iPhone house tour and virtual housewarming party!

by DaniGirl on October 13, 2010 · 25 comments

in Life, the Universe and Everything

It was two months ago today that I saw a real estate listing on the ‘net that would change our lives forever. Two months later, I find myself the owner of that house, with a tiny bit of time on my hands waiting for the delivery of our new fridge, washer and dryer. And with my iPhone in hand, I took this little tour to share our joy (and kick-ass new house!) with you in the form of an iPhone house tour and virtual housewarming party!

C’mon in!!

Our new home has lovely curb appeal, don’t you think?

iPhone House Tour - House

The porch view from the front door:

iPhone House Tour - Porch!

Through the double doors, and up a few steps and you’re in the living room.

iPhone House Tour - living room

Around the corner is the dining room, between the living room and the kitchen.

iPhone House Tour - Dining room

The kitchen, as seen from the dining room (and just before they put our honkin’ big new fridge.)

iPhone House Tour - Kitchen

A quick aside: I spent most of the day Saturday and a good part of Sunday sanitizing those kitchen cupboards. I started out trying to simply scrub them clean, but there was the most awful mactac shelf paper that I simply could not get clean, so I started peeling. And peeling. And peeling. It was four layers deep in some places, and I had to laugh when I excavated this layer. I call it “The 1970s were good to this house!”

Isn’t it awesome? Yeah, so not staying. I peeled that up, too, and then scrubbed and sanded until my arms were numb, and then coated the whole shebang in a couple of thick layers of pristine white semigloss paint. Those cupboards are cleaner than they have been since the original owner now, I’m quite sure!

And now, on with the tour! Here’s a vaguely blurry view of the master bedroom, with it’s own patio walkout to a private porch.

iPhone House Tour - Master bedroom

The view from my bedroom. (Did I mention the lilac tree directly outside the window nearest my bed? June is going to smell delicious in this room!)

iPhone House Tour - Private porch from inside

And! The private porch!

iPhone House Tour - Private porch

Ensuite in need of a shower (file under renovation plans!)

iPhone House Tour - master ensuite

One boy bedroom:

iPhone House Tour - Boy bedroom 3

Another bedroom:

iPhone House Tour - Guest / spouse bedroom

Another bedroom:

iPhone House Tour - Boy bedroom 2

And another bedroom!

iPhone House Tour - Boy bedroom 1

(There’s a family room on the other side of the basement that looks a lot like this bedroom. Also not seen: laundry room with about $8K worth of new water softeners, filters and pumps; furnace and storage room; two more bathrooms; and, honkin’ big 2.5 car garage with 15 foot ceiling!)

And, of course, the back yard:

iPhone House Tour - Backyard

If you ask him, Tristan will tell you that we just spent the best part of $400K on a tree house that just happened to have a gorgeous house in its front yard for the rest of the family. πŸ™‚

Pretty great, eh? (The house, not the resolution of the photos. Now I know, low-res iPhone pix are REALLY low resolution!)

Welcome to the virtual housewarming party!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stefania (Ingredients for Life) October 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm

What a lovely home. All the best to you and your family as you celebrate precious memories.

2 Madeleine October 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

It’s so beeeyoteful! Congrats, Dani.

When we got our house, we used most of a tub of Lysol wipes on one cabinet in the bathroom. 20 years of grime . . .

3 Jen H. October 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I love it! Such great spaces. It reminds me a lot of my parents’ house (aside from its vicinity) with the endless basement and the big, leafy backyard. Great house, great neighbourhood!

4 Amy @ Muddy Boots October 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

So happy for you guys, Dani! GREAT house!

5 Sue Fisher October 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

LOVE IT! It’s so great, Dani, and I can just imagine you all being so happy here.

6 Amber October 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

So! Exciting! I love it. And from here in Vancouver, I am a little jealous of the price tag.

Welcome home!

7 Sara October 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

The house is beautiful.

Now, I know you were trying to declutter but did you end up decluttering yourself right out of all of your possessions except for a few things?

8 Trixie October 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Love it! So bright! So lush! So big! So tree-housey! Congrats πŸ™‚

9 Sally October 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Gorgeous! It’s the perfect house. I would give you a virtual house-warming present, but a virtual bottle of wine would be undrinkable, and a virtual potted plant is kind of unnecessary. Congratulations!

10 liz October 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm


11 Paula October 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

It’s beautiful, the house, the yard, the private balcony. Congratulations for having made it to your new address in one piece. Hope you and yours enjoy making many happy memories in your new home.

12 Coco October 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm


13 chichimama October 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Enjoy! It is a fabulous house!!!!

14 Sara October 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

The yard, the space, the hardwood floors, the yard, the space…

Loverly πŸ™‚

15 Rae October 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Mazel Tov! πŸ˜€ I hope the move is smooth, and you have many happy years in that house πŸ˜€

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17 Finola October 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm

It’s a beautiful home Dani. I totally have porch envy too!!

18 Anonymous October 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Wow! That’s a lot of house! Congrats.

19 Nat October 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

That comment was from me..

(Love the yard btw.)

20 Annika October 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

The house is beautiful and the propety is AMAZING! Congrats!

I don’t want to rain on this parade, but my family/circle of friends is full of law enforcement/firefighting professionals…and I can’t help but notice that one of the basement bedrooms appears to have no window. Maybe the window just didn’t make it into the pic? I know you and Beloved are terrific, safety-concious parents, so I am sure it is a “safe” bedroom with an emerg exit.

21 Roz October 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

I love it!! congrats!

22 Chantal October 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Oh love it! I am so happy for you!

23 Sasha October 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

When we moved, we got caught in a situation where we had less than a week between closings. Less than a week to move out of the old place, into the new one, and clean both of them. And 1.8 metric tonnes of junk left behind by the previous owner (I have the receipt for the tipping fee at the dump). And a 10 month old. And my sister’s wedding on the weekend. In Minden.

That, in case you were wondering, is how cupboard shelves end up with 4 layers of mactac πŸ™‚

24 Lynn October 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

I am super envious of your porches. They are just lovely. I always wanted one myself. I’m so glad to hear the move went well!

In other news, I know you like grammar as much as I do — have you seen this?

25 Jody October 28, 2010 at 7:53 am

Wonderful! The curb appeal alone might have sold me. The porches. And those FLOORS!

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