Sean and Erica Hanahan have been renting homes for about 10 years. They felt ready to settle into a home of their own. Their list of requirements for their new home included a large dog yard, three or more bedrooms, and at least two bathrooms. Above all, the new home must be move-in ready and located within a good school district. They contacted Melody Burrell, a real estate agent with Marx Bensdorff Real Estate.
“Erica’s parents were my clients,” Burrell recalls. They referred me to Sean and Ericha. As people entered the local real estate market for the first time, I helped Sean and Ericha navigate the volatile market. She guided them through the situation of dealing with the competition that comes from a seller with multiple offers. In the end, they managed to get the home they wanted. They really wanted it. To me, that’s the most satisfying thing about being an agent, helping people achieve their home ownership goals.”
The Hannahans checked out 20 properties while searching for their home. They found what they were looking for in a newly built two-story home in Bartlett that was only seven years old. They paid $475,000 for approximately 3,500 square feet of living space. The house includes four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.
“All the bedrooms were a great size and we really liked the large master bedroom,” Erica said. “The master suite was on the first floor and all bedrooms had walk-in closets. The master bathroom was renovated to include a walk-in shower and the room had more of a spa-like feel.”
“We also loved that this house is a ‘smart home’ with lighting, heating and electronics that can be controlled remotely via phone or computer,” Sean added.
Just inside the front door, a staircase with its wooden treads and risers complemented by wrought iron railings leads to the upper floor. The dining room sat to one side of the entryway and led into the kitchen where a rustic brick island, topped with granite and wrought iron accents, gave a sense of separation from the great room without visually impeding the flow between rooms. Stainless steel appliances provide a glossy finish that accentuates dark kitchen cabinets. The stacked stone wall of the fireplace mimics the colors of the brick used in the kitchen.
Add to all that the fact that the house came with a large yard for their dogs, and the Hannahans know they’ve found the right home for them. There was also a covered backyard that served as an entertainment area for an outdoor grill, with a fireplace and TV. Inside there was a place for a home gym. Other aesthetic touches included an open/airy floor plan with wood floors and soaring ceilings, a formal dining room and media room. There was also a loft area that could be used as a home office space.
“Our new home appealed to us in terms of its overall appeal,” Sean said. “Although the house was a few years old, it was very well maintained and sat in a nice nook. Once we moved in, there was no need to change anything, but we plan to add an indoor pool in the near future.”
Other desirable features of their chosen property include a quiet neighborhood in the Bartlett City School District. In addition, the Hannahans are now located very close to their work. Sean works as an IT Procurement Consultant in a large multinational IT company. Erica is a registered nurse and currently a nurse practitioner in cardiology at Tenet Healthcare. From home, they are both less than five minutes away from their jobs.
Emily Adams Kiplinger is a freelance reporter who produced this feature for the advertising department.