1/6/10

We're Moving


So it looks like we're moving. I feel torn about it since it means moving deeper into Pasadena (and therefore further from the westside and the city) but we found the cutest house EVER. It happened quickly. Over the break E and I said: hey why don't we move out of this apartment. Maybe we can find a house to rent or something. Well, monday I found it:






It's 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room, has a huge backyard with citrus tress and room for a trampoline and a vegetable garden (our two priorities), 2 stories, character, is cheaper than the apartment we've been renting and, um, look at that kitchen. Yeah. The main drawbacks: no central air so we might die this summer or pay a fortune to keep it cool with window air conditioners. Also there's kind of crummy carpet in the bedrooms and upstairs. We might be able to have it replace, so we'll see.

But, other than location and convenience, the apartment we've been living in has been very hard to 'decorate' which is why I haven't shared much about it. We weren't planning on staying long so I didn't want to commit too much time, energy or money. That explains why, a year later, I'm still living with these:


Yeah, I live with vertical blinds on every window in the place. I kept meaning to replace them, but you know how it is.

I will miss the view of the park and the mountains:



I will not miss the painfully generic bathroom:



We're signing the lease today and then will probably move in the next couple of weeks (eek!). Let the nostalgia and stress and excitement begin. I have a bonified space to paint, fill with furniture, rearrange, stress out about, delight in, spend too much money on, etc.

26 comments:

Designerbee said...

I'm in love! What a fantastic find!!!

Can't wait to see more when you move in.

TexNYQueen said...

If you find that the 3 bedrooms are just too huge, I'd gladly relocate...Absolutely beautiful.

On the flipslide, I'm with you about moving from a great location...done it and not really loving it - but I walk in my house, shut the door and the outside just floats away! I've even discovered parts of Houston outside the loop (gasp!) that are ALMOST as much fun as inner city (not really, but that's what I tell myself).

Congrats on a beautiful place.

sparklerawk said...

Holy crap, woman! That house is like a fairy tale!!!!
I'm so jealous... but mostly happy for you. :)

My boyfriend and I are looking to move in the next few months, hopefully we'll be as lucky as you in finding a place.

Ryan said...

I've heard that window air conditioners can cost less than central air since you only need to cool a few rooms at night and maybe only one during the day. Unless you work from home, or have small children at home all day.
The house looks great, and I think the added benefit of a garden and "character" will help mitigate the location.

Mlle Paradis said...

What a sweet place! A person could be very happy there! Look forward to your vegetable garden! And good riddance to those vertical blinds - not sure I could have lived a whole year with them!

THE BRICK HOUSE said...

Very nice!

I love it, and Pasadena is still fabulous. You could be living in Hemet...

Can't wait to see how it comes together. It's like a little fairy tale bungalow. I'm always drawn to these homes!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

YUM is right..what a darling home...and room for a vegetable garden too..and fruit trees...what a dream spot....

i am in the middle of HEAVY fruit tree planting around here too..want an orchard...bad....

can't wait to see more

kary
xxx

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Wow! It's a great house!

Victoria said...

Looks completely adorable and grown up at the same time!

laure said...

Wow! I didn't expect such a big response. It's so comforting, I'm bringing you all with me on this new house journey and am so happy to have your blessings!

captain kk said...

it looks awesome.. what a gorgeous house. looking forward to seeing what you do with it. new beginnings rock! happy new year :)

Emily Goligoski said...

Congrats--lovely!

misschiffonade said...

Congratulations! And that kitchen!!

Jacquelyn said...

Congratulations! Good find!!

CitricSugar said...

Good luck with the move! The house is charming. And well-done on your "generic" bathroom. Cursory glance was lovely and until I read that you wouldn't miss it, I hadn't seen the sink, counter, faucet.... I noticed your added details instead. So at least you know you can work with "generic" when you have to!

pen.ny said...

THAT PLACE IS GORGEOUS CONGRATS!!!! WHAT A FIND!

Carding said...

Great find youre very lucky to have that cute house.

eurochic said...

Its fabulous! Have fun making it yours! I know all of your readers look forward to seeing you work your magic...

babs said...

The house is beautiful! Congrats! Can't wait to see pictures as you settle in.

susie said...

What a wonderful way to start the new year!! The place is so cute.

steph said...

my husband and i moved to pasadena a couple of months ago and are living in a guest house until this summer. i would love to find a bungalow like you did! it's amazing!

speedgracer said...

yay laure! you and eleeut picked a sweet home. is it around california/euclid, or is it in bungalow heaven? that white picket fence has me singing the Bewitched TV theme song...

Jen said...

The new place is beautiful. Always enjoy your blog. Best wishes, Jen

Shilojean said...

It's ADORABLE! Congrats!

elmer369 said...

Congrats! But... no.central.air. IT'S PASADENA - hot!

Vertical blinds. My nemesis. I hate the ones in our apartment.

Lisa said...

one word ceiling fans okay 2 and lost of floor fans...so much nicer than air conditioned air!