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House-hunting: Paradise in the Pines

Dear House-Hunting Diary,

This contains photographs from an old listing pulled from the MLS, which is public record. 

All four of us attended the open house of this property, which I’ve named ‘Paradise in the Pines’ and you'll soon understand why.

First impressions, the house is adorable. It appears small, but I knew from the listing that looks can be deceiving. This house is just under 2,900-sq feet and has a finished walk-out. The home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a 3-car attached garage and sits on 10 acres. In fact, this property is a mere 10 minutes from where we currently live.

Perks – the location is close the Interstate, which would make my commute a breeze. It is also close to amenities in case I have to run out for bread or some other necessity. I mentioned to Nick that it’s a nice compromise between my desire to be close to businesses, and Nick’s appreciation for wide open spaces.

I love that there is a front porch, and I can picture Nick and I sitting there, just growing old and grouchy. The sellers have since updated many aspects of the home since the listing photos were taken, and it showed nicely on our tour. It was built in 1994, and you could tell this house was very well-maintained.

When you enter the house, there is "faux foyer" that opens to a formal living area. A 2-sided fireplace separates the formal room from the great room. You step down into a family room. Behind the family room is an eat-in kitchen with access to the deck. There isn’t a formal dining room, but I was not deterred.

(The formal living space, as photographed from the home's front entry.) 

(This is the home's family room, and the kitchen is behind this space.) 


The hallway takes you into the master suite, a guest bedroom and a full guest bath.

(The Master Bath, with TWO sinks! There is also a large walk-in closet.) 

I can picture the kids playing in the yard, and around the property. In fact, that is where they spent most of their time as Nick and I toured. I’d catch glimpses of them running around, and I soon realized I hadn't stopped smiling since we pulled up to the house.

I even admitted to Nick later on, that I was looking for a reason to walk away, for a flaw, something that would signal us to continue the hunt. I couldn't find anything. Instead, I found more and more reasons why this was the one. It met all of our criteria, and I was smitten.

(Think of all the summer cook-outs here!)

There are two bedrooms and a large rec room plumbed for a bar in the downstairs walk-out. Plus, there is plenty of storage space and a large laundry room. A 3/4-bathroom is down there too. The walk-out opens to a covered patio underneath the deck (see picture above).

(The downstairs bathroom)

(The kids announced they'd take the downstairs bedrooms.)

Bonus – there is a large shop already constructed on the property, and it is in stellar condition. There is also a network of private nature trails that I know the kids would put a lot of miles on.

(This way to the Man Cave.)

(The pine trees that inspired the nickname I've designated for this property.)

(I foresee the need for one of those triangle dinner bells to call the kids in every night. It's not like we could instill the "in the house when the street lights come on" rule - there are none.)

Verdict – I’m sure my descriptions give you all the insight you need about how we feel. I will continue to provide updates in the event one becomes ready …

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