So this happened
We bought a house. Specifically, this one.
Backing up a bit, we really enjoyed our townhome but it was time for a change. More space, more privacy and NO strata. We wanted to move before Chace got older as we didn't want to change his little world mid-grade three (he just finished Kindergarten). So, we made the leap and listed our townhome.
The good news is that it sold in a day - with three offers which created a bidding war. The bad news, we didn't have anywhere to move to! The market in our area dictated this plan of attack as places for sale were going into multiplle offers and if you had "subject to sale of our place" in your offer, you might as well not even bother.
Long story short after a few panic attacks from me and some serious market stalking, we purchased the above home which met most things on our wish list. We did have to compromise on a few things but we ended up with a few bonus things that more than made up for it.
We take possession this Saturday! I couldn't wait to share with you all though so here are the photos from the listing (as we saw it). I also put together a little floor plan of each level. They won't be completely accurate as I was going off memory and the specs on the listing sheet, but you will get the idea I'm sure!
kitchen - what will Chef Kev dream up here?
Here is the main floor layout to give you an idea of where these spaces are in relation to one another…
looking down towards the front entry
the other two bedrooms (Chace's and a spare - TBD which is which!). We're going to let Chace choose on moving day.
"Bonus room" - future craft room/office area
top floor bathroom
top floor floorplan…
Down here is where we encountered one of the 'compromises' as mentioned above. Part of the basement is a suite which we were not looking for. However, we decided since we have more than enough space at the moment, we will leave it 'as is' for now and renovate in the future to make it our dream recreation room space - complete with wet bar and a bedroom/bathroom on that level. The income from the suite will allow us to do some of the updates a little sooner than we otherwise would have been able to.
First up, the current recreation room (on our side)...
And here is the suite which consists of a living space, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (I don't have a photo of the kitchen though).
Here is the baseement floor plan to help you visualize how it all works together…
Last but not least, our backyard. This was another area where we had to compromise. We had dreams of a large backyard but reality told us that the house we wanted, with a big yard, was not in our budget. The fact that this particular house had been nicely updated, was in a great neighbourhood, backed onto a greenbelt and (total bonus) was only a few houses away from the elementary school that Chace will attend made us decide this was the one.
Oh, and did I mentinon that the school is adjacent to a huge park which has an awesome playground and walking trails. We figured our 'yard' was steps away so we were covered.
We have big plans for this small space. For the whole house actually. But, we will save and tackle each project as our budget permits and I will happily post about the journey here if you'd like to follow along :)