Could This be “The” Home For Us?

by Sherry
A couple of weeks ago Steve & I made a trip to the New Smyrna Beach area to look
at some homes.
We were impressed with the area and did find two houses that we liked.  One was
eliminated because it was a little far from grocery stores, restaurants and shopping.
Want to see the home we like?
The battery in my camera died so these pictures are from the MLS.


This bar area would have to go.
The pool is beautiful with a waterfall and fountains.  The MLS says the owner spent $60000
on the pool and screened cage.There are so many things to consider when buying any house, but even more so in florida….

Distance to the ocean, lake or river, flood zones and elevations determine the cost of flood insurance.  The age, roof material and roof style of a house plays a big part in the cost of wind (hurricane) insurance.  I had never heard of CDD until we began our home search.  In some communities those fees can run several thousand dollars per year and are added to your already high tax bill.  Even some developments have a mandatory golf membership that can make the HOA very expensive.

There is a lot to think about and we need to look at all the cost of owning a Florida home before making a final decision.

Below is what keeps us wanting to live here…

Fall at the beach!

I am headed to the Fancy Flea tomorrow and I’ll be back to tell you all about it.

Thanks for visiting.


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Laura @ Top This Top That November 2, 2013 - 12:39 am

Pretty house sherry. Love that pool area. Good luck with your decision.

[email protected] November 2, 2013 - 12:39 am

Beautiful home, but I can see your point. There is so much to consider when purchasing a home. Hopefully you will find the right one.
Have a great weekend.

Kelly November 2, 2013 - 12:58 am

What a pretty house! Looks like a good contender to me. I love the pool! I know it must be exciting to finally have one that you're seriously thinking of. Hope it works out!

sweet violets November 2, 2013 - 3:49 am

Awesome kitchen!!! Very good layout. Wow, those are expensive issues you are talking about, so much to consider, good luck to you!!

Lottie November 2, 2013 - 3:50 am

Lots to think about! But that pool is gorgeous as well as that beautiful kitchen. I even like the laundry room. Pretty house!

sharon smith November 2, 2013 - 3:55 am

Best of luck! I would have a really hard time leaving the water! Keep us posted…

Anonymous November 2, 2013 - 7:30 am

I lived in Ormond Beach (north of that house) for 11 years and LOVED it! I was 4 miles from the beach and it was awesome. Three hurricanes came over our house the year there were four major ones. So, now I live inland in Ocala. But, living close to the ocean was a wonderful experience and I will forever be happy I did it. Now, I just travel and hour to the gulf or and hour and a half to the ocean for my fix. Whichever house you choose, you will enjoy living in Florida. I moved away for six years and was miserable 🙁 I am never leaving again!

sissie November 2, 2013 - 11:19 am

I can see you living there Sherry and putting your special touch on it. I'm sure that whatever you decide that it will be fabulous.

Love the pool.


Lynn @The Vintage Nest November 2, 2013 - 11:42 am

can't wait for my visit!! ha! Love that pool Sherry. xoxo

Ron November 2, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Love the pool area, of course!!! Continued good luck in your search, Sherry!

Junkchiccottage November 2, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Oh so pretty. I think this could be a great choice. That pool!!!! Oh my that would have sold me!!!!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles November 2, 2013 - 2:58 pm

The pool is gorgeous. It looks like a lovely home. I had no idea of all those extra costs- hope you can figure it all out. Home buying can be so stressful.

Sherry Thecharmofhome November 2, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Love this house Sherry! What a great getaway! I could get lost for a night in that pool!

Vel Criste November 2, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Oh yes! Love the kitchen and the pool area! I understand your hesitation, buying a house is a huge commitment, good luck with your choices Sherry!

Cynthia November 2, 2013 - 4:07 pm

What beautiful home. I hope your search ends for you guys soon. You have so many factors to consider.


Down to Earth Style November 2, 2013 - 5:01 pm

That pool would be so hard to pass up. Great kitchen storage too. How fun for you!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy November 2, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Yummy house. Have a great time at the fancy flea and say hi to Carol from the polkadotcloset for me.

Divine Theatre November 2, 2013 - 10:31 pm

That home is already beautiful! I imagine what you could do with it with your artistic abilities!? It would be fabulous!
That pool is killer beautiful!

Good luck in your search! I vote for this one! LOL!



Leena Milligan Lanteigne November 2, 2013 - 10:47 pm

I love this style of home! The architecture in Florida is so pretty and when we were looking at homes online several years ago, I wouldn't even look at one that didn't have a pool inside a lanai like this one. Makes it so much more useful as you can be outside or swimming I the rain and if it's too hot, many have ceiling fans installed in them. You're right about the expenses though. We too wondered about taxes and insurance. it sure is beautiful and having a beach so close is a dream! Good luck finding your dream home! Hugs, Leena

Pinky at Designs by Pinky November 2, 2013 - 11:42 pm

I have always wanted a place in Fl, would still love to get a condo for the winters, but doubt that will ever happen:( This looks like a beautiful home. Best of luck with your decision, keep us posted!!!

Christine Graves November 3, 2013 - 12:11 am

Gorgeous home…with a lot of potential! One quick mention of advice from a former property manager at a Boating & Golf Community…If you have never lived in an association before, it might be prudent to see if you could view a copy of the associations Rules & Regulations before you buy…."some" Florida Associations can demand you get their written approval before you even paint a front door and that kind of Association living isn't for everyone….Like me 🙂

Good Luck!

Roxanne Reinhart November 3, 2013 - 6:05 am

Sherry, that home is beautiful. I love the wood in the kitchen. I even like the bar area. And that Hope this finds you and your father well.

PamLuvsPink November 3, 2013 - 7:41 am

Hi Sherry!!!


Being a beach lover myself I can understand what the draw is!! The house is gorgeous and that pool!!! WOW!!!

It would be a difficult decision to make because of the cost, with all the extras that may be added on.

What scares me is the hurricane season. When I saw the damage Hurricane Katrina caused and how awful it was…I wouldn't want to see you go thru that.

I guess those are bad thoughts, but, I care.

Still that beach is something else…PARADISE!!!


[email protected] Designs November 3, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Oh how I wish the Fancy Flea was closer to Thanksgiving when I am in Florida!….love the home and pool area!…

Art and Sand November 3, 2013 - 3:19 pm

I live on the coast of southern California and we have higher costs too. But, it is worth it to walk along the beach each morning.

I hope you have your house soon so we can watch you make it your own.

Bliss November 3, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Now THAT is a kitchen! Great space. But inquiring minds need to know how come the bar has to go?

Reply November 3, 2013 - 10:30 pm

The pool sold me! Love the kitchen and bar too, great entertaining spaces!

Something Nice and Pretty November 4, 2013 - 1:24 am

Oh, that pool is gorgeous but I can see why you have to weight your pros and cons on a house. That beach makes me

Carol November 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Best of luck on your decision, Sherry.

Lee Dewsnap November 5, 2013 - 3:43 am

What a fabulous home, a real blank canvas to work with and the bonus of an amazing pool that you have nothing to do.

Like you I love the sea even though I don't swim much but I bought my little cottage because of its location to the sea.

Lee 🙂

Maya @ Completely Coastal November 5, 2013 - 3:39 pm

I'd be very careful in choosing a house too…, probably would go with a condo, lol. Pool is sooo nice!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home November 6, 2013 - 6:28 am

Yay!!! We have lots of friends their and have even swapped houses.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon November 6, 2013 - 8:16 am

Oh my gosh, what a lovely house.

must love junk November 6, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Wow! What a beautiful home and pool area! And of course, you can't beat being near the beach! 🙂

Laurie Ritchey November 6, 2013 - 10:55 pm

What a beautiful home! Even the laundry room looks huge. Good luck in your search! laurie

Miss Kitty November 7, 2013 - 10:10 am

That home is beautiful! I would love to see your touches there! How far is that house from your son? Is your daddy still reluctant to move too?

Jody and Stan November 9, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Pretty house! Good luck on your decision!


Suzan Sweatman November 12, 2013 - 6:31 pm

What a beautiful house Sherry – the pool sold us on the one we chose – other than that we bought a complete gut job fixer upper – this looks move in ready!!!
LOVE !!!

Leslie Harris November 20, 2013 - 7:44 am

Hi Sherry, I came looking for this post, I remember seeing the title when I was a bit crazy-busy. What did you decide? The house is so lovely. But I know what you mean about all those extra costs that add up. I can't wait to watch you transform your new home.


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