I had to share with you all this new listing that I was so privileged to represent! I was told by the owners when they invited me over, that I would feel like I was in a seafood restaurant. So I was prepared for whatever unfolded when I went to preview their home before preparing a Comparative Market Analysis. And this is what I saw from the street when I pulled up – just a well-kept home in a stable neighborhood.
I knew it was a 3 bedroom/2 bath, built in 1987, with 1222 square feet from the tax records. I was familiar with the area, that generally sold in the high $140,000 range for similar homes, and was conveniently located within 15 minutes of downtown Nashville and the airport. And this is what I saw when the front door opened…
It truly was an OMG moment…and I instantly fell in love with this home. The owner greeted me with a huge smile, and guided me through the home room by room. My jaw just kept dropping lower as I took it all in – the new vanities with glass vessel sinks and waterfall faucets (did I mention heated tile floors?) , the beautiful remodeled kitchen with granite and subway tile and new glass light fixtures .
Even on the wall of the living room (besides the suspended mermaid) , the owner pointed out the unique wall shelf , as she shared the story of how she and her husband had found an old boat at a flea market, chopped off the back 18″ and mounted it to the wall, added lights above and below, and created a unique wall décor. I asked her what happened to the rest of the boat. She smiled, and said, “It’s out back next to the lighthouse and the pool.”
OK – I had to see more – I was hooked! So as she opened the door to the rear yard, this was my first view… . All I could get out was “WOW!!” It was breathtaking. The composite decking, the retractable blue & white stripped awnings, the bar with yellow & chrome bar stools. I noticed all the little lights along the steps and fences, and her only comment was, “You should see it at night…”
We walked around as she pointed out the lighthouse and dinghy (missing its rear) , as she sweetly commented “the beacon on the lighthouse rotates and the 3 portholes on the dinghy light up at night. We even have the green light on the bow…”.
So I had to go back and see it at night…and it was even more spectacular!
So last week, we met to review pricing and agreed on a value. Then I was so honored when they asked me, “So would you be willing to list our home?” I couldn’t believe how humble these wonderful folks were, and how flattered I was that they would trust me with the marketing of their amazing residence.
We did the paperwork on Tuesday, had professional photos taken on Thursday, had the first showings on Sunday…and the floodgates opened with Realtors and buyers “having to see the mermaid house”. In 3 days, we had over 30 private showings (no overlapping appointments, and everyone had an hour to take in all the fabulous upgrades), and set a deadline of this Thursday (tomorrow) at 7pm to open all offers. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on having an opportunity to write an offer on this special forever home. I now have 4 offers, and another 2-4 coming in tomorrow before the deadline, so I am excited but saddened to know my relationship with this home will soon be coming to an end. But the memories will live on forever and my friendship with the owners…who are moving to Delaware to be near the Atlantic Ocean, which they love so much, will last a lifetime!
It’s not always the “McMansions” that get all the attention. This shows how a modest home in a modest neighborhood can be as spectacular as any home, anywhere. It’s the love it has received, the memories it has created, that has made “this house a home…”