Townhouse Update

About two months ago, I mentioned that the condo I was looking at didn't work out.  The mortgage fell through because there was Chinese drywall in the complex, and no one would close on a loan if there was even the remotest possibility of having Chinese drywall.  So I had to walk away.

The news of the drywall in this condo complex actually made the news, which was really funny.  My name was never mentioned in this context, but I never expected that it would have made the news on TV.

I was really upset by this, not only because I had to leave a condo I really, really liked, but also because I had to go out looking again.  The fact that the one major condo complex in the area was now off-limits left me with much fewer options.

The good news is that I found a place.  And it looks like I'm closing on Friday.  I didn't want to mention anything until everything was certain because I didn't want to have to make another update announcing I had to walk if the mortgage fell through.  It was dicey because I am self-employed, and I practically had to sign over my firstborn child, but the right people have checked off the right boxes, and--fingers crossed--everything will be mine on Friday.

The place I found is a townhouse with two bedrooms and two baths.  One bedroom is on the first floor, and I'm turning that into my office, piano, and guest room.  There's a full bath, a living/dining area and fairly small kitchen on the first floor as well.  Then there's a loft area with a wall full of built-in storage cabinets (perfect for yarn!) and a master bedroom upstairs.

I won't move in until the beginning of January. The carpets need to be cleaned, and I need to get new light fixtures for the bathrooms and then have everything painted, which will be much easier when all of my crap isn't in the way.  The exception is the sleeper sofa I got for the guest room which will be delivered next week.  I will probably need to replace the kitchen counters soon--there are a number of stains but they're definitely still usable.  And it needs new blinds as the current ones are old and dirty and don't work all that well.

I don't have pictures as the place was decorated in what can only be described as Polident Chic, and it's hard to actually see the place beyond the lady's angel figurines and rosettes.  Not my taste.  So once I actually get the keys to the place, I will take pictures and share them here.


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Tiptoe said...

Carrie, I'm so happy and excited for you! I know how disheartened you were when the first condo fell through, so it is great that you found something else you like. I know how stressful and exhausting it is to look at places to live.

It is actually nice that you can wait to move in and get things done beforehand. In retrospect, if I had had this option, I would have done this to clean, get stuff out of the way, etc.

Anyway, welcome to homeownership! Hope Aria will be just as excited as you!

Melissa said...

So pleased for you. I loved having my own space - it helped me to put down some foundations for a future that I hadn't imagined having if that makes sense. Enjoy it!! Issa xx

hm said...

Congratulations! Hoping with you that Friday goes smoothly. That's nice that you're not in a rush and you can take your time to clean, paint, etc. before moving in completely. It feels so good to make a place feel like your own. Have fun! :)

Libby said...


Alicia B. Designs said...

Congratulations! What an amazing feeling to have that you OWN your own home!! If you need help with design, let me know...!

Alicia B

Amy Dickman said...

Happy Day for you! Congrats on the new pad!

Cathy (UK) said...

Hey, this sounds great Carrie; I'm really happy for you (and Aria)!

Eating Alone said...

Congrats. And it is a lot easier to paint with everything out of the place.

Lisa said...

I'm glad you finally did find a place :) Enjoy it. Make it homey and awesome!!!


consteducator said...

The Building Envelope Science Institute (BESI) is a specialized institute dedicated to the advancement of education, specifically designed for the construction industry.

They have been leading the way for inspection & remediation of Defective (Chinese) Drywall over the past year; by introducing one of the first protocols for inspection and remediation.

Any one of the institute's certified inspector or consultant could have performed an inspection on the townhouse and certified that it did or did not have Chinese drywall. And could have offered a national warranty stating that there was no Chinese drywall (if that was the case) that the financial institute may have accepted, since it would cover the cost to remediate the townhouse should any defective drywall be found at a later date.

Check out their website ( for more information.

IrishUp said...

"polident chic"

Congratulations, Carrie. I'm so glad things are falling into place ( * knocks wood twice * ) for you!

Anonymous said...

You have a piano? Or just a piano room? Do you play piano?

Carrie Arnold said...


Both, actually.

I took piano lessons for years when I was younger, and my parents saved the piano I used to play (which was actually my mom's from when she was a girl). So the second bedroom will have my desk, a sleeper sofa, and the piano. I'm putting the piano on an inside wall so I don't piss off the neighbors!

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