Sunday, July 29, 2007

Scoping Out the Neighbor's Place

I think I'm going to try for 30 posts in 30 days, just like all of the other cool bloggers. Lets see if I can get that done. That will force me to keep on progressing, if nothing else!

While reading the newspaper yesterday, I noticed that the house directly behind mine would be having an open house this afternoon. I couldn't help myself. I popped by before work today to take a peek around and see what the condition of the house was. The house is probably the best maintained house in the neighborhood on the outside, and much to my amusement the inside followed suit. The whole house featured its original, unpainted oak woodwork. 6 panel doors, stained glass and beveled glass windows in almost every room, a beautiful staircase, hardwood floors throughout, clawfoot tub, amazing pocket doors, hardwood floors, butlers pantry, and the only original porch on that block. In case you haven't figured it out yet, that's the house in the photo. In the foyer there was a photo from the early 1900's of the house and I promptly scrambled to see if my house was visible in the background. Nope, just the neighbors to the West's back side. Booo! It made me wonder if I could find an old picture of my house anywhere. I'll have to check around sometime to see what I can find in the library's archives. Oh, if you're interested, 1903, 3bed, 2bath, $141,900. The pictures below are of the dining room, the stairwell, and the landing of the stairwell with the oval stained glass window.

Sure, it's a beautiful house, but it's all done. Now, where's the fun in that? I'll take mine crappy, please!!!
A coworker of mine lives just around the corner from my house in an apartment conversion of a 1899 victorian that would be great if restored. Well, she mentioned that because the building just sold she has to move out of her apartment. Too bad, she'd make a good neighbor, but maybe someone's restoring the house! I'll keep you posted if this happens, 'cause you know I'll be there to welcome them with some neighborly brownies, sledge hammer, and my 'flame thrower' (aka heat gun)!
Just waiting for closing still. Waiting, waiting, waiting...

1 comment:

Kelli said...

Wow, that's a beautiful house. I went on a long bike ride through a beautiful old neighborhood in Des Moines called Sherman Hill. It's full of Victorians that have been beautifully restored and painted like the "painted ladies" in San Francisco. I even met a couple of other people fixing up their own houses and it was so great to talk about it with them. I'd like to find or set up a social gathering for people fixing up houses. They (we) seem to be a friendly sort.