18 years ago, House Hunters Melinda and Jay Hemphill met in college. Now they’re both attorneys living in Raleigh, NC with their three sons, Hayes (11), Archer (8), and Rudy (6). The Hemphill family plans to move a little north to Wake Forest, NC.
Melinda and Jay believe that they can get more land and space in that area. One major reason for their decision to move is to give all three boys their own rooms.The Hemphill family has a $625,000 budget.
The Hemphills want to make sure that all the boys have their own rooms. The new home needs to have at least four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, 3800 sq ft, and at least one acre of land. The family also wants an open concept and hardwood flooring.
Parents’: Jay and Melinda want a home office for Melinda. They also want an updated master bedroom, and some bonus rooms for the children.
Children’s: Archer wants a bigger backyard for various sports activities. Hayes wants a quiet area for reading, specifically a reading book. Rudy wants some place to be creative and draw on the walls.
House #1, $570,000
This home has four bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms. It has 4340 sq ft and a little less than an acre of land. The most eye-catching detail upon the Hemphill’s arrival is the high ceilings. This feature gives the home a very spacious, open, and bright look. However, Melinda notices that the family room is smaller than they need. The kitchen is just right with a large open concept and plenty of space to eat around, and chit-chat.
All of the bedrooms are roomy enough for each child, and the master bedroom has plenty of space—and an even bigger bathroom. This home also includes two bonus areas that could become more space for the boys to play, or some other creative space. This home has a huge backyard, but it might be too large, especially for smaller children, and a dog and five chickens.
House #2, $593,000
This home has four bedrooms, and four and a half bathrooms. It’s 4100 sq ft and has a little over one acre of land. The place opens to a foyer and a formal dining room. It has plenty of light to create a very bright atmosphere. This home also has a bonus room that could become a play space or create place. It has a large kitchen that also comes with a big island. The master suite is very grand with a Jacuzzi tub and huge walk-in closet.
The backyard is basically a private forest that leads to a pond. It’s really a unique feature that gives this gorgeous home even more character. The biggest issue with this home is that two of the children’s rooms are on one floor, but the third isn’t, which creates a bit of a problem for the Hemphill family.
House 3, $625,000
This home is a new construction home that has 3800 sq ft. It has four bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms. This place has more enclosed areas but it has a big kitchen that opens to the family room, which is a little smaller than the family wants. This home has a lot of built-ins, and a designated office space with a door to close out the children. This home also has a couple extra rooms that could turn into more potential playrooms.
This home has a big master suite with the most glorious master bathroom that we’ve seen on House Hunters…so far. The bathroom has layers of space and cool features, like the shower being hidden away. The biggest issue with this place is the carpet, and the big yard that’s not fenced off or private.
Decision Time: We’re fairly new to House Hunters, so this might have been done many times before, but this is the first time we’ve seen it. All three homes looked amazing, and they were reasonable priced for the amount of land and space. However, Jay and Melinda just didn’t feel like they found their dream home.
Melinda and Jay picked…House #4.
They decided not to put an offer on any houses featured on the show, instead they kept looking and found a better one but for more. It cost them $650,000, but they got four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three acres of land.