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You know the old saying "never give up hope".  




This is the original mansion that was converted to condos.  We  lost out on the first condo last week.  We continued to hope something else would come on the market before we had to close on our home.  After lots of praying and watching the market everyday, we were wonderfully surprised to see another condo come on the market.
This sweet sister mansion converted to condos across the street had a condo come on the market.  This building is just as charming as the other one.

When we lost the first condo we were pretty disappointed.  I kept hope alive that we would hopefully have another one pop up on the market to try again.  These do not come up very often on the market.  Plus this market is crazy with little inventory and several offers coming in on one property.

Just this week as I was starting to look for a short term rental.  Preparing with nothing coming on the market for us.  It seemed bleek we would find something before we closed on this house at the end of April.  With the market so crazy you almost need 45 days for closings now with how busy it is.  

Then another condo in the sister building come up for sale!  Yay!

I loved the history of the mansions converted to these charming condos.  No cookie cutter condos.  Unique and charming they are.


I was beyond excited to see another condo come on the market.  My sweet friend and realtor set up a showing for us the next day.

We went in and fell in love with this one too.  

We immediately put in an offer and waited.  We hoped to hear back by that evening on Friday but nothing.  I did not sleep at all on Friday night.  I began to feel hopeless that we probably were going to be outbid again.   We went in with our highest and best bid.

Late on Saturday we finally heard back and they had accepted our offer!

This condo has great bones and lots of charm.  
It needs some love as you will see in the pics I share from the listing.  It needs paint, wallpaper removal, carpet removed and wood floors put in and some updating to the kitchen.  Nothing huge in rehab.
Terry and I think we can make this place cute and comfy.

This is the back of the condo's right one of the fairways of the golf course.
This is the entry into the first level.  It is three floors.  The one we are buying is on the third floor.  It has a elevator in the building besides the staircase.
This is the entry into the condo.  Not to worry this white and neutral girl will be working on this entry.  New wood flooring and the burnt red walls and border will be going and replaced with light gray/white walls.  
This is the bedroom.  The gray looks dark in this photo but it is actually a light gray with white trim and plantation shutters on the dormer window.  I will probably not change anything in this room.  Just hang up my decor pieces.
The bathroom is very large and pretty.  She just had this bathroom updated a year ago.   Not much to do in this room except decor items and my cottage touch.

This kitchen needs some love.  We will be taking down some of the shelving and cabinets and putting up open shelves and corbels.  New appliances are needed and the old and outdated ones will be replaced.  The cabinets that stay will be painted white and new hardware added.  
Where she has the table I will be doing something very sweet and fun in this corner.  The wood flooring for the living room and dining area will be laid in this kitchen too.  I am thinking of maybe shiplap on the walls where the upper cabinets come down for open shelves.  Still working that out in my mind lol!
Ok!!!! buckle your seat belts for this living and room dining room!  Beautiful for her but not my style at all.  These burnt red walls will be getting lots of primer!!  Then Behr Pixel White paint which I had in my last house.  It is white with a touch of gray.  
This is where vision is needed with this side of the room!!  That wallpaper with the large peacocks and dark red background will be taken down and primed and painted.   

The carpet will be taken out and wood floors added.  The windows are recessed and are new.  

All the windows have been replaced in the last two years.  

New window treatments for these windows.  

These recessed windows are like bay windows and they will not be covered up.  We live on the third floor and no one lives across or can see in.  They will remain open with just a pretty window header treatment.  

There are french doors that close off from the kitchen to this living room/dining room.  

I will have more of my own pictures as soon as we close and I own this place and can get back in there.  

If all goes well we will be in escrow at the end of April and will take a week after closing to work on this place before moving in our things.

  Stay tuned for this next part of our journey as we move into Junk Chic Cottage #5.  

I will show you all the before and afters as we get the work done.  

New beginnings as Spring approaches and new beginnings for Terry and I into our new easy lifestyle condo.

58 comments

  1. I wish you guys all the best, and can't wait to see what you do to the place!!
    Hugs ~

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  2. Looks enormous if one looks at your house now. I just wonder how it'll be with the garden. Do you have a garden at all?
    Looking forward to your next posts.
    Love Elzie

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  3. KRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And email is in order here! OH, thank you for visiting my blog!

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  4. Oh my goodness, Kris! Prayers are being answered right before our eyes! Congratulations on snapping up your choice property! I know that was a nail biter and sleepless night! It's beautiful, nice and roomy, and a great new beginning. I'm certain more things are coming! xo

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  5. Good morning Kris!
    I woke up to your beautiful and exciting post!! I can totally see why you and Terry have fallen in love with this property! Best of luck.. I cannot wait to see your beautiful “ CHIC transition!”

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  6. What fantastic news Kris! I am so very pleased for you and Terry! Tell me, is this one better than the first one? Obviously it was meant to be! Those prayers that we kept going certainly did the trick - thank you God. Such a huge amount of space too! More opportunities for you to seek out amazing things for your new home. Hugs, Gilly

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  7. YAY! This is perfect and will be so charming with all your goodies. I'm so happy for you and Terry and Buddy.

    You got your dream.

    Hugs to all,

    Cindy

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  8. WooHoo! My last prayer was that "Kris and Terry REALLY need a place to move into very soon, something they will love". It is lovely but will be just perfect when you and Terry are finished. Buddy will love looking out the bay windows. xoxo

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  9. Oh Wow Kris, that is awesome news. What a lovely place, and we had prayed too that another condo in there would come available cause it looked like such a nice place and because you were so disappointed. So happy for you guys, and can't wait to see all the changes that you makes. Now we'll pray for all the details to work out quickly and without problems or delays. Congratulations hon, what a wonderful blessing.
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

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  10. Wow..I am so excited!!! So glad you have scored a beautiful condo...inside and out..it is dreamy. I know you will love it and bet you both will find some nice new friends, too...quite a bonus. Your new place looks so roomy..wow..I just cannot wait to see the transformation. So glad you will most likely beable to rest better..that a plan is in action. Best wishes..love it all.

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  11. I am so exciting for you! This place is so charming and I know you will make it lovely as you always do. Great views of the golf course too!

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  12. Hurray! So happy for you and glad you were patient though I'm sure it has been a very worrisome time with housing so tight.

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  13. Congratulations, I'm so happy for you guys! Thrilled to hear you found something in the area you had hoped. It looks very spacious and I can't wait to see how the Dynamic DIY Duo put their magic touch on JCC#5.

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  14. Wow, wow, wow! I'm so happy that something fabulous came on the market and you were able to snatch it up. The place is lovely -inside and out- and clearly has amazing light and good bones. I know you will work your unique Kris style magic on it and make it your own in no time. Congratulations and I can't wait to see the transformation! xxoo

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  15. Oh I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see the transformation! Prayers do work...
    It’s truly beautiful and looks fairly big with awesome windows. Can’t wait!

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  16. Wow, it has beautiful bones. I know you and Terry will make it a warm and cozy home, Kris.

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  17. I am so excited for you. I'm so happy you found something you love and can't wait to see what you do with your beautiful new space. xo Laura

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  18. Oh, boy! I cannot wait to see what you do with this fabulous condo. I am catching your vision for this place, and can already see the Kris touchesthroughout. She did a beautiful job with the bathroom, and you and Terry now will be able to concentrate on making the kitchen and rest of the home super wonderful. I'm really excited for you, Kris. Hugs!!!

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  19. Oh, I am so glad you found a place. Can't wait to see you transform it.

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  20. OMGOSH- I am SOOOOOO excited for you. I think this is bigger than the house you are in now? I LOVE it, Kris. The bay windows are a real bonus and you will have so much fun making this cottagey. I don't envy you the job of getting that wallpaper down. UGH. Such a mess. Let's just hope they sized the walls before they put it up. You will make this into something that condo association has never seen! Can't wait until it is yours. Closing in April or May? Can't remember---xo Diana

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  21. Kris, This new condo is stunning. It will be breathtaking after you put your own personality into it. What a dream. I look forward to opening your blog each new day and this makes it all the more exciting. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sandra

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  22. How exciting Kris. I am so happy for you. in no time you and Terry will transform this into your perfect home. it looks so roomy and has great bones. What a blessing. xoxo

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  23. Congrats !! What a beautiful place, and much larger than your previous homes......can't wait to see it restored..... Do you have garage space?? What to do with Terry's workshop and fireman cave and garden decor?? Best wishes.....

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  24. Congratulations! I can't wait to see the transformation....I know it will be amazing. So happy for you.
    ~Des

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  25. Good luck. You are just amazing!

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  26. I am so excited for you! It’s gorgeous and will be amazing when you are so one with it. Congratulations!
    hugs, Cecilia

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  27. How beautiful! It has so much potential and looks so big! You will make it perfect. I can't wait to see what you do with it!! Congratulations!!

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  28. Congratulations! It is lovely Kris. And I know you and Terry will make it Home Sweet Home in no time.
    I can not wait!
    Love, Carla

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  29. But gal, SO MUCH ROOM ! ! !
    How are you ever going to handle ALL THIS SPACE.
    LOL LOL LOL
    hugs

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  30. Oh I’m so happy for you! What a luxurious place, and having the windows updated is a real bonus. That main living area is fabulous.

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  31. That's so beautiful Kris and I know it will be even more beautiful when you and Terry finish. WHAT will you do with all that space? LOL I can just imagine the beautiful white touches to come. So happy for you both. You know what I say about Divine Alignment - God was preparing the right one for you. Congratulations, can't wait to see this next adventure. Hugs, Cil

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  32. It looks so much larger than I would have expected! I know you will be doing changes so look forward to them.

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  33. Congrats, Terry and Kris!!!! I am so happy for you. The size looks amazing. The rooms look huge. I cannot wait to see your improvements and your signature touches. Have fun!!! xoxo

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  34. I'm so pleased for you both! It looks like a wonderful space and you'll have such fun redecorating. Congratulations!!!

    xoxox

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  35. all your praying helped! u think it has great potential

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  36. Happy for you Kris!! Can't wait to see your personal touches on this dollhouse condo.

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  37. Oh my goodness Kris. I have lots of catching up to do apparently. Girl, didn't know you were selling and moving again. This condo is beautiful! No doubt in my mind that you will make it home. So crazy at times how we see God move in our midst isn't it? Hope to catch up soon. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  38. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I just knew there was something special waiting for you. Can't wait to see all of your decorating take place. It is beautiful but you will make it yours. So happy for you.

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  39. Congrats on your new "Chateau". I like watching You Tube and all the Chateau lives of the many people leaving the UK and moving to France and buying Chateaus. Some Chateaus are in really rough shape when bought, but after a lot TLC they are Beautiful. You remind me of those people. I wonder what you would do with a Chateau...probably will be beyond beautiful like your new home will be. I will enjoy watching the tranfomation.

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  40. Hooray, Kris...I am so glad you found a place! It looks lovely and yes, it does need some updating but no big deal for you two. You and Terry are the masters of re-do's! I know you are thankful that you don't have to rent before you found a place to buy.

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  41. Oh, Kris. I am so happy for the two of you. What are you going to do with all that room? The rooms looks such good size. I hope Terry packed his tool belt on the top as he is going to be busy and I can't wait to see what you do. It is a beautiful place and the setting is gorgeous..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  42. You got it! I'm so happy for you, Kris! Such nice large living room, so much scope for you. So thankful you only had the one sleepless night before an answer but I imagine your mind will be so active with plans that you may have to make yourself sleep even now. I doubt if anyone has ever had so many people excited about a move as your followers! Just utterly pleased for you!

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  43. What a pretty building! You are blessed, My Friend! And the timing couldn't be any more perfect for y'all. You will have it in Junk Chic Cottage mode in no time at all! I can't wait to see it with a little bit more pixel white! I do love the gray in the bedroom. It is beautiful!

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  44. It’s beautiful!!! Congrats Kris!! I know you and Terry will make it your own!! So happy for you!!

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  45. Good morning my friend! Thanks for coming to visit my pink post!

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  46. It's just lovely Kris, I can't wait to see how you guys give it the "junkchic" touch. It's obvious prayers were answered. I know this will be a transition from home to condo, but I also know God works in the details to give us what we need. Hugs and blessings. I'm looking forward to the process! xoxo

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  47. Wow! Your new condo is going to be amazing - you have a lot more space too! Can't wait to see you work your Junk Chic magic. Our house goes on the market April 15th, so we are hoping the sellers market will still be strong. I'm excited to watch your condo transformation! Jane

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  48. Congrats Kris on finding this beautiful home. I am amazed and happy that you were able to find this place so fast. I can't wait to see how you and Terry transform it. Good luck with everything.

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  49. Kris! I LOVE this place!! Such character and I love the whole historic mansion made into condos part!! How exciting!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  50. Congrats on your new venture, how fun to live in a converted mansion!

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  51. Congratulations. I can't wait to see what you do with it. What a gorgeous building.The bedroom and bath look perfect already.

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  52. Congratulations....GOOD FOR YOU ! Sounds like this was meant to be - looking forward to your updates!

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  53. Ohhhhh I am so happy, to have found your blog!

    This mansion, is beautiful. What they have done with the condos is amazing.

    I love how you have shown us, all the 'before' photos. And can hardly wait, to see the process of how you make this, your own. -smile-

    Gentle hugs
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  54. What a great find! As a Community Association Manager, I'm going to caution you to check with the Association to make sure you can put hard floors in a third floor unit- many have restrictions against that. I love the charm of these old mansion conversions! Good luck!

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    1. We are all good to have new floors put in. They allow any floors you would like. The charm is unbelievable. Have a great week. xoxo

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  55. Kris, I'm playing catch up on my reading and can't believe all that is happening. I love the new place and I can absolutely see why you loved it. It will be perfect after you paint and decorate. I'm so happy for you.

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