Saturday, January 25, 2014

Welcome Home....

A LOT has happened this past week and all decisions were made in a crazy way.... which seems to be our "M.O." Matt has been in San Diego all week which is a 3 hour time difference from me, that was challenging to say the least. Matt moves next weekend and has no place to live.....after looking into Corporate House/Extended Stays and being horrified by the prices we changed plans. We decided that IF we found something for US to rent for the next year why not let Matt move in and take as much stuff from the house as he can. All I can say is that God answered our prayers and I have faith that it is meant to be because I found our home for the next year! EEKK
I am so proud of myself...This week while working I found a place, researched the area, contacted the Real Estate agent, negotiated prices WHICH I got lowered, turned in our application and GOT APPROVED! The Agent I worked with was amazing and our home for the next year is in Stapleton a newer suburb of Denver! Here is the home......the owner is moving out this weekend......
 I thought it would be fun to live more "urban" in a beautiful Townhouse that seems to have a huge sense of community AND very animal friendly! Finding a place for 3 dogs isn't easy so this was meant to be when the owner saw that as a plus! She wanted animals but NO kids! hahaha! Perfect
 This is the patio/side yard..... Yes, it is large enough for a table, grill and whatnot plus there is enough space for the boys to use the restroom! No, this isn't a yard but it is a year. NOW...... this home is 1 block away from Denver's Central Park, 2 Dog parks and countless other areas for us to take the dogs in our new neighborhood!
 Look....I will have a cute porch swing! And this place is 2 bedrooms/ 2 1/2 baths which was SOOO important to me to ensure that our families could come and stay anytime!
 Now.... I want to introduce you to our new neighborhood! Stapleton...............


4,700 acres (7.5 square miles) of planned redevelopment

6 million tons of runway concrete has been recycled from the old Stapleton airport

10th best-selling, master-planned community in the United States (2013)

2002: The year Stapleton’s first homeowner moved in

17,000+ residents (and counting)

1.2 million square feet of existing flex/industrial space

10 million square feet of planned office space (400,000 square feet is already here)

2.1 million square feet of developed retail space


1 minute to the nearest park

15 minutes to Downtown Denver

20 minutes to Denver International Airport

30 minutes to multiple, area amenities


60+ community events every year

9 excellent schools

80% of Stapleton kids walk to school

100% of grads at Stapleton’s Denver School of Science and Technology are accepted to a four-year college

93% voluntary recycling rate among residents

9 distinguished homebuilders

27 home collections (and all new models in Stapleton's Conservatory Green neighborhood)

100% Energy Star homes


1,100 acres of planned parks and open space (that’s 30%!)

80-acre Central Park is Denver’s third largest

36 miles of bike and walking trails that connect to Denver’s 800-mile network

35 parks, plus one for dogs and another for skateboards

29,000+ trees have been planted & 35+ transplanted or saved (so far)


50+ tasty restaurants

100+ stores and shops

4 community pools

1 community garden

1 sledding hill

50,000-square-foot recreation center

I know it seems crazy to be signing a lease without actually seeing the place but we can't drop everything, fly to our new city and spend the time we would need! Don't worry though I have 2 friends who have been BEYOND helpful... my childhood friend Corie and my friend Marika (Marika Lorainne for you Okies who watched Channel 4) So I am very grateful for their advice and help! Thank You guys! I owe you dinner!

Now....... we have 1 week, while I am working full time to pack for Matt to move! We have to provide him with enough kitchen/bath/living stuff for him to live alone for a few months. I might be kinda stressed! (maybe) Then after I kick Matt out (ha) I HAVE to re-carpet our entire home before I put it on the market! *sigh*

Happy Weekend Friends!


Girl On a Journey said...

How exciting! The townhouse looks so nice and what a great city! :)

Jamie said...

You will LOVE the Stapleton area!! When we were on vacation we had to come down from the mountain a day early due to incoming weather so we stayed in Stapleton since I hadn't been through there yet and it was close to the airport. We walked around and had dinner!! The area is FANTASTIC!!!

Sarah and Chris said...

Congrats, I love the sound of your new community, i might be jealous lol. but not of the weather!! So happy you will be closer to OK AND there is an energy industry in Denver so thats awesome for you on the work front! I know a lady that is a WW leader that moved in Oct from FL to Denver to be the territory manager and she is such a fun leader! Good luck on selling the house, I am sure it wont take long!
I will keep you guys in my prayers, I think this is awesome for you both and a blessing you will get to live life together all the time again, not just weekends.

Kylee Gonzalez said...

You're wonder woman. I can barely make sure that I have time to shower and get to work on time. Add in finding a house? Lowering prices? You deserve a big ol' CONGRATS!! [I congratulate myself if we get take-out instead of eating cold cereal for dinner. (Yet another reason I was meant to be a stay-at-home-wife)]

I love all the statistics you gathered. :) You're such a planner-- and I wish I was more like you!!!

Amy said...

YAY! So excited for y'all. That place looks gorgeous! So glad everything is falling into place.


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