Bye Bye Lakeview

by Kelli H. on March 30, 2015

lakeviewWe sold our first house. It officially recorded this afternoon and is no longer our home. We bought a new house in February but due to renovations we’ve been still living at Lakeview while it was on the market. We had 5 offers on this place and bids were opened all at one time. It was quite the process. We’d been getting the house ready to sell since January 2nd. 

David and I had worked hard to declutter the house and pack things away back in January. We worked on fixing some issues with it that we’d put off for too long. Our agent said that we had over 50 people come into the open house. After that we knew we wouldn’t have a hard time selling it. 

For the last 7 weekends we’ve gotten up and made the 30 minute drive to our new house each Saturday and Sunday morning. We worked hard at our new house and were thankful we had Lakeview to go home to. A small, easy to keep clean house that was always waiting for us. Lakeview was once our dream house. 

In 2009 we had put 3 offers on other houses that we didn’t get. We were SO excited when the offer on Lakeview was accepted. Funny thing is Lakeview closed on July 13th, 2009. We then got married on July 13th, 2013. We had no idea that that was the date we closed until I later looked up the public record. We moved into Lakeview in August of 2009. It was so fun living there. It was cute and we called it our little cottage. We loved the location. It was only about 10 minutes from my parents house so I was able to commute to work with my mom for all these years. We brought Ryder home here in 2011. We got engaged while we lived here. We planned a wedding here. We celebrated a college graduation, a job acceptance, many birthdays, and get togethers with friends. 

Above all those fun, life changing events, we lived here for 5 1/2 years and it was HOME. Ryder knew this was home. He didn’t have to be on a leash while he walked out to the trash bins with me. When he was a puppy, David would walk him around the block in the morning before work and then I’d walk him around the pond. We went on lots of walks and runs with him in the neighborhood. I think it’s just weird to me that it’s not going to be our home with Ryder anymore. 

I think what I’ll remember the most is our routine there. Or at least I hope I’ll remember our routine. It was easy livin’ there. Yeah, I didn’t like my neighbors. Don’t even get me started on the neighbors…besides the many neighbor issues throughout the years, it was a great neighborhood and a perfect little house for us. I doubt we’ll have such an easy place we live in again. 

David and I were talking about how weird it is to shut the door on a chapter in your life. We’re so excited about our new house and the memories we’ll make there but it’s weird to know we’re never going home to Lakeview again. It’s so final. So weird to think of other people in our house. It’s good for us though. I think it’s important to experience change in your life. I’m so excited for change! It’s just also hard to say goodbye to a period in your life, too. 


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Janet March 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

Lakeview was a very cozy home and I know you had many good times there, but your new home will be even more cozy with a nice big back yard for Ryder to run around in, can’t wait to see it.


David W. March 31, 2015 at 9:10 am

Bye bye Lakeview! It’s interesting how emotional it has been saying goodbye, when I totally didn’t think I would feel anything. It’s not like we’re leaving behind those memories, we get to bring them with us, always, no matter where we go. But still, there’s something about closing that chapter in our lives that feels like we’re leaving something behind. We’ll never forget the time we spent there, in that little cottage… our first place! I think we’ll always look back on those years with great fondness. Without the simplicity of Lakeview a lot of things would never have been possible. Like, for example, me going back to school to get the second bachelors! I will be forever grateful for that little place, and that time in our lives. I’m looking forward to making a home out of our new house, and the many many new memories and “firsts” we’ll have there. 🙂 Love.


Jane March 31, 2015 at 9:14 am

Loved this post! Sounds like Lakeview was the perfect first home for you all! Here’s to the next one being even better.


Meghan April 1, 2015 at 6:38 am

I cried when we left our condo for the last time! It took me about six months to really feel at home in our new house, and now I almost can’t imagine what it was like to live in the old one. Good luck on your next chapter!


Kelli H. April 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

It’s funny how hard change is and then slowly overtime we don’t even realize it’s happened. Thanks, Meghan!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

It can be bittersweet to leave behind a place with so many memories but I know you will make so many more at your new home. I’m excited to see your new place when it’s all put together!


Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness April 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Aww, great post! I know exactly what you mean – it is so strange to move out of a place you’ve spent a lot of time with or leave an area where you’ve made a lot of memories, even if you’re really excited for the next chapter. It can definitely be bittersweet, but I’m sure the best is yet to come!


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