Alison’s parents built the home in 1997 and sold it in January 2013.
“We hadn’t seen the house since, it was hard to drive by because we all missed it very much,” Alison explains.
She and her husband Chris started house hunting when their son was six months old. They found the courage to drive by Alison’s old house the night before they planned to make an offer on a Woodward acreage. As fate would have it, there was a for sale sign in the yard and a realtor was outside to wave the couple in.
“We were all on the same page, we were just going inside to see what had changed with the house, we weren’t even slightly interested in buying it,” Alison says. “It was completely remodeled. We were blown away with how great it looked.”
A few familiar details caught Alison’s eye—her mother’s crystal teddy bear was still hanging from the ceiling fan and the signature cobalt blue tile remained on the fireplace.
“We were about to go up the stairs from the new finished basement and Chris looked at me and asked if I wanted it. The next morning we were at the realtor’s office signing papers,” she says.
The house quickly became home. The couple knew most of the neighbors—Alison used to babysit their children. Many of the teachers she had as a child remain in the school district and some of her classmates are now teachers in Grimes.
Alison’s family helped build a deck, shed and privacy fence for the family to enjoy outdoors. The living room is where Chris and Alison spend the majority of their time. The space opens up to the kitchen for easy entertaining. Alison’s entire family now spends holidays in the same place where many of their earlier family traditions began.
Alison says the peaceful cul-de-sac is the ideal place to live. As for the back overlooking view of the cemetery? She feels it gives the home character.
“Growing up I had several friends who refused to stay the night because the cemetery scared them,” she laughs. “We always said the neighbors behind us don’t cause much trouble, they’re pretty quiet.”