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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Houses We Didn't Buy

As you all know, we just bought a new house,
and we're due to close on August 11th.

But the road to the house we did  buy wasn't a straight path,
it was circuitous, as most house hunts tend to be.

I thought I'd share with you some photos I snapped
of a few other properties we looked at along the way.

Today I'll be featuring one that almost  made the cut,
but due to a few variables, lost out in the end.
It's still a lovely home, and I could easily have seen myself there.

Enjoy the tour!
And don't forget to click twice on all pics to super-size them!

Another great front door.
And yep, this house is also located
in my new hometown, Fredericksburg, Texas.

I didn't get a really good, head-on shot of the house,
so here's a screen capture of the listing to give you an idea...

It's a darling Victorian, just like the other two,
and has some serious charm happening inside.
Let's take a look.

The owners definitely have a funky decorating vibe going on here,
just look at the Craftsman tool chest being used as a TV stand on the left. Love it!

Charming country kitchen.

Door leading to large covered porch just off the kitchen.

Heading upstairs....

There are two bedrooms upstairs, but I absolutely
fell head over heels in love with the master bedroom....

Get a load of that fabulous exposed brick!

I mean, you can hardly call this just a's like a suite!

And the outside spaces are every bit as charming
as what we've seen indoors...

But the pièce de résistance of the outdoor spaces was this...

An utterly amazing outdoor shower!!!

So there you have it, the house we didn't choose.
I have no doubt that this will make someone a fantastic home,
but there were just certain factors that made it less than a perfect fit for us.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

Have a beautiful Friday!


Olive Cooper said...

It has gas heaters (old ones) like we have in our pre-civil war house. They are awful to decorate around. Have a splendid weekend Anne.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I really like this house but the one you did choose is THE one!! Love that outdoor shower!

Jessabells said...

I like the house you are buying better but this house definitely has some character. I agree with the bedroom suite, it is really awesome. Best of Luck with the new home! Can't wait to see everything you will do to it.


DustyLu said...

I love the house your buying best! I can't wait to see what you do with it! I am so excited for you! I would love that home for my own! Congrat!Congrats how exciting! ~Lulu

Laurie said...

Yep, I love the one you are soon to live happily ever after in! It has Mr. & Mrs. Twig on the mailbox!
Bessings and hugs!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the shower :) Reminds me of my brother, he has one outside, it cracks me up. It's a great house but I really love the one you are buying! Have a wonderful weekend!

starnes family said...

Does it get cuter? Lord have mercy.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Hey my sweet Anne,
Your blog is making me jones for a new house. Excuse me....farmhouse. I'm asking Kevin to transfer to Austin. Or better yet Kerrville, Fredricksburg. I'm glad you chose the house of twig, it rocks the hardest. Now you just need to close, move, fix it up & you can write your first book. Lisa

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I like the outdoor shower the most! Cool house, but I like the one you bought better. You made a great choice.

Debra@Common Ground said...

I won't let my hubbs see the fabulous TV stand. We have one like it in the workshop, funky there, frightful here, ha ha. Now I have to talk to you cause you're in trouble with me! How do I do a refund on etsy? Thank you, dearheart, you christened my store!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

I love looking around houses and thanks for the tour.
This house is lovely, but the one you bought is so much better.
The outdoor shower is fun, you would not want any pepping Toms though.

Have a lovely weekend

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

This house has character, but I like the one you bought so much better. That outdoor shower is neat! Can't wait until you get to move in. Not much longer. I know you are so excited. Love & blessings from NC!

Cashmere 'n Cotton said...

Not to say that this house isn't cute, cuz it is...really really cute...but your house blows this one away. I adore your house. It has so much charm and it doesn't look like it needs as much (if any) elbow grease as this one.

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

If I had to choose this one or the ONE you get to move into... I would choose the one you are moving into. I think you guys made the right choice - this one is fabulous but those transom windows you have are to die for!

Sue said...

I was sitting here thinking "I like that funky old shed", and then saw the outdoor shower! How cool is that! Maybe you can find a place to put one in at the house you bought (which I totally LOVE, by the way!

Have a great day!


It's me said...

Don't look what you have not....but look what you have darling !!! ....happy Ria...great pictures !!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

It's nice to imagine what magic we could do to something if it was going to be ours. The house you bought is the one that was meant to be! I can't wait to see what you will do to it to make it yours!~Hugs, Patti

Theresa said...

Gorgeous... but I love the "House of Twig" better:) Enjoy your day, I know you are getting super excited! HUGS!

Diane said...

I am for that shower Anne =)) Thanks for the made me smile this morning.....

ChRiS said...

some nice qualities but i think you got the best of the 2 your new home is charming and expect it to me even better after you move in and make it!!!

Reinspire said...

A lovely home (love that outdoor shower!) that I know you would have put your touch on, but congrats on your other new home!

Polly said...


That outdoor shower is pretty cool! August 11 is right around the corner! Are you getting so excited?!?! I can't wait to see your gem come to life with your style infused into it!!

Have a good weekend!



Shelia said...

Morning, Anne! Oh, this house is as cute as pumpkin pie, but the cottage you bought is YOU! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

cityfarmer said...

the charming country kitchen reminded me of Bridges of Madison Country ...
the charming kitchen that they sat and drank their coffe in and fell in love.

missn u girl

Farmgirl Paints said...

Yours is so much better;)

Tammy said...

Hi Anne, what a great house this is too, but you certainly have the right one for you and will be closing very, very soon. What a wonderful move that will be. Your house is going to be beautiful, even if you feel you have less space. As it is, we fill our home up with things we don't really, really need -- so your purging and simplifying is a way to clean and clear and allow so much more beauty into your world. Of course, by all the photos you've posted in your past many posts, it seems you are surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. And that is a wonderful place to be. Best wishes, Tammy

tara said...

The outdoor shower, seems so freeing!! love it! thanks for sharing! xo

My Grama's Soul said...

You picked the best one.......WITHOUT A DOUBT...altho....that outdoor shower has something to be said for it!!



Hill Country House Girl said...

Oh Anne, Oh Anne, Oh Anne............I know this house! Can't wait to meet and swap stories about the Fred patch!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Very cool house. The screen door really caught my eye. I want to put one of those on my pantry!

Congrats on the new house. Closing is less than 2 weeks away. yeah.


Sarah said...

I think your house is definitely a better choice. Love the long porches across this one! ~ Sarah

Tracy Suzanne said...

Just me Anne, but I adore the house you are buying. Too me it's just so cute and charming. Just so you Anne!

ooxx's...Tracy :)

A Write Life said...

Oh, I too, love the outdoor shower. I'm dying to know why its there? What caused them to build it? How incredibly cute.

Anonymous said...

If you were on one of those tv home sellers shows, the reason you did not choose this one is because it was cluttered with personal objects, you could not see your own furniture working in here, the wall colors are all wrong... get some imagination people!
I bought our old farmhouse more with my heart than with my head and now, after I have "decorated" it (lived in look) no one else will ever want it by those rules.
Which is OK with me, I am here for the long haul.
Now I have to find the post showing your real dream house.

DogsMom said...

Now I have to agree with the others - you DID choose the better house, paint colors and all.
I am curious about all the drama over the other house, (I didn't get to read everything,) and the studio was to die for, but you will create a studio in the much better house.

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