Our New Casa

3.05.2013

The day after we arrived in California, we decided to head out to our new neighborhood so we could check out the house we had pre-leased. Unfortunately with pre-leases, it's a sight unseen kind of deal. So basically you can drive by and see the outside but you can't see the inside until after you sign the lease. Crazy, huh?

Well it just so happens that it was our lucky day because the maintenance crews were at the house doing some last minute things and the front door was wide open when we drove up. Jesse walked up to the door and asked if we could take a quick peek. They were hesitant at first because they're really not supposed to let anyone in, but they asked to take our shoes off and look quickly. I was SO excited. It's kind of scary to sign a 6 month lease for a place you haven't seen, you know?

Once we were inside I felt an immediate sense of relief. The inside was so much nicer than I expected! Yay! And the storage space is absolutely unbelievable. I was worried about where we would put all of our stuff but there are closets galore! 

I was also so happy with the area surrounding our townhouse. We can see a playground right from our doorstep and there are mountains and trees all around. Our back patio backs up to a small hill, so we have no one directly behind us (though I have already seen a roadrunner, a lizard, and a little bunny back there!)

The garage is much bigger than I anticipated and easily holds our two cars, with plenty of room for some of Emerson's outdoor toys.

And I know a house post isn't complete without pictures so I'm going to share a few that I took with my iPhone. They're not the best but they'll give you an idea. And they were taken at different times in the day so the colors are a little off, so just keep that in mind. 

Just for reference, here's the floor plan:

As you can see, it's a split level.  So now we have quite a few more stairs than we did before. Luckily, Emerson is doing great with them. She insists on walking up and down holding the hand rail instead of crawling or sitting and scooting.
The stairs from the living room to the front door:
 The living room:
My favorite part of the living room is the built in window seat. I cannot wait to make a cushion for it.  (And yes, the light fixtures in the whole place are pretty terrible. But if that's the worst of the problems I guess I really can't complain!)

As you can see, the carpet is dark gray. I'm actually really glad that it's dark because it will be easier to keep clean. 

The Kitchen:
 The countertops looks pink but they're really more tan, I swear! :) And this is the first time I've ever cooked with a gas stove. So far, so good.

The little "dining room":


 The view from the dining room to the kitchen:
The back patio:

The laundry room:
Master bedroom:
 It's pretty small but I think we'll be be able to get our furniture in there.

Master Closet:

Master bathroom:
Emerson's bedroom:
 Extra bedroom:
 And yes, there's ANOTHER window seat. LOVE!!

Emerson's bathroom:
Downstairs storage closet:
 One of the storage areas in the garage:
We signed the lease last week and officially "moved in" on Friday. We ended up buying an air mattress so we would have somewhere to sit and sleep. Luckily our express shipment from Abu Dhabi will be here today. It has Emerson's bed in it and most of our kitchen stuff. Our furniture is en route from North Carolina and it expected at the end of the week (it left two days later than it was supposed to!)

We have met some of our neighbors and they seem very nice. I'm also excited because there are tons of kids in the neighborhood. Our neighbor's daughter is just two weeks older than Emerson. She will have plenty of kiddos to play with and that makes me very happy.

The playground right in front of our house:

So, there it is! Our new home. And it honestly already does feel like home. I would say I love about 90 percent of it and I can definitely live with the other 10 percent. Jesse and I were worried that it would feel so small inside but it's actually much roomier than we thought it would be. It has plenty of room for our little family! I know once we have our furniture and I really get the chance to decorate I will love it even more. It's pretty amazing what a coat of paint and some pictures on the wall will do. I'll be posting tons of "after" pictures as I complete each room and make it home.




Rebekah said...

It looks great! I'm slightly jealous of how much storage space you have. I'm hoping for more of that once we move!

Brittney Galloway said...

Oh my gosh, Tami, it is wonderful! I love it! And it's going to look even more amazing once you get to decorate!

Katie said...

I love it!! So glad you got a sneak peek. I'm sure that made you feel SO much better. Good luck getting settled:)

Joeylee said...

It looks great, I can't wait to see it all decorated. That's awesome that you have a park that close and it looks nice

Natalie said...

YAY! So glad you liked it and look at that playground!

Allison Boutwell said...

I think it looks great! I can't wait to see it when it's all decorated and you put all of your own touches on it. :

~Dawn~ said...

Wow!! It looks great!! And the playground out front?? PERFECT!

Sarah said...

Looks great! The playground is amazing! Emerson is going to love it.

Stephanie said...

Looks like a great place to call home to me! I bet that playground is going to get a lot of use from Miss E.

Ashley said...

It looks awesome!! Crazy way of doing it, not being able to see it before you lease it, but it worked out well!!

Callie Nicole said...

How exciting Tami! It looks like a great house!

Lyndsey said...

It looks just perfect! I'm dying over those window seats and I can't wait to see what you do with them! And that park is awesome! I'm sure you'll enjoy many sunny Cali days there. Welcome home! :)

Krissy said...

Looks great, Tami....and the San Diego weather oooooooo weeeee, I'm jealous. ;)

Emily Powell said...

I LOVE the window seats and that park! AMAZING! Can't wait to see how you decorate!

Mallorie said...

I can't wait to see what you do! And I LOVE the park and window seats. Jinx to Emily ;-)

Erin said...

Sooo exciting! It looks great! And I tooootally love those window seats, can't wait to see what you do with the place ;) And that playground?! Yay!!

Mateya said...

How exciting...looks great! Jealous of that master closet!!! ;)

How awesome to have a park so close! So fun!

Rachel and John said...

It looks lovely! Love the top you are wearing!

Don't you just love when you meet people with kids the same age as yours?

Suze said...

Love the window seats!!! :)

Mandy said...

I'm so glad you love it and that you guys are finally able to start getting settled in!! I love the storage and the window seats! The park is going to be a favorite for E, I can already tell!! Can't wait to see your "after" pics!!

ajs {of MN} said...

so excited you LOVE it! and i am loving that playground right outside, yah!!

Megan said...

Looks great! AND yet another great feature- no need for power transformers/converters! Yahoo! :)

Beth Ann said...

It looks so nice! I am sure you will make it so homey and amazing. Soooooo nice to have that park so close!

luvbnmom said...

That is awesome that everything turned out so well! Love the playground....I am sure Emerson does to!

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