How I Met My House Party!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alright – are you ready to party?! Today we’re sharing stories of how each of us met our house. Remember, you don’t have to own your home, it can be an apartment, and you don’t even have to particularly like the place. I just think the stories will be interesting. Okie dokie, I’ll go first…seeing as this is my blog and my party :-).
 
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About two years ago I was going through a horrible divorce (is there any other kind?) and I was trying to focus on building a new life for my son and myself. I desperately wanted a home for us. True, we could have created a home anywhere, but I wanted a house that was near my son's friends and that truly felt like a haven to us. Without a big budget, I knew finding a home in our "desired" neighborhood was going to be a challenge - but I wasn't going to give up.
 
One day while looking online I saw a listing for a cute little 1700 square foot brick home in the right neighborhood for the right price. My heart almost jumped out of my chest. The house spoke to me. I know that sounds ridiculously cheesy, but it's true. It said "Hey, I'm your new home. You and your son will be very happy here." I would have made an offer right then and there, without even seeing the inside. The problem? Our old house hadn't even been listed yet, and I couldn't possibly make an offer while still being responsible for another house.
 

I contacted the realtor, and ended up seeing the inside (which only confirmed my love for the house...despite burgundy bathroom countertops and wallpaper borders) and I told the realtor to keep me posted on any offers. I literally called her twice a week asking if “my house” had sold yet.

Here's the magical part...our old, boring house that was in a so-so neighborhood sold within a week of being listed. My beautiful, wonderful dream cottage sat on the market for more than 2 months until I was able to put in an offer. We were being looked out for, that's for sure. 

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Our cottage isn't perfect, but I love it. I love the new life it represents for us; I love its warm embrace after a long day; I love that it's filled with love and laughter. I try to remember everyday how blessed we are and how grateful I am for our beautiful, imperfect little home.

Okay – Now it’s your turn. How did YOU meet your house? Link up your own story below.

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44 Suburbanites Said:

Melanie said...

Where's the link?

kim said...

Great story about your new home. I just happened to post about my house earlier this week so I linked it. Thanks for hosting this.

Melanie said...

It popped up after I commented. Then I couldn't get the picture up. Now all is right.

Can't wait to see everyones house.

Emily @ Longley's in San Diego said...

You really were ment to have that house! Such a great story.

Liz said...

Great story, and what a fun party! Such a great idea. :)

~ Liz
www.itsgreattobehome.net

Infarrantly Creative said...

I love your story...a new home for new memories. Thanks for the Par-tay!

Patricia said...

What a beautiful story!
I have to agree ... our house perused us so I know what you mean!
Many Blessings
Patricia

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well, first of all -- first things first; love the slippers. My daughter Anne has the same pair! I borrow them when she is not looking.

Your brick cottage is so charming; no wonder you fell in love with it. Don't you just love the "online dating" that's possible now with real estate listings? Makes stalking our favorite houses so much easier.

Great and fun idea for a blog party! Thanks! -- Cass

Jenny said...

What a great story! It's awesome how everything lined up perfectly for you to get the house!

L. Duncan said...

Things lined up for us as well! Thats how you know its for you!

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Thanks so much for hosting AnNicole. You gave me the perfect excuse to tell my little story. Your brick cottage is so sweet.
Kristine
xxx

Becky K. said...

What a great idea for a party. I love anything real estate and this ties in the emotional connection too.

Your story is special.
So happy for the great ending.

Becky K.

Chrissy @ Home.Kids.Life. said...

What a lovely story! Thanks for hosting this. It really got me thinking about how much I appreciate my home, even with all the trials to get it. Thanks so much!

Low Tide High Style said...

This is such a great link party idea, and I love hearing the stories behind how everyone "met" their homes. Even though they truly are just structures, it still amazes me how the right house can change your life! Thanks for hosting and sharing your inspirational story!

Kat :)

lindsay said...

Great Idea... Thanks for the party! I linked your party at the end of my post! Thanks!!

Lindsay
www.adesignstory.com

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

My house and I met in a similar way. We were meant to be; and although I loved my old place, I adore this new one because it's all mine -- All my decorating ideas and schemes, all my own colors, all my payments!!

I can't link today though 'cause I've already posted for today (and this was yesterdays date anyway).

pam@pixelimpress said...

i love this! i found you just yesterday via centsational girl. i feel like i crashed the party, but... i'm a fun guest! pam

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger said...

I wish I would have been on the ball for this one. What an awesome idea...can't wait to read everyone's posts!!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love your story :). This was such a great idea for a party. Now I'm off to meet other's homes!

Just Breathe said...

What fun, I just saw this so I am going to join the fun.

Leanne said...

I love your house story. What a great idea for a party. I love looking at others homes and it's even more fun with a story.

Amanda said...

I participated! And I love reading all of the other stories too - just taking a while to get through them all lol Great idea!

Tracy F. said...

What a fun idea for a party! I enjoyed your story and am happy to hear that everything turned so well for you and your son.

Laura said...

OK.
So now I'm going to beg.
Please,please,please do this again.
I missed it-

Laura

White Spray Paint

sharon said...

Hi Annicole
Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Stumbled upon you and became a follower straight away, then decided to go for it and joined the party!!
Great idea,
Sharon

ZAIRA said...

I love your story, and the house looks really great. I've just rented a house myself and so I have no photos to show....but I will look at those links...Very nice idea!!!

Jolie said...

Wonderful story :) Thanks for hosting a great party!

The Brick Cottage said...

I forgot to say thank you yesterday for hosting the party! I guess I was too excited to write my own story and to read the other stories. It was a lot of fun! And your house is super cute, I can see why you loved it right away.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Congrats on a great Party, AnNicole! My house story isn't that exciting, but I enjoyed yours.

Thanks for coming by to see my bedroom & for the very kind comments.

Julie said...

It's been so fun joining the party & reading the other stories! Thanks for hosting!

Alely L. said...

thank you for hosting this party! i made it right in time with maybe an hour to spare. this was fun and i had a great time looking at other bloggers homes and bloggers to follow.

thanks again!
blessings and aloha!

Becky said...

what a great post "party" I'm enjoying going through these!

Una said...

Ack .. I am too late ... oh well what lovely houses and wonderful stories. Our love story with our house has just started. We are in the last stages of signing the contract and then a 2500m² garden and farm house will be ours to house our dogs, ducks, hens and a donkey :)
Peony Farm House

MICHELL said...

Bummer..I missed it:( I'm a new follower now!
We are looking for a new home and I can't wait to feel that love when I finally find it!

www.girlinair.blogspot.com

heavenisabookstore said...

I missed the submission deadline, but I have great time reminiscing and writing my blog post. Thanks!

Mom to Many said...

Yes, I missed this one, but I am adding it anyway. :o) http://ldsmomtomany.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-little-spot-on-map.html

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