What Could Tempt You To Buy a New Home?

Is the flipping of the calendar to a new year a catalyst to propel you towards one of the biggest changes of all, moving?

What exactly could tempt you to buy a new home? Do you need more room, desire a better view, a better school district, a shorter commute or perhaps a new adventure? Or, are you looking to down-size, simplify… or simply to start over?

While I don’t plan to move, I am always intrigued by what’s on the market in my area. I love to keep my finger on the pulse of current home prices, on what homes are available… and maybe to daydream a little, too. I am definitely a home lover, and I get equally excited about all sorts of home scenarios, from turnkey to gut and remodel.

I live on the Southern Oregon Coast in the Coos Bay/North Bend area, and I’m sure like most of you, I’ve got my list of “must-haves” when shopping for a new home.

Before you even begin looking I think it’s of the utmost importance to have a must-have list of at least the minimum amenities any future home would need to have. It’s smart to know what your expectations are ahead of time. Do you like to shop well under-budget so you can make substantial changes after the close of the sale, or do you need a turnkey home that will be completely move-in ready?

To inspire me to move, a house would need to be pretty special, and my budget pretty substantial. Our home must-haves would be a 3 bedroom/2 bath, with at least 2000 square feet, and a garage. I’m not going to include a shop because it makes the search too narrow. Hence, why we built our own here on our property.


But it’s fun to pretend, and when I started my house hunt I did so by popping our current zip code in the search bar. It shared all the new listings with me, I scrolled through those and then I hit “more homes” and started plugging in all my must-haves, which will keep your search really drilled down for you. This function can help you can stay on point as you scroll through the listings, and I can imagine that it would be most helpful for the budget portion of the search.

I, however, decided to completely forgo reality and search without a budget.

The first home I found to share with you is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a 2,100 square foot floor plan. It’s listed for $489, 000.

We’ll call this the Garfield House. It’s brand new and move-in ready. The Garfield House is a beautiful custom built home with an attached two car garage.

The Garfield Home

The kitchen features black hickory cabinets and white ice granite, an open layout and trayed ceilings. And while the kitchen is well appointed and beautifully laid out, I tend to prefer a different aesthetic. Though I can appreciate the beauty & quality of this one, as well as the window at the kitchen sink — that is always a nice feature to have.

Interior of spacious kitchen.

The master bath has a glass & tile shower and a large soaker tub! This home meets my must-haves as far as bed and bath requirements, and I have to admit, it would be nice to have a one-story home. Whoever ends up calling this custom built house their home will be lucky!

Gallery images of a modern bathroom.

The Glasgow House

Home number two boasts 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and 4,758 square feet. The listing price is $949,000.

The Glasgow House sits on over two acres and was constructed by one of the premier home builders in the area. There is currently a sale pending.

The setting of this home is quintessential Oregon Coast, with the heavily forested area and close water proximity. Being mindful of not having the trees too close in to the house is very wise, as they are very hard on a roof — and with our storms, it’s best not to test Mother Nature. The Glasgow House is a custom built Craftsman Lodge. The secluded location, within 5 minutes drive to town is definitely a nice-to-have feature.

And while the interior finishes aren’t quite to my taste. I could most definitely manage to make do. It has lovely features, like an iron-railed catwalk that lets the light spill into the home, a gourmet kitchen, a spa bath with jetted tub and a sumptuous walk-in shower that would be so nice to have, this one is seriously tempting. I’m sure a little creamy white paint could brighten it right up and make it feel like my kind of home.

It even has attached RV parking, a very coveted feature. The grounds are also wonderfully landscaped and the expansive decks provide the perfect place for a hot tub with a view!

 The Isabelle House

Our third residence is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath waterfront home with 4,798 square feet. It is currently listed for $1,020,000.

The Isabelle House was built in 1924. I will admit I may have squealed a wee bit when I saw it was for sale, just for the opportunity to get to peek inside! I’ve driven by and gazed longingly at this house on many occasions.

From the street side, you are greeted by a charming, low-slung brick wall and an iron gate that spans across the single car, hedge-lined drive. She absolutely oozes grace and curb appeal.

Five years shy of turning 100, she is, without a doubt, my favorite home for sale in the entire city. This home doesn’t have a white kitchen, and wait until you see the pink bathroom… but as with any home hunt, sometimes they just speak to you and none of that matters. And this one whispers to you about how special she is.

From the waterfront side, you’ll see a brick path leading to the front of the home and the proper entry.

The formal entryway is light-filled, bright and welcoming. The front door looks to have the original hardware, and I’d bet the floors are original as well.

This fabulous home has both a formal living room and a more relaxed family room. Both take in the sweeping bay views, and each features stunning fireplaces.

The wood ceiling in the family room is incredible and adds a warmth to the space that I’m sure is extra cozy when watching storms roll in through those picture windows! And the brass ships lanterns flanking the fireplace mantel give a nod to the home’s coastal location and deep nautical roots. Not shown, delicately patterned leaded glass windows.

As you can see, the kitchen has a beautiful beamed ceiling feature, a wall of three large windows over the sink (always a great plus for the dishwasher in the family) and counter prep area, appliances to please the most discerning chef, as well as a dumbwaiter. Now wouldn’t that be a nice feature to have!  I can just spy that gorgeous family room ceiling around the corner to the left, a perfect location so close to the kitchen. The home also has a lovely formal dining room just on the other side of the stove and oven wall.

There is much more to the home, including a huge den with a built-in media center and wet bar. The outdoor entertaining area and the breathtaking views aren’t bad either.

I wasn’t even thinking about moving before, and now I suddenly wish I had an extra million dollars lying around. Houses just get under my skin. Isabelle wants me to come take care of her, I just know it. And I promise I would even paint the kitchen white. But I would have to give that pink bathroom an update. You’ve got to take the virtual tour. It will give you a real sense of the property and all the grounds. If you do, at the very end you’ll see one of the other most-amazing-houses in North Bend Oregon. It’s a million dollar location, that’s for sure!

Did You Have a Favorite Home out of the Three?

What are your must-haves in a home? And when you run into something that makes you think, hmm… that would be nice to have, do you feel like it influences your final choice? I was thrilled with the photo-filled listings and the clean, easy to navigate site at It sure made searching much more enjoyable and detail-filled. The video tours are definitely a bonus. If you were searching for a home in another state, they would be an extra amazing tool to help in the decision-making process.


Do you have a favorite home of the three? If so, cast your vote in the comments section for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card! Best of luck!

Shannon Fox lives in a coastal town in the Pacific Northwest, where she cherishes the short, but magnificent summer season. She writes full time at where she shares her love of everything home with an audience she affectionately calls her "Foxy Friends". With the help of her handy husband, Shannon keeps busy bringing their 1929 cottage bungalow and guest house back to life with lots of simple DIY and beginner-friendly projects. And while she doesn't consider herself an expert in anything particular, she makes up for it with passion, a can-do attitude, and the belief that as long as you are happy and content with your home choices, you've made the right ones! Shannon is a voracious reader, doesn't follow trends or a carb-free diet, and loves her vintage, junk hunted treasures most of all. Over the years Shannon has partnered with brands like Better Homes & Gardens, HomeGoods, and World Market, and has traveled to tour and cover both DIY Network Ultimate Retreats and HGTV Dream Homes.

41 Replies to What Could Tempt You To Buy a New Home?

  1. As someone who also lives in the Pacific NW, I would choose the Glasgow House. It epitomizes the colors of the outdoors with its use of all the wood & natural stone. It’s SO warm & inviting! And the acreage & view…what a bonus! Beautiful!!

  2. Glasgow… Love it! Has all the lux items we love!
    RV parking, Large Garage & look at that kitchen… space to bake!

  3. Well to begin with, we could never afford one of the homes on the list. I loved all of them however. Here in Oklahoma our housing market is so much different than either coast. Here in middle America, those homes would be a savings of 1/3 to 1/2 of those on the coasts. I’m ready to move myself. We are stuck in our current home since I care for my Mom. She’s only 3 miles from me and makes the emergency calls easy to make.

  4. #2 is my kinda kitchen but #3 sparks my spirit. I love lots of windows and light. I would have the black hickory cabinets from #1 though…! I’m just a hodgepodge of styles ?

  5. I love and enjoy looking at all of them but Isabelle has a lot of Charm. The location looks amazing and with all the windows in that lovely house you can enjoy it! It was treat to see them. Thanks Shannon love your blog!

  6. Great article Shannon. I would have to go for the Isabelle House – pink bathroom and all. I’ve always been a lover of old houses. It’s amazing to think that Isabelle House is almost 100 years old. Beautiful architecture and gorgeous views – I could easily live there.

  7. Although I’m a true southerner at heart & my favorite houses are those with porches whether it be Victorian, Federal, Antebellum or craftsmen style, out of these three, I would choose The Glasgow. The setting is spectacular, and I do appreciate craftsman style and have some craftsman decor in my own home.

  8. I would choose the Glasgow House. I love Craftsman style & the kitchen is gorgeous! I’m not one to love all the white that is popular now so the rich wood is really appealing! Being close to the water is also a plus. It’s fun to dream!

  9. The Isabelle House for sure! The others are too modern without any character.
    I’ll have to ask my husband if he knows this house. His family is from the CB/NB area.

  10. I too could never afford any of the above, but the Isobelle house is closest to what I would love. I just want more room to have family in for our holidays, sit down dinners is what I serve and we are very cramped in my small condo at present, a large great room, all open and of course, I must have a white kitchen!!!

  11. Oh my gosh! The Isabelle house hands down!! It’s warmth and charm make me swoon and want to curl up in that living room with a good book and a cup of tea, while listening to the sounds of the water outside.

  12. There are things about them all that I like but none are really my style. If I were to move from our house that we own outright it would have to be in a flat piece of land (we live on a hillside) and a little larger than our current 1300 Sq ft with a dedicated workshop and a decent yard.

  13. Glasglow House – I feel like it was the most rustic with a primitive air of all three and that is my style.

  14. I loved the charm of the last house but didn’t like the kitchen. The kitchen in the first house however was spectacular so I have to give it my vote.

  15. I’d love #3. All the he wood makes this home cozy, even though the rooms are large. Maybe a little help, to keep it looking beautiful.

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