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The search started when Foxforrest Project ended. However, serious house viewing started when Foxforrest Project closed. It took three tries to finally land this amazing house.

We decided that it was time to make a move from condo living to house living. Even though in the back of our minds we knew that Apopka is where we would need to be, it did not hurt to consider properties in neighboring Longwood, South Apopka, Winter Garden and Altamonte Springs. Why Apopka? One word Growth. Foxforrest House sold in one week both times that it was listed. Downtown Apopka has a development plan that is ambitious and challenging. With a new hospital set to open at the end of 2017, the area is poised to really ramp up development. Biggest growth factor is the Wekiva Parkway Loop. As this road loops around northern Apopka so does the real estate development. They can’t build houses fast enough. Oh and my parents moved there. Built in baby sitters!

In our search, we narrowed down to a few areas closer to my parents. We saw several houses in the Lake Doe area. One particular house came on the market and we saw it the second day. Great choice for us, right next to a playground, no rear or side neighbors, minimal work to bring it to what we would like to live in and large driveway. We placed a HUD house bid and did not get it. Next day after we lost the bid, another house came on the market in Lake Doe not far from the first. This was spectacular. Move in ready, large back patio with a lakefront view. Lakefront view! We didn’t care much what the rest of the house looked like inside, which was fine. We could have lived with everything. Maybe kitchen needed a new counter top. We put an offer in the same day. The sellers accepted. We placed a deposit. The sellers backed out of the deal! Something happened to house they wanted to buy and the deal fell through so they got cold feet and completely backed out of our deal. We looked at a few more houses and a few more subdivisions.

A friend of mine lives in Meadows of Maudehelen and he keeps telling me about houses in his neighborhood that is on the market. This subdivision is a tad farther than we wanted to be. But the houses are gorgeous so is the neighborhood. When we saw Chickadee house it was a feeling right away that we could make this into our future home. The house boost 4 bedrooms all on the same side of house but away from master bedroom. Fourth bedroom has french doors that open to one big room or closed off to separate room or office or den, more of a flex use space. The living room runs whole length of house from front to back. Kitchen is partially closed off to living room but shares breakfast area. Even though current trend is open concept with one great room sharing kitchen, living and dining, this separation seems useful. We are okay with our kitchen not having to be on display all the time. The back patio is a stunning space. Concrete slab runs from one end of the house to the other and a good ways back leaving a little grassy area for our little dog to exercise within a fence. There is a hot tub. Not so sure if it’s working but we’ll see.

There are a few areas that we can update to make this house into our vision for a home. Master and guest bathroom needs some work. Not a total gut job, we will keep some items and update others. Kitchen needs a new counter top and backsplash. Living and bedrooms need new flooring. A few light fixtures and fans are dated, we will change them out. A coat of paint and we can move in! This is not like our other flips where we redo almost the whole house. But, these updates will make this diamond sparkle once again.

Keep reading this blog and follow as we transform this builder’s grade house into a space we can call home.