Thursday, March 17, 2011

We're buying a HOUSE!

After what feels like YEARS of looking at literally EVERY house for sale in Pasadena, we have found THE ONE.

From the first second I stepped foot in this house, I just knew we had found our home.

After a couple rounds of negotiations, we settled on a price and heard the great news on Saturday - WE GOT THE HOUSE!

We aren't moving quite yet - the seller's have 3 young girls, and want to finish out the school year before moving out of state. So at this point, the plan is to close escrow in May, rent the house back to the seller's for a month, and move in somewhere around the first of July.

Yesterday we conducted our home inspection, and aside from a few minor plumbing issues which we will need to get cleaned up, the house passed with flying colors!

I snapped a couple pictures of the house while we were over there, but I felt a little weird about taking pictures of someone else's "stuff" so I mainly stuck to the exterior.

The house is bordered by Cal Tech, Pasadena City College and the Huntington Gardens. It is in such a beautiful neighborhood!

The house was originally built in 1931, but when the current owners moved in they
did an extensive remodel, adding on a front bedroom and bathroom, completely gutting the kitchen and renovating all the bathrooms and bedrooms.

We were SO fortunate the owner was there yesterday and showed us her photo albums of when THEY moved into the house (pre-renovation) and walked us through all the pictures from the renovation. We could barely believe it was the same house.

And we feel SO lucky to be buying from them. Their painstakingly beautiful renovations and preservation of the house is completely to our benefit, and we are SO thankful for all the hard work that they put in.

Now, if only July would hurry up and GET HERE. We can't WAIT to move into this gorgeous house.

(And now for my disclaimer: I am PETRIFIED that something will come up in the Escrow period and prevent us from closing on our house. So please please, think a few positive thoughts for us. Escrow should close in May....)


  1. OMG gorgeous!! Can't wait for the housewarming :)

  2. It looks beautiful! Your backyard area looks gorgeous. And I know things will work out for you during the Escrow. Sending good thoughts your way...

  3. What a beautiful house! Congrats!

  4. Such a beautiful home - congrats! I now buying a house can be super stressful, but July will make it all worthwhile!!!!

  5. Wow! Congrats, that's SO exciting. I love the style and the green trimmed doors & windows, it's very similar to what we are planning to build in a few years. Right now we are just saving and paying off the land. I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through you until then. I also love the fireplace w/ the white book cases on both sides.

  6. Hehe,congrats on finding THE ONE. All the waiting and searching paid off in the end, no? Picking the right house among so many can be tough, especially when you have many factors to consider.

    Well, I hope you guys have the time of your life in that new home!
    -Randolph Coleson-

  7. You've bought a lovely house, Betty! It's not that big, but it has features that people will are searching for a home. You have a wonderful outdoor patio, a kids' playground, and even a mini wooden deck. You all have the places wherein you can rest and relax, which is nice! Did you conduct any renovation lately, by the way?

    Carter Jurgensen