We have a contract! After two couples did some back-and-forth bidding, we ended up with a full price offer (!!!) on Thursday (our 7th day on the market) and a closing date of – deep breath – April 16! I am so, so, so excited!!
Obviously, I suddenly became highly motivated to find a suitable rental for us. My mom and I found a really fabulous larger one that I almost took, but in the end, J and I both inexplicably liked the one I blogged about the other day the best. What can I say? It spoke to us. It was charming and bright and, well, it just feltright. Sure, it will be a challenge, but I’m in the mood for one! We’re ready for a change, and this duplex fits our vision for that change. Plus, it’s really kicked my creativity into high gear. Ideas for making the most of the space run through my head constantly. I snagged a few pictures off the HAR listing to show you the place — all 940 square feet of it.
Here’s the front of the fourplex:
Cute, isn’t it? The street is very quiet and full of nice homes. It’s a great part of Montrose, and I’ll be able to ride my bike to the museums, Whole Foods, the farmers’ market, my professor’s house, my friend Cyndi’s house, and the gym. Swoon. The landlord takes great care of the property too, as you can see.
Now, join me as we climb the stairs to our second-story unit:
This is technically the living room, though the current tenants made it their bedroom:
It’s a very large room and, as the picture shows, ultra bright and cheerful. Aren’t the windows and the wood floors fab?
Okay, here’s the part of the unit I’m still in denial over:
Gulp. No dishwasher and almost no counter space. I have decided, though, that a walk-in closet across the hall will be my pantry, and I’m pretty sure that it can hide a rolling kitchen cart. I plan to buy one with flip-up wings to give me the most cutting board space possible. Some carts even have knife blocks and towel holders. Plus, they boast storage below the cutting surface too, where I can keep kitchen cloths and towels and other odds and ends. Sweet!
The dining room sits across from the kitchen:
Hmmm…It’s a bit on the small side too, so I’ll need to find a new (to me) dining table. What I want is something like this, a table with storage and folding wings from Pottery Barn:
Anywho, back to the grand tour. You can see down the hall to the bathroom, bedroom, and study here:
Those doors on the right are giant closets.
The bathroom with its itty bitty sink:
You can’t tell from the picture, but that sink is so short and so tiny. How my 6’5″ husband will shave over it, I have no idea. I’ve contemplated simply buying a taller one myself and asking the landlord to have it installed. He could improve his property at almost no cost to him. I don’t know if he’ll bite or not.
And here, dear friends, is a photo of the bedroom with the study behind it (the tenants made the bedroom their living room):
And a view of the bedroom from the study:
I measured it to make sure it would fit our California king bed, and — fingers crossed — it should. Hope, hope, hope.
Now the study/sunroom:
It’s super cheerful and bright during the day. I adore this room. I think it’s my favorite in the whole place.
Covered parking with extra storage:
Now, before we move on, could you please agree with me that a little Vespa or other such scooter would look exceedingly perfect here? Ever since my bout of scooter envy last summer, I’ve been plotting, and I think this might be the time to pounce.
Finally, a view of the small backyard:
Best feature? We don’t have to mow it. Hallelujah!
Have I ever mentioned how over-rated home ownership is? Yes? Well, it’s still true.
So that’s it — our new home. I can’t wait to move in and start painting and decorating. I’ve pulled out all my magazines and clippings to organize them and get inspired. I love new projects! I am a little scared about cutting our living space in half, but I’m also thrilled over the prospect of less house to keep. Overall, I think we’ll love our new life.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. SomedayI’ll get back to food and health blogging, I promise.