A Weekend In Birmingham + A Life Update

Happy Monday! I have been so excited to share this post. You may have seen on my Instagram stories, but Jake and I were in Birmingham for most of last week. The reason we were visiting is we were house shopping. The real estate marketing is hot right now in Bham, so we didn’t want to miss out by waiting too long. We already lost several listings we loved that we saw online after he matched.

Life lately has been such a whirlwind after Jake matched 3 weeks ago. I’m excited to announce we bought a house on Thursday! I thought about waiting until we closed to share, but I couldn’t wait and Jake already announced it on Facebook (he always beats me to the punch since he can just announce stuff without writing a whole blog post!).  We did the house inspection on Friday and everything came out good except some minor things. The next step is closing soon, and then we will officially be Birmingham residents. This house is super special to us because it’s the home we plan to bring our first child home from the hospital in a year or two.

About The Photo Location:

These photos were actually taken right in front of our new neighbor’s home right before we got the call from our realtor saying she heard from the listing agent that an offer had just been put in by someone else, so we needed to put a competitive offer in if we wanted it. We are so excited to be in a beautiful, historic neighborhood with tons of huge old trees. Jake and I both kept saying the whole trip how beautiful Birmingham is. OKC is very flat, so it will take a while to get used to the huge trees everywhere. There are also azaleas everywhere. Our neighborhood in particular seemed to have a lot of them, which was definitely something that sold me on the neighborhood.

We were both looking for something completely different in a house, but we came to a compromise. That is what marriage is all about! We both agreed on wanting a close location to the hospital he will work at. Our OKC house is kind of in the suburbs and we always had wished we were closer to downtown, so this will be awesome. Many times we didn’t end up going to what we wanted to do and instead just did something closer to home because we didn’t want to spend the time and/or Uber fee it would take to go to downtown OKC. That definitely shouldn’t be a problem at our house in Bham! There is a really cool district that we can walk to from our new house, and downtown is less than 3 miles away.

Jake wanted something with more square feet and a garage (which is not always easy to find in an older home which is what mostly we were looking at). He got his wish with a basement. For me, newly renovated bathrooms and a white kitchen was non-negotiable.

Our new home is completely different from our very traditional OKC home. It kind of reminds me of a bachelor pad/penthouse suite/loft vibe with the completely open layout in the main room/kitchen. The house was built in the 50s and has the original hardwood floors, which I find charming. I also got my white kitchen cabinets that I have been wanting for years! Right now, the kitchen is more on the rustic side, so I have several projects in mind to make the kitchen more my style (new gray paint to match the rest of the house, new light fixtures, and new backsplash). The rest of the house is perfect and won’t need any remodels. I cannot wait to share pictures once we move and get the minor renovations done. Our move in date is still unknown, but it will be sometime in late May or early June.

Jake and I are faithful that we are going to love Birmingham. We definitely enjoyed all of the amazing food this week. I still cannot believe we have a home there!

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  1. oneswainkycouple
    April 9, 2018 / 6:21 am

    These azaleas are BEAUTIFUL!! I am SO excited to see pictures of your home!! Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you guys 🙂

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    • abyersguide
      April 9, 2018 / 6:23 am

      Thank you so much! The azaleas are probably one of my fav parts about our neighborhood. Everyone does a good job with keeping up with their yards.

      I cannot wait to share my pics.

    • abyersguide
      April 9, 2018 / 6:36 am

      Thank you so much. It really is gorgeous there. We had no clue it would be so pretty

    • abyersguide
      April 9, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Thanks girl. I’ve had it for years and bring it out every spring.

  2. Emily
    April 9, 2018 / 8:18 am

    How exciting!! Can’t wait to see photos!! ❤️

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Aw thanks, Emily! Cannot wait to post some 🙂

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Aw thank you:)

  3. April 9, 2018 / 8:39 am

    Oh congrats! How exciting for you two. I can’t wait to see a full house tour!! C & I LOVE living in a historical neighborhood close to downtown, I know you will love it, too. It sounds lovely and I’m so jealous of all the flowers!

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you so much! I cannot wait to share pics. Ahh I bet thats awesome. We are so looking forward to it. We love our little home in OKC, but prime location was a #1 factor this time. Please come visit 😉

  4. kaitlindcuevas
    April 9, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    So, sooooo exciting!!!! Buying a new house is always an adventure!! <3 Congrats!!!

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Thanks, girl! We feel so blessed <3

  5. Lindsey Puls
    April 9, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Ahhh! Congratulations, Courtney! That’s so exciting! And I had to laugh about Jake announcing it on Facebook…my husband and I have come to an agreement to wait until I can get a blog post together recently. Ah, the life of a blogger husband, haha. And these photos are so beautiful! Your outfit is fantastic!

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey! We are sooooo excited. Hahhaha yes he always beats me to the punch. I made it where I have to approve all posts I am tagged in on Facebook hahah.

  6. April 9, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    The purse is sooo interesting! I have conflicting feelings about it.

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Hahah yes it is a little bit unusual, but I LOVE it.

  7. April 10, 2018 / 6:46 am

    Can’t wait to see photos of your new home! Congratulations!

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks, girl! i am so excited to share them.

  8. April 10, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Hi Courtney I’m so excited for you being new homeowners! I’m guessing it is all starting to feel real now. It is wonderful that you found the compromise on the house, I would have loved to have seen you on one of those HGTV shows ! Beautiful photos of You by the azaleas, and that dress is gorgeous on you! Have a great day hugs Terri ❤

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Aw thank you so much, Terri! It really does feel real now. Cannot believe. I would love to be on those shoes. So fun! Thank you again. Cannot wait to share pictures of the home 🙂

  9. April 10, 2018 / 10:40 am

    The dress is so pretty, Courtney! I love how you’ve styled it. I’d also love to wear it with heels and a purse to a spring wedding 🙂

    • abyersguide
      April 11, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Cristina! Oh yes, so so true. I have dressed it up too and dressed it down for these pics 🙂

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