Featured Commercial Appeal Article: 'My New Home: Cozy cottage is perfect for first-time homeowners'

Jackson and Annie Eber recently set up house in Memphis. The couple graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, last May. Afterwards, Jackson, who was originally from Germantown, was moving back to Memphis to attend medical school. The couple was engaged, with plans to marry in December. To kick start their new life together, Annie and Jackson began house-hunting.

“Foremost, we wanted an affordable first home,” recalled Annie. “l work in marketing at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Jackson is in his first year of medical school at UTHSC, so, financially, we had to find something we could afford on one income. Ideally, we wanted a place near the medical school and near potential jobs for me. We also knew that with our limited free time and our budget, we needed a place that required minimal renovations.”

The couple contacted Stacia Rosatti, an agent with Crye-Leike Realtors. She was a friend of Jackson’s mother, who called Stacia to help with the house hunt.

“We began our search long distance,” explained Annie. “I was back home in Birmingham for the summer. A house went on the market and the listing agent was Katie Davidson with Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury, who also happened to be my best friend’s sister-in-law. Jackson and I both saw her post of the house — and we thought it might be the one for us. Since I was in Birmingham, Jackson and his parents went to look at the house and face-timed me. It went on the market on a Friday morning, and offers were due that Saturday at 5 p.m. It was only on the market for 24 hours.”

The living room is well put together and comfortable.

Annie continued, “While I was at an appointment shopping for my wedding dress, my mom (who is a real estate agent in Birmingham) actually worked on her phone with Stacia to write a contract and put an offer on the home for us while I tried on dresses. We found out we got the house a day later. So I never actually saw the home until we had purchased it and were starting some work inside in July.”

Jackson and Annie bought their 1942 cottage in the Joffre neighborhood for $213,000. The house has 1,650 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Since taking ownership, the couple has painted all the walls a fresh white color. And, they opened up a wall in the kitchen area to create a nice laundry closet. Also, they added a vanity to the bathroom.

Annie and Jackson Eber purchased this cottage in the Joffre neithborhood.

“Since it’s our only bathroom, we wanted some counter space and storage, which it did not have with a pedestal sink,” said Jackson.

“We love the sunroom/den area off of the kitchen,” Annie said. “It’s fun to relax and cook. With all the windows, that area gets lots of natural light on pretty days.”

Another little haven is the finished part of the attic. It’s nice and quiet up there. Jackson has turned it into his office. He says he is up there every day, studying for med school.

When asked what they like about their neighborhood, the couple responded in unison, “Everyone is so friendly here!”

The sunroom/den is steps away form the kitchen in a space that was formerly a garage.

Annie added, “We’ve met almost every person on our street. It’s a welcoming, safe place to live. It’s also great to be located in between East Memphis and Midtown, two areas that we frequent a lot.”

The house already exudes a very cozy vibe, but Annie and Jackson say they have a few decorating projects in store for the summer.