I just got back from New England…the place of my birth. It was so good to go “home” and visit with family and friends that I haven’t seen in years. While I was there, I spent some time collecting flyers and looking at homes…because, that’s what I do and what I love! I found myself romanticizing about actually living in one of these “Colonial” homes. My antiques would look amazing within their walls!!
One particular home caught my eye as I walked past it several times during my week-long stay. A 2615 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on a 1.24 acre lot built in 1850 listed for $235,000. Yes, it really was built in 1850 and the listed price really is ONLY $235,000!!! With its white clapboard siding and black shutters, it drew me in…I imagined the stories that this old house would tell if walls could talk!!! As I read through the listing, I read words I hadn’t seen in years; ”post and beam construction,” “stone foundation,” “dug well,” “leach field,” “steam radiator,” “oil and wood heat,” and “off boiler water heater.”
I was quickly reminded that as much as I do love the IDEA of living in one of these historic beauties, I am a CALIFORNIA GIRL now. I enjoy central heat and air, public water and sewer, an automatic garage door opener, my quarter-acre lot that’s easy to maintain…and I don’t own a snow blower or a fly swatter or a bug-zapper. I have potted plants on my back porch that stay outside year-round and survive!!
It’s good to be “home!”