Friday, March 4, 2011

home is wherever i'm with you.









There's almost nothing that could compare to this favorite find: a 1948 home in historic Downtown Mesa. We finally got the keys last week and are so, so excited! What we love: original wood floors in almost every room, the huge lot with enormous trees, tons and tons of original windows and natural light, that Arizona room with exposed brick and wall-to-wall windows, designed built-in closets, crazy tiled bathrooms, and more. It's a pretty large house, so there's also room to grow.

Don't get me wrong, there are a few downsides including a somewhat sketchy neighborhood directly to the south (not to mention how sad we are to leave the great friends we've made in our current neighborhood!). But old homes like this are hard to come by here, and in the end all of the positives outweighed the questions. We know that it's the right decision. It's perfect for us and we plan on being there for quite awhile.

We'll be moving in a month or two, once we've had the chance to fix a few things up (like refinishing the wood floors, some electrical work, etc.). And then we're in for years and years of work, taking care of this place and making it our own. So many possibilities and so much potential.

Happy, happy weekend!

83 comments:

  1. Your house looks amazing. I'm so excited to see what you do with it!! Congrats homeowners!

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  2. WOW! That brick sun room/mudroom (?) is amazing!

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  3. love it. sad to see you go.

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  4. your home is stunning. it feels so natural and homey, even without all of your stuff! i especially love the window wall and your black and white kitchen. congrats!

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  5. oh my goodness, angela, it is amazing. i am equal parts jealous and happy for you! :) can't wait to see how you make it yours.

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  6. It's so bright and beautiful! I love the glow that wood floors emit on a sunny day : )

    Congrats!!

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  7. YES!! I'm so excited you're finally get your home in historic Mesa. Really. I'm gushing for you right now!

    p.s. I want more deets.. (like what street/ I think you'll be in my old ward!)

    Oh happy day indeed!

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  8. How exciting! I love the Arizona room. We are looking for an older home right now and I'm enjoying the house hunting process.

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  9. wow - that is incredible! i am SO excited for you and looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  10. We're going to miss you so much! But what a wonderful opportunity.

    Dillon and I were just at the temple last week and I couldn't help but dream of owning a cute historic home right by the temple. Someday, maybe!

    I cannot WAIT to see what you do with it.

    P.S. Love the sunroom!

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  11. So beautiful! I love the exposed brick and the bright tile!!!! How exciting!

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  12. Congrats! this home is so adorable.
    I live in chandler and I feel like i never come across any home so charming like this!

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  13. Wow! How fantastically exciting! :) Congrats!

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  14. Congrats! I used to live in downtown Mesa I love that area of town - so much character.

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  15. I can't wait to see what you do with the place!

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  16. it looks amazing!

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  17. oh what a dream. i can't wait to do the same. all of the natural light is breathtaking. love those old windows. congratulations! have a great weekend!

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  18. oh, it's just beautiful! congratulations! here's to many happy years making a house a home.

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  19. breathtaking angela! I love it!! Perfect for you guys!

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  20. oh angela! it's SO amazing! i CANNOT wait to see what you do with it. when i come home in may can i come over? yeah i'm totally inviting myself.


    oh, oh, oh!

    (i must have left my last comment right when you were posting this...)

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  21. So, so beautiful... So, so YOU. I love it, but I will miss having you right around the corner:(

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  22. Congrats!! I can't wait to see more pics and hear about the projects you'll be doing. :)

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  23. OH MY GOSH IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!!

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  24. congratulations!!! i can't wait to buy my own house and make it a home!!!

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  25. You are going to love that house! And the light... oh, it's a glorious thing. I'm so happy for you!

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  26. love the blue countertop and little alcove corner. blessings

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  27. Soooo so so jealous. Would I wouldn't give for wood floors and a historic neighborhood. Sigh.

    Congratulations!

    Kayla
    Freckles in April | a modest fashion and lifestyle blog

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  28. it's amazing even with nothing inside! and those windows! congrats

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  29. You're living my dream. :) So happy for you!

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  30. wow. it looks gorgeous. GORGEOUS. those floors and that green and blue tile. i am super excited for you. what a big step.

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  31. breathtaking. and how lucky that this home ends up in your hands! i'm sure you'll use it to all its fabulous potential:)

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  32. wow! looks beautiful! i love all the windows and hardwood floors are my fave :)

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  33. So happy for you guys. I am looking forward to seeing pictures as you work on it and add your personal touches, like you know, furniture. I must admit I'm just a tidge jealous, we need to get us an old house someday.

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  34. I also live in an old house in a shady neighborhood in Cheyenne Wyoming. I have never been happier in a house though. You will love it. It's beautiful

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  35. A perfect fit. I love love love it.

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  36. Congrats! It's beautiful!

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  37. incredible! that second photo blows me away!

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  38. Amazing! Those windows are huge. In the midwest we don't see windows like that very often so I think I drooled a little when I flipped through these pictures. Have fun making it you own.

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  39. Oh my, Angela, that house is amazing! You must post more photos- I want to see the outside. That brick and those windows in the Arizona room is perfect. Hardwood floor is a must in my future home and I'm loving the colorful tile (especially the sea foam green) in the bathroom. It seems like the perfect place for you guys and I guess I'll stop wishing that you'll sell me that gorgeous couch you found recently, because I'm sure it fits perfectly in that house!

    I am so happy for you guys. You must be on cloud nine! I hope someday to live in an old neighborhood (after years and years of school we have ahead of us) as well. There's a place in Sacramento called the Fab 40's with the most charming homes. You would die. My dream right now is to live there or maybe an old plantation home in Georgia or something. Can you just imagine? Think Gone with the Wind. :)

    By the way, does this mean we aren't moving to Oregon and raising our families on the coast?

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  40. I LOVE IT! I am so excited for you guys.

    Plus, you will be lika 3 minute drive from us :)

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  41. Holy sunlight!! Beautiful home!

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  42. it looks beautiful! Love Love Love the brick. We will miss you guys. Clint did a good job watching my girls the other night in nursery. I was thankful that he was patient with me taking my hungry, tired girls in so I could get a break!

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  43. beautiful! all your mid century modern decor (which i envy) is going to look to great in its new home!

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  44. I can't wait to see what you do with the place! I'm so happy for you guys!

    xo

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  45. another reference to edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros :)
    congrats, i love these old homes. jen and i lived in her mom's historic home in the encanto dist of old town phoenix. loved it and thrived there! congrats!!

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  46. how exciting! i also cannot wait to see how you decorate it.

    i saw a vera scarf at a second-hand shop yesterday, and i thought of you. :)

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  47. oh my gosh! It's sooo perfect! Congrats!!!! What a fabulous way to start the weekend :)

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  48. why am i finding out about this on your blog? a shame, but at least we keep in touch however we can;-) this looks amazing and i can't wait to see how you fill it up with yourselves and your stuff. congratulations on achieving a dream! it's gorgeous.

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  49. Yea neighbors! And new people in the ward! I'm excited! Congratulations!

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  50. I have a big ol' ARE YOU KIDDING? for this post. Angela, this house looks amazing. Look at those WINDOWS, and the hardwood floor. Oh wow, I'm dreaming of possibilities and I can't wait to see what you two do with the space. CONGRATS!

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  51. the floor looks darker in those pictures. did you already get them refinished? and the paint looks gray in that first picture. maybe once the floors are a little darker the paint color will look different.

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  52. exciting! congratulations to you guys. it looks great, but i'm sure it will be even better once you get your hands on it.

    please tell me clint followed through with his urban camping to assess the neighborhood.

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  53. I'm so incredibly happy for you! Perhaps when it's all done I can come over for a tour? It seriously looks like a dream and I can only image what it will look like after you work your magic!

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  54. Congratulations! This is really a magnificent home!! I feel the same way about finding the right one. It doesn't matter where it is, if you love it!

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  55. Congratulations! I hope that it'll become all that you want out of a home and that much more. I'm sure it'll look even more amazing with all of your personal touches. Keep us filled in!

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  56. oh angela! i'm so happy for you two! that house looks to be absolutely perfect! matt and i chose a house we loved over a nicer neighborhood and haven't regretted it yet!
    i can't wait to see how it becomes your own.

    xoxo

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  57. That's so exciting!! It looks absolutely beautiful - congratulations!!

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  58. Thanks for giving me an outdoor challenge and James a full time job. You have to get at least three of those green cans for all the lawn clippings that will be generated from mowing .6 acres.

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  59. Welcome to Downtown Mesa. Come join us for the first Jane's Walk - here is the link to our facebook page. We are in the organizing mode now it would be a great way to meet some fellow LOVERS of our Downtown. We welcome new friends.
    Terry
    Jane's Walk Mesa-
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Janes-Walk-Mesa/143807115678484

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  60. Wowza! It is so bright and lovely. Perfect kitchen and I love that little tiled corner. Congrats and hopefully packing everything up isn't too much of a bother. :)

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  61. I'm so jealous!!! That home is gorgeous! What a fun and exciting venture! I've always wanted a beautiful old home. I can't wait to see all the beautiful things you do to it.

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  62. This looks amazing Angela! Good luck to you and Clint in your new home :)

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  63. Old houses are pure magic. Congrats on starting such a fun journey! :)

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  64. What a GORGEOUS house! I am so excited to see what you do with it. Looks like the bones don't need any work, so decorating will be so fun. :)

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  65. Oh' so sweet! "home is wherever i'm with you." I am sure any couples will gonna like this house. It looks simple but elegant.

    -pia-

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  66. That is one beautiful house. Congratulations! You are going to have so much fun decorating and making it your own.

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  67. such a beautiful home with such a lovely airy feel to it. I cant wait to hear your adventures of the move!

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  68. so beautiful! i love the hardwood floor! how exciting.

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  69. Wow! I'm so jealous. It looks beautiful. So excited to see how you fix it up. Call me crazy, but that part sounds kinda fun. I mean it's yours so it's worth it, right?

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  70. your new home is amazing. seriously, my dream home. i love the windows, arizona room, everything! congrats!

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  71. Congratulations!!! I hope to be joining you in this moving process. We're house hunting right now, trying to find the most perfect bungalow in Louisville. So far we've only had a few possibilities but I know that it's meant to be.

    Good luck getting everything done and with having a smooth transition! I can't wait to see more! The house looks so incredible.

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  72. Wow. What a place. Wishing you happiness there. And lots of fun decorating!

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  73. the brick wall!
    the sunny spaces!
    the wood floor!

    This is truly a dream house-ribbons to you!

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  74. Oh my, that house looks AMAZING! So bright...and all the gorgeous wooden floors! Love it! Can't wait to see it furnished...

    And congrats!

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  75. you are right where I was a year ago (except i am around the corner) and yes you are in for a lot of work, but it is worth it! even with the sketchiness.
    and last year while we were moving in our house i went to an estate sale at your new home, lovely.

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  76. What a beautiful house!

    My fiance and I found a house built in 1945 in the Coronado Historic District in Phoenix and we are having a hard time deciding if we should go for it. The neighborhood is being revitalized, but it's not quite there yet.

    I love, love, love old houses!

    turnuptherad.blogspot.com

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  77. The space looks amazing, congrats! I love the header of your post.

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  78. Hi Angela! You don't know me but I found your blog through a friend....our family looked at the house that you just bought! We ended up buying a house on Robson St. I am excited to see your home decorated with such fun style as yours! Welcome to the neighborhood!!

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  79. looks beautiful! i love all the nooks and cuteness/quaintness of your house!

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