Big News!

Well, the time has finally come. After living in four states over the past four years, I’ve found a place to settle down. I started looking for a place to buy after deciding I liked it here enough to stay.

The parameters I gave my agent were a bit challenging; I drew a circle on the map of the area I was interested in living in and a fairly low price point but I reassured him that I wasn’t afraid of a little hard work. I’ve restored two fixer-uppers before, I figured I could do it again.

It took three months of looking and I’ll be honest, I was starting to despair, but then a little block house popped up on the market. Built in 1954, this two bedroom, one bath (with a Florida room – a bonus room of sorts) had been partially renovated. While it was filthy, and obviously in need of quite a bit of elbow grease, the bones were good. Plus, it’s located on a large, fenced, corner lot on a cul-de-sac in a quiet, little neighborhood just ten minutes from my old apartment (and the beach). ​

I closed on it the last day of September and after ten long days of work I moved in this past Saturday. Which explains the lack of activity on this blog, I’ve been too darn busy! I still have a great deal of work to do but the house is clean and livable.

Before photos: Note the lack of trim/baseboards as well as the orange and industrial grey paint scheme – blech!

After photos: I have yet to tackle the Florida room, the guest bedroom, and the kitchen but the main living area is at least clean, freshly painted, and livable.

Exterior photos: Needs to be painted and some landscaping work. All in due time…

Categories: Observations


  1. Erin
    I am so happy that you have found your place. In my home town no less. I feel about Florida the same way I think you feel about Tucson that it has been ruined with all the people that have moved in and destroyed what we knew it as growing up. For me it is so sad to go back there and see what it has become. I am glad someone is able to see it differently.

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    • I completely understand your point about the changes to our respective hometowns, Susan. I’m tucked in an older neighborhood that hasn’t changed much since the 50s, which I appreciate. You are always welcome here should you ever come for a visit! ❤


  2. Congratulations Erin! It looks great.

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  3. Omg!!!! I’m so excited for you!!!! I think it’s really cute!!!! I’m excited for me too… now I have a place to come visit you!!!! Congrats girl!!!!! Woohoo!!!!

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  4. WOW…that is AWESOME! Best wishes for it to be all you want it to be! ❤

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    • Thanks! So far my long list of projects is kicking my butt! I last renovated a house ten years ago and I’m not as young as I used to be… But I am making progress and it feels more like home every day. 🙂


  5. Great news! Watch for hurricanes though. Don’t forget us here in AZ. Best wishes for a new chapter.

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    • Aww, thank you! The Tampa area last took a direct hit from a hurricane 100 years ago – so we’re either safe-is or we’re overdue. Who knows? And of course, Tucson (and my Tucson friends) will always have a spot in my heart! ❤


  6. That is so awesome! I’m so happy you found your forever home 😊💕

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  7. So happy you have found your for ever home. Looks amazing already and love that it comes with your first fur baby💕

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    • I doubt I’ve found my “forever” anything but I’m happy enough to have found my right now. Thank you for your kind words! And Fluffy McFlufferton is a good pal! 🙂


  8. Ya know, you could do this for a living. By the time you’re done the place will be worth many times what you paid for it. Then find another fixer upper and pretty soon you’ll have a nice nest egg. Your new house is really cute! ♥️♥️♥️

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Thank you! I’ve done this a couple times but I’m older now and it’s a bit harder now… No matter what, I’ll have a cute place to live while I see what else life has in store for me. ❤


      • looks like a lot of potential. It will keep you busy. Let me know if you need any organization advise. I am very experienced and can really help. May get that direction after the coved is gone. Deno

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      • Thanks for the offer of help – any time you wanna head this way I’ll put you to work! 😉
        Though maybe I won’t take your advice, considering the state of your garage…


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