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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Real estate

One of my favorite time wasters is checking houses for sale in different places. It's a lot like checking out job want ads in that I usually end up being pretty glad I'm in my current circumstances.

One of the local newspapers has a House of the Week feature and this week's darling is a big farmhouse with lovely thick stone walls. It's a little barn-like indoors, but I adore the windows.


House of the Week: 437 Deweys Bridge Rd., Fort Ann | Realtor: Sarah Hislop at Select Sotheby's International Realty | Discuss: Talk about this house Photo: Courtesy Photo / AL

I think I might be a little afraid to wander around on the second floor in the dark of night for fear I might accidentally descend to the ground floor sans stepping down stairs. But it's beautiful, is it not?
House of the Week: 437 Deweys Bridge Rd., Fort Ann | Realtor: Sarah Hislop at Select Sotheby's International Realty | Discuss: Talk about this house Photo: Courtesy Photo / AL

This house, which looks to me like a condominium (probably one of those "doesn't translate from British to American" things), just charms me. It looks like a little doll's house to me.

To the left there as one faces the front of the house . . . is that a little walk-through to the rear yard? For anyone to use? 
I do like those heated towel racks in all the British bathrooms! What a luxury, although I understand the room in which the towel rack is located might be otherwise unheated. 
It's so cozy to have all the houses all cuddled together and still to have access to huge fields. If the sounds of my neighbors got to be too much for me I could get out among the hay and look away from . . . people.



Having spent some time this morning noodling around, looking at properties for sale in Yorkshire, I can certainly see why New York was named after it. The natural features are nearly identical. 
Beautiful.

20 comments:

DJan said...

I do the same thing every now and then: go check out other places to live and see if it's even possible or desirable. I love that house! I would live there in a New York minute! :-)

Joanne Noragon said...

I like the look of all those banisters and railings. But, oh, the painting!

Olga said...

I do love the deep set windows. That is a feature I would go for. The stairs, though, are just not for me.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Living below ground in a basement suite this past year, I love the windows, too. I like wide window sills, they're perfect for putting bouquets of fresh flowers on them and for kitty perches.

Rubye Jack said...

I also love the large window sills and think of making a nice cushion for them in order to sit in the window and look out over the field. The condos remind me of San Francisco with the walk throughs to the back yard. Nice.

The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

Oh! thats a condiminium, I have always wondered, it looks like a terraced house to me, all the way over here (UK).

The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

OK, now i have re read it, yes thats a terraced house, and the alley is for everyone to use, its really annoying having people walk across your back garden to get to the alley to take their rubbish out, i have been thinking how i could electricute the alley to put them off, because its just as easy to leave the bins out the front!
If anyone has any good ideas how to put people off using the alley please let me know, all ideas welcome! no matter how awful or sneaky.

Sharon Longworth said...

as someone who can't walk past an estate agents window without pausing to gaze, this seems a smashing way to spend some time, browsing around pictures of houses and imagining the lives you might live there.

Grandmother said...

If it has to do with real estate and how it's decorated, I'm interested. This place is stunning!

June said...

Cranky Crone...what? Is there a service road back there where the trash trucks come and pick up everybody's trash? The first thing I'd do is put up the tallest fence permitted so nobody could interrupt my privacy. Aren't the little rooms so cute in that house? Like little mousey rooms with little mousey-sized furniture.
I'll have to educate mesel' on "terraced houses." I'd have thought they'd be houses on descending levels with terraced lawns.....

Barb said...

I live Crone's comment. You see that what appears charming might actually not be!

georgia little pea said...

Hubby's favourite past time as well. He also loves looking at signs in real estate windows wherever we go. And if we're in one place for more than 3 days, guess who he calls? It's an illness I'm sure.

The grass is always greener.

La Mode Operandi said...

It does look like a condominium doesn't it! I am definitely getting the farmhouse vibe, the details are very nice!

lyn lee said...

Love the house. Its gorgeous. I would like to leave there if given the chance. The interior is truly spectacular.
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Rose ~ from Oz said...

It's a beauty June!!
Here, we have a fantastic national website for all the real estate agents to list their properties. A one stop shop if you like. Lots of lovely big photos of each property throughout every state of Oz. I love to cruise around the site to see what's happening in the property market and it's great for decorating trends too.

Isabelle said...

I thought a condominium was a kind of apartment. Clearly not.

The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

No, the road is at the front, then people lug there bins all the way through the back of the houses, through peoples garden, opening and and sometimes shutting the next gate until they get to the alley, unfortunately i am right by the alley, some people take the bin out to be collected at 5am, sounds like a train running along side of my bedroom!
I have never lived this way before, i thought it would be nice to down size and be cozy after my husband passed away, but ha no idea how people can totally disregard the impact they have on others.
I on the other hand I keep my bins at the front, so no need to keep dragging them from back to front, I certainly would if it meant tramping through other peoples gardens, when these houses were built, it was for the coalman to bring the coal around, now its if people just fancy it, having a nose, but there you are its one of those old quaint rules of 'right of way'. I just got to tell u this, one saturday morning, i had 15 women jogging across my garden!!!! becasue the personal trainers wife sis not want them tramping through her house, give me strength, I blocked their way and told him whats what. Soooo sorry june for hi jacking this comment box.

June said...

Crone, feel free to let off your steam here! Living in close proximity to other humans is something of which I hope I've done my quota.

Rian said...

Love the pictures! But I have to laugh with your mention of the heated towel racks. We like them too, but heated towel racks vs 'very small' bathrooms/showers made us wonder. I haven't traveled 'across the pond' much, but is this the norm all over or was it just our experience? DH could hardly fit in some of the showers.

Rian said...

Your pictures are wonderful. And I think the heated towel racks are great too. But I have to laugh when I think about heated towel racks vs 'very small' bathrooms/showers. I haven't done a lot of 'over the pond' traveling, but is this just my experience or is it thoughout?