So I moved up to Dallas and subleased an apartment for a couple months while I searched for a condo with my realtor. Yeah...a single, 22-year-old buying her first home with no income yet. Sounds crazy and honestly, it was. I had no business buying a condo yet, but this was back when they'd give a loan to anyone - even a graduate student with no income. Thankfully, I knew that I had a good job lined up that I'd start in a year and would have no problem paying the mortgage.
After searching for a couple of months, I closed on the purchase of a cute 1,221 sq ft condo in North Dallas and loved it!
This was the first home that I could call my own. It was also the first place after leaving my parents' home that felt like "home" - do you know what I mean? I felt comforted when I got home, felt like it was my little space of the world that I could be me and just relax.
There were so many good memories that happened in this condo.
I graduated with my masters degree here, got my sweet little Luci dog, had many roommates throughout the years, threw many parties, laughed, cried, cooked, started my first post-college job, dated, went through break-ups, decorated, had visitors and eventually planned my wedding here.
First, I'll show you some of the renovations that we made, then give you a tour at the bottom of this post.
I had carpet for years. The condo was built in 1982 and they LOVED carpet back then. It was even in my bathrooms. Right before I sold it in 2013, Kevin (we were dating at the time) and my parents helped tear up the carpet and we laid laminate (that I think totally looks like hardwood). We also had tile laid in the bathrooms upstairs and re-carpeted the bedrooms.
Finished product of the living room:
That one time that a plumber caught my condo on fire and the hot firefighters came to put it out...
Now here's a little tour of my condo... (this is right before putting it on the market so the bedrooms are very plain). I had taken all of my decor down and painted the walls a neutral color.
I'm sharing this post as a part of Compass's Starter Stories series. Compass is a real estate platform that connects people searching for apartments with the neighborhood that fits their personality in NYC and Washington D.C. I wish Dallas had this type of service when I moved there years ago. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this series.
Tell me about your first home - house, apartment, condo, etc. Other than the place that you were raised, where would you consider to be your "starter" home? I'd love to hear stories!