June 25, 2015

Our New Home!

When me moved into our house 14 years ago with a 4 and 6 year old we were so excited to be in our dream home, but even then we said that we would only be here until the kids finished high school. At that time that seemed an impossibly long way away! Fast forward 14 years and wow, the kids are finished high school! I will warn you, no card today and this post is photo heavy mostly for my family.

Over the past two years we have been trying to narrow down where we wanted to go next. We knew we were ready to leave the city, Toronto is huge and so busy. Last summer when Ben was working up in Muskoka we fell in love with the area and started to look for a home, not a cottage. This spring it seemed that every house we went to put an offer on had a conditional offer on it or just sold. So we kept looking and looking for a bungalow and finally decided that whatever we got we would need to renovate, put in a new kitchen or even an extension. With my husband working in the states it made things tricky. We went through listings together online, Ben went to see a few houses with me and finally my hubby said he trusted me enough to find the right house and put in an offer--no pressure right?

A week and a half ago when James came home we prepped the house for sale even though we had nothing lined up, and went up to Muskoka to look at 5 properties.  The last house was already renovated and met all the criteria on our list. This is the view that had us put in an offer 5 minutes after leaving it...



The master...


Bedroom two...


Bedroom Three...


Which one will be my craft room--two or three?

Basement bedroom...







On 3 acres, edge of town, room for the kids for when they are home and perfect for us.
Thanks for sticking with me.

52 comments :

Hannelie said...

Tracy this looks so tranquil and beautiful!
I could see myself living there!
Wishing you lots of memorable moments in the new home!

Virginia Lu said...

Wow, what a MOVE you are going to have ! So happy that you had your current house sold so very quickly! The new house looks so awesome! It's not really cottage because it has all the amenities, but is like a country living....you are going to love it! Congrats, Tracey! So happy for you!

Jacquie Southas said...

This is gorgeous, Tracey! Three acres, so envious :)

Kath said...

It looks fabulous Tracey. I love looking inside houses (one of my favourite jobs was working for an estate agent!) and it's interesting to see homes from overseas.
Kath x

Karen King said...

Congrats! The house and property are gorgeous! I would pick room 3for my craft room. Small spaces rock, great floors to move around on a wheeled chair puts everything you need in easy reach.

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness Tracey. Your new home looks absolutely amazing! I am so happy for you. Inside and out it is gorgeous!! Wonderful, wonderful, news!

Karen Mead said...

Your new house looks so beautiful Tracey and sounds perfect for you! I bet you can't wait to move in:) xx

June Houck said...

What a beautiful home! What a perfect Shangri-La :) I am so happy for you.

My vote for the craft room is the room with best natural light, wall space, and closet space…perhaps bedroom 2? Which room feels the happiest for you?

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

EEK!!! It is GORGEOUS!!!!!! I love love love it!!!! And I think bedroom #3 should be the craft room!! And the views!! GORGEOUS!!!!! So happy for you!!!!

Kara said...

congratulations! what a beautiful home. I can see why you fell in love with it!

Susi Kelly said...

Wow, Tracey, what a gorgeous home! It has such warmth & character, not to mention a lovely rustic feel and THREE WHOLE ACRES!! My dogs would be in heaven roaming that lot! I hope you & your family enjoy many healthy, happy years there - CONGRATS!

Michelle said...

WOW - just beautiful! The kitchen and backyard would've sold me in mere moments! And... lots of room for family and guests!

Julia Aston said...

What a gorgeous house Tracey! The inside is just beautiful - and what wonderful views from the windows - the outside space is lovely - big congratulations to you on this next phase of your lives!

Happy Dance said...

How exciting Tracey!!!! Your new home is beautiful, and I can see you smiling every day as you walk around thinking "This is really ours!!" So very happy for you. It has the look of a "home" not a 'house.' Keep us posted with more photos as you move in. And Br3 looks ideal to me for a craft room....Woohoo!!!!! Bev

Betty Keefe said...

what a fabulous home - so happy for you and your family - now to see the craft room when you move in!

Annette Allen said...

aww it's gorgeous.. big congrats to you and your husband..

Kristie Goulet said...

What a gorgeous house, Tracey! LOVE it! Congratulations on selling your house so quickly. I wouldn't mind you sending some of those selling vibes our way for our house in NH to sell. ;)

KimCreate said...

This house is GORGEOUS! Just what I'd want to buy too, love the style!

Kim Heggins said...

Congratulations....so so excited for you and your family. What a beautiful home, love that backyard!

Jill Norwood said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful setting for this lovely home! So happy for you and your family! Love the kitchen and family room and can see why it sold you on this gorgeous home! Beautiful!

KayM said...

Oh Tracey!! That house is heavenly!! What a dream! And I'm so happy that your house sold so quickly!! I'd say it was meant to be!! What a wonderful thing!! Congratulations to your whole family!! :)

Lisa said...

Fabulous!! This looks move in ready Tracey, so happy for you. I think everything moved along quickly because this home was meant to be. My craft room pick is room #3, it looks bright and cozy! Happy moving ;)

Meredith MacRitchie said...

So beautiful and I absolutely love the property. Congratulations!!! You must be just thrilled. Stunning!

Shannon McComb said...

Oh my Beautiful house! That kitchen with a view is to die for and that pond in your yard! Wow!! Congratulations!! I hope you have a smooth move:)

I Card Everyone said...

Welcome to your Three Acre Wood! Oh my goodness you will be so happy here, Tracey. Love every inch... and would totally make bedroom #3 your craft-room! Why? you may ask? Because I LOve the color of #2 and you might be tempted to paint it if you make it your crafting space! So happy for you and your family... perfect 'retirement' home...
=] M

laughadaisy said...

Looks beautiful, Tracey! I would love a beautiful place like that. Best wishes with the moving and unpacking and all that comes with a new home. I hope you enjoy it! ;-)

Becca Cruger said...

I'm over here doing happy dances for you! I love how everything just lined up into place. It's a GORGEOUS home - look at all that wood flooring and I bet you will have a FANTASTIC time on the patio.

Maria said...

Congratulations! Looks like a gorgeous cozy home with beautiful peaceful surroundings! Love the kitchen and all the layouts of the rooms with big windows! So happy for you and family!:-)

Nora N. said...

Congratulations!! This is so beautiful!! It looks so peaceful and will be such a place of inspiration for you to create!!!

Jeanne J said...

Looks amazing! I hope you and your family will be so happy here. Congratulations!

Lindsey said...

We'll practically be neighbours! :P This looks amazing... glad you held out till you found the perfect home. Congrats!

Deanna Dean said...

So pretty...how exciting.

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous! In all my craziness I didn't even know you were putting up your house for sale let alone that it sold...and so quickly! Congrats! I think your old home is beautiful and your new home looks incredible. SO happy for you!

Jinny Newlin said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Tracey! Congratulations! I know you'll have such fun making it a home for your beautiful family.

Claire said...

Oh Tracey - I am absolutely green with envy! I think you have found our perfect house...this is exactly what we'd like (but in Australia - although Canada would be very nice too since we met there!) Hope you are very happy there and that the move goes smoothly!

Asha said...

oh my word! what a fab home.... no wonder you're excited. congrats, Tracey. Many many happy years will be spent here, for sure!
x Asha

Marybeth said...

This looks like a wonderful home Tracey! I love all of it and such lush greenery on the outside. I wish you and your family manny wonderful years in your new home! How exciting! Congratulations!

Deepti said...

This is such a beautiful house, I am excited for you! Huge congratulations

Donna said...

Wow... I can see why you chose this house. It's stunning :)
Hope the move goes smoothly for you.
Donna. X

Laura Norris said...

WOW - Just beautiful! I can see why you fell in love with this place - it looks perfect. Good luck with the move!

Kim S said...

Oh, Tracey, it was worth the wait - it's lovely!!

Anita in France said...

Congratulations, Tracey ... what a beautiful rural idyll ... calm, serene and so relaxing! Both bedrooms look perfect for your craft space ... wonderful light and with gorgeous views ... what inspiration! Smooth moving, my friend! Hugs, Anita :)

Jen Mitchell said...

Congratulations Tracey! Your new home is very beautiful and I'm sure that you and your family will create many happy memories there!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

congrats on the new home, it looks great! Love it!

Michelle said...

Oh, wow! I want to come and visit you immediately! What a beautiful new home you have. And 3 acres, luxury! You'll need to build a few little cabins for all of your craft retreat friends to visit. :-)

artful-notions said...

Tracey, I couldn't be happier for you. Beautiful home, lush acreage, and that basement! Kinda like it for the craft room. Plenty of room to spread out!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Gosh, I thought sure I commented on here, but I must have just looked at all the photos in my gmail. Your new homes is to die for, Tracey! I loved your old home, too, but I can see why you fell for this beautiful paradise!! Hugs, Darnell

Sharron said...

As you can see, I am terribly behind with comments! But I wanted to tell how much I love your new home. It looks so wonderful, and peaceful set in front of all those trees. I especially love the floor to ceiling windows! Wishing you and your family many happy years there!

Nancy said...

Love the new home!!! It looks like a peaceful oasis! Hope it's all you ever wanted and more!! Thanks for sharing the pic with us! Now for your craft room...whichever one has the best view out the window!

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Ooh, almost felt like I was being voyeuristic, but it was so beautiful to look through your new home. I can see you being so happy here. So peaceful, lush and tranquil. Here's to many more years of happiness in your new abode!

Cindy Beach said...

Tracey,
I had to pop in and add my congrats to you on your lovely new home! Hubby and I are in the process of "thinking" through making a change, your post has me so excited for you!

I hope you'll tell us which BR ends up being your craft room. I also like #3 best, it's something to do with the light and the placement of the window.

Tracy Ercole said...

This is so beautiful. What a gorgeous setting. Congratulations.