Thursday, August 8, 2013

my bungalow dreams have come true.

like i mentioned in my last post, we finally secured a rental in Portland after quite a stressful process. the rental market in Portland is apparently extremely hot right now, some we talked to said it's the hottest they've ever seen it. this means places are snatched up immediately {and prices are hiked, wah wah}. people are even offering more than what the rental is listed for! ftw. so obviously this was not easy to navigate from across the country. luckily we have a couple of friends out there who were awesome enough to look at places for us. i think we had them look at six different ones, yikes. and we filled out apps for all of them, paid paid app fees, got credit checks done, corresponded back and forth via email and phone, even did a Skype interview, and crossed our fingers that something would work out. whew! it felt like we were buying a house or something. i can't even imagine what that process is actually going to be like.



in the end, we were approved for an adorable 1926 bungalow in NE portland. you guys, i'm going to live in a bungalow. in portland. is this real life? and it's on 1/3 of an acre with three garden boxes and a raspberry bush, oh and a garage converted into a studio space (which i haven't even seen photos of, hah). i am rather giddy about it. it was a really stressful process and i am so thankful it's over and amazed that we came out of it with such an awesome place (at least judging by photos & our friend's reactions since we haven't actually seen it). it's really crazy how it all worked out in the end.. i won't bore you with the details, but it feels very much meant to be, even though we will be spending more than we were hoping to.

and now i've already started pinning a million ideas for decor. we sold a lot, so we're going to have quite a bit of empty space starting out. and i know it's going to drive me crazy, but i'm hoping i'll be patient because we are going to have to buy pieces slowly. also have started researching the area and have already located a community garden, two farmers' markets, a New Seasons Market, and a Trader Joe's nearby. i am kind of giddy about all of that. if any of you just so happen to live in/be familiar with NE portland, please message me! it feels a little strange not even having been to the neighborhood we're living in, hopefully we'll feel at home there!

sorry for the wordy post, i'm just a wee bit excited!


10 comments:

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

yay! A BUNGALOW! so fantastic! Yeah-- rental/sale markets on the west coast are NUTS but look what you got! It's absolutely adorable!! I love Portland real estate, it's cute like Seattle but way more affordable :)

onebreath said...

How exciting! I love the pictures and am rather jealous of your new home :) It's great that you feel so positive and will get to adorn it and make it your own.

onebreath @ nowherelife.com

Gingiber said...

Congrats Megan! So excited for you and Joel! Nathan and I just moved to Oklahoma. He finally got a JOB! It is only temporary, but it is a stepping stone :)

Tiffany Kadani said...

Are you for realz?!! I'm coming to visit!!!

Linnea Wheeler said...

I can hardly handle the adorableness of just these two pictures. I don't know what I'm going to do when you give us a house tour! So excited for you, Meg!

Kelly said...

WOW! What an adorable house! What a blessing! Excited to see how you decorate!

Beth Goad said...

It's so cute! I am so happy for you guys :) There are quite a few bungalows in our current neighborhood and I was thinking about how cute they are as I walked the dog just this morning ;) I can't wait to see more!

Jessica Kiger said...

Gah, I'm drooling over your new place!! I live in a 1920s home and its got so much character!

Brooke said...

woot woot! I'm so excited for you. It looks amazing and sounds even better. I can't even stand it. You are living my Portland dream too! Thanks so much - living vicariously through you girlfriend. xo

becca said...

megan, so happy for you. truly! this is so gorgeous and I know you're going to really love it and live it up here.

seriously so excited to hear about more of your adventures. yay for portland! can we have some city candids?