depending where it was, that would be the lowest price.

    It’s so crazy how much we pay for real estate up here.

    So, I’m excited to see what you going to do with it!! Have fun!!!!

    Pam
    xox

  62. I love your blog, and my husband is originally from Texas!!Houston,Texas. But he has best friends that live in Austin. Dripping Springs area,do you know where that is? And now his 2 sisters and one brother live in the area,around Lake Travis!! Love that area. We live in Georgia,the foothills of the Appalachian mountains,I was born here and I love my mountains!!! The Austin hills make me think of home!! There isn’t much work here in our small town,we really have a hard time making ends meet sometimes. You said the real estate is cheap out there,are there many jobs in the area? Sometimes I think I would like to live out there,but it is HOT!!! I would have to stay inside alot in summer probably I have asthma and the real hot or real cold gives me problems!! But how about rent,are there any houses that are reasonable?

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