I bought a house! Just one of the many reasons I haven’t been blogging at all. But now with winter here and crafting abounding, I think you’ll be hearing a little more of me.
I’d been looking to buy for some time in San Francisco, but of course what I could afford was a tiny one bedroom with parking if I was lucky. So when I came to Denver started to like it and realized that in my budget I could afford an entire single family home rather than just a tiny apartment, I figured it was worth considering. Denver is booming right now with everyone bemoaning increasing house prices; however, from what-I-can-afford and an investment perspective I’m feeling pretty good about it.
I love love love houses with period charm and they abound in Denver. While there are a lot of these homes, it is hard to find them with a lot of original details in tact and with updates that aren’t too funky. It took me a long time to find (mostly) everything I was looking for, but it finally happened in a charming 1914 brick bungalow in the neighborhood of Sunnyside. The area is a little more ‘up and coming’ but the house was the right one, I’m only a few blocks from some great restaurants/bars, 10 minutes from downtown and my neighbors are nice!
My parents came out for the entire month of October to help make some of the initial updates and every day it feels more and more like home. The project that they helped tackle was replacing the siding and installing new windows on the back extension as well. It looks AMAZING!! Buying a house (especially by myself) was a MUCH more overwhelming process than I ever could have imagined. Mostly because I didn’t really know what I was doing/what I was looking for and partly because it’s only one of the biggest investments you can make, but with my family and friends by my side I kept on going and am now a very happy homeowner.
Finally the photos! I’m taking my time putting the big rooms together, so more pictures will come as I’m done, but here are some snippets to get it started (specific reno post to come too!):