As you all know, we have been searching high and low for a place to call home that will accommodate our life Monday through Friday, not just on the weekends. At practically 40 years old, living in a noisy studio apartment or a Brooklyn flat (without a true kitchen – it only has a burner for boiling tea!) five days a week does not exactly satisfy our quality of life requirements. Our house in Connecticut truly feels like home, but it is beyond silly to live full time 90 miles and a 2+ hour train ride away from where you work.I have made it no secret. We have never been 100% satisfied with the whole home sweet home in the country/crash pad in the city situation. The frustration became even more apparent when the Mr changed jobs recently. I want to see him at our dinner table every night, and not feel the draw to spend time away from him to take care of our home. Knowing that the #ABCDJewelBox would be selling/closing soon, we started real estate hunting. We stumbled into a community full of 100 year old cottages just about 10 miles north of the George Washington Bridge – and totally fell in love.It’s official. We’re buying a house in the Palisades! (For those of you who follow me on Instagram, or read the article in the WSJ this is old news – sorry for my delay in sharing it here!) The closing is this upcoming Wednesday. Before we move from Brooklyn Heights, we’ll renovate inside the house. This will include transforming the current Kitchen into a Butler’s Pantry and moving the Kitchen to another room in the house. We also have plans to add a fence around the perimeter of the property and build a screened in porch off the back. We’ll apply with the historic board to build a separate garage structure and to do a ton of landscaping work.
Our house is on a pie-shaped lot and could be considered the cornerstone of the community since practically everyone in the neighborhood has to pass it daily to go to/from home. It is my goal first and foremost to improve the curb appeal – very much in the same way that we transformed the landscape at the County House. This #NewOldStoneHouse project is going to be so much fun!