Wednesday, October 05, 2011

"You may find yourself in a beautiful house..."

Hopefully you now have the brilliant Talking Heads song, "Once In A Lifetime" in your head after reading that title. I know I have.

Well then. After a protracted and largely fruitless search, during which fewer than one grandmother-selling bastard real estate agent was murdered, we have (very nearly) bought a house in Wellington.

I've kept very quiet about this one as I'm sick of having bored/annoyed many people with details and fantasies about the many other houses that we looked at, but didn't buy because we were too cheap/we were too picky/too much water was coming in through the roof (delete as applicable).

HOWEVER, we went unconditional on this one on Friday last week, and I've now transferred an annoyingly big amount of money to the owner's lawyer, so it's pretty likely that we'll actually move in to it.

Where is it, you may ask? Well, I'm not going to tell you exactly where on this blog, but feel free to email me. If I don't give the address to you, take that as a hint.

It's in a suburb called Crofton Downs, which doesn't seem to have a lot written about it on the Internest. There's a Primary School, a little shopping centre with a Woolworths Countdown, and a baby Mitre 10!

Anyway, none of you probably care about any of that.

The house is, er, quite big at 230 square metres. It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a rumpus kind of room, and a basement workshop kind of area. There's also a sort of hallway which is essentially another room. Here are some pictures:

Here's the house from the street:
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Yes, we compromised on the garage. We'll have to see what happens about that...

Downstairs is a bedroom where any long-term visitors will likely be staying:
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Long-term visitors also get their own bathroom!:
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Downstairs also has the rumpus (hate this word) room, with decor I feel right at home with:
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Off the rumpus room is a basement workshop sort of thing, which is what allowed me to compromise on the garage:
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Why yes, the table-tennis table will be staying.

Up the stairs (NOT SHOWN) and through the indoor ranch-slider (NOT SHOWN) and into the lounge:
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Note the bush view out the window.

Looking back the other way you can just see the indoor ranch slider at left, also the hate heat pump:
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Turn around again to see the lounge going round the corner, note open fire:
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Looking back the other way in this bit now:
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A dining room:
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A kitchen:
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If I were the sort of person to shake sticks at things, there would be more cupboards in this kitchen than I could do so at. The whole house is extremely well-endowed with cupboards; some might even say it's over-cupboarded. Those people are wrong; there is no such thing as too many cupboards.

A bedroom:
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Ella thinks this will be hers; I foresee much discussion.

A bathroom (separate toilet NOT SHOWN):
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A bedroom, which I would like to be mine and Rach's:
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These last two bedrooms (and the bathroom) are off a hallway (NOT SHOWN). At the end of the hallway is this room/hall/office:
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Just past the outside door at the far end is this bedroom:
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...and right next to that is this bedroom:
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There is a door that closes this whole area of the house off; perfect for kids? I reckon.

Outside the room/hall/office:
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Up the back:
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The bit you can see on the side is a kind of a porch over the back door, but it has doors at either end.

There's also a laundry inside (NOT SHOWN) and a greenhouse outside (NOT SHOWN).

Some of the furniture in the house (most importantly for me, the double-door fridge) will be staying there.

Come down and stay with us any time after November 7th. We've definitely got enough room (just maybe not the furniture quite yet).

Please ask about the things we forgot to check by email or in the comments.


Margot said...

:) what an awesome there already a vege garden in place or will that be one of the first things you put in? Anyway, congrats on the purchase.

Blair said...

Mate, the pics on tardme didn't show the basement, it looks good - good workshop for bikes/skis, or if you really wanted to be cool snowboards.... Congrats

Cam said...

The place looks amazing. If the guest room is available in March we'd love to come check it out.
Of course, if the guest room isn't available we'll probably still come and check it out but less thoroughly.
This is all assuming I'm not one of the people that you refuse to give your address to.

40's the new 30 said...

Once in a lifetime - excellent opening to the post! This looks very 20 Springfield even, did you transport the fireplace down? The whole place looks fantastic! I haven't heard of the suburb, but i'm sure my (ex-Wellington) lovely Mrs will be able to shed light. Rooms with views! excellent.

That'll do said...

WOW!! Worth the wait! Space is wonderful and the living area looks amazing!! You must be so happy to have finally found something as awesome as this. Congrats to you all.

Helen Back said...

Good news about the table tennis wherewithal, do you get to keep the daintly chairs with curly legs as well?

Looks like the perfect place for you all. Congrats on your purchase.

Haszari said...


cherbrow said...

its HUGE! and looks well accommodating.....look forward tot he visit!

cherbrow said...

ooops standard typo: let me rephrase: it looks huge and I look forward to visiting it

tonyH said...

"Omigod! What have you done!?"
Looks like absolutely the right thing.

TracyP said...

WOW!!! Awesome house!!!! Loving your new digs! Now I know where to leave my kids if I ever get to Wellington, and you can just shut the door on them!