House Hunting in our ‘Hood

On the other end of the spectrum from our small house discussion yesterday, today I wanted to share a gorgeous home in our neighborhood that recently went up for sale. When I made the switch from a corporate engineering career to one as a Realtor a little over a year ago, I knew my business could take me to the north, south, east and west.  I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to list this 4 bed/2.5 bath home in our very own neighborhood, and today I thought I’d share it with you.

I’m going to do my best not to sound like a real estate listing today.  Let’s just pretend we’re popping over to visit some new neighbors and checking out their house for the first time, ok?

Curb Appeal

A couple of my favorite things about our area of town are the mature trees and the various architecture styles you’ll find within the same neighborhood.   This home is more traditional than some on the street and the owners take such great care of it.  You can see from the gorgeous landscaping that they definitely have green thumbs!


I love the formal living area at the front of the house.  The vaulted ceiling and that huge window make the room feel so open, and the owners chose a great light neutral paint color for the walls. Those built-ins are exactly the style we’re hoping to add to the back wall of our living room in the future!

Living Room

This is one of my favorite little nooks in the house.  The owners added the slate to this fireplace themselves, which was a huge upgrade from the previously hunter green tile. After taking this tour, I realized we need a couple faux sheepskins in our life.  Aren’t they cozy?


I could sit and stare out the windows to the backyard from this dining room all day long.  This room is very traditionally styled, but I like that it still feels open and not overwhelmed by heavy dark furniture.


The downstairs rooms kind of make a circle around the front staircase.  Through the dining room doorway, you come to the kitchen at the back of the house.  One of the things on our wish list for our next house is a window above our kitchen sink.  I just love how that looks!


The kitchen, breakfast nook, and den all flow together.  You can see plates hanging on the walls above the kitchen window, next to the white pantry door, and even in the breakfast nook.  Aren’t they neat?  I think plates are the perfect accessories for walls in a kitchen or dining room.  We’ve seen so many fun plates at thrift stores that it seems like they’d be easy to collect too.

Open Floorplan

Here’s the den at the back of the house.  My favorite thing?  The pellet stove.  Imagine all the great parties you could have in the winter with that fire roaring!


Out those double-doors is a huge low deck.  The house faces west, so the back yard is nicely shaded in the afternoons.  Aren’t all those trees just beautiful?


You can really tell how big the house is (over 2800 sq ft) from the back.  Three of the four bedrooms are upstairs, but first we have to check out the rest of the downstairs.

Back Yard

Back inside, there’s a large laundry room with lots of storage and a utility sink.  Stephen and I will definitely be looking for one of those in our next house.  I’ve gotten paint on our kitchen faucet one too many times! (Sorry honey.)  The far door leads to the garage.

Laundry Room

Here’s the downstairs guest room.  I love that every room in this house has something unique going on.  In this room it’s that great window seat.  I can just imagine kids sitting in that window seat and dreaming all day long.

Guest Room Downstairs

The somewhat risky paint color in the downstairs guest bath is actually a plus for me. I think it’s great to have a bit of color here and there when you’re prepping your house for sale.  Powder rooms are the perfect place for small doses of fun color.

Half Bath

We’ve come full circle around the downstairs and now it’s time to head up!  How many of you wish you had a staircase just so you could hang a million frames like this?


The master bedroom is the first stop upstairs.  I’m not sure I’d ever leave if we had a room like this.  That vaulted ceiling, the gorgeous windows and view, lots of space, and a cozy bed. Sounds perfect to me!

Master Bed

Even the master bath is huge.  What you don’t see are the double walk-in closets just off the entrance to the bath.  Lots of newer homes in our area have a separate shower and toilet room like this one in the master bath for privacy.

Master Bath

Both secondary bedrooms upstairs have these neat built-in desks in the dormer windows which take advantage of otherwise wasted space.  The layout of this home is smart since the more casual or private rooms are towards the back of the house on both levels, while the more public rooms are towards the front.

Kids Room

Here’s the third upstairs bedroom with another built-in desk.  It may be hard to tell from the photo, but the suite of furniture in this room is amazing!  The bed, nightstand (with the lamp), and dresser on the opposite wall are a full set of mid-century modern bedroom furniture that the homeowner found at an antique store and refinished herself.

Guest Room Upstairs

There’s one more full bath upstairs on the way to the last room, the bonus room above the garage.  In the current layout, the long portion of the room is set up as a theater area and the smaller nook off to the side is a perfect spot for paying bills and filing away important info.

The owners chose to paint the room in various gray tones, with the TV wall getting a coat of the darkest shade.  I’d never thought of painting a wall with a TV on it darker than the rest of the room, but I think it goes a long way to help the TV blend into the space!

Bonus Room

With that, we come to the end of our tour.  Now comes the fun part – the name your favorite room game!  What was your favorite spot in this house?  Do you have a favorite feature you’d love to have in your own place?

I think my favorite room might have to be that cozy den at the back of the house, if I could count that awesome deck as part of it too!  Feature-wise, I know we’d love to have that utility sink and lots of built-ins like the ones in this home.

Curb Appeal

Ok it’s your turn!  We want to hear what you think.  And by the way, if you’re in the market for a home like this in Northwest Arkansas, send me an email for the deets.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, everybody! 🙂

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