1.14.2010

Real Estate Sampler (Part I)

In this cruddy economy, my husband and I have had to shift our focus from whole-house renovations of our own to working multiple projects in various arenas. From my husband's restaurant renovation work to my Etsy shop, call it diversifying to maintain self-employment in hopes that eventually we can get back to our dream business. But man oh man, do I miss real estate. The thrill of searching for that perfect fixer, the design and renovation process, the anxiety/high of sales contract negotiations. Add to that my daydreaming of living in many different places. To feed my hunger for houses, I'm a design blog junkie, and frequently lose myself for hours in real estate websites such as Realtor.com, Sellmodern, BobVila, etc. This cold spell has me longing for warmer days and happy outdoor spaces, which is the basis for the first two dreamy home listings that I'm sharing. Both of these were found on Realtor.com.

First up is a charming 1940 Mediterranean style home in Hollywood, Florida. This house has so much potential, it just needs a little cosmetic sprucing up. I would live in that backyard. Seriously, I could see myself pitching a tent and camping out there. $399,000.


House #2 is a 1909 Arts and Crafts style Sears Kit House in Belfast, Maine. The modern addition is definitely not in keeping with the character of the house, but the rest of the house's original charm has been maintained. Sited on Penobscot Bay, with views of Belfast Harbor. Just look at the way the porch openings frame the view. Happy sigh... And it can be yours for only $1.2 mil


I'm considering making this weekly or bi-weekly series, what do you think?

10 comments:

Blythe Hopes Vintage said...

Yes! Nummy houses. All totally out of my budget. But NUMMY

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I think that's a fabulous idea. I can never see too many houses. I hope those good old days come back for us all Marsi, especially you & your husband. You two can get back to your love of transforming tired homes to grandeur. Great homes, much to love. Happy pre-weekend to you xx

~KS said...

Yes!!! Please do keep sharing!! I love house-huting. I have been watching House Hunters and Property Virgins on HGTV religiously and think this would be so much fun!
And House #1 looks so cozy!! Love it!

Little Lotus said...

I want the top one. :)

Sam said...

Yes please!! I'd love to see more of your top picks!! I adore both of these - I look at them and think - mmmmm!!! I could see myself there for sure!! I especially love that top one's huge wood parque floor with the frenchy type windows!!

cassaundra said...

i think yes!

Cameron said...

excellent armchair travel

Inty swetha said...

wow!!! wow! wow!! Its a perfect place for Happily Ever After!! just like my dream home !! Its fabulous :P

Down and Out Chic said...

1.2 million? i'm on it! ha!

Beth said...

I love this idea! I hope you do make it a regular thing.