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!
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
- Grass – IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK
- 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!
What’s on YOUR must have list in a long-term home?