Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Our First Home!

We're officially homeowners!
I don't think I could be any more excited! We weren't planning on looking for a house until October, but one day, on a whim, we decided to check out a neighborhood my friend recommended (thanks Sarah!). Little did we know that we'd be putting an offer on a place the next weekend. One home inspection, multiple trips to the mortgage broker, and a closing later, it's all ours!

Our house is in a section of town called Old New Castle, and goodness is our house old (well in U.S. terms anyway...I'm sure my friends living in Europe would have different expectations :0) ). Exactly how old is it? Well, it's older than the civil war, older than The Scarlet Letter, and older than the first U.S. postage stamp. From what we can gather (a couple records differ), the house was most likely built around 1844.

Luckily the house was renovated in 2001 so that it has central air and closets. Closets you say? Yup, no one back then (in this area anyway) had closets. All I can say is I am so very very thankful for for renovations.

Even with all of the new updates, our house still has lots of old charm. The hardwood floors are original, and we found about 7 different skeleton keys above the doors when we went for inspection.

I am in LOVE with our house (I'm just hoping it isn't haunted).

These are the keys to the back door and basement.

We're planning to try and get in and paint a bit this weekend, and then officially move in the 19th after we get back from a short vacation. I'll be sure to do lots of updates with pics!

28 comments:

Aliya said...

YAY!!! Congratulations! Thats so exciting! :)

Ink Obsession Designs said...

Yay! Congrats!!!

Kelly said...

Whoo Hoo! I'm so happy for you! Congrats! I can't wait to see pictures. :)

Miss HoneyDew said...

oh my gosh! Congratulations! How exciting!!!

Sonja said...

wow! Congrats!! I got all giddy for you when I was reading this! :) How exciting!!

Brittany Ann said...

Congrats! And how cool are those keys!

Justine said...

How exciting!! Congrats!! I love old houses! I can't wait to see pictures! :)

Kell said...

when we moved into my house when i was in the 1st grade, it was a big victorian and there were skeleton keys in all the doors! i thought it was the coolest thing ever! but yes, i did have my worries that it was haunted just like you do! luckily in my 18 years of residing there, i've never had any encounters! congrats, again!!

xoxo

Preppy Pink Crab said...

congrats! That is so exciting!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Oh congratulations! So so exciting!

Melissa Miller said...

Congrats!!!! That is fantastic.
I'm so happy for you all! Show us more! :)

Polka Dots & Protein Bars said...

Congratulations! That is so incredibly exciting! I love the charm and character of old homes.

Jenny.Lee said...

Congratulations, I am so excited for you! I cannot wait to see pictures.

Emily said...

Hi, Katie! I just started reading your blog... I made my way over from Justine's.

CONGRATS on the house! It's my dream to own a really old house one day... there's something just so romantic about it! And those keys are awesome :)

Courtney said...

Very exciting! Congrats!!!

holly-lynn said...

so jealous, i worked a large craft show in that area last fall, it was gorgeous! congrats!

katie beth said...

wahoo! Congratulations and it sounds like it is really cool!

swangsta said...

Congratulations! A new home just in time for the first Hokies football game -- coincidence? ;)

Melissa said...

How exciting! Congrats! Old homes are so charming!! I've always loved them!!

Happiness Is... said...

Congrats!!! That is so exciting!

Love Lace said...

Congratulations!!! Enjoy all the "Firsts" in your new home!!!

Allyson said...

I had a feeling that was the news you were going to share. Congrats! I can't wait to see pics!

The Pink Chick said...

Congratulations! Your new house sounds amazing!!!!

Jane said...

Congratulations!

Miss E said...

Congrats, friend! Can't wait to see pics, sounds like an awesome house!

Jessica said...

How exciting!! Congrats!! Cute blog :)

SassyEngineer said...

I LOVE old houses! I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to see pictures :)

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Congratulations! How exciting! :)