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House Hunters: Our Ultimate Wish List

Now that we’re in house hunting mode, it’s been fun to daydream and make our ultimate wish list. The house we’re currently selling was our first home together. We purchased it just 5 months after we got married in 2012, so we’ll have lived in it for a little over 4.5 years. We knew it would be our “starter” home, and not really our forever home by any means. It’s 3 bed, 2 bath, and around 1,500 square feet. But like I’ve mentioned before, we purchased it knowing we wouldn’t live in it for long once we started having kids, so the yard wasn’t an issue. But now that we’re getting to the point where Adeline needs a yard, it’s time to start thinking more seriously about a more long-term home. (And, newsflash! Our house is under contract, so it’s REALLY time to start looking!) I wouldn’t say we’re looking for our “forever” home, but definitely something we want to be in for the next 10-15 years. (You could also interpret that as: I don’t even want to THINK about moving while our kids are little!) And if we happen to find something 100% perfect, then maybe it will turn into our forever home!

house hunting wishes for kid friendly house

We’ve had a running list of Next House Wants pretty much since we moved into this one, but it’s grown dramatically longer ever since having Adeline. It’s amazing what having kids will do to your list of non-negotiables in a house! I’ve decided that for the foreseeable future of these child-rearing years, I want something that’s family friendly and simple. I thought I’d share my list of must-haves, wants, and wishes for this next house.

My list can mostly be summed up as: easy to take care of, in a nice neighborhood, and close to good schools.


  • Sidewalks
  • Flat street
  • Flat driveway
  • Quiet street
  • Must be in a top school district
  • Close proximity to elementary school, grocery store, and in my dream world, a Target
  • A neighborhood that has access to a community pool, playground, similar amenities, but not necessarily a HOA
  • Less than 30 minutes from family
  • For the love of Dog God, please no barking dogs next door

House Bones

  • A newer-ish home
  • Mostly brick, or stone – very little, if ANY siding
  • At least ONE tree (You laugh, but you’d be surprised by some of these newer neighborhoods, sometimes trees are hard to come by! We’re not in AR anymore Toto…)
  • 4 bed, ideally at least 2,000 sq.ft.
  • Office space
  • Playroom/Bonus room
  • Either a formal dining OR an extra big eat-in kitchen nook (would love a formal dining + small breakfast nook)
  • Nice mix of hardwood/carpet, or at least easy to change
  • Fireplace
  • If two stories – a carpeted stairwell that isn’t too steep
  • A fenced in backyard
  • Attached garage
  • Laundry room (as opposed to just a laundry closet, but not a deal breaker)
  • Attic – or at least LOTS of storage
  • Somewhat cute exterior (who wants to live in an ugly house?)


  • Mostly updated kitchen/only needing minor aesthetic changes (easy fix!)
  • I’m torn on if I want a white kitchen, or a brown kitchen, it will depend on the rest of the house
  • Big enough for two people to comfortably cook
  • An island or a bar (I’ve always dreamed of the kids sitting there while we cook)
  • Open into the living room


  • Smaller bedrooms
  • Either upstairs, or on opposite side of house as the master bedroom
  • Not requiring a ridiculous amount of painting (I don’t mind painting a few rooms, but I’d rather not paint the entire house if I don’t have to)

Living Room

  • Decent sized for entertaining, like hosting small group
  • Windows for plenty of natural light
  • Good spot for our TV (so we aren’t forced to mount it above the fireplace)


  • Small but not too small
  • Still big enough for Truckee
  • Big enough for a swing set
  • Some sort of patio/porch
  • Covered back porch (but not a deal breaker)

I think that just about covers it, ha! EASY PEASY! Oh, and it has to be in our budget. NBD.

Annnnnnd reposting this because I just love it so much!

tips for getting house on market with toddler

What’s on YOUR must have list in a long-term home?



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    May 24, 2017 at 6:19 am

    This list is helpful since I am also doing a slight house hunting for me and my mother. 🙂

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    Kelly Runs For Food
    May 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Target proximity was on my list too, haha. We close on our house next Thursday and I thought the house hunting process was SO fun. Our wish list was actually pretty small, but it’s just the two of us. I wanted hardwood floors (at least on the first level), a fireplace, a big bathtub, and some outdoor space. Our new house has all of those things so I can’t wait to move in! Down the road when we’re older, our dream is to live on the water somewhere.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 24, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      That sounds awesome Kelly!! Yessss to big bathtub! Sounds like you found the perfect place! And umm living on the water one day sounds like the BEST dream!

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    May 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    awww……my list is long! Due to my husband’s career we move every couple of years. I DREAM of my forever home! One thing I want is a foot petal for my kitchen sink.
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    May 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    We’re definitely in our long term home. It kind of just landed in our laps though!
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    May 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm


    I hope you guys find what you’re looking for! It’s crazy because we just bought our first place last summer, but it’s a condo. It was hard to come up with a list of what we wanted because if we tried to get everything we wanted it was SOOOO outside our price range. The Hawaiian housing market is quite different! I was happy to find a place that wasn’t in need a total repair and seemed like it was in a good area.

    I love your “flat driveway” and “flat streets” wants. I didn’t even think of that before we got our place. We live in all hills and it makes for going for a walk or run with the kids SO hard! I hate to say that I hardly ever walk here!

    My next place, I would say must haves are a GARAGE. We don’t have one and don’t even have covered parking which I hate soooo much. I also really wish we had an outdoor space for the kids. We technically have a backyard but it’s the size of a postage stamp!
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    May 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Man I love my house but would kill for a screened in porch!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 30, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Giiirl you’re speaking my language. A screened in back porch would be heaven!

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    Jana A
    May 25, 2017 at 8:34 am

    This is fun! You know we are building, so I have put a lot of thought into this lately. We are building on 1.6 acres so we’ll have a lot of room for babies and Tebow to play and roam! We also have a little creek that will run through our property. 🙂 I wanted one side of the house to be the master suite side, and the other will have two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. I also wanted a basement, hardwood floors, wood beams and vaulted ceilings in the great room, a mud room, a freestanding tub, and a beautiful kitchen! One thing I did give up was an office, so they are going to build me a built in desk in the mudroom next to the built-in coat rack/shoe rack. I am looking forward to seeing the progress from start-to-finish!

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      Sweet Miles
      May 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

      LOVE all of that! It’s definitely our dream to build one day too! I think a split floor plan is 100% necessary! And a freestanding tub? Yes please! We have a giant wood beam now that I’m going to really miss, it adds so much character! I can’t wait to see your progress too! When do you break ground?

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    May 26, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Oooh well since we just bought our new house in Maumelle, I’m pretty current with this 🙂 (We close on our current home here on Tuesday & close on our new home there on Thursday next week!!! Ahhhhh!) Anyway, we wanted STORAGE- we’re used to having full basements, so even though we’ll have accessible attic storage space, plus some additional bump-out space in the garage, I’m still super nervous about this. I wanted a shed too, but we bought a house that was in the process of being built, so if we want one now, we’ll have to build it ourselves. We also wanted a flat driveway, fenced backyard of manageable size, mostly/all brick exterior, semi/pretty new house, sidewalks, open floor plan with peninsula or island, at least 2 full bathrooms, gas fireplace, gas range, a place for our kitchen/dining table, solid floors in living areas & carpet in bedrooms, a ranch style, NO ferns or groundcover (bad experience), close to shopping/civilization/not middle of nowhere, either a back patio or front porch (someplace to hang outside), close to park(s)/trail(s).

    I think that sums it up, and we did get those things! We did a ton of renovations on our current house, so I knew what things I would be willing to do in a new house & what I really wanted to already be good to go & nice (bathrooms!!). Like I said, we ended up buying a new house, so we got to pick our finishes for the most part which was amazing! We don’t have a tree, but I will likely plant one asap. We do have a giant gorgeous island in our kitchen, which will be lovely. I’m kinda excited to not have any big projects we’ll have to take on right away. I’ll be able to just work on storage solution stuff for a bit! Good luck on your search! I’m sure you’ll find something great that’ll work for you!

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      Sweet Miles
      May 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Love this!! Sounds like you had a great detailed list as well!! Too bad we are moving and we can’t meet!

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    June 2, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Well I am not quite ready to start house shopping yet … BUT I would definitely want a smaller house as it would just be me. I am thinking 3 bedrooms (prefer larger bedrooms) with a large walk-in closet. Newer house or at least a renovated kitchen. I am not a huge home renovator … so basically I want a move in ready house in the right area so it is easy for me to get to work and the gym. What would you say is a deal breaker during the house hunt?

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