The Big Move
If you have been following me, you know that ahead lies a dream home for me and my husband, but there is a twisted path to achieving it. Liquidating current real estate in order to build new is going to be the focus for the next year or two.
Step one has already taken place. We signed the contract to build in a Del Webb Community. Well known around the 55+ age group as great communities for active older adults who enjoy group activities.
Gated subdivisions definitely increase property values and they really give a subdivision a look of prestige. This community has a large building that could house a gate keeper but I have yet to see anyone there. The gates however actually do close up in the evening and only a code will get you in.
Landscaping around the subdivision is very beautiful. It adds color, texture, fragrance and an overall pleasing and welcoming look to our community.
The clubhouse is a very large building housing an event room large enough for band, tables and dancing, a lobby, craft room, exercise room, library and office, billiards and ping pong.
Del Webb’s have an activities director much like that of a cruise line. The director’s job is to organize activities that the residents are interested in and communicate them.
This community has a calendar of regular leagues, games and activities as well as special events when a band comes in for dancing or parties. There is a van for outings that the residents can borrow.
Every Monday evening is happy hour at the grill and the guests gather for drinks and appetizers.
The grounds around the club house are filled with flowers and shrubs that are simply lovely to look at.
We have met a few of the residents and they are thrilled to live there. They told us don’t even think about it you will not regret it.
Outside of the clubhouse are some amenities. Two tennis courts for leagues that play early mornings. Not pictured is a large swimming pool, lounging area, basket ball court, hot tub, bocce ball and more.
A view from across the way shows our lot. They just dug up the dirt for the foundation of our neighbor’s home so that pile of dirt is on our lot. Our lot is a corner lot and all of the windows on the side of the home will look out over the view of the lake.
The day I took this photo it was 105 degrees outside and had been like that for the week, so the grass was starting to go dormant.
But isn’t the bridge lovely? The 9 hole golf course is situated among the homes. The golf cart trail is suitable for walking and a I am looking forward to morning walks around an area where I feel totally safe.
There were a few elevations to select from. We both really loved the all siding version because of the peaks and trim detail but you were not allowed to mix a roof line with a stone and brick home. In fact, you couldn’t even pick your brick, stone, roof color, door color or shutter color or siding color. You picked one of those and the rest was part of that package.
Despite really liking the peaks on the roof of another elevation, we know that stone and brick are worth a significant percentage in the value of a home and we really loved the stone. So in the end we settled for a roof line with peaks that came with the stone and brick. The only color we were happy with was the one of the display that showed pebble colored siding. Not a fan of the white shutters but in order to change them, we will have to wait until we have moved in and then submit a request for approval to the HOA and see if we would be allowed to change any color on the exterior of our home.
Things I love. The deep porch. The stone. The garage door.
This open foyer is so spacious. I love that you can not only see all the way through to the end of the home, but you get a peak into the flex room as well. We elected to have the chair rail trim and a higher grade baseboard than shown here.
Our flooring is pretty exciting. There is a new luxury vinyl out now that you would have a difficult time telling that it was not wood.
It is waterproof, scuff and scratch proof and guaranteed for life. It costs as much as a middle of the price range wood floor, so it isn’t a way to save money but product wise it is a great choice and we are excited to see it.
Our color is Driftwood.
This is a flex room off at an angle in the entry. We will house our baby grand and an office in this space.
The kitchen is definitely a downsizing for me, but I will be having a gas stove for the first time since we moved out of our flat 37 years ago.
Our cabinets are pale gray. There is no backslash yet for us. I think we may do that ourselves.
This bar is huge. You can easily seat 6 around it. The counter top we selected will be very close to this one. Ours is a Silestone called Lyra. White with threads of gray washed through it. We did get the crown molding.
This dining room is literally next to the kitchen. It is decently wide and we hope to put our round to oval Habersham Plantation Dining table and chairs in here along with our 8 foot tall china cabinet.
Just on the other side of the kitchen counter is this living space with.a fireplace. Ours will have a Carrera Marble surround rather than black. We plan to hang the television in the same spot.
This tight space will serve as our main entertaining space and will have to handle a lot of people. We will purchase a sectional because it clearly can be built to meet seating requirements. We also will have another three windows on the picture wall which will look out across the street towards the lake.
We opted for this screened porch. We could have increased our square footage on the main floor as well as the basement for only $1000 more making this a sunroom, but it meant you lost a wall in the gathering room and that really affects furniture placement and space. I love being outdoors and screened in makes it usable almost year round.
We will also have a patio of the same size right out the door of the porch.
Master Bedroom and Bath
The master bedroom is not small, but it is certainly much less bedroom than we currently have. Frankly, except to sleep or if you are needing to stay in bed for an illness, who needs more room?
There is a bay bump out that we put in that has room for two chairs, a window seat or desk. We did not take the wall trim here.
The master bath is a huge downsize for us. We have never had sinks on the same vanity even. I am messy and my husband is neat. So we may struggle a bit with this, however, where that tub is we have more vanity that is made with a knee hole for sitting and putting on make up.
On the other side is a shower, a water closet and at the back wall is the walk in closet.
Main Floor Guest Bed and Bath
The front room guest space is small but this is a queen bed and there are tables on either side.
This is the guest bath for the main floor. We added a bedroom on this floor off the hallway where our laundry room is. It was a space in the garage to park a golf cart which we do not own and aren’t interested in purchasing. So taking the option to turn it into another bedroom makes another place for our children or grandchildren to stay on.
Loft space give the impression of an open wall, but there really is not one on this model. This large guest bedroom has four walls and a door for complete privacy.
This is the bath for the loft space and the bedroom up here.
What a great space this is. We will put our large fish tank, not sure if I have ever photographed that before. It is a salt water tank of who knows how many gallons. Otherwise we will pretty much use the space as seen here. A second television viewing or gaming area for children.
The final paperwork was approved and they are set to start digging our hole in about a week. We are a little overwhelmed with the process of packing up this home especially knowing we are going to a much smaller home and yet have the other home in the works. It means we will have a lot of furnishings needing to go into storage and that is scary because you have seen our backyard. The outdoor furniture alone will take up so much space.
What I do know is that this time next year, Lord willing, we will be settled in our new home and all of those storage worries will be behind us.
Up next? Meeting with the builder for our dream home. It will give us a good indication of whether this home here is a keeper or simply a side step. I’ll post some of our favorite plans, that we are sharing with the builder, this coming month.
Thank you for joining me agin and I would love to hear what you think of our home and community.