August 24, 2014

House Hunters: Greetings from Aurora

Acting Picky in Aurora
Description: Sarah and Robert, are passionate about their acting, and picky about their house hunting! They're eager to escape their loud apartment for a starter home in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Ill, but they won't settle when it comes to their personal wish lists. While Robert hates prominent garages and outdated ovens, Sarah can't handle layouts where the furniture would have to be next to a window.
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Alternate title: Fuck you, Aurora. But I didn't think it would be appropriate to drop an f-bomb in the title. 

So I know it's been a while since I've updated this blog, but there haven't been a ton of good House Hunters episodes online. I mean, they all feature kind of annoying people, but no one I could really rip in to. But then I saw that this episode features picky house hunters who are also amateur actors and I was like:

So today's house hunters are Robert and Sarah.

Robert is a corporate trainer, whatever the hell that is, and Sarah is a student teacher who just got her masters in education. And they're both amateur actors. 

Amateur actors are the worst because they feel like they have something to prove because they're not professional actors, so they're always on. Or so I've noticed.

So despite the House Hunters opening shot, Robert and Sarah don't actually live in Chicago; they live in Aurora, which is about 60 minutes west of the city. It's the last stop on 88 before farmland. Aurora does have a pretty nice outlet mall, though.

Their budget is $215,000, which isn't that big of a budget, even by Aurora standards, and they want a move-in ready house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a basement, and a yard. And each of them has asshole requirements. He says, "If I don't like the oven, I'm done; it's a dealbreaker." Sarah points out that ovens can be replaced, which was probably everyone's initial thought, but Robert says, "The simple fact is if they don't have a nice oven, then they didn't care about their home and that's not a place that's gonna have a good energy to it, a good feel." That's more of an opinion than a fact, but whatever. I wonder what happened in Robert's childhood that made a home's oven that important. If you have a theory, leave it in the comments section. Sarah's weird-ass requirement is that no furniture can go in front of a window. "I have a thing about furniture being up against windows. I think it's tacky."

And yet she doesn't have a thing about tacky furniture on non-windowed walls.

Robert realizes their budget isn't very big and says that he has, "A luxury taste with an economical budget." Nothing says luxury taste like an Old Navy argyle sweater and a Great Clips haircut.

House #1 is a 2 bed, 2 bath 1552 square foot single family home in Aurora for $239,000. There is not a third bedroom, but there is a den.

So Robert's other high-maintenance demand is that he doesn't want a "prominent garage." I guess any garage that is in the front of the house would be a  "prominent garage," so basically every new construction home is going to have a "prominent garage." Move to an older suburb with houses from the 1950's or earlier if you want a detached garage in the back of the house.

Sarah doesn't like that "all the houses seem to be right on top of each other." Are these simple bitches unfamiliar with subdivisions? It's prominent garages and house on top of house for as far as the eye can see. Their realtor Brian says, "We can solve all those issues. Give me more money." Sarah responds, "Or we could find a new realtor." All of this happens before they even step foot in the house.

The house is your typical new construction. 

Sarah of course comments on the couch in front of the window. "Those windows are beautiful and then there's a couch in front of them." Beautiful is kind of a strong word; they seem like standard windows to me.

The oven meets Robert's high oven standards.

They don't like the yard and the distance from their neighbors. Robert doesn't want the "neighbors to have a front row seat to [his] entire life." I'm sure they don't either, friend.

Robert looks crestfallen when he finds out that there isn't a basement.

Because of their limited budget, Brian decides to show Robert and Sarah townhomes instead of single family homes.

House #2 is $180,000 and has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1850 square feet.

The living room is right off the stairway and Robert and Sarah like the wall color because look at the way they're dressed, of course they love boring colors.

Another oven that meets Robert's standards.

Though he doesn't like that there's a bathroom right off the dining room. One time I was at my friend's friend's apartment and it was just the three of us and the girl's apartment had a bathroom right off the kitchen, next to the refrigerator, and she peed with the bathroom door open. It was weird and gross because 1.) who pees with the door open in front of other people and 2.) who pees with the door open when the bathroom is right off the kitchen? I don't know, they were both hippies, so I think that had something to do with it.

They check out the back deck and Sarah says, "That pond is awesome to have in the back." There really is nothing more awesome than a retention pond.

But then Sarah also says, "Those neighbors are really close." Yeah, who would have thought that your townhouse neighbors would be that close? It's like your houses are attached or something.

There isn't a 3rd bedroom, but Brian shows them the small space on the ground floor. No one mentions the mauve carpeting, which seems weird because that is the first thing I would mention.

So the other day I walked to the Target on State Street during my lunch hour. I stepped on one of these Theater District placards and it was loose and it had rained earlier in the day, so all this water soaked my legs (luckily I was wearing a skirt and not pants) and shoes and I had to walk to Target with wet shoes. Then when I got back to the office I cleaned my legs off with a Clorox wipe because rainwater is disgusting. But not as disgusting as the water that can drip on you when you walk under the L tracks. But I digress.

House #3 is another townhome, but this one is in Naperville, which is east of Aurora. The townhome has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in 1552 square feet, which is oddly the exact same square footage as the first house they saw.

Robert whines that "the garage is the most prominent feature."

The living room and dining room seem pretty basic.

They see the patio space and Robert says, "This is the outdoor space? Quote unquote." People who say "quote unquote" are quote unquote d-bags. And you can quote me on that.

The kitchen is an alright size, but

"This [oven] is a no!"

"The kitchen is the heart of the home and the oven is the heart of the kitchen." The heart of the heart? Ok...

This is the only house that has a subpar oven, but

this is also the only house that has a (very unorganized - somebody call Niecy!) basement.

Robert and Sarah discuss their three options. House #1 is single family and a good size, but it's above their budget. House #2 has Robert's favorite kitchen and it's the end unit, but it doesn't have a third bedroom. House #3 has the basement they wanted, but it's not an end unit, so they'd be sharing two walls. 

They pick House #2.

So they're all moved in and they got new furniture and Sarah says that she thought the couch would fit, but then it sort of slightly blocked the window, and she thought that she could live with it, but she can't, and now they're getting a new couch. Because the couch blocks maybe four inches of the window. This bitch is crazy. I wonder what happened in Sarah's childhood that made no furniture/window overlap that important. If you have a theory, leave it in the comments section.


  1. Love this blog! Glad that you're posting again :)

    1. Thanks! I'll try to keep posting more frequently.

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  3. I am so glad you are back and updating again! GREAT First Post Back, it was SO hilarious!

    "Amateur actors are the worst because they feel like they have something to prove because they're not professional actors, so they're always on"

    This was just so right on and its NOT just you!

    Can't wait to catch up on your other new posts!

  4. I just wanna say...Sarah was my 8th grade teacher...lmao shes such a bitch!

  5. I just wanna say...Sarah was my 8th grade teacher...lmao shes such a bitch!

  6. Hey there Meredith, just so you know, Sarah is my cousin and the producers of the show literally directed them to complain throughout the whole episode. So everything you just wrote, they did on purpose. They made up false pet peeves for them, told them "okay you're gonna hate having a couch in front of the window. Act like you're unhappy about everything". It's literally a made up situation she actually doesn't care about things in front of her window and neither of them are actually picky in real life. Just thought I'd letcha know so you got your facts straight, this blog post is basically a reaction to a fabricated portrayal

  7. Guess they're not such bad actors for being amateur since they fooled you