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Saturday, June 19, 2010

We're Almost There (Our New Home? )


What does this photo say to you?


It's the front door of the house we're likely
going to make an offer on soon.
And I'll tell you what it says to me at the end of this post.

I did promise shots of all the houses we toured yesterday.
And they're coming, slowly but surely.

But it was such a long day.

We looked at FOUR marvelous homes, and I can say

without reservation

and

without hesitation

and with only the wee-est amount of trepidation,
that I have fallen hard, fast, and I'm just embarrassingly, downright

silly

over one house in particular.

This house...


The facts:

It's in Fredericksburg, Texas
only 20 miles away from where I currently live and work

Located in the historic district
Only one street over from all the amazing downtown antique shopping

Built in 1910

2400 square feet

Wood floors and beadboard ceilings (both in excellent shape)

And---get this...central air! No melting in the 100 degree Texas Summers!

Word from the seller's agent is that the sellers are motivated. Like, ready to sell yesterday.

Just a couple more outside shots for today, than it's off to Trade Days in Fredericksgurg.


 You're looking at the side of the house here.
An addition was built in between the original house and garage
which blends seamlessly...it's a HUGE two-story loft space with panoramic windows.
It says "studio" to me.


You see?
Original garage to the left, house to the right,
and the seamless loft addition in the center.
It's a gorgeous, light-filled space.

But back to the question I posed at the beginning of this post.
I asked what this image says to you...


To me?

I think it says home.

:-)

p.s. more pics to follow next post!




77 comments:

The Catnap Cottage said...

OMGosh - You better go and get it now - don't wait! It is so fabulous! I am in love with it too and cannot wait to see how you put your charm to the inside! Hurry, before someone gets this fabulous house! Home Sweet Home!!!

starnes family said...

Make an offer. It's darling. DARLING!!!!!!!

Sarah said...

Anne, I know this house. I hope you get it. You'll definitely make it a HOME.
Happy Weekend! ~ Sarah

KarenSue said...

Oh Anne! It's perfect, I hope it all works for you. Can't wait to see more.
Enjoy!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh how wonderful this looks. That addition is stunning! Can't wait for more photos and hope you get it.

A Vintage Chic said...

Looks perfect to me, Anne! Can't wait to see more! LOVE that front door--it looks very warm and welcoming...

Julie

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

It is amazing Anne!
I love Fredricksburg! And it suits you to a tee!
or is that tea?
Have a wonderful afternoon and rest of the weekend...
I am praying for you!
Love ya,
Donna

Claudia said...

OMG! That door says gorgeous, vintage...your home! Love, love that house and the front porch is fabulous! Best of luck!

xo
Claudia

someplace in thyme said...

I hope you will be able to hang your hat and heart on a door soon. Good luck in getting the home of your dreams. Char

Olive Cooper said...

It feels like you and Mr. Twig. Falling for a house is something serious...I know, it happened to me last year and I am seriously gone over our yellow house. Central air...that's an extra blessing. We have no a/c in the old house...ugh.
Will continue to pray for you both every morning.

waiting for good news xxx,
olive

fairmaiden said...

If that isn't a dream home, I don't know what one is. You better buy it!!!! So we can all swoon while you move in, decorate, and make it your very own cottage!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Goodness Fiona I would not hesitate a second, this home is drop dead gorgeous!
Lucky, lucky, lucky you!!!
Sending you best wishes from Germany
Carola

Rebecca said...

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Your post made me tear up.

"Home". It sounds so lovely. So beautiful. So simple. Yet, it means everything to me.

Love to you~

Rebecca

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

OMG I have goosebumps just looking at it and reading your post. Hurry, run to your phone and make an offer. This is the one and I didn't even see the inside yet. I lOVE it!
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Susan deGeneres said...

Your house is gorgeous. I can just see you and Mr. Fig sitting in the rockers on the front porch with your four-legged family snoozing at your feet. I can't wait to see more. Hope you get it, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

stefanie said...

oh, good luck, its perfect and gorgeous!!!

Becky said...

Oh how nice!Nicely written I almost cried at the end,LOL.Sentimental me.I love it too.Im so happy for both of you!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend Anne!

Sharon said...

It says HOME to me too. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm so happy for you! I knew you would find the perfect one!
XO

Cathy said...

This is too funny! We looked at this house too! I loved the character...but ooooohhhh so much work! It is a wonderful house with a great layout and lot!

I can't wait to see whay you do with it! Maybe we'll be neighbors one day!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Magdalena said...

Hello Anne!

the front door is like a dream...all the house is!

good luck and i`m waiting for more pictures...

my best regards

magdalena

time-worn interiors said...

What a fabulous house! Oh my goodness I am so jealous! I would love to live in a house that look like that! And near Fredricksburg! I wouldn't ever want to leave! I really hope you get it, well if that's the one you really want! Love it!
Theresa

Debra@Common Ground said...

"Have paintbrush-will travel"
you know I love it!
xo,
me

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh My Heavens Anne,
That house is just a dream!!!! I hope it works out for you. You had me at the door!! {sigh}
Don't paint it, it's gorgeous just the way it is.
Good luck!
Have a great weekend.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Nita Jo said...

That's exactly what it said to me... I dream of a home like that. It sounds wonderful!

Blessings!
Nita Jo

Abby's Garden said...

How could one not fall in love with that beauty...the door alone would tug at me from the start! Sending good wishes your way!

winnibriggs said...

That house does look good and obviously has the right 'vibes' for you. A house is just a house, its you that makes the home and so much easier if you love it to start with. Good Luck.
Jenny x

Theresa said...

Says HOME to me. It reminds me of my family homeplace. Go for it and I just might move in! Happy decision making. Hugs!

Prior said...

It looks like the used to be front doors, in my house. I love it, hope it goes well, great location. Lezlee

Zaira said...

OH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! The first house is great, I showed my mum, we were mouth opened!!! to die for!! and the door, the best door ever seen. Can't wait to see the rest....how are you able to decide???? but i would go for the first....(if you don't pick the first I move in Texas)

Hugs xx

Nancy said...

What a very cool home! I can't wait to see the inside pictures.

Nancy

Jo said...

Oh yes, it's your home alright! Good luck with your decision........x

The French Bear said...

It is you!!! say yes, it must be your new home!!!! Can't wait to see how you will do the studio!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Anne Marie said...

Anne! how exciting for you!!!

l.o.v.e. your new header..........and I can see that door as a business card background for you -

awesome!!

Lululiz said...

Sigh, what a gorgeous place, its stunning.

It's me said...

What a amazing house Anne!!!!!! wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww......this is it !! your home !! i looking forward tomorrow............more pictures?? yes yes !! many hugs my dear friend ................Ria

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I would LOVE to live in Fredericksburg! Such a charming little town filled with antique and vintage love. The house is one I can truly say I would have chosen myself. Best of luck.
Brenda

Christine said...

Oh my gosh, I love it don't walk run to sign that contract the house is fantastic!!!

Lisa said...

Oh Anne!! I love it!! I do so hope you get it! It is amazing! I wish there were was more old around here. Too Humid and they rot! What a lovely place the door is amazing!
Hugs, LIsa

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh Dear!
You really know what it said to me?
I mean, I really hate spreading gossip and all but seriously...

It whispered softly...
.
.
.
well...maybe I shouldn't say.

Alrighty then, I'll tell you.

It said "Welcome Home Anne, I've been waiting for you!"
:)

Now don't go all out and tell everyone about that...keep it to yourself but be SURE and let us all know if it's a rumor or not! ;)
She's a beauty!!!!

I'll be seeing you in FIVE DAYS girl!!!!
woooooo hoooooo!

Dorthe said...

Anne,
the house is a dream to see, love it dear,
And the door saying : HOME tells me you and your husbond have to make a bid on it,-I hope the best of luck for you!
Happy week-end dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Marianne@Songbird said...

To me it says, possibilities, new adventures and new experiences. That house looks lovely and the extra space, wow! Imagine that for a studio...
Good luck with the house hunt and everything that entails.

Kathy said...

My 1st thought was homey and warm! This house looks fantastic, I love the look of a white house. I will check back to see what happens....good luck.

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh Anne......Brad and I fell in love with Fredericksburg when we were there.....and so close to Kerrville. I hope your offer goes thru. It looks just perfect!

XO

Jo

The Flying Bee said...

LOVE IT! Now go get it!

xo,
Adrienne

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

As soon as I saw the house I knew immediately it was in Fredericksburg! That house has you written all over it. Anne, it's just absolutely gorgeous. So happy for you and hope it becomes yours!

Linda said...

OH Anne...this is too exciting...I cannot wait to see the rest! I hope everything goes well for you! XO

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

This house is amazing!! I would move there in a heartbeat. That addition would make a wonderful studio for you and I love all those windows. The front door is so beautiful!! Can't wait to hear if you get it or not. I will keep my fingers crossed for you that all goes well. Love & blessings from NC!

sweetpea said...

so jealous.... it's yummy.

hugs,

shelley

gina3 said...

Fredricksburg? What a charming place to live! It's easy to see why that house speaks to you. You can't find front doors like that anymore. It's beautiful as is the rest of the (outside) of the home. Can't wait to see inside! Good luck.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Oh Anne, This home is fantastic..love the porch, the white siding and the studio. I can't wait to see the inside.
xo, Sherry

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I am so moving in with you if you buy that house .:)

Fun With This and That said...

WoW--- What more could there be to look for I will be back Laura Q

Catherine peacelovesweater@blogspot.com said...

That door alone is totally YOU! I can see why you fell in love with this house - it really does match your style. I hope it all works out and I can't wait to see the inside.

I love your new header too! Simply perfect!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

This house looks perfect, love it.
The front door says it all, so warm and inviting and makes me want to come and visit you.
The studio, would be the icing on the cake for me.
Your new header is romantic and beautiful.

Much luck dear friend, with your new house, I will have my fingers crossed for you!
Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Margaret said...

I am excited for you on the other side of the world. That house looks divine and sounds like the perfect location for one who loves antique shops, brocantes etc. Good luck!

DustyLu said...

Thats the one!!! I love it! So perfect! I am crossing my fingers for you and saying a prayer! I am so happy for you! ~lulu

Sue said...

Here you go again, making me drool all over my keyboard. I LOVE this house, and the door said to me, "welcome, come on in"! Can't wait to see pictures of the inside. I would love to live in an historic house. Where my store is, Old Towne Orange, it is an historic area filled with old homes. I almost bought there, but I'm a beach bum and needed to live closer to the coast!

Take care, Sue

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a fantastic house!!! It's dreamy!!! I hope you guys get it!! I dream of living in a fabulous old house like this someday!!
Michelle

Privet and Holly said...

Anne! Suzanne here, checking in from SAVANNAH!
Checking in to see what the heck is going on with you.....and here it is! This front door says ANNE to me!!! Yep, it does. And a zillion other words, ranging from PERFECT to BRILLIANT to COZY and WARM. My birthday trip next year is to San Antonio....Can I come and visit you in this little bit of perfection??? I hope so! Good luck with the bidding process. Think it is meant to be and crossing my fingers : )
xx Suzanne

Beach House Living said...

Love the studio space. It's very deceiving from the front how large it really is. The front door looks quite inviting. Welcome home.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, I love that house, and what a plus to live in Fredricksburg with all those shops!!! Blessings~~~Daphne

cityfarmer said...

knock knock
who's there
fiona
fiona who?
fiona and mr twig
come on in
stay a while (forever)
the end

terra @ willowsgrace.blogspot.com said...

Looks like a picture postcard. Makes me want to have a glass of iced tea and sit out on the porch and read the paper. Just heavenly.

tara said...

Heck ya it says home and keep the door knob a wee bit crooked cause nothing says home more then imperfection and coziness! mywahhh, love it and wee bit jealous!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Location, location, location! You've got that right and add to it this charming quaint looking farmhouse WITH a light filled studio...it is unbelievable! I would like to reserve a few nights in that red guest room for the next antiquing event down there...I'm practicing my Texan drawl and I already have really cool boots....wait, I'm digressing....it looks like HOME to me too Anne...I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!
:)

Fearless Nester said...

I love how you knew it when you saw it! It's gorgeous! You must be so excited. ~Lili

Lauren B said...

This is absolutely darling! Please tell me that I can visit you in "your"? gorgeous home if we ever visit TX!

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh yes, and the studio!! I love it, I can see why you fell in love with it. Keep us posted! Riki

Vintage Junky said...

yes!! I love it.... and it definitely says home.... are there any for sale n the neighborhood, because I would LOVE to be your neighbor~
I looked at the inside photos first... keep the aqua, pain the cabinets. And everyone needs a jadite cake stand. Buy it and it will be your housewarming gift!
xoxo!
Michelle

Michelle May said...

Looooooooooove it!! Not to mention love the fact that it's in Fredericksburg! Lucky!!!! Always wanted to visit there.
I indeed agree with you, it says home!
:)

Necel from the Old House in Texas said...

Can't wait to see inside. I would love to live in Fredericksburg if my old house weren't elsewhere in Texas.

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Oh the best of luck to you in getting this dream house. I know you will turn it into a home in no time.

Mel said...

Sweet Anne- I cant wait to come sip coffee with you andstare out those light filled windows with you...( Yes- I did just invite my self) Looks dreamy. I love when " the One" finds you- I have been there... it was a magic time.

Wishing you favor and smooth transactions...

Whimsey Creations said...

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa - I waaaaaaant it! But since I can't have it I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you. I love that front door - gorgeous!

A Write Life said...

Yes, home is the perfect word.

Janet said...

home sweet home! what's not to love?! excellent choice!

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