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Friday, September 18, 2009

Fabulous Find For A Friday-------A Historic House No. 2

Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile remember how I am always trying to buy a house. Yes, I am close to 50 and don't even OWN a house!

Sigh.....

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE history and boy, do I live in a place-----New England----that is steeped in history! So, as I get closer to when the lease is up on the house that we are renting, I start to get antsy and DREAM of having that special house of my own.


Do you remember the last time I found the house of my dreams? It was that Historic House No. 1. It was perfect and I had already mentally moved in.

Well, it sold to someone else, and I still drive by it and curse the people that are living in MY house. (Whoops----did I really type that out loud?)


Until this week.


I had seen this house for sale about a year ago, but it was way out of our price range, so I hadn't even bothered. But a year and a half later, it is still on the market and we went to see it this week. (At my prodding, of course!) It is still over what we could pay, but maybe the owner would consider less?

We still have some hoops to get through----that might not get resolved for a few months, but if it all works out------------and the house isn't sold yet, and they accept our offer (another long shot)----maybe we can have this house?

A girl can dream, right? (And dream....and dream.....and dream.....)

The house was built in 1700----even earlier than the other one and is one of the four oldest houses in this area. Cool, huh? It is in fantastic condition, and only needs some wallpaper removal, some carpet removal and floors re-done, re-painting, a few bathroom re-dos and its good to go! (All these things can be lived with, with the exception of green carpet in what would be my son's bedroom----kelly green shag-----Ugh!)

The grounds are beautiful and large and the house has lots of meandering, quirky characteristics. These are ALL things that I love about really old houses! It has a great feel about it----not creepy----it felt like a very happy old soul, and well taken care of.


I instantly fell in love.

Here it is----red with a blue door...

....and the side entrance----which is where most New Englanders go.

The front entry way.....


.....And the family room-----don't you just love the exposed beams?














The master bedroom---lots of blue, huh? But isn't the woodwork great?


The guest bedroom----it has a HUGE walk-in closet! (We know that I would be
using that one)


One of the baths---off of the guest room.



I guess it would be strange to pray for something like this, right? But I am getting just about THAT desperate! So, if any of you have a close relationship with the big guy, could you put in a word or two for me?

31 comments:

Suzanne said...

Let's go in on it together. You live there during most of the year and I get it for 2 weeks in the fall. Seriously, I love it! For what it's worth -- I'll put in a good word for you with the guy upstairs ... and cross my fingers for good measure.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

I can so see you in that house. I can. I do. I see it. Good luck.

Kristina P. said...

Amazing! My favorite time period for homes is in the 1920s to 1940s. There are a lot of homes in Salt Lake that are so charming.

The Stylish House said...

Shawn,
I hope you get a home of your dreams someday. This one is fantastic and I could definitely enjoy living there. I love New England homes and would love to own an old one with lots of character and room to have a big garden. Funny how life works here you want to buy a home and many desperately want to see theirs. Hope you have a nice autumn weekend.
Cathy

Michele Horne said...

I. LOVE. IT.

Rachel said...

Good Greif! That guest bedroom is fabulous!!

I need to move back east!

nikkicrumpet said...

WHOA...I can see why that house would make you dreamy...it's gorgeous. And I'd be happy to say a good word for you and your house when I bow my head this evening :)

Lynnae said...

It doesn't hurt to dream....or pray! But after a year, in this economy they may be willing to come down on the price.
The house is charming.

TurtlePress said...

Stopping by from SITS and am sending you tons of luck on getting the house. It looks great - and roomy!

Charlene said...

I'll say some positive house prayers for ya... from one Boston Gemini to another! :-) Great blog!

Hailey said...

What was that about being almost 50?

dapper kid said...

What a beautifully pretty house! I am loving the look of it, and those exposed beams are stunning. What with the economy, I'm sure you could push the asking price down! Hope you're having a beautiful weekend :)

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I just love it, Shawn! I hope, hope, hope you get it and then I can come over and hang out with you and that amazing place! :)

P.S. My hubby is meeting with the CEO of a company out in Hudson (not too far from you) this week. The CEO is flying in from TX. Pray that he will make my hubby an amazing offer! :)

My parents are in town right now, but will email you later this week. So, much to say!

Julie said...

Oh Shawn! I love the house and I REALLY hope it works out for you guys!

One of the things I love about New England is driving through quaint little towns and seeing all of the beautiful old homes (I wish I had one... without all the work! :)

I'll be pulling for you!

tiburon said...

Ooo it is a beaut!

I love older homes too - they have way more character!

Omgirl said...

Gorgeous! I love historic homes too, as you can tell from my blog header. But around here, historic is late 1800's. ours is the oldest around. I can't imagine one from the 1700's! Wow. Good luck!

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh, gorgeous house! Thanks for stoping by my blog last week!

carma said...

I hope you get your house. It has lots of charm, and also lots of blue!!

la flore et la faune . com said...

so are you in it, dear ?

M-Cat said...

Totally putting in a good word. Be warned, though, I'm not sure I'm on the good side right now. :)
You totally need that house!

Karen said...

What a beautiful old house! I hope things work out for you!

Kado! said...

I love it!! I love the beams...I hope you get it!!!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

OHMYGOSH! That house is bee utiful!!!

I am so jealous of u and alyson livivng in New England!!! I love history and old stuff like that!

I don't know about having an in with the big guy...but I'll casually mention it at our nightly chat :)

Le Gourou de Sandwich said...

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Rebecca said...

I don't think it's strange at all to pray for a home you love - I am praying for you, it is beautiful!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Angela said...

Yes, yes, yes! It's SO you and Bret!! Hope for it! Pray for it! Work for it!

A lot of people out here are doing lease to own deals with their homes so they can stop paying on two homes. You might see if the owner would consider that...although their Realtor may not be excited about going that way due to the loss in commission, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.

Good luck!
~Angie

Mom n Pop Wilson said...

Did you really say "almost 50"? Hm-mm.
Cute house. I hope you can have your dream come true.

Joy said...

Oh wow, I'd be praying for that house too! Found you from SITS roll call and wanted to say hello :o)

Shawn said...

Hey guys, just to be clear---I said "CLOSE to 50", not almost 50----it doesn't tell you which side I am on that way! Hey---let me live the dream, ok? heh, heh....

Thanks for all your support and prayers! I wish that you could ALL come and visit if I get this house! And Rachel, you can STAY in that guest bedroom!! (But I get the closet)

Unknown Mami said...

Good luck. It's stunning.

SO said...

Oh how I love older homes. LOVE them. I hope you can get into that one. And although the blue in the bedroom could be toned down a bit I still love it! Crossing fingers and toes and sending up prayers that this might be the one for you.

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