We Have A House!

Hello, hello, hello! I am currently sitting in my front porch, eh, balcony in our new house! Both George and I have been meaning to share with you our Italian house that we get to call home in the next four years while stationed in Italy! Granted, not all houses look like this, but I wanted to give you an idea of what ours look like both inside and out. 

HOUSING BACKGROUND IN ITALY AS A SERVICE MEMBER

LINGO: Permanent Change of Station (PCS)

PCSing in general is STRESSFUL, where are my military wives/husbands/active duty service members at?!

But, PCSing to Italy is even harder. 

Prior to leaving the states, I joined the spouses Facebook page to get a lot of ideas and by ideas I mean places to visit, restaurants to eat at and of course, housing. Because base housing is unavailable, families PCSing to Italy have to live on the economy and find a house within 30 days of arrival. 30 DAYS. How long did it take you to find your house?

I also browsed online listings before leaving the States to get an idea of what we could possibly have. Then, one day, I came across a comment on the FB group somewhere in the lines of "pictures does not do it justice and the listings are inaccurate". By inaccurate, they meant that a listing could say that a house has 2 bedrooms, when in reality there's 5. So, I stopped looking and waited which was definitely a gamble. Why you might ask? Houses here come and go so quickly especially around PCS season. I mean, a house went live online and was gone in 3 hours and we're not even at the peak of PCS yet!  

If you were to ask a family PCSing right now to Italy, I bet you almost 90% will have horror stories of their house hunting experiences so far. One family has emailed 40 different landlords and most never responded. Other families toured an average of 5 houses a day. 

Our experience was the complete opposite. We honestly lucked out!

I did not start e-mailing anybody until we were through with our 2 days of newcomers briefing. The one and only landlord I ever contacted had his translator respond to us after a few hours, where she delivered sad news that the house we're interested in is no longer available. It was discouraging for a bit, but instead of letting us loose, she asked us what we were looking for and saved us some time and misery scrolling through endless pages of houses online. 

We wanted and agreed to get: 

a house, with a car garage and at least 2 bedrooms and if possible, with 2 bathrooms. 

The landlord's translator delivered. I toured the house and immediately fell in love.

S/O to my husband for trusting me with the house process and for letting me [mostly] choose our house!

So without further ado, because I'm probably boring you with the military talk, here's an empty house tour in picture form! These pictures does not do our house justice and just an FYI, these pictures were taken on different days and different times. 

HOUSE TOUR

 Our house from the street.  KEY FEATURES: A walk in gate, a remote controlled car gate, a mailbox with an intercom, a garage with a remote controlled door a hedge for a little bit more privacy.  UPSTAIRS: 1 kitchen, 1 living room with fireplace, 1 bathroom (with standing shower), 2 bedrooms.  DOWNSTAIRS: 1 Harry Potter room, 1 bathroom (with standing shower), 1 massive room (I guess families live downstairs sometimes in hotter months) and the garage.   ALL homes in Italy have shutters and mosquito/bug screens on windows. 

Our house from the street. 
KEY FEATURES: A walk in gate, a remote controlled car gate, a mailbox with an intercom, a garage with a remote controlled door a hedge for a little bit more privacy.

UPSTAIRS: 1 kitchen, 1 living room with fireplace, 1 bathroom (with standing shower), 2 bedrooms.

DOWNSTAIRS: 1 Harry Potter room, 1 bathroom (with standing shower), 1 massive room (I guess families live downstairs sometimes in hotter months) and the garage. 

ALL homes in Italy have shutters and mosquito/bug screens on windows. 

 Here's what it looks like as you walk in the gate. To the left and ahead are hedges to give us more privacy. To the right, a stair case and a balcony, as well as the front door. The two rectangular windows with bars on the bottom are the garage windows. 

Here's what it looks like as you walk in the gate. To the left and ahead are hedges to give us more privacy. To the right, a stair case and a balcony, as well as the front door. The two rectangular windows with bars on the bottom are the garage windows. 

 Stairs leading up to the front door.  NOTE: Shutters are closed in this picture! Aren't they so pretty?? AAAHHH, SO IN LOVE!!

Stairs leading up to the front door. 
NOTE: Shutters are closed in this picture! Aren't they so pretty?? AAAHHH, SO IN LOVE!!

 We are now on top of the stairs, we've opened up the door shutter and you're staring at the front door! Welcome to our humble abode :) 

We are now on top of the stairs, we've opened up the door shutter and you're staring at the front door! Welcome to our humble abode :) 

 To the right of the front door, is the balcony. Look at that view! Our neighbor only speaks Italian, so when we met her, it was a lot of "Ciao", nodding, smiling.

To the right of the front door, is the balcony. Look at that view! Our neighbor only speaks Italian, so when we met her, it was a lot of "Ciao", nodding, smiling.

 As you walk through the front door, the kitchen is to your right. It's a fairly open concept, so we're thinking about investing an island, preferably with wheels, so we have more counter space. We also thought about using an island as our dining table and putting barstools around it. What are your thoughts?   Should we use an island as our dining area too or should we get a separate dining set? 

As you walk through the front door, the kitchen is to your right. It's a fairly open concept, so we're thinking about investing an island, preferably with wheels, so we have more counter space. We also thought about using an island as our dining table and putting barstools around it. What are your thoughts? 

Should we use an island as our dining area too or should we get a separate dining set? 

 A more close up image of the kitchen. I love that our fridge and freezer (on top of fridge) are in cabinets. If you look at the stove and oven, it is indeed small. I swear, everything here is small LOL! We do not have a dishwasher, but the cabinet on top of the sink (which is not shown here, so look on the picture above), has a built in drying rack! 

A more close up image of the kitchen. I love that our fridge and freezer (on top of fridge) are in cabinets. If you look at the stove and oven, it is indeed small. I swear, everything here is small LOL! We do not have a dishwasher, but the cabinet on top of the sink (which is not shown here, so look on the picture above), has a built in drying rack! 

 I stood in the kitchen to take this picture, so, as you walk into the front door (the one with the curtain), to your left (on the opposite side of the kitchen) is what we're going to make into a living room and it has a fireplace! We are thinking of getting a sectional to divide the space between this room as a whole!

I stood in the kitchen to take this picture, so, as you walk into the front door (the one with the curtain), to your left (on the opposite side of the kitchen) is what we're going to make into a living room and it has a fireplace! We are thinking of getting a sectional to divide the space between this room as a whole!

Do you see something that resembles a door to the right of this image? Where the 'weforthreeblog' is on? Let's go into that door. 

 The door to the right of the last image takes you to... 

The door to the right of the last image takes you to... 

 A bathroom and two bedrooms. Let's call the bedroom to the left bedroom A and the bedroom on the right bedroom B.   P.S. Those curtains are from IKEA and they are stupid long and since there's radiators under the windows, we had to get creative!

A bathroom and two bedrooms. Let's call the bedroom to the left bedroom A and the bedroom on the right bedroom B. 

P.S. Those curtains are from IKEA and they are stupid long and since there's radiators under the windows, we had to get creative!

 This is bedroom A, to the left of the bathroom. We got pretty lucky with the closet since a lot don't have those!

This is bedroom A, to the left of the bathroom. We got pretty lucky with the closet since a lot don't have those!

 The bathroom. Oh that thing next to the toilet is a bidet (just in case you're wondering). We also have a medicine cabinet for a bit more storage. 

The bathroom. Oh that thing next to the toilet is a bidet (just in case you're wondering). We also have a medicine cabinet for a bit more storage. 

 And a standing shower (which we prefer) and you can also see the front door!  Alright, let's leave the bathroom and check out bedroom B

And a standing shower (which we prefer) and you can also see the front door!

Alright, let's leave the bathroom and check out bedroom B

 This is bedroom B, it doesn't look this small, I swear. But, it's not large either. It's cozy size. We plan on making this as a guest bedroom for family and friends who visit! 

This is bedroom B, it doesn't look this small, I swear. But, it's not large either. It's cozy size. We plan on making this as a guest bedroom for family and friends who visit! 

 Here, you see a little bit of bedroom B and the door next to it is the staircase that leads you to the downstairs part of the house.

Here, you see a little bit of bedroom B and the door next to it is the staircase that leads you to the downstairs part of the house.

 As soon as you reached the last step of the stairs, to the right is another bathroom, with a lot more storage space. It does have a bidet too and surprise! You'll see in an updated blog post later, that our washing machine gets to sit in front of the toilet, next to the sink... I guess that's pretty normal here. 

As soon as you reached the last step of the stairs, to the right is another bathroom, with a lot more storage space. It does have a bidet too and surprise! You'll see in an updated blog post later, that our washing machine gets to sit in front of the toilet, next to the sink... I guess that's pretty normal here. 

 And a standing shower, too! The room across (with the closed door) is what we refer to as the Harry Potter closet... because I swear, you can fit a single bed in there and Harry Potter would feel right at home.

And a standing shower, too! The room across (with the closed door) is what we refer to as the Harry Potter closet... because I swear, you can fit a single bed in there and Harry Potter would feel right at home.

 If we didn't stop by the bathroom (which is on the way, anyway), we have this big room with a door that leads to the backyard. 

If we didn't stop by the bathroom (which is on the way, anyway), we have this big room with a door that leads to the backyard. 

 To the left of the room pictured before this, you'll find the garage. Our garage is massive, you guys.. like it is so big it's not even funny. It could be an entire house lol.

To the left of the room pictured before this, you'll find the garage. Our garage is massive, you guys.. like it is so big it's not even funny. It could be an entire house lol.

 If we go back into the room (the one that has the door to the backyard) pictured before the garage, this is what you get... think of the next series of pictures as a broken panorama.

If we go back into the room (the one that has the door to the backyard) pictured before the garage, this is what you get... think of the next series of pictures as a broken panorama.

 Look, it's the Alps!

Look, it's the Alps!

 We honestly have a pretty good sized yard!

We honestly have a pretty good sized yard!

 Featuring Garage door and driveway!

Featuring Garage door and driveway!

END OF HOUSE TOUR

We are honestly very pleased to have scored this house and we can't wait to make it into a home!

 

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