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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Possible Future Home of the Johnson's?

After living here in Arizona for two years now, we're finally seriously looking for a house to buy. It's exciting and stressful at the same time. We can't wait to get out of our ghetto apartment! Today was the first day our realtor who's also a friend of mine took us out to look a few houses. As we pulled up to the first house, I mentioned to him that we have this habit of buying the 2nd house we look at. I'm sure he didn't really believe us, but it might be true. The first house was kool, big back yard with a patio that was as long as the house and trees already shading the yard. However the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms were super small, so was the living room. Also the laundry hookups were out in the garage, which can get really hot in the summer. Not all people would like the style of the 2nd house we looked at, it's quirky and I like quirky.

The 2nd house:

When I saw a picture of this house, I thought of "The Alamo" but I know it doesn't look like the Alamo, I guess technically it's referred to as Southwest or adobe Style?

We're thinking of putting a blinking neon sign above the tile roof that says,

"Open For Business".

Above the garage is the perfect spot for my GIGANTIC ceramic sun I bought years ago
at "Dirt Cheap" in Ogden, UT.

The Great Room aka living room/dining room/kitchen.
Check out the rounded hallway opening.

HUGE open kitchen with those super kool slide out shelves in all the cabinets!

Dining room looking into the Master bedroom on the left and Mud room on the right.
Through the mud room is the garage.

Deep garden tub & shower in the master bath.

That's our front door on the right and construction dust on the island.

What looks like travertine tiles, but I'm sure they're not.

This is a huge backyard for Arizona, something that is really hard to find.

AND....there is more then a foot between the houses! Most houses in AZ you can hand your neighbor a plate of cookies from your window to theirs. This space is really important to us.
I didn't get a good picture, but our side gate is super nice wood and metal, just my style!

Large covered patio, does't look that big in this picture because of the angle,
but I would guess it's 20x12. It's exactly the same as the front covered patio.

This house is located in East Mesa which would require a 30 minute commute to work, which so far is the only negative about this house. It's a 3 bedroom w/ walk in closet in the master bedroom, 2 full bath and large 2 car garage. We're not sure when it will be finished, probably first of May. It comes with all the appliances except the fridge, which was the same with the house we built in Utah. It's located in a cul-de-sac so no traffic and it's safe for kids to run around and play. The number one reason we really love this house, no HOA! About 90% of the houses in Arizona are all HOA, so YAY we don't have to pay someone a fee to tell us not to park on the curb, or to tell us we can't play music outside!

We'll keep you posted!


Dom said...

I think it is adorable! I hope you get it, and yes a yard is so hard to come by these days.

Athena said...

Really cute! I like quirky too :) Alot of what I would look for in a house is a little quirky.

little bro said...

it is cool home sis i hope you can get it. oh yeah we want that kitchen.

tom said...

where's the drive-thru window? I thought it was state law for all houses to have swimming pools!

other than that, looks good Johnsons!

Joey said...

No drive thru window. No pool.
"Breakin' the law, breakin' the law!"

You're right Tom, no drive thru window is a deal breaker!

Michelle said...

WooHoo! Keep us posted. It looks like a wonderful house. I love that it is new.

PS - We will be seeing you for sure in Moab!!

Mr. E Mann said...

I thought the same as you about the outside, but the inside looks great. ;)

Casey said...

I like it!

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