Conveniently, it sits next to a close family friend's house. "We aren't snooping, we are simply on our way to the Devine's house!" is the vibe I try to send out. It is a bit fishy that I regularly have to stop and tie a shoestring...on my flip flop.
I was so excited to finally meet the homeowners, Bill and Ernie! Take a lookiloo around and check out Bill and Ernies house insights...
"We were house hunting and had seen at least three that I didn't like and the realtor was driving us to another house that I wasn't going to like when we passed 908. It had a for sale sign in the yard, very over grown side and back yard and a falling apart look to it. I said from the back seat of the realtors car "What about that one?" She said she could show it but that it had been on the market two years (during the good times) and everybody in town had looked at it and walked away. In fact the current residents had lived there a while with an option to buy and they were giving up. Just the house for us!"
What's your "how you met" story with this house? Were you house hunting or did it find it's way to you?
"It was built in 1926 by the vice president of a savings and loan who sold it in 1932. His occupation was then listed as a commercial traveler (traveling salesman) so we think the depression was hard on him. The second owner added the adjoining lot to the property in 1932. Thankfully so, otherwise there would be no back yard. We only have a couple of old photos and none show the garage door so we will have to guess about replicating it. The blueprints were said to be with the house while it was being rented to students but the plans vanished during that period. I dream about finding them. The second owner's daughter and her daughter came during a dreary rain storm one fall and I had just brought in my "hoarder sized" collection of house plants and they were everywhere and I was very embarrassed and forgot all the questions I had wanted to ask."
Do you know the history of the house? Have you seen old photographs or blueprints? Any previous owners come knockin' for a tour?
The "glitter" in the paint is a gorgeous surprise! How did that come about?
Have you always been gardeners or did this property inspire you?
Thank you for being so gracious! I will continue to "tie my flip flops" and admire your castle!
"Thank you for the kind words! Some days it feels like we are not much further along than when Bill and I drove past with the realtor 20+ years ago. The most satisfying comment recently was just after the stucco project, someone walking by said to Bill, " I am glad you just bought the property, the last owners really let it go to hell.""
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