My husband and I are renters. Not perpetually, we hope; just until we get his student loans paid off and a savings built to purchase a house. After a terrible experience in an apartment, we began renting houses. Our first experience with a house was fantastic! The Witchy Cottage was way better than any apartment we'd ever stayed in. Unfortunately, after 10 months, the owner lost his job and needed to move back. That's when we discovered a 105-year-old Queen Anne modified house located in a historic part of our city with the option to purchase after five years! It sounded perfect, but maybe a little too perfect. We quickly discovered problems with the house. Sadly, the owner did not take good care of it and, eventually, could not afford all the absolutely essential repairs the house needed to remain safe to habit. After just 30 days, we were told we had to say goodbye to our kitschy witch dream home as the owners needed to foreclose. Once again, we searched. We found a place we liked - it was no Queen Anne but it had its own modern charm. We did a little spell, said a little prayer and put in an application.
Today, I present to you our new home!
I'm currently writing this last Friday (hello future audience!) as I'm traveling to Florida for a week to see family. However, I felt it would be highly appropriate to post about our new house on Monday (moon day). We named our new home after the street it was located on - Crescent Avenue - and associate crescents with the house. I plan on hanging crescent charms all over it!
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The house features an extended living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and hardwood floors throughout the top floor.
It's been recently updated, which means we won't be renovating and painting this one. It looks just fine as is!
Typically, I loathe galley style kitchens but this one is huge. It's at least double the size and width of any galley we've ever rented, with tons of cabinet space on that far left side. We're super excited about it, particularly as my circle has talked about doing communal dinners starting in October.
The master bathroom is to die for with this adorable granite counter top and vessel sink! And don't worry about it chipping or cracking; the glass is thick and clearly tempered.
The main floor features three bedrooms. One of these two will be our roommate Tony's. The other will be mine and my husband's office!
The master bedroom is also huge! We'll have plenty of space for our California King and then some. It also has a newly-remodeled full bath with a gorgeous shower! The historic home we're in until, well, last Saturday, only had bathtubs. The first thing I did when we officially got the keys was ran over there and took my first shower in over 30 days. Baths are nice, sure. They really are. But I live for showers. It was glorious.
If you go down the stairs in between the kitchen and dining room, you'll find the family room! This will be the new altar room, which is perfect because it too has a fireplace. I plan on using the deposit return from the Witchy Cottage to purchase new items for the spiritual room and make it a little more open for entertaining as well as circle work.
The bottom floor also has this large room attached to the family room. This would be great for an exercise area and a game room.
Finally, here's the quaint but cute backyard. Plenty of space for my circle to celebrate, space for me to have a garden up above and just the right amount of privacy with all the trees and bushes!
The most surreal part of all of this is that we are currently moved into it and, as of 5:30 this evening, the old historic home is long gone. And I'm not even in town for any of it.
I'm in Florida! I left the day before we moved and I won't be back until Thursday. While I took care of most of the details before moving, I'll be interested to see how things went. Plus, I'm super excited to come back home to not only my family and my dog, but my three cats who spent sixteen days boarded. They were at our fantastic vet, but they were away from me. I miss them so incredibly much. So coming home to Terra Luna will be a tear-filled, joyous experience!
Before I wrap this up, I wanted to give a special thank you to everyone who helped us through this difficult series of transitions. My family moved us, my husband's family ensured our pets were safe and my friends picked us up when we were crawling. And then there's you, my Witchy Words readers, who have remained positive and supportive throughout this entire ordeal. We couldn't have done this without any of you!
So there you have it: Our new home! You'll get to see pictures of it fully set up and dressed for the holidays after our Winter Wonderland housewarming party on December 5th. Until then, you can catch glimpses in my upcoming blog posts! See you all soon!