After months of searching, reluctant home buyer knew what he wanted – from the Memphis Commercial Appeal

After months of searching, reluctant home buyer knew what he wanted – from the Memphis Commercial Appeal
(for sale) Tues, Dec 30, 2008 (scteague) photo by Stan Carroll. Chris Teague(cq), homeowner and Uof M fan in his house in Germantown.At 31, Christopher Teague enjoyed apartment life and was in no rush to buy a home. But when he found a Germantown house that was just right, he took the plunge. (Photo by Stan Carroll - The Commercial Appeal)

By Lesley Young


Special to The Commercial Appeal


Sunday, January 11, 2009


Over the past several years, Germantown native Christopher Teague heard his parents tell him time and again he was throwing his money away on rent.


Finally, the CB Richard Ellis project manager listened, and in December 2007 he started the quest to find his first home.


“Renting was always convenient. I didn’t have to deal with the yard. If something went wrong, you just called the landlord. It was easy,” said the 31-year-old.


Teague made the final plunge because he was in a financial position to find not his ideal house.


“I’m picky, so I didn’t want to just buy a house because I wanted a house,” said the University of Memphis business management graduate.


Teague called his parents’ friend, Tracy Kirkley, a broker with Crye-Leike Realtors, and began the search.


They looked at more than 20 homes, from DeSoto County to the High Point Terrace neighborhood of Memphis, before they made it out to Teague’s hometown of Germantown. And just in time.


“I came out here telling myself this was the last house I was going to look at. I was tired of it,” he said. “As soon as I walked in, I just knew.”


“Chris was very specific,” Kirkley said. “He knew it when he saw it, so we just had to weed through to get to that perfect house he was looking for.”


What he found, for $240,000, was a four-bedroom, 21/2 – bath stone house built in the ’70s, but with stylish updates.


“I knew I wanted something contemporary, something modern,” he said.


The 2,100-square-foot home in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood has scored concrete floors, black kitchen cabinets and countertops, and fully renovated bathrooms.


What really sold him was the yard.


With its layered decks, wooden walkways, tall trees and pleasant landscape, Teague knew the fenced-in yard would be ideal for the entertaining he wanted to do.


Visitors know when they arrive that Teague is a fervent Memphis Tigers fan. He has a University of Memphis flag flying on one faade of the exterior stone walls, as well as numerous pictures of tigers dotting the walls inside.


His favorite room is the “Memphis Room,” painted gray and bright blue, and featuring a DeAngelo Williams-signed football, a 2003 framed article about the team’s first bowl win in decades, a stuffed tiger and other team memorabilia.


So far he has used his house to entertain guests for a housewarming party and numerous game-oriented get-togethers. This year his family spent Christmas there, placing their gifts under a tree decorated in blue and gray.


Though the Memphis Room is Teague’s favorite, he spends most of his time in the living room with vaulted ceiling, seated in his tan leather recliner and watching his favorite team on a 56-inch big-screen TV, which he plans to move to his bedroom.


“I’m going to get an even bigger one and mount it on the (living room) wall,” he said.


Other plans include furnishing the study, an angled room with built-in shelves, French doors and a large square window facing west.


The house had only been on the market for two or three days, and Teague was the first to offer a contract. A second potential buyer made an offer, but the owners negotiated with Teague.


“After I got the house, the second person came to me and told me if I ever wanted to sell this house, let them know,” he said.


He has no plans to move, especially out of Memphis.


“I was born and raised in Memphis, and I don’t plan on leaving,” he said.