Chris & Nikki Hettenhausen
McKinzie Place | East Belleville, IL
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
I love that we are still within walking distance to parks, shops and restaurants downtown. Everyone we have met in the neighborhood has been very friendly. There are always people out with their dogs and taking daily walks. It was nice to quickly become acquainted with everyone in the neighborhood. I also love all of the big old trees and how each house is different with its own unique charm.
What do you love most about the home you purchased?
We love our wrap around porch! We love to be outside, so we plan to spend many nights on it when the weather warms up.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up here in Belleville. Chris grew up in Smithton.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I am very attached to my home town of Belleville, Illinois. I have been fascinated with all of the historic homes and the downtown area for as long as I can remember. When Chris and I put our last home up for sale, the thought of leaving the downtown Belleville area was a little tough for me. We were on the hunt for an old home on some land. We didn’t end up finding what we were looking for so we were faced with the decision to rent or buy in the meantime. After looking into renting and buying we quickly decided renting was not for us. It would of cost us more money each month to rent than it would to buy. So, we decided to invest in another Belleville home. We couldn’t be happier with our decision.
What’s your greatest inspiration?
Becoming parents was definitely our greatest accomplishment. That is another reason why we sold our previous home we had been rehabbing. We wanted to slow down for a while and enjoy the family life.
What’s your favorite movie?
Favorite movie: Money Pit
What’s on the top of your bucket list?
The top of my bucket list would be to one day have one of our renovations featured in a magazine. A few of my favorites are Romantic Homes, The Cottage Journal, and Victorian Homes Magazine. I always find so much inspiration from them.
What organizations do you love?
I love any organizations that support local businesses.
What was your journey like buying a home?
Our home buying journey had its ups and downs, but Kathy kept us on track and made it as smooth as possible. We were in the process of selling a big historic home which was hard in its own due to the age, size and passing inspections. We had a contract on our home contingent on us selling and our buyer backed out. We were nervous of losing the contract. Lucky for us Kathy had new buyers lined up, so we could continue moving forward with our home buying process.
My experience working with the Avenue Team was_______.
Our experience with Avenue Realty was wonderful. Kathy was always available when we needed her and she always pointed us in the right direction. We used Avenue Realty for our home buying and selling. They did a great job making our experience as smooth as possible. I would definitely recommend any one of the team members!