The first house I ever lived in was the second floor of a lovely duplex in St. Paul. My parents bought the house before I was born and rented out the first floor while we lived upstairs. I have so many fond memories of growing up there - playing in the backyard, running up and down Grand Avenue with my neighborhood friends, filming "movies" in the attic (and yes, we thought our filmmaking was genius). We also had a full front porch, where my sister and I spent a most of our time being ridiculous.
|Ridiculousness in full force.|
Julianna, you're welcome in advance for posting this on my public blog.
|North Oaks house in winter
After I moved back to MN, my friend Tessa and I moved into a 2BR condo in the Grand Avenue neighborhood of St. Paul. We lived there for three years and had a lot of fun and many glorious parties. This was where Ben and I started dating, so there are a lot of special memories from those days.
2009 - One of many fun nights at the condo
When I started grad school, I moved to Minneapolis in order to be closer to school and the bus line. I was lucky enough to find an adorable apartment in Uptown, just two blocks from the express bus to the U. It was the first place I lived that was really "mine," and I took full advantage. I only lived there for two years, but my place on Emerson will always have a special piece of my heart.
Living room on Emerson
Bedroom on Emerson
Last spring when Ben moved back from BG, we knew we wanted a slightly bigger space than what I currently had - plus, as much as I loved that apartment, the building didn't allow dogs. So, we moved to a lovely two-BR condo on Garfield, which is where we live now (see pretty much any recent post for photos). To be honest, even though I love the neighborhood, for a variety of reasons into which I will not get...into...(?? is that even a sentence. I have no idea) I've never felt that this living situation was completely ideal.
So...long story short...we are moving! Next week. Yes I realize I just moved, but this was really a case of stars aligning. Also, we've known we were moving since Christmas, I just haven't blogged about it...mostly due to recurring instances of cupcakes, travels, and other things that are more fun to write about than the infinite packing of glassware.
SO. The point of all this is...remember that duplex I grew up in? Well, my parents never sold it. In fact, they've continued to rent it for the last 17 years, mostly to young professionals and couples just starting out. Literally two days after we decided we would move at the end of our lease, my mom called to say that her upstairs tenants were moving out at the end of Feburary, and that the unit was ours if we wanted it. BUT, we'd have to wait until after March because she needed a few weeks to do some necessary touch-ups. Our lease is up April 1.
The duplex has about 250 more square feet than our current place, plus an entire attic for storage, a full front porch, and a backyard. And, it's a 2BR+, so we'll actually have an office to work in, instead of letting all of our papers pile up on the coffee table. AND...it's about 1/3 less expensive than our current place. And the neigborhood is just as good if not better.
This really is a win-win all around. At first I thought it would be weird moving back into my childhood home, but honestly it's been so long that it doesn't feel strange at all. Looking at it from an apartment-hunting perspective gives me an even greater appreciation for what a neat space it is...and also for how much my mom is undercharging (AND how overpriced our current place is....which I kind of knew...)
Anyways...here are some photos of our NEW HOME (as of 3/23):
Looking from the living room into the dining room...love the built-ins with leaded glass!
...and back through the dining room into the living room
The Office aka my sister's old room.
That huge open space used to house a giant fish tank containing no water or fish.
I won't attempt to explain this. Because I can't.
Front porch! Perfect for PORCH PARTY!
Bathroom...which is being repainted. Not a huge fan of the brown.
Hallway between the two bedrooms...with a LINEN CLOSET.
I am so excited to have tons of storage.
(no, I have no idea who "they" are. Hay farmers, I would assume)