A few years ago, Mike and I were debating whether we should move to the suburbs. Currently, we live in a two bedroom apartment in Manhattan. It's actually not that small by NYC standards but it's certainly small by any other city's standards.
Except maybe Tokyo. But that's just a guess.
Mike thought it would be nice to have a kitchen that two people could fit in at once. I thought it would be nice not to eventually share a wall with two teenage girls.
But we both love the convenience of the city (and the culture blah blah blah) and can't imagine leaving.
So, instead of looking for a house in the 'burbs, we decided to look for a bigger apartment.
Unfortunately, it seems the price of buying a third bedroom in Manhattan is basically the same as buying a WHOLE OTHER HOUSE.
NOTE: I'm not saying a three bedroom apartment is the same price as a house. I'm saying THE THIRD BEDROOM is the same price as a house. Maybe not the same as buying a mansion in Scarsdale. But the same as buying a more modest house a couple hours from the city.
(Yes, New York City is ridiculous. I am aware.)
Mike and I decided in an ideal world, we'd stay in our current apartment and buy a summer house to give the kids a yard and spread out a bit on the weekends.
For a few years, we had fun looking online for imaginary summer houses. I even created a Pinterest board called "My Imaginary Summer House" in which I decorated a space I did not have. (FYI- It's gorgeous. I am a master decorator on Pinterest. I also don't have a budget there. Or children, which explains all the white.)
I swear, I never thought we were ACTUALLY going to buy a summer house, but earlier this year, Mike and I found a piece of property we fell in love with.
I say "property" because the house itself is not exactly what we were looking for… it's eighties modern with a bad paint job and a hideous deck… but it's situated on a beautiful piece of land with a picturesque creek out back.
It was the sun porch that won us over. It's angled into the backyard so that it really feels like the creek is wrapping aorund the house.
Also, the layout of the house is awesome. It's three bedrooms with the master separated from the other two by a LOOOOONG hallway. I can't tell you how big a selling point this was for me.
Miracle of miracles, it was priced right.
As of February of this year, we are now the proud owners of a very expensive storage unit in Eastern Long Island. I'm imagining it won't always be a storage unit, but for the time being, while it is sitting furniture-less with a bunch of unopened boxes inside, it certainly feels like it.
Over Memorial Day Weekend, we packed up the kids and slept in our new house for the very first time.
Mike thought we would never be able to get the house ready for the summer unless we stayed there. I thought he was grossly underestimating how hellish it would be to wake up in a house with two small children and no furniture.
Turns out, I was wrong. The kids loved every second of it.
We didn't even need to buy a house. Mazzy and Harlow would have been happy just to run around the yard and sleep under a tree.
Even though the house has three bedrooms, we are keeping the girls in one room so we can make the third bedroom a guest room. Since Mazzy and Harlow share a room at home, they don't seem to mind or know the difference. The guest room and their room is joined by a bathroom and they must have spent a good hour running in circles (Mazzy heading one way and Harlow heading the opposite) and then screaming when they met in the middle.
It was awesome.
Another moment I loved?
Mike and I sitting at our kitchen table/bridge table sipping coffee while Mazzy and Harlow played in the other room.
THE OTHER ROOM.
Oh my god, I have not experienced being childless in my kitchen before 7:30pm in four years.
I have tons more thoughts to share with you about our house (the terrifying nature of having a staircase for the first time, how sexy Mike looks when he is putting up a fence by himself, the fact that the ice cream truck drives down our street at the precise moment I put the children to bed, how to baby proof a CREEK) as well as interior shots, but I'll save them for another time.
If all goes as planned, I'll be talking about this house for the rest of my life.
Congratulations! It’s my dream to move to a house, I’m fairly sick of apartment living (though we do have enough space – for now). Yours look gorgeous!
Congrats!!!!!! Only a fellow New Yorker can truly appreciate this!! An extra room????? My GOD!!! We are thinking of buying a country home upstate for all the sane reasons you mentioned…i just forwarded your post to my husband.
Congrats!!! & can you please tell me where I might find the pink sandals that Ms. Mazzy is wearing?
Congratulations!!! I love the pics of Mazzy and Harlow. They look so happy.
And Mazzy’s bird print dress and two-toned sandals. Gosh, my baby girl is so badly dressed compared to these 2 cuties!!
And CONGRATS on the house! How awesome they played in the other room while you sipped coffee. I can’t wait to see and hear more. The kids looked so happy just playing with sticks!
That is awesome! We just bought a house house (not a summer house), but moving from a 2 bedroom townhouse to a house with a yard is almost like a summer house to me! Enjoy decorating, and good luck with the white. 😉
The pink sandals in the top picture are Salt waters: http://www.zappos.com/salt-water-sandal-by-hoy-shoes-sun-san-surfer-toddler-little-kid-shiny-fuchsia
The pink/gold sandals in the other photos are from Gap Kids. We bought them at the outlet this weekend and I can’t find them online.
The parrot dress was $4.95 at the H&M outlet. $4.95!!!!! Here is the link- it comes in tons of options. The parrot option looks like a balck x: http://www.hm.com/us/product/24894?article=24894-P#article=24894-M
Congratulations!! 🙂 Looks absolutely picturesque. P.S. I love love love Harlow’s smile!
Love seeing those happy faces! We moved our family from AZ to KY because there is nothing I love more than seeing my boys run around the yard, digging for worms, and trying to catch butterflies (or birds and chipmunks, in the case of my 19 month old…). You just can’t spend that many hours outside during AZ summers. Congrats!
So I’m in the house now, you guys are out of, like, everything. I’ll leave whatever I don’t eat in the fridge, kthxbye!
The smiles on their faces are to die for! Amazing. Congratulations!
Congratulations!! Now you are in my neck of the woods! At least for the Summer. At least for weekends in the Summer, I mean. Would be such a trip to run into you at the Outlets!
Sometimes we underestimate the children and their ability to adapt to new environments. How couldn’t they love that yard overlooking a creek? All barefo
Best of luck in settling down. May you enjoy the house in good health and peace!
Congrats! We live in Chicago, its a house, but small and cramped with a postage stamp sized back yard…. a year an a half ago, we bought a summer house in a beach town in Michigan, huge back yard, walk to the beach, a pool… WE LOVE IT!!! more space than I could imagine. We were just there this weekend and as we were packing up to head back to Chicago my oldest (3 years old) said “But Mommy, I am going to miss this house!” We love going there. I hope you guys enjoy your break from the city as much as we do!
Congratulations! You are living the dream! Also, I don’t think the house is that bad. It’s kinda cute. And the outdoor space is to die for.
WOW! This is so exciting! Congratulations!
Well done you! That place looks awesome. My parents bought our west virginia cabin when my sister and I were kids and I have fond memories of playing in that creek and covering myself head to toe in clay from the natural clay bars. A tree fell down one weekend and I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I would have slept in that fallen tree if I could! I hope you shabby chic the shit out of that place and post lots of pics.
Congratulations!!! But….what about the Mommy Show?!? Will you still keep your office in the city? I’m sure you will reveal this in future posts….PS More power to you. The kids will love every minute of it 🙂
Congratulations! Enjoy the space! I am sure the girls absolutely love having a yard to play in.
Congrats on the new house! Wishing you many happy summers in your new place!
I love the last picture. It just speaks volumes! Congrats on home ownership – so happy for you and your family!!
Same here. We moved from an apartment into a much larger (4 floors!) house
But its our house house. So i dont get to go back to our small aptmnt
And i hate to sound like a brat, butwhen i have to search for my children in one of the too many rooms, i kinda miss the way it was before
The kids were ALWAYS supervised because the apoartment was so small i was NEVER alone or even out of sight
Then again: they have a garden! I have space! I can actually invite people over because i have room for more than 4 chairs at the table!
Will be very much looking forward to remodeling posts…
It’s beautiful! I personally love the old feel, but I’m an old soul living in a modern world so there’s that. So happy for you and your family!
wow congratulations! My parents had a summer house in the berkshires and my BEST life memories are from being there. Your kids will be so appreciative. Enjoy the space!!!
And I agree the outfits are super adorable. You have a great sense of style.
It’s a second home. We are still living in the city the majority of the time. Just using the place on the weekends and over the summer.
Congratulations! I don’t know why, but there is something so fun to me about living in NYC and then having a weekend home. What a great way to raise a family because then you get a little bit of both city & country! Can’t wait to see more remodel pics or whatever you eventually do. The girls look so happy!
Congrats!! Mazzy and Harlow look like they are already enjoying every minute of it.
OH I AM SO JEALOUS! THE HOUSE IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE YEAR EVEN MORE GLORIOUS. A BUSINESS, A HOUSE, WHAT’S NEXT?
Congrats! What a wonderful space for all of you!
Congratulations! It is already beautiful, and I’m so happy for you. 🙂
Congratulations! It’s lovely and idyllic. I hope it brings you and the family happiness, joy and memories for years to come.
Wishing you much happiness in your new, wonderful home~ You will be making a lot of memories there..
Congrats! Can’t wait to hear more!
Congrats! It sounds lovely!
So happy for y’all! Looks like a dream!
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