9.18.2007

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Reading this post today made me think of this place. The house we almost bought this summer, (until our inspection went so badly we didn't feel house wasn't safe for the kids to live in), the home that broke my heart so much I haven't been able to write about it for months.

I still don't know what to say. But, I just wanted to have it here since it took up so much of my thoughts and time this summer.

92 years old...the estate of a lovely photographer. Now empty for a year. You could feel its spirit, the families that it had come before us, the grandness that had once been. The house I will compare all future houses to...

N.J. and I went to say good-bye awhile ago, to peak in the windows and talk about "our" bedrooms, so covered with ivy we could only guess where they began. Even in it's rapidly deteriorating state I still wanted to move right in.



6 comments:

HighlandGhillie said...

that is too bad. It's hard to feel so connected to a place that you cannot have.

I am Jen said...

I understand where you are coming from...we moved into a house even though it had past problems and all we did the entire 6 years we were there was rebuild. It wasn't a lovely house per say, but the land was acres and acres of woods, near a lake. We couldn't say no. And we paid for it. Inspections are something important and even though you try and make it work, try to tell yourself it will be ok, it winds up being a real pain for many years. There is another beauty out there for you Alicia, it is just waiting for you to find it.

daisies said...

we turned down a similar house last spring, it was 96 years old and oh so much my dream house but the work was beyond our scope and that still saddens me ... sigh ...

you will find that special house. hugs!

Leslie said...

wow, cool post. that ghostly picture of you is very neat.

melissa @ the inspired room said...

I just found you from the post that inspired you. I love old houses and bought an "as is" old estate myself four years ago. We are slowly working on it.

Our house had it share of issues and we had to do a major cleanup before we could move our kids in! Luckily it wasn't in as bad of shape as everyone thought it was and with a little elbow grease (ok, a lot of elbow grease) it is slowly but surely starting to shine again.

Don't worry, there is always another house!

Lovely photos here, I enjoyed my visit!

Alicia said...

Thanks everyone for your hopefulness!
I just drove back by the house today and it has a big sold sign out front!

I am happy someone is going to be giving it some love in the near future.