Goodbye, Red Robin Road!
I grew up with this weird belief that my first house would be my “forever home.” I know it may sound strange, but the first time I ever moved was when I went off to college. To this day, my parents still live in my childhood home, which is the only house they’ve ever owned (excluding their lake house). I just thought that’s how it worked! You grow up, get a job, get married, buy a house together, and raise your kids in that house. Sure, I had a few friends growing up who moved, but for the most part nobody ever did.
Now that I’m an adult, I see that things really don’t work that way. People switch jobs a lot more often now than they did back in the 90s. The housing market also looks ENTIRELY different. Houses in my parents neighborhood are 3000+ square feet and originally sold for around $330,000-$350,000. Now? You probably can’t buy a house that large for under $480,000 in the Raleigh area. Considering the student loan situation in this country, I’d say that most people nowadays begin with a smaller, starter home and then move up after a few years.
We are Officially Homeless!
Yesterday was a bittersweet day. Yesterday, we said goodbye to our sweet townhome on Red Robin Road, and we are now officially homeless! But…only for another 22 hours until we close on our new home 🙂
It was very difficult to get into this house. The year we bought the housing market was booming! Houses in our price range sold within a day of being on market, and people outbid us several times. We also struggled to buy this house because my business was so new at that point. This greatly impacted our buying power. Not only that, but we had a whole slew of other issues that I’ll talk about more in my next blog post.
Honestly, I can’t help but feel a little emotional. I know it’s “just a house,” but it was OUR house. Our 3-story townhome was our first home together. We bought it just 3 months after we were married and it was the biggest purchase of my entire life. It’s where we raised our two pups together. We made so many memories in that house, and it’s weird to think it’s no longer ours.
Moving on to Bigger, Better Things
We knew when we purchased on Red Robin Road that it was going to be a fairly temporary house. It has two flights of stairs (with the bedrooms on the 3rd floor), no fenced-in yard, and only two bedrooms. Zach and I agreed that it wasn’t the most ideal house to raise kids in. Our goal was to pay off all of our debt and then pursue buying a house in the spring. But, like I said in my last post, sometimes plans change! I love our townhome, it was a great first house, and I will never forget it! Despite feeling a little sad, I am still SO excited about our new house. Even if it takes a few months, I know that this next house is going to be just as special.
One thing I do regret is not taking pictures of the house and sharing them. Honestly, it’s because I’m somewhat embarrassed that our furniture isn’t “perfect” yet. I know that’s SO silly, but I feel like everyone has these amazing picture-perfect houses and ours isn’t quite there. A lot of our furniture is second-hand or hand-me-downs. There’s definitely NOTHING wrong with that! But because of this, it feels like so much of our house is still a bit mismatched. I’m going to try to be better about this in the new house. There are so many furniture-related projects I want to do now that we are DEBT FREE, so I’m going to blog more about those in the next few months. Until then, friends, I hope you enjoy this tour of our first home together!