Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mr Edmondson: Real Estate Snob

As we prepare for this big move to the coast, we have had to make a lot of decisions about our options for housing.

We currently live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with about 2200 square feet and a big, fenced in backyard. We knew immediately that there would not be options like this at the beach for the price we paid for this house in Edgecombe County. However, we also know that a fenced-in yard and an area for the kids toys were two things we can't sacrifice.

Then we went back and forth about renting or buying before realizing that a mortgage and a rental payment at the coast were almost equal. Not to mention finding someone to rent us a house with our giant chocolate lab in tow would be quite the task.

We also immediately decided that a condo or apartment was out of the question considering the amount of yard we'll need for Sookie, the trampoline, and the swing set.

Once those decisions were made, I started searching Zillow and other coastal realty sites trying to find our new home. I sent Josh a few links and that is when I made a discovery, my husband is a beach house snob. He thinks every beach house needs to be as awesome as the giant ones we stay in for just a week every summer.

Josh not only wants the big things that we need like storage space, a fenced-in yard, and a play area for Sawyer (and Brody one day too), but he also wants the house to...

1. "look like a beach house"
He doesn't want brick. He wants siding or shingles. He doesn't want it to sit flat on the ground. He wants big porches and lots of steps.

2. have an open floor plan
He wants to be able to be in the dining room, living room, and kitchen all at the same time. I might sound strange, but I actually don't love this concept. While I like a semi-open plan, I also don't like furniture floating out in open space, I like a defined area.

3. be built on stilts with cement underneath so he can "store stuff"

4. have a view of "some kind of water"
He actually said "I mean it doesn't have to be on the water, but I want the sound or the ocean to be RIGHT THERE by the house".

Mind you, this all has to be accompanied by at least 1600 sq. ft., three bedrooms, a fenced-in yard, and a play area of some kind. Oh, and it needs to be less than $250,000.

So, I took a page from one of my favorite HGTV shows, Property Brothers and sent him a listing that had every single one of the things he wants....
.... and showed him how much it would cost. This house is $720k.

Needless to say, we won't be purchasing it.

Pray for us as we try to find somewhere to live and pray extra hard that we can actually sell our amazing house in Tarboro (read more about the house here:


  1. That is a tall list to search for! I love that one requirement is has to be on stilts. I am guessing he did not consider carrying all those kid items up the stairs every single day! Good luck with the house hunt. We are currently looking in Cary and I have the same feeling. Oh but I am envious of you potential water view.

  2. He sounds just like my husband!! We just sold our first home and are renting right now (moved for his job), but I know when we buy again it will not be as nice as our first house. I dread the day that comes because I know he will want something even nicer!

  3. hahah I LOVE what you sent him! Back to reality!

  4. Hahaha great idea giving him the dose of reality!!! :) I hope you find all that you NEED and a few extra wants :)

  5. You may find that living right on the water means you are surrounded by vacation renters May thru Oct - not necessarily the best neighbors. And in the off season you'll be surrounded by empty homes - kind of lonely and creepy. Your man may find he is happier 5 minutes inland in a year-round community after all. Good luck!