SURPRISE! We’re officially adulting. I didn’t really want to let people know until now but Shaun and I have secured a piece of our pie in Austin, Texas. We’ve purchased a house!
For the longest time we thought we would be priced out. In a community that has so many people coming in from California and New York, what kind of chance did we have? People were setting up house payments in cash. But like, we’ve given to the social fabric of Austin. Don’t we deserve to be here?
Shaun was in a metal band. I worked for public access in live music. I was a roller derby referee. We made Austin. We were part of why it was so freaking awesome. And because WordPress changed our lives, we finally had the opportunity to take advantage of the money we make and had the opportunity to buy our dream house – the house that checked off several of my “WANT” checkboxes. Vintage (almost 50 years) – Creek in the backyard (done), old hardwood floors. CHECK.
This house is literally everything I wanted it to be, and us getting in was short of a miracle.
One thing you should know is that Austin has a 98% occupancy rate. What this means is that you generally have to overbid people and give your first born to get a house in Austin. We saw our dream house and put in a big at cost — which it turned out that all the other bids under bid us. We had revoked our second bid, and had been asked to put it in again. And due to seeing that we had an advantage, we got them to also cover all of the closing costs.
If you need my realtor’s number, let me know because holy hell, he was amazing. He hustled. He asked. HE was resourceful. He was my angel.
So this past weekend I made our house ours – I painted the door red. Another dream of mine. We’re making this space ours.
Please check out the pictures I’m, attaching. The house is from 1972 and amazing. It has some weird decorated rooms (like the living room being LAVENDER and the lighting looking like they are from the 1960s) – and worth every moment. We plan on keeping the gold bamboo wallpaper. We just need to figrue out how to incorporate it!
Thank you for being on our life journey!
You can also follow a lot of the detailed house stuff on our new blog, Kuschel.blog (Alternative. Domestic.)