This 1996 Pleasant Hill beauty once sat empty for two years. When Ryan and Rachel Anderson purchased it five years ago, they had many plans for their new home.
The first thing they did was start taking down trees. To date, they have chopped down 23 trees in their yard. That’s five tons of wood. There were more than 75 trees on their lot when they moved in.
“We try to do one major project a year,” says Rachel. “Another thing we’ve done is replace all windows and doors.”
The yard provides a perfect place for the couple’s three children — Brandt, Allegra and Tate — to play. The Andersons are known to have neighbors bring their own chairs to watch the kids blow bubbles, play glow-in-the-dark tag and ghost in the graveyard.
The couple chose to turn the main family room downstairs into the dining room. It’s a classic look and feel. The wall color is an inviting grey that makes the accessories pop. The fireplace with its white mantel — not something you see in formal dining rooms anymore — adds drama. Rachel’s grandma’s player piano brings in the right amount of nostalgia, while their black and white wedding picture hanging above the piano brings in a beautiful modern touch. The long table is pleasantly decorated. This room is perfect for entertaining.
Although the dining room is most beautiful, it’s not Rachel’s favorite room in the house. It’s not the den turned into a toy room, either. It’s the small front living room decorated with extra-large close-up photos of her children.
“It’s my happy place,” she smiles.
It seems even the entire neighborhood is a happy place.
“When we moved in, we thought we bought a home, but we really ended up with a community,” she says. “Right after we moved in, I was ill for about five weeks. Our new neighbors, who didn’t even know us at the time, fed our family for the entire five weeks. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Whether sprucing up their yard or playing tag, this fun family is blessed.