We loved hearing your guesses on Instagram as to what our big news would be! For those of you who guessed that we bought an Airbnb, you were right! For those of you who guessed we are moving, you were also right! (for the 5th time in under 4 years! I know, I know, you are laughing!)
We've been keeping this quiet for a while, and my insides have been screaming to tell y'all. WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR THIS RENOVATION!! More excited than ever before! Okay, where to start with this story.... We bought this property right before Christmas. It was extremely impulsive, 0% premeditated.
Ty and I were in Holland at 205 Coffee working on the blog. I was checking the new real estate listings and turned the laptop toward Ty to show him a house. I thought it was an incredible value considering the location. Really, I just showed him because I thought it was interesting. We share unique properties with one another, both for fun, and for self-education, constantly learning the market. Ty said something like, "Wow, that is a special property, I wish I could think of someone in the market for something like that! Maybe we should drive by it." We drove by and walked around the neighborhood. The location was far better than we had imagined. This home is STEPS from Lake Macatawa, with water views and lake access! We decided to walk through it...just for fun (famous last words).
Ty got ahold of the listing realtor and asked if we could walk through the house. She approved a showing for several hours later. We ran some errands to check on our townhomes in Holland, and a flip in Grand Haven, talking about the property the entire time. Before we even saw the inside of the house, we were emotionally attached.
We walked through the house with my parents that afternoon. The house was in need of an ENTIRE renovation. The flooring, walls, ceilings needed to be refinished/replaced. The kitchen and bathroom were falling apart. The garage door was broken; the exterior was very dated. Needless to say, we fell in love immediately. Nothing screams "buy me" more than old cabinets and crumbling baseboard (yes, we know we are not normal).
We walked through the house in 15 minutes in order to get home in time for the Vikings game. 15 minutes was all we needed to know it was meant for us. We began to discuss what we could do with the property. Should we flip it, turn it into a long term rental, Airbnb?