The (first) One That Got Away (in which we ride the roller coaster that is the real estate market)

Well, we’ve already suffered our first loss whilst house hunting. We knew it that it was likely that we would make an offer and not get a house, but I don’t think either of us expected to find something we liked so quickly, much less lose out on it! Long story short: we made an offer on a house FOR THE LIST PRICE and got beat by a better offer. If you need to catch up, click here to see what type of a house we’re looking for and click here to see a few houses that made our (first) short list.

The good news: more house hunting fun is in the future! But let’s check out the house we made an offer on. Here’s the exterior. All photos taken from Zillow.

Long Grove 1

This house is located in a subdivision where all the houses are 8-15 years old. This one was built in 2003. The foyer was two-story, and the ceilings? 9 ft. The tall ceilings were my favorite part about the home.

When you walk in the front door, this formal living room was on your left. This picture was taken standing in the formal dining room.

Long Grove 2

The kitchen was just off the formal dining room (through that arched doorway) and had a breakfast nook with sliders to the deck. We liked the kitchen, but I was already making plans to paint the cabinets.

Long Grove 3

Across from the kitchen was the less-formal living room with this fireplace and odd nook. There was a cable hookup in there, so I guess the owners had a TV in it at some point? We loved the spaciousness of this area though!

Long Grove 4

One nice perk of this house was that the basement was finished and had a full bath and bedroom. In all, the house had 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in 2700 square feet, which is WAY more than Kenny and I really need. But it would have been nice. :) Fun fact: This home is QUADRUPLE the size of our apartment!

Long Grove 6

Other than the basement being finished and some paint, we think that all of the flooring, trim, doors, etc. were original to the house, which means that they were on their last legs. Kenny and I were already dreaming about the updates that we could make! The pictures make the house look a wee bit nicer than it actually was. :)

The upstairs had three huge bedrooms including a master with a walk-in-closet and this ginormous bathroom. The toilet was in a tiny room to the left of this picture and the shower was to the right.

Long Grove 5

Even though this was in a new-ish subdivision, Ken and I would have been willing to sacrifice that because this house was relatively private and had a bunch of mature trees (especially to the right of this picture). It was at the end of a little road that jutted off a cul-de-sac too, which was marvelous.

Long Grove 7

Though we missed out on this one, Kenny and I were remarkably calm about the whole situation. While the house checked almost everything off our “dream” list, it was located in a sub-division and is not in a great school district. I guess location is everything, isn’t it?

Anyway, we’re still hunting for “the one!” and you know I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, what’s your house-hunting story?


  • Sounds like I’m in a similar boat to you! My husband and I currently live in a small-ish condo and have started the process of house-hunting, though we’re not quite sure we’re actually ready to move. We just figure it can’t hurt to see what’s out there, and we definitely fell in love with a home nearby . . . but it was in a busy neighborhood with very little yard, and it really needed some updating.

    I figure that what’s meant to be will be . . . and your dream home is certainly out there! It’s disappointing when things don’t work out, but it sounds like you have a great attitude about the whole thing. Enjoy riding the wave! :)

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