Hiiii! Melissa’s daughter, Kylee, here 🙂 It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post! I know my mom shared here that I am moving so I thought I would come and share some of the history and the journey so far. If you follow me or follow my mom on Instagram, you might have seen that we shared some behind the scenes of my moving process and gave you all a tour of the homes we visited. We’ve recorded these stories in the highlights of each of our profiles if you need to catch up! >> (@kynoelle, @theinspiredroom, @ courtneylane1).
Going back a bit, you might remember that I’ve shared my Seattle townhouse here several times over the years (our entry pictured above and one of my puppies, Leo!). It was the first home my husband and I owned and it has served us so well over the past 7 years as we settled into our careers and post-college life.
At the end of 2019, we actually started planning a few updates around the Townhouse. On the program: repaint wood kitchen cabinets, replace black granite countertop tiles with something lighter and brighter, replace lights and have a fun makeover to fireplace tiles!
So that was the plan, but then… pandemic! We halted our plans because we didn’t have people or contractors coming. Like everyone else, we crouched down at the house to wait.
During those first few months at home, our plans and dreams started to change. I was already working from home and working remotely became a permanent option for my husband. And so, we decided instead of investing in the townhouse, we were ready to move on to our next chapter.
We started looking for homes last summer and made several offers, which we were all overbid on (but we were still * so * close). In the photo above, we almost have it! In fact, it was the first one we bid on. After losing several times, we realized that we had better sell our house first so that we could make more competitive offers.
In April, we sold the townhouse and moved into my parents’ basement apartment as a temporary landing place while we looked for our new home! We had no idea the housing market would get even wilder than it had been when we started looking last year. We thought that with the equity in our townhouse, we would be able to get in and maybe even get our dream home, only to quickly find out it wouldn’t be easy.
The homes we would fall in love with received 20 offers, all in cash, almost always an inspection or a waived appraisal, sometimes going for more than $ 300,000 more than the listing price. Yes, you read that right – $ 300,000 MORE! We recently looked back to see how far the homes we were interested in over the past two months had gone and almost all were at least $ 150,000 above list price. Washington’s housing market is still competitive and expensive, but this has been the next level. It was almost impossible to get any of the homes we were interested in. I know many of you have reached out and shared that this is the same where you live, so I know there are many in this same boat across the country!
We have made offers on all styles of homes in different cities and settings. One couple were in the suburbs, one near a lake (and would have been near where Courtney now lives, which would have been so much fun!). Another was in the country and another in the forest. We looked at homes on the islands and the city. It has been an emotional roller coaster to imagine life in so many places!
Honestly, we rarely found any homes we were interested in, but when we did find them it was hard to outbid every time. We tried to be patient and not get caught up in frenzies that would put us over our heads or in an unfortunate situation.
We were mainly looking in Washington, but were open to the possibility of living almost anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, all the way to Portland, Oregon (where we grew up!). While we really could have moved anywhere in the country, PNW has our hearts.
I can’t imagine living anywhere else! The lush green trees, the outdoor activities, the mild climate, the gorgeous summers, the beautiful fall season, the cold people, the hygge vibes… and even the rain (which honestly doesn’t rain as much as you do. you may have heard!).
A few weeks ago we went to an open house while visiting a family in Portland and we fell in love with it! Finally, a year after the start of the process, to our surprise, an offer was accepted. We’re a little shocked (is this real life ?!), excited and nervous, all in one. It’s a little bittersweet to put more distance between me and my parents and siblings, but we will stay close enough to see each other again frequently. We even envision traveling to each other as a fun opportunity to spend time in each of our 3 cities, which we all love so much! Kind of like having vacation homes :).
And we’re definitely not heading to a place where we’ll be alone between visits, we have so many friends and family (including Lance’s mom!) Still living there. We actually have more friends and family there than we have here, so in many ways we really feel like home, unlike any Washington ever has.
Soooo I’m sure you want to see the house and can’t wait to share it with you! What I can tell you now is that we are in LOVE with it. Since the housing market was so wild, we honestly had no idea what style or condition the house would be in, so we are so thankful that we got something that has as many good qualities as we wanted. It’s already super cute, but there is so much room for us to do it on our own! I’ll take you on the tour and share our plans very soon.
Stay tuned here and on Instagram (follow @kynoelle and @theinspiredroom) for updates, and if you’re a subscriber to the blog you might be the first to see a preview of the house;)