Seth loves to brew beer, but he and his wife Angie's dinky apartment basement isn't cutting it. With just weeks before their lease expires, they're searching the Kansas City suburbs for a home with a bar, and a basement for Seth's brewery. But when Angie insists that they find a home that isn't split-level, in an area where split-levels abound like BBQ rib joints, their options become limited in a hurry.
Miranda and Rob are moving from Southern California to Austin, Texas, to follow Miranda's dreams of making it big as a singer/songwriter. Miranda hopes to find a Victorian-style house in the heart of downtown Austin, where all of the action is. Rob, on the other hand, would rather take advantage of Austin's numerous lakes and find a newer-construction home with water access. Also important in any potential house is a music studio for Miranda, as well as a home office for Rob.
When it comes to searching for their first house in Raleigh, North Carolina, Monica and Brian are very prepared. They've got a highly organized binder, complete with listings of numerous homes for sale, the pros and cons of each place they've seen, and an extensive wish list. But they don't agree about everything on that list. Can they find enough common ground to buy a house that will check off enough boxes to make them both happy?
Jennifer and Stan Phelps bought their dream home, a historic 1930s stone colonial, in their home state of Connecticut shortly after they married. But after 9 years of remodeling and customizing the house exactly the way they want it, they're picking up and moving to the south in search of better schools for their two boys and warm weather year round. And although Jen and Stan were able to agree on Raleigh, North Carolina, choosing a house is a different story. Stan wants a completely new, smaller place with no maintenance whatsoever, but is not opposed to a townhouse. Jen wants a larger place that has character, with a screened-in porch, and she'll by no means consider anything with shared walls. Will the couple find a place that suits both of them, or will they spend another 9 years searching?
Ready to leave the city life behind, Charles and Jay are moving from San Francisco to the more suburban Oakland Hills. They insist on a mid-century modern home, and a view of San Francisco Bay. But that's the easy part. In an area where hillside homes abound, Charles and Jay insist on an earthquake-safe house that isn't built on stilts. Will they be able to find a home that satisfies all of their requirements and style?
Chris, a southern boy, wants a smaller home with a room for his surfboards and skatebords. But his British wife, Kim, wants a larger place with a few touches to remind her of home, which include a proper foyer, no master bathroom, and space for guests and babies. Can they find common ground, or will it be winner-take-all in Nashville, Tennessee?
When they were married three years ago, Kay moved into Derrick's rural bachelor pad. But city girl Kay is ready to move closer to the energy of downtown Atlanta and find a home that they choose together, which is easier said than done. He wants a house with a yard, she wants a high-rise condo with amenities. He's strict about the budget, she's willing to spend a little more to get the perfect home. Not to mention, she has some unusual pet peeves, like not wanting toilet paper holders in the bathrooms. Will the couple find a well-paced space at the right price, or will their differences prove to be too much?
Corrie and Kyle are ready to move out of their Boca Raton, Florida rental and buy their first home. And since they want to start a family, they're looking at family-friendly Jupiter, Florida. Corrie is terrified of hurricanes and insists on living in a cement block home. Kyle is less concerned about hurricanes than about where to put his drums, and he thinks no southern Florida home is complete without a pool. Corrie's not crazy about pools as she's spent too much time cleaning them. Will this Florida couple find the right house that they can both agree upon?
Miriam Cherry has spent the past eight years moving around the country teaching law at various universities. But now that she has tenure, she can settle down in St. Louis, Missouri. There this opinionated and outspoken professor hopes to find a house with vintage charm where she can finish writing her book.
Daniel, an associate pastor, and his wife, Heidi, recently moved from Oklahoma to start a ministry in Saginaw, Michigan. They immediately fell in love with their new congregants and the friendly community, so they've decided to put down roots and buy their first home. Hoping to pay less on a mortgage payment than they're currently spending on rent, they're searching for a place with enough room for future children, plus a big yard for their dog, Edward. But with Daniel's aversion to stairs, and Heidi's love of traditional two-story homes, this house hunt may require a giant leap of faith.
Ross and Kelly are excited to buy their first home in Portland, Oregon, but they've been searching for months and still haven't found a place. The problem? They want to get the type of home they would find in the Midwest in the pricier Portland market. Determined to find a home that hits everything on their very long wish list, they're nitpicking every house they see. Will Portland prove to expensive for the couple, and will they have to settle for a style they never expected?
Jared and Kirsten love old houses, and have both renovated their 19th century farmhouses in Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania. Now they're looking to buy a home together. Kirsten, who works in land preservation, wants a home with at least 10 acres of land. Jared, on the other hand is concerned about the amount of work involved. Both agree, however, that only 18th or 19th century homes will do. While the historic Brandywine Valley area has plenty of these to choose from, it won't be easy to find one that meets the expectations of these avid preservationists, and has the right amount of land to make them both happy.
Oleg and Hayley met in Prague, and after a whirlwind romance, got married and moved back to her hometown of Seattle, Washington. Tired of the skyrocketing price of rent, they are looking for their first place near downtown. But even though they have a 450,000 budget, their house-hunting journey has become problematic. She wants an old home with Victorian details, while he wants modern and new. Will Oleg and Hayley find the perfect place for them, or will their perspectives on style collide?
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