HGTV “House Hunters” is bringing a Chicago couple closer to together by buying their first home. Of course, this is when Jenny and Steve discover their differences. As they try to find a backyard large enough for a softball team, a surprise proposal makes this show even more exciting.
A House Big Enough for a Softball Team
All kinds of people turn to HGTV “House Hunters” to help them find a dream home. Tonight Jenny and Steve decide to buy a home together after dating for a couple of years. The Chicago couple enjoy an active social life that includes five difference softball teams. They started having fun together wine tasting and talking about sports. Now they are a couple with a big softball family and their dog.
They currently rent a 1 bedroom apartment they share with their large dog Vino. The 850 square feet they have is just too small for entertaining and the dog. Jenny would like a fixer-upper and prefers split-level homes while Steve likes colonials. Steve would prefer a home that is move-in ready so it doesn't break their budget. Jenny would like to have a pool but Steve is not eager to take on the work. The couple has a budget of $250,000 and Steve is also concerned about extra expenses such as taxes and community fees.
Searching for Home on HGTV “House Hunters”
The first house they see is a split-level listed for $225,000 with annual taxes of around $5,800 per year. The home is a project house that requires some renovations but it is in a great neighborhood near Steve's job. The kitchen is dated and needs updated flooring, cabinets and appliances. The living room has plenty of natural light and there is an open dining room that connects to the kitchen. The backyard is large with lots of room for the softball team. Jenny is concerned the yard will be a lot of work for Steve on weekends. The upstairs bathroom is updated and attractive. They feel the master bedroom is small and needs updated closet doors. The other bedrooms are a decent size. The fourth bedroom is located downstairs and there is also a bath. The home also has a basement and garage.
The second home is a colonial listed at $210,000 with taxes of $6,400 per year. It is located in Hanover Park about 20 minutes from their desired area. There are hardwood floors and an open living and dining area. The kitchen has an eat-in area with galley styling. There are white appliances but Jenny doesn't really like them. The backyard is small and not very private but there is a nice deck. The bedrooms all have hardwood floors. The bedrooms are a decent size and the master bedroom is a good space with two closets including a walk-in closet and a lovely master bath.
Then the couple looks at a third home that is a split-level with a colonial feel in Carol Stream. It is listed at $229,000. There are skylights in the living room but white tile which will be tough with a black dog that sheds. The dining room is large with vinyl floors that resemble stone. The kitchen is open but has limited space and fussy wallpaper as well as that same white tile. The living area is small with a stone fireplace. The yard is spacious with a deck and pool as well as some privacy. The master bedroom is rather small with carpeting Jenny doesn't like. The master bath is attractive with an antique feel.
A Surprise Proposal and a Choice
All of the homes require renovation with little wiggle room to make them. They both decide on the colonial home in Hanover Park and they decide to update the backyard to meet their specifications. They like the open floor plan and got the house for $200,000. This made it possible to customize the home within their budget. Their friends helped them turn the house into a home.
Beyond choosing a home, Jenny is called upon to make a decision about marriage when Steve pulls off a surprise proposal. After getting a house and dog together, he proposes spending the next 60 years together. Jenny decides to be his bride in front of their friends and the HGTV “House Hunters” cameras.
HGTV “House Hunters” airs weekdays at 10:00 p.m. ET
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