I can definitely say my life is richer because of the profitable programming featured on HGTV. Shows like “Love it or List It”, “Divine Design” and “Curb Appeal” have helped me draw up plans to transform our living spaces into peaceful sanctuaries. Enacting those plans is still a bit of a long-shot. Of all the HGTV shows, the one I’d most like to be featured on is House Hunters International. Just imagine…the Rietkerk family offering insightful commentary on the three fabulous properties under consideration. It might go something like this…
Time and Kristen are parents to four children, aged 22 to 9 years old, each born in a different state as the family has moved around with the Army. They’re currently stationed in Hohenfels, Germany, surrounded by other military families, and they have been happy there for two years. However, Tim has recently received orders to Ft Bragg, NC. It’s an exciting, but apprehensive, time for the family as they’ve lived in the Fayetteville area on 3 other military assignments. Now, they’re about to embark on a whole new cultural experience 40 miles from the post in the vibrant golf community of Pinehurst, NC. The family is excited to embark on another amazing chapter in their lives.
Property 1–CapeCod house with a lot of personal touches
This charming 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on the corner of a quiet street in a subdivision in Pinehurst. The unique features of this property include over 3,000 square feet of living space and a wonderful deck that overlooks a large wooded lot.
When we entered the home…
Kristen: “Wow! What a way to make a statement. I can’t say that having a red dining room would be my first choice for having a calm and relaxing family meal.”
Lilly: “Mom. Check out my new room. I’ll sleep up here and have plenty of room for my desk and XBox gaming center.” Kristen: “Yikes! That’s some powerful color combination going on. And obviously these owners think we’re going to want bunkbeds as well.”
Tim enters master bedroom: “I find it odd that they would put an office in a closet. And what’s with the exercise ball? There’s hardly enough room to even get your butt onto that ball, let alone sit at the desk and be productive.”
A doorway near the kitchen led down to the fully finished basement an unusual feature in North Carolina. It had been renovated to offer a private entry, full kitchen, large living space, toilet and shower and a small bedroom.
Kristen: “The owner must have been bored and spent too much time on Pinterest. Someone has been busy with the paintbrush and it wasn’t a great idea.”
New home construction located on a quiet cul-de-sac convenient to Pinehurst Village and local elementary school. The home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, hardwood floors, jacuzzi tub in master suite, fully landscaped yards.
Kristen: “Forget what I said earlier. I love cookie cutter homes. Everything is so clean and smells great. And oh! a gas fireplace. I love it. I can totally see us enjoying cozy winter evenings without having to split logs and clean the fireplace.”
Kristen: “I love the kitchen. Plenty of space above cabinets to display all my Polish pottery. Light, airy, good bay window looking over the backyard. Nice deck with great space for our tables and umbrella. What do you think,Tim? Tim?”
Tim: “I’m still in the master suite. Did you see this tub? And the reading area in the master bedroom? I think I need a long soak in this tub.”
Property 3–Lakefront home with outdoor pizzaz
Our third property is located in the nearby community of Whispering Pines, a popular location with families moving in this area. If you enjoy lakefront living and good schools, this could be a great location. The home features 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, a Carolina room, private boat dock, lots of unique architectural details and a hot tub.
More random pics from other “less than desirable” houses we viewed on this episode of House Hunters International:
So, which home did the Rietkerks choose? Stay tuned for the surprising decision.
Time for the big reveal! We chose House Number 2…hello cul-de-sac living and fenced backyard. Now, tetris-time as we try to fit all of our furniture into this quaint bungalow.