Vicariously House Hunting

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Evening!  It was another fun and productive day in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Today we focused on commercial office spaces for the holistic clinic and homes for my in-laws.


Before we left, I snacked on some yogurt I snatched from the hotel breakfast buffet:


Then, we met up with a commercial realtor who recommended two areas in Charlotte for the clinic:  South Park and Ballantyne.  While we drove over to those spaces, I snacked on a True Delights bar.


(Thank God for the Garmin!!)


We went to South Park first and checked out several commercial spots.



We found one area called Morrison Place that would be an excellent fit because it caters towards the healthy-lifestyle demographic.  There’s an EarthFare, a yoga studio, etc. in the same mixed-use area.


We grabbed lunch around 2:00…. my eating schedule is so off.


I ate 2/3 of a turkey burger with cheese, plus a few bites of baked beans.


Afterwards, we stopped at Starbucks.  I got a Skinny Vanilla Latte and 1/2 a sugar cookie. 🙂 YUM!


After looking at several other commercial properties (I am SO impressed with Charlotte!), we decided to go house hunting with my in-laws.  They are looking at homes at a TOTALLY different level than the Husband and I!


This 8,000 square foot MANSION had 6 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.  It also had my DREAM KITCHEN!


Check out that GIANT granite island!


And look at this view….


After finishing up house hunting, we drove back to the hotel.  I am also very excited because my mommy has driven to Charlotte to spend the next two nights with us.  :) 


We’ve switched hotels, and I’m SO happy because I love Embassy.  Mostly because it has a free happy hour from 5:30 – 7:30!  I had a white wine spritzer (Chardonnay + Sprite).  I am happy to see her!


We’re off to eat!  See you for dinner.



  • Julia March 20, 2009, 4:46 pm

    WOW. Look at that KITCHEN! …drool…..

  • Andrea of Care to Eat March 20, 2009, 4:52 pm

    LOL – sometimes when I’m at my parents’ house I wonder if I’ll ever own more than 1,000 sqft!
    HH at the Embassy is the bomb – and that’s what I usually “get” when I stay there.
    So is this Charlotte thing a done deal or are you still “thinking” about it?

  • VeggieGirl March 20, 2009, 4:54 pm


  • Nutritious is Delicious March 20, 2009, 4:55 pm

    So much fun! That kitchen looks awesome!

  • Abby March 20, 2009, 5:07 pm

    I love playing dress-up in houses like that.

    Sounds like it’s been a really productive trip so far!

  • Meghann March 20, 2009, 5:07 pm

    HI MOM!!!!!

    Looks like you guys are having fun 🙂

  • Tami March 20, 2009, 5:24 pm

    wow! i am glad you are having fun

  • Runeatrepeat March 20, 2009, 5:30 pm

    I didn’t even know about the Happy Hour. My next trip I’m staying there!

  • Becca March 20, 2009, 5:50 pm

    Hey Caitlin,
    Becca meghanns old roomie here…have the inlaws check out lake norman area, my mom lives that way and its gorgeous, and you can get great deals right on the lake!! Good Luck I love all the areas you’re looking at!

  • Meg March 20, 2009, 5:54 pm

    Lots of real estate hunting fun! Look at that view and that kitchen!

  • Lauren March 20, 2009, 5:59 pm

    Glad to see you are having a great time. These homes are so adorable and the town looks so quaint and charming. 🙂

    Random question, when you lived in PA, have you ever had a Rita’s Italian Ice? Today, being the first day of Spring, Rita’s gives away a free medium ice which is HUGE here in PA. We make sure we hit up some free frozen sugar water….it’s awesome!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog March 20, 2009, 6:01 pm

    that house looks incredible!! and that commercial space sounds perrrrfect! have a fun time with your mom!

  • Run Saraaah March 20, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Beautiful photo of you and your mom. That house is SO amazing too…wow!!

  • Jess March 20, 2009, 6:17 pm

    I’m from Pittsburgh, which I love more than anything in the world!!! BUT…..Ballantyne is definitely a close runner up in my ideal place to live! So jealous you are in Charlotte!!

  • Mica March 20, 2009, 6:20 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing kitchen island. I think it’s actually bigger than my entire kitchen!

  • redheadedjournal March 20, 2009, 6:33 pm

    Wow! Amazing homes!

  • RunToFinish March 20, 2009, 7:12 pm

    8000 sq feet…HOLY COW! I would need a maid1

  • thecleanveggie March 20, 2009, 7:18 pm

    that house is sooo cool!
    amazing kitchen!

  • Kristi March 20, 2009, 7:22 pm

    I am in love with that house!!

  • Brandi March 20, 2009, 7:38 pm

    holy crap – you could do yoga on that island!

    looks like a fun trip 🙂

  • luckytastebuds March 20, 2009, 9:15 pm

    I can totally see why it would be your dream kitchen!!! I love the picture of you guys peering in through that window! hahhaha it’s too cute!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 20, 2009, 11:29 pm

    I’m vicariously vicariously house hunting. And vicariously enjoying a wine spritzer.

  • livelovelaugheatlearn March 21, 2009, 5:11 am

    Free Happy Hour!?! That is one of the best things I’ve ever heard! I have an Embassy here in my town. I feel a mini vacation coming on.

    That kitchen is amazing! After seeing your pictures I want to move to Charlotte to!

  • Kath March 23, 2009, 9:56 am

    AHHHH! You were right in my neighborhood and that’s my EarthFare!!!

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