There's No Place Like Home: Our Home Story Part 1

Our front yard last May. Part of our home story is that we are working on becoming good gardeners!

Our front yard last May. Part of our home story is that we are working on becoming good gardeners!

This week is the one year anniversary of buying our home (although it’s actually been just over three years since I moved in), so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share our home story as well as some of the things that I learned through the home-buying process. When my husband and I first got engaged just over three years ago, I was living in a small apartment, he was still sleeping on a friend’s couch, and we were trying to figure out where the heck we could afford to live once we got married, considering our very modest income. Simultaneously, my parents had been toying with the idea of buying an investment property for years, and they decided that now was the perfect time to buy a place, which they could then rent out to us after we got married.

So in the first few months of 2016, they began looking at various townhome communities in the King of Prussia area. They shared with us all about their process of looking for a home, and my mom drove me around to the different communities that they were considering. While they were certainly open to our input, they were the one’s buying the home, and this was their decision. Since we had absolutely no experience with buying a house anyway, it was actually a really great learning opportunity for us to find out what sorts of things they were looking for. While I would have been preoccupied with more surface issues, like what color the carpet was or what the bathrooms looked like, they paid attention to much bigger considerations such as, was the heat gas or electric and what kind of landscaping did the townhome community have?

View from our bedroom window of one of my favorite trees in early spring.

View from our bedroom window of one of my favorite trees in early spring.

As I ended up learning, they had their priorities right. Although I had initially been drawn to a different condo than the one they ended up purchasing because I liked the style of the exterior better, I am now so happy that they chose our house. The layout of the home is fantastic, and the community is beautifully landscaped with REAL trees (not just little shrubs) and large open common areas. Plus the homes are laid out so that each feels a little more separate and private, so we never feel like we are right on top of our neighbors (for a longer list of all the things I have come to love about this home, please read my “Home Gratitude” post).

So, that’s the story of how in March of 2016, I first moved in to our little condo and began preparing it for our future life together. We had no idea at the time how much we would end up falling in love with this home and deciding to make it officially OURS only two years later. Stay tuned for part 2 in which I’ll be sharing the rest of our home story!