Nicole is a 30-something finance professional who wants to trade her cookie-cutter condo in the Philadelphia suburbs for a new home in the heart of the city. She tours a new-construction town-home and loves the city views from the master bedroom and the gleaming hardwood floors . The modern master bathroom disappoints with a tiny pre-fab shower. Next she sees a hundred-year old charmer with exposed brick and antique pine floors. But the view outside is of a gas station and Nicole has second thoughts. Finally, Nicole tours a five-story town-home close to all the downtown action. It has sweeping city views but she would have to climb five flights of stairs to get from the front door to the master bedroom and she's not sure if she's up to the daily work out.
Trish & Jean Pierre, and their two young boys, are all crammed into a rented bungalow in Denver. They want a bigger house with a roomy yard and like city living. But they are tempted to try the suburbs to get more home for the money. First they see a city house with loads of charm but a tiny kitchen. Next up, a big suburban home that's outdated inside. The third home has it all but the pool and spa that raise safety concerns about the boys.
Jen & Richard were good friends who have decided to cross the line and live together in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna. They need a home that works for them and Richard's 4-year old daughter. Key for Richard is a man cave so he can watch sports with his buddies. They see a new arts and crafts style house with a tiny basement, then a traditional five-bedroom with an unfinished basement. Last they see a five-bedroom with a dated kitchen Jen hates, but a spacious master retreat she loves.
Marc & Elizabeth love living in the historic Fan district of Richmond, Virginia, but it's not a good fit now that they have two toddlers. Their yard is tiny and the layout of the house makes it hard to Elizabeth to keep an eye on the kids when she's cooking. So with a $750K budget, they head to the suburbs on a quest for more space. They see a six-bedroom traditional house with a pool, but they're worried it could be dangerous for the kids. The second home they see is a stone craftsman style, but it's too close to the neighbors for comfort. The third home they see is 6,500 square feet with a giant rec room, but it's listed well above their budget at $775K.
Denise and Dan are about to get married and love adventure. Their house hunt in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is their biggest adventure yet. On a $250,000 budget, they need an extra bedroom to store their outdoor gear plus another for a home office. They find three that fit the bill, but none is perfect. The first house has the perfect kitchen, but is on a busy street. The second offers a fourth bedroom, but needs updating. The third is move in ready, but will need a new furnace.
Nobody's getting much sleep in the Bogan household. That's because Travis and Stacie's one-year-old and three-year-old are sharing a bedroom and they keep waking each other up. So the sleep-deprived parents are looking for a bigger home in the up and coming Denver neighborhood of City Park. They see a newly renovated Victorian, but Stacie hates the granite in the kitchen and she's concerned about the school across the street. They look at a four-bedroom home with a big porch, but there's only one full bathroom in the whole house. Last, they see a renovated bungalow but this time there's a community center right across the street and they don't like the crowds and traffic that they'd have to contend with.
Brian and Kelly live in a cramped high rise in Atlanta and after a year of marriage, they're thinking about starting a family and the condo won't cut it. Plus, they're tired of taking their dog, Winnie up and down the elevator all day long so she can take care of business. They're looking for a $475K, four-bedroom home with a yard so their dog can run around. They see three homes in the trendy Brookhaven area including a four-bedroom brick home with a updated kitchen, but the backyard is tiny. The second home has beautiful trey ceilings, but the master bathroom has outdated fixtures. The third home is very modern with a bonus balcony, but they can see their neighbors out every window.
Kathleen has finally convinced her fiance, Dan, to move from the suburbs of St. Louis to the city center. They're on a time crunch and need a new home before their wedding. Kathleen wants a historic home and Dan wants modern upgrades and a parking spot. The first house they see is a Victorian, and has the historic charm Kathleen craves but there's too much city noise outside. The second home is an historic duplex converted to a single-family home. It's near Kat's favorite park but, on the downside, it has with two front doors that Dan thinks look strange. The third home is another classic, but it's also the smallest. On the upside, it has an updated kitchen and the two-car garage Dan's been waiting for.
Julie and Nick just relocated to Denver and want to find a house before their wedding. The busy finance professionals want style, a modern kitchen and a big yard for their little terrier. They are looking in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch known for sprawling open space and lots of families. The first house they see has a granite kitchen with stainless appliances but the yard looks into the neighbors. Next, they see a two story with a private yard but the popcorn ceilings and outdated kitchen turn them off. The third house has stunning views and a modern kitchen but no yard for the dog.
Johnie & David are newlyweds searching for a townhome in Roswell, Georgia outside of Atlanta. They want a big kitchen so they can cook together and David really wants a big man cave so he can watch football with his friends. They see three townhomes. The first has four bedrooms and a big kitchen, but no TV room for David -- just the living room. The second home has elegant finishes and a balcony, but no basement to use as a man cave. The third option has a great finished basement that would be perfect for David. On the downside, a slew of air conditioning units on the deck make a racket that would be hard to live with.
Searching for a home, Ashley and Jay make the two-hour drive to Lee's Summit, Missouri, every weekend with their two girls, and the family dog. They've been staying at Jay's parents' house, and they're bursting out of the guest room that they all share. The search is getting urgent because Jay just joined a medical practice in town and needs to move before he starts work. One of the things they want in their new home is space for Jay to pursue his hobby of building guitars. The first home they see is priced at $250,000 and has an elegant dining room, but small kitchen. The next is a $280,000 two-story home with an expansive kitchen and big garage for Jay to work on his guitars. The third home is listed at $275,000 and has a giant master suite. On the downside, the neighboring house is a little too close for comfort. Which one will they choose?
Sean and Kim have just relocated to Philadelphia for Sean's new job. They are living in the hotel where Sean works while they look for an updated home close to downtown with great views and a gourmet kitchen. The first house they tour is a renovated three bedroom listed at $450K. They love the trendy location and open floor plan, but the kitchen is small. Next they see a modernized row house listed at $425K. It has a great rooftop deck, but the lack of master bath could be a deal breaker. The third home is a newly constructed three-bedroom priced at $459K. It is the only one with a parking garage, but the price may be more than Sean and Kim can swing. And the street doesn't have the charm they prefer. Which one will they choose?
Courtney & Joel need a home with a backyard big enough to store Joel's 18-foot fishing boat. Besides a big yard, they want a home office where Joel can do paperwork for his commercial fishing business and Courtney can do work for her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. They also want to start a family and need at least four bedrooms. They see three homes; the first is a $305,000 French Style home in Prairieville, Louisiana. It has a roomy kitchen, but the backyard is barely big enough for a swing set, let alone Joel's boat and they cross it off the list. Then they see two more French Style homes in Gonzales, Louisiana. The first is a short sale selling for $305,000. The peeling paint and dead tree in the front are a turn off, but despite the neglect, Courtney and Joel are impressed by what they get for the price including 3,000 square feet and a huge back yard. The home also has a massive kitchen and master suite, but the entire home is run-down and in need of repairs. The third home they see is 500 square feet smaller but makes up for it because it is clean and elegantly decorated. It's selling for $299,000, but the kid's bathroom is a little snug and Joel isn't sure if the back yard is big enough for his boat. Courtney and Joel must decide whether they want to try for the short sale, which could mean a long bidding process with the bank plus costly repairs, or if they should choose the smaller home that's move-in ready.
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