We did not end up going to San Antonio this weekend and we were pretty bummed about it, so we decided just to spend the weekend doing stuff we all wanted to do.
Let me back up.
A few months ago, we went to an estate sale in the nice neighborhood north of us. While we were loading Jordan's dresser into the car, we saw a realtor putting up a sign in the yard across the street. Just out of curiosity, I asked him if he would allow me to see it. He said sure, and let me go look. To say I was blown away by this house was an understatement. I'd never seen a house like this before and just instantly fell in love. I told Jason to come take a look and we were both just amazed by the floorplan and the sheer size. We asked the realtor house much it was selling for, and the number they told us was about $100,000 out of our price range. Coupled the price of the house and knowing we weren't ready to buy a house right now, we went on our way, thinking this was just a "dream home" that was out of our reach.
I would stop by this house sometimes on my way home from work. We would drive by it occasionally to check and see if it was still for sale. I actually dreamt about this house. A couple weeks ago, I drove by and the for sale sign was gone. I came home and told Jason our "dream home" had been sold. I was a little bit sad, not gonna lie.
Yesterday, we drove around the same neighborhood for a garage sale and noticed that there was a "for sale by owner" sign in the front yard. Thinking they had just abandoned the realtor and tried selling it on their own, we didn't think much of it. We drove by it again and noticed a woman in the frontyard of the house. We asked if she was the owner and she said yes, and asked if we could just step in and look again. The kids were with us this time, and they just fell in love with it too.
We started talking to this couple and came to find out that they had purchased the home in cash, and were going to update it and re-sell it. They loved the house and decided that they would purchase it and sell it to a nice family. They were more concerned about selling it to the "right family" than anything else. When I asked, out of curiosity, how much they were selling it for, they told me that the price was $100,000 less than what they had tried to get for it in the beginning. The other owners were asking too much and they just wanted to sell it to a nice family. That perked my ears. After talking with them for a while, we all decided that we were the perfect people to move into this home. Not only would they lease it to us at a great price for the next couple of years until we could buy, but they would also make several upgrades to the house before we moved in.
To say that Jason and I were shocked by this quick turn of events would be the understatement of all time. Could it be possible that not only do we get to move into our dream home in a month, but it would be for a decent price, and we would still have time to save money to purchase it?? The way God works is beyond my comprehension. The funny part is, had we gone to San Antonio this weekend, we would have missed out on this chance. Had we taken the opportunities to move into the other houses that have come our way, we would have missed this chance. It's just a miracle. So, we move in the first week of October. Just can't believe it!
This house is such a cool house. There are some very cool, very expensive details and light fixtures in this house. There are also some very ornate details as well. I wanted to take pictures of this house and put it up so I can remember what it looked like the first day I saw it. This week, all of this wallpaper is coming down and the whole house is getting repainted.
This is the oustide. All of those dark columns you see is black lava rock.
The living room. This fireplace is also made out of lava rock (I took this picture off the realty website).
Halfbath off the playroom. See? I told you it was ornate...
The laundry room...
From inside the formal dining room looking into the den
The entry way (excuse the unfinished crown molding, that's getting painted as well!)
The very tall and large hallway
The jack and jill bath between Sophia and Jordan's room
Entrace to Avery's bathroom in her room
Our room (the windows face the sun room)
Closets in our bathroom
We have our work cut out for us, for SURE! But we are excited to get started.