House Offer Number 2

House Offer Number 2

Over six months passed between our first offer in November 2014 and our second in May 2015. Very few houses were listed over the winter. Our options were also limited by the dearth of single-family houses on the market and the limited area in which we were searching. Jarrod drives to work in Evanston, the suburb north [...]

House Offer Number 1

House Offer Number 1

If you follow me on Instagram you already know that Jarrod and I found a house! We made offers on five different houses and our fifth offer did the trick. We close on Friday. When we started our house hunt (nearly a year ago), our home-owning friend Michael told us: “Making an offer isn’t like asking someone [...]

Chicago House Hunting: The One I Loved the Most

Chicago House Hunting: The One I Loved the Most

Of all the houses we've seen, this was the house I had the most immediate emotional response to. Originally listed at $525k, sold for $400k, in a lovely Chicago neighborhood called Peterson Woods. It caught me by surprise because I'm rarely sentimental. I'm also wary of kitsch - I like mid-century design because it's practical and clean-lined [...]

Chicago House Hunting: The One that Got Away

Chicago House Hunting: The One that Got Away

This is the house I'm still kicking myself over: a mid-century split-level priced at $314,900. For those of you who don't live in Chicago: mid-century houses are really rare here, especially in our part of the city. This is a pre-1930s bungalow town. Per the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association: "With more than 80,000 bungalows still standing [...]