Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Digs

We're under contract! Found and qualified for a new house to buy here in Raleigh, and yesterday the sellers and us worked out a deal and signed all of the contracts. May 31st is the closing date. It's a beautiful house, and has everything that Kelley wanted. It's outside of the beltline (saved us about $100k) and not quite in Cary. Still close to the NC State Campus, about 3 miles from Kelley's dad's house, and less than a mile from the RBC center where the Carolina Hurricanes play and the NC State football stadium is. I'm pushing for some season tickets.

Here's some pics stolen from the listing's web site:

Front yard has great landscaping

Hardwood floors everywhere and plenty of open space

I love these built-ins in the dining room. The kitchen is really small, though.

This is a really cute house. It's got some positives and negatives. The positives are the sheer cuteness, it meets most of the size and room requirements, and is in a cool part of town. The negatives are there's no garage and it's on a busy 4 lane road. But there's kind of a wooded part between the road and the front yard, so I think that's enough separation really.

There is a small storage shed on one side, but I'm going to have to knock that down and build a bigger workshop. There's a few landscaping projects I've already got my eyes on too. But I don't really see a sunny place big enough for a decent garden. Still, that should be enough to keep me occupied for a while.

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In training, I hit 11 workouts last week. Tri Power twice (skipped friday, too tired) and 2 yoga's before work. I also got in 2 swims, 4 bike rides, and a nice run. Next Sunday is the TOA sprint triathlon, and I can't WAIT! We've been putting off so many races and race plans because we didn't know when we were going to find or buy a house, it's so nice to know everything is in place now.

Actually, I've got three races in the next three weekends. The TOA Sprint next sunday where I'm hoping to PR the course, and then the Tarwheel Century on the 24th out on the coast. Now that we're not closing until the 31st, Kelley feels good about doing the Mud Run again this year, and that's May 1st back in Greenville. I think the Warrior Challenge is still looking good too, but it may be a game time scratch. What's definitely gone is the Fletcher Flyer in Asheville June 5th, that's the weekend we'll be moving into the new place. That means I'm back to looking for a hilly century ride in the mountains, late june, july, august.

Everything is coming together here. Also this week, I finished the 6 month contract part of this job and became a full time employee! I'm very excited about that. So is the mortgage company.

Big congrats to you if you raced this weekend! I know Stacey did her first half marathon. Have a great week!

20 comments:

Al's CL Reviews said...

Congrats on the house. It is cute!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the new house. It looks darling!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love the house. Totally charming. Love the hardwood floors and I am a sucker for built ins. I don't understand why many new houses don't have built ins... At least they don't here in the Midwest. You just don't see them, but most people i know are so in love with built ins of older homes.

Good luck with the upcoming races. I put myself back on a training schedule - kind of doing a modified half marathon training schedule to geer up for marathon training which starts 6/7. That will be here before we know it!

Congrats on being a permanent employee. I start my new job tomorrow! Off to pick out my first day of work outfit. Yes, I am a dork. A former ex works in the dept I'll be in so I've got to look good. Ha.

* Tyly * said...

The house is gorgeous!! It is such a cute, charming home!

Tyger Lily said...

Nice! Congrats on the new digs! Super cute!!

RBR said...

Wow, that house is beautiful. Congratulations. I love North Carolina is it so beautiful there.

I am the shittiest blogger buddy ever and I have not congratulated you on your second and fast as f*&k, if I may add) marathon! FREAKING AWESOME!! So sad that you have already joined the ranks of 'too damn fast to run with me', but hopefully we can meet up at a race someday. :)

I read your report on my Blackberry (in true pretentious Californian style) and I cannot comment from there. So my apologies, friend.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

What a gorgeous house! I'm so glad you guys found one you love! I especially like the yard!

Colleen said...

The house looks awesome! Congrats!

Heather @ Side of Sneakers said...

Congrats! Your new house is gorgeous!!

Wes said...

Nice house! I don't know if Matthew will ever play soccer in NC, but if he does, I'll be sure to pay you a visit :-)

Retta said...

So glad you are back! I love the new house. it's very cute. Missed your posts!

teacherwoman said...

The house looks beautiful! I can't wait to see more pics once your family gets moved in!

Alisa said...

Wow, that's a gem! I also really enjoy hardwood floors and open space. We are house hunting, it's so hard to choose--I often find the stuff I like is out of our range, =).

Cant wait to see pics of your little ones playing in the yard.

The Enthusiast said...

I love the dining room :-D It must feel so nice to have the house issues squared away.

Good luck with the race schedule ahead!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Whoohoo! Congrats on the house!

Badgergirl said...

Congrats on the house! It looks beautiful!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I like those hard wood floors, brother.

I just like hard wood in general (that's what she said!).

Congrats on the new house.

runrettarun said...

Trust me, John, I will be going "all the way" this year! LOL!

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh that house is adorable, wood floors are THE BEST! so cute. ENJOY!

Ryan said...

Awesome house...which room is mine? Ha!