Thursday, September 22, 2011


I may have to change my profile, as we have sold our house and will be moving again.

But wait, it's a local move...something very new to us! Our poor girls associate 'moving' with moving country/schools/friends and are somewhat traumatised by the phrase 'moving house'. Great parenting huh?

We had been thinking about selling, as we have had some minor improvements made, and we'd decided we don't want to take on the 'big renovation' that will be required to improve the layout for us in the next few years.

So one day a few weeks back, an estate agent knocked at the door with an offer. Odd as no one had been through! It was subject to the purchasers coming through and 'approving of' the property.

Well, they approved, we agreed, we have a long settlement and we won't need to go through the open home chaos. All good.

We'll be sad leaving this house but we'd love a pool, and to be quite blunt, we can't afford to do it just yet in this house. So we've bought this, just around the corner...

Okay, picture it white! Better?

It ticks all the boxes we were looking for in a new home:

  • close to the girls' school and all their/our friends
  • 4 bedrooms
  • separate living rooms for parents and kids
  • separate study/office
  • room for a pool
  • we could afford to put in that pool

Lots of ticks.

I am already thinking of all the things I can do to make the home 'ours'. Needless to say, it will involve fabric! But this is what makes me really happy...

See that flat back garden? Pool. Needed.

And that banquette to Pinterest...

Images: 1 from here; 2, 3, 4 & 5 from Estate Agents' sites.


  1. Hello Annie:
    How very exciting all of this sounds. We are sure that you will have great fun organising your new house and do hope that everything works out well and according to plan.

  2. Oh, but, but, but... I LOVED the front of your house...well I guess the new owners did too and was probably one of the reasons they fell in love with it BEFORE even setting foot inside. What an incredible way to sell a house. I haven't ever heard of such a thing! Very jealous because I hate the whole sale process (having moved, like you, lots of times).

    Anyway, send us more pictures of the new pad. Luckily it looks gorgeous as well, so I won't sulk too much about that gorgeous facade....and as for a pool...oh yeah baby... way to go! Virginia x

  3. Annie the perfect way to sell ones home! It will be fun to see you work your magic with the new house interiors!

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  4. Thank you all for your lovely comments. I am looking forward to getting in there and making it our family home.

    Virginia - I too will miss the quirkiness of our current home. It's what attracted us to it in the first place. It's a large house but actually only a 2 bed house with a huge 'playroom' which we use as bedroom space so longer term, something's going to have to give! There's other things we want to do, so this opportunity seemed too good to pass up. The new house is good - doesn't rock my world but is practical and within budget. Oh how life has changed!

    Someone needs to tell Auckland there's a slight meltdown on world markets as the property market here is crazy, hence our knock at the door.

    Thanks again and on to making this practical house a little more like home. That will probably mean messy! A x.

  5. Ah, makes sense now! We went crazy living in a 2 bedroom home when we had 2 children - so I fully understand. Too much squabbling for a parent to keep sane!

  6. Fab. Congratulations. I do hope the walk won't be too far to school. I always used to park even further away than your house! I am now trying to work out where the new one is! A x

  7. Well done Annie - can't wait to see the pics once you get your clever hands on the new place. Good luck with the move. Nx