Day 22: Almost Fall, Almost Home

Here it is, the last day of August.  Fall will be upon us in just three short weeks!  Of course, we all know that around here that doesn’t mean a whole lot.  Our trees only see a hint of fall colors and our activities remain firmly “summer” for at least another month.  But it’s coming! And I am totally ready.

Even if the outside temperature stays closer to 90 than 60, we can still embrace the coming of the next season. I plan to “will” fall into existence soon as possible by making small changes to the decor in and around my house. Even if we don’t feel it in the air, we can still see it in our homes! Isn’t this fall-inspired centerpiece just gorgeous?

What will you do to prepare for the Fall Equinox on September 22?

Fall decor
Source: Stoneblog.com via Pinterest

The house I toured today is located in the Quail Lake community, which I also happen to call home. Writing about this house practically feels like cheating because I actually lived in a house on the same block as this one for a time and I’m fairly sure my former home was designed by the same builder as this one. This house is a lovely, single-story, four bedroom house with custom tile and wood floors throughout and a very modern kitchen.

Fieldstone Collage

There are two things I really love about that stand out from the “sameness” of most tract homes: 1) the ceiling fan in the living room is HUGE!  I mean, it practically looks like a helicopter propeller.  It’s quite impressive. 2) I adore the side-by-side double pantry in the kitchen.  It seems so intuitive to have the extra kitchen storage, yet so many houses are designed with skimpy pantry space. There are many other lovely features in the house as well. I saw stylish detail in the master bathroom tile, beautiful plantation shutters on many of the windows, and generally a good use of the square footage.  It feels very open and comfortable.

The backyard is on the smallish side, but my personal expectation is based on my super-active children who demand space to explore their world.  It would be just fine for a family that doesn’t require ample room to roam for a couple of bustling boys. Both the front and back yards are nicely landscaped and have been well maintained  while the house has been on the market.  This is a really nice space to call home.  I would be surprised if it doesn’t get gobbled up in a heartbeat.

Cheers!

Erica

Day 2: Country Life

House number two!  I got a message from an old friend that I would be welcome to go look at her home in Easton.  It’s been on the market since May and she wanted feedback from another Realtor.  Cool!  As it turns out, I have been to this house in the past for a social visit and I vaguely remember what it looks like, so I was excited to look at it with a different perspective.

“Suburban LIVING at its FINEST on 1+acres situated among beautiful vineyards. Recently updated 3BD/2BA (2189 sf) main house + 2BD/1 BA (930 sf) guest house w/ kitchenette w/ electric range & refrigerator + laundry hook-up. Decorator touches in main house include NEW CT. HT. & AIR. Newer 18” tile floors in entry, family room, kitchen & baths + newer carpeting in the 3 bedrooms. Hearthed BRICK fireplace w/ wood burning fireplace insert. GOURMET KITCHEN w/ granite counters, center island w/ sink & bar area for stools, stainless steel newer Electric range, microwave, & dishwasher. Party perfect yard w/ free-form pool w/ NEWER pool sweep & motor, wood decking, & play area. Corral w/ metal fencing & rain bird sprinklers. SUPERSIZE (approx 1,500 sf) RV garage, shop, or barn for tractor & farm equipment, Jewel’’ in Easton!!!”

First impression – Well, first of all, it’s super important to plug the address into gps WITHOUT transposing digits :/  After I got my head on straight and found the house, I opened the lockbox (first time!!), managed to swing the gate open, and approached the house.  The property needs a little exterior TLC, no doubt about it, but it’s super cute! I definitely won’t see features like this in town.  This is a ranch house, through and through. Wood shake roof, redwood walls, red brick on the inside.  It has a huge backyard with a pool and a really large guest house in the back!  There is also a nice sized loft with a balcony above the kitchen.

Speaking of the kitchen…THE KITCHEN!  Gorgeous.  Super cute red accent lighting above the island.  I am a sucker for granite countertops and I love the light marbling in the slab chosen for this house.  It really contrasts well with the red brick of the island base, fireplace, and arch.  It easily combines a modern flare with the rustic-ness of the house style.

If I were in the market for a country home South of Fresno, I would seriously consider this one.  If you’re looking for country living, on a spacious lot, I know just the house for you!!

Cheers,

Erica