Apr 29, 2013

The Wandering House Hunters: House 3 - Ann Arbor, MI. - April 2013

Welcome back, I'm about to take you through house # 3 but if you want to refresh your memory here are links to:

A2 Fairy Doors

As promised, let me tell you, or better yet show you why E is so excited to move to "Mush-Again".

According to Wikipedia - Ann Arbor Fairy Doors, The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, MI are a series of small doors that are a type of installation art found only in Ann Arbor, MI. The first one appeared in the baseboards of the home of Jonathan and Kathleen Wright in 1993. Subsequently, several others were discovered in their home; in the fireplace surround and two in the kitchen.

"On April 7, 2005 the first fairy door to be seen in public was on the exterior of Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea. Since then, ten more have shown up around Ann Arbor (as well as a "goblin door" parody).  As of August 2012, of the original ten public Ann Arbor fairy doors, seven still exist in and around the downtown Ann Arbor area".

There is an entire website, Urban Farries Operations dedicated to tracking and documenting the appearance, movement, and vanishing of these very special doors.

Some doors Open

Some remain closed and you can just peek inside


Some are tiny versions of human doors 


I've heard from my sister and several close friends that moving is incredibly hard on little kids.  Our friend Stephanie sent E the Urban Fairies Book, and we're already talking about what door we want to find first.  My hope is that the excitement of these little fairy doors will help our little lady transition and make the next chapter just a little bit easier and more fun.

Now from fairy hunting to house hunting!

Don't forget - Our Wishlist
3 Beds, 2 Baths, allows cats, covered parking, dishwasher, washer/dryer, yard, and good size living space for inside play on cold days.

House #3:
3 Beds, 2 Full & 2 Half Baths, Cat friendly 2,100 sq. ft
Split level (or tri-level) home in quiet town ship outside of Ann Arbor city limits. About 15 miles from the Hubs work (30 min commute time). Two car garage, HUGE front and back yard, All lawn care and snow removal is our responsibility. Unfinished, dry, well lit basement. Well water & septic system.  The price is at the top end of our range.

Main Floor: Entry, Living Room, Large Eat In Kitchen, Powder Room, Garage

Living Room (1)
(Again E is LOVING the toys)

Eat In Kitchen (1) - Only "dining" space in the house. Sliding door goes to back deck

Kitchen (2) - Doors in the back corner are pantry, coat closet, garage entry, and powder room.


Kitchen (3)

Back Deck - You can't really tell from this photo but the yards, front and back, are HUMONGOUS!!!

Main floor Powder Room

Lower Level: Family Room, Laundry Room, Unfinished Dry, well lit Basement, Powder Room

Stairs to Lower Level

Lower Level Family Room

Lower Level Laundry Room
(This washer and dryer are A LITTLE OLD... Don't you think?!!!)

Upper Level: 2 Bedrooms, Main Bath, Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom

Stairs to Upper Level - Doors Left to Right: Linen Closet, (Bedroom 3, & Bedroom 2 are just out of sight to the left), Master Bedroom and Main Bathroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom (1)

Master Bathroom (2)

Main Bathroom (1)

Main Bathroom (2)

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2 - Closet

Bedroom 3 (1)

Bedroom 3 (2)

Bedroom 3 (3) 

I need to say half the reason I LOVE this house is how well it is staged. The Realtor made a point to tell us that lighting fixtures and curtains were not included and would be replaced with standard fixtures and mini blinds. The big question is, with all that lawn and a pretty long commute to work, bible study, playgroup, church, grocery, etc. is this house just too much for us to take on for just 15 months? In the comments below, let me know what you think of house #3.

Tomorrow the 4th and final house on our hunt and a pizza dinner that is definitely worth repeating!  Then Wednesday is the BIG DECISION!!!

House # 1: The "Petite White House"
House # 2 and some Ann Arbor FUN!!!
House #4 and Ann Arbor Fun with Friends

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!


Blair said...

You should so pick this one!!

Hillary C said...

Hi Lili, I am doing research for a design project about how people buy homes. I love that you blogged about your process. You would be such an inspiring interview for our process. Would you be willing to participate in a paid interview with my design team next weekend? May 31 - June 3. We are flying to Ann Arbor from Cslifornia to interview a few different people.
My email is : hillary.designresearch@gmail.com

Thank you!