Monday, March 5, 2018

Revisiting The Old Homestead



The Young Prince and I had the unexpected Delight of being Invited in to Tour our Old Homestead by the New Owner, so that we could see how far along he now is on the Restoration Process over a Year later.  I hadn't anticipated the Invitation so I didn't have my camera and it's still very much in the Process so wouldn't have showcased well anyway, so Sorry, no Imagery for this Post.   The New Owner is a Lovely Person and clearly Loves the Old Homestead as much as we do, so it warms my Heart that he will finish what we began to bring it back to it's original Glory.  I could also see how Overwhelming a complete Restoration is to him being that he's a One Man Show as he humorously put it, doing most of the work himself.




The Young Prince got way more Emotional than he anticipated, especially walking into his Old Room.  Though he has an entire Suite in New Villa Boheme' he said he'd give anything to have his Old Room and Old Home and Community back instead, so it brought him to Tears.  But in a bittersweet way, since we were thrilled to see it in better shape than when we Sold it, the New Owner has done so much already, a Labor of Love.   He's had trouble with Subcontractors though and has had to fire several for Theft of Supplies and Tools even though they did good work.  How tragic that nowadays so many skilled in the Trades are lacking in morals, character and integrity tho'!   I suppose you can say that in almost any Modern Career Field, an unfortunate Sign of the Times I suppose.




We talked about more of the History of the Property since the New Owner Loves not only History but is insatiable about the History of his New Old Homestead, that makes me Glad.  I am Glad we've become Friends due to the Sale of it, he has told me I'm Welcome to come visit anytime and has extended a sincere Invitation.  Of coarse most people in the Old Hood are like that, Neighborly and Community Oriented, I Miss that so much.  He brought me up to speed on what everyone in the Neighborhood is up to now and how they always ask about us, knowing I like to drive by to see the Restoration Process on the days I'm in the area.  I can't help myself, it's like visiting a Beloved Old Friend to drive by the Old Property actually.




Taking the Grand Tour of some of the Main House brought me back to the Reality tho' of what a Labor of Love and how Overwhelming a complete Restoration would be.  We ran out of time before my extra Shift at Work to complete the Tour, mebbe some other time.  But it had given me pause for thought about purchasing the Sweetwater Property, which The Man had finally told me I could try to Buy if I felt it would be the Best thing for the Family.  Having it go from just Daydreaming about Owning it to the Reality of Objectively Considering it for Real and the whole Transition of Buying, Selling, and Restoring Real Estate was a Wake-Up Call.   I had to admit that when I put my Real Property Mindset into Play, it was alas, NOT the Best thing for our Family right now.  In fact to consider the logistics is a bit terrifying and intimidating!




However Tempting, however Lusted after and Ideal for a Forever Home, having a Turnkey Property and having a Project are two entirely different situations to consider.   I know that eventually I want to return to a Historic Home, but probably one that has already had most of the Labor of Love completed on our behalf.   Sure, not many become available and the Ideal ones are few and far between here in the Valley anymore.  Some States have preserved a lot of their Older Neighborhoods with Rich Character and Historic Homes galore, Phoenix Metro and it's surrounding Cities sadly have not.   Especially not the ones with Land around them, that's now a rarity since Developers scoop up the Historics with Acreage and raze them to build high density housing for greater maximized Profit.   In fact, having Land in and around the City is a rarity in general, as Farms and Ranches Sell Out, they are replaced with sprawling Subdivision Hells all packed together on smaller lots.




And Acreage near amenities comes at a Premium, so none are a Deal anymore for the most part.  Most Residentials with Acreage are Horse Properties and if you don't own nor want Horses or Farm Animals, you don't Need or Want all the Outbuildings that provide for Livestock, except mebbe a Good Barn or RV Garage type Outbuilding.   I don't Need nor Want any Corrals, Stables and endless Pasture to try to keep Green in a Desert, makes no sense if you don't have the Animals that require that kind of Investment and additional Expense.   We now have a firmer List of Wants and a more definite Idea of what we DON'T WANT... we've refined what the Forever Home should have and NOT have to Deal with!  So that is a Good Thing, experiencing enough to know what you'd never, ever want to endure again... such as an HOA and extremely close Housing where the Unlovely or Difficult Neighbor becomes a serious Issue to disturbing your Peace and Serenity!




So... Daydreaming aside, I think it is Best for the Family to just stay put for now, in spite of the Love-Hate Relationship which wages with most of the Family towards Villa Boheme' and which might always exist.  Besides, if we hang tough until all the G-Kid Force are raised, and out on their own, that will be two less people to pack up and move, plus better be able to gauge what just The Man and I will Need as finally being Empty Nesters?!   We've been raising Kids so many decades now we can't even imagine not having a house full and how much less we'd require with just the two of us?   Or even, being in our Seventies by then, by the time we get them all raised and hopefully moved out... what criteria we'd Desire in a Forever Home at that late stage of the Game of Life?!  *LOL*   The Young Prince joked that perhaps it would just be Easier by then to be picking out our Nursing Home??!!?!  *Bwahahahaha!*




But all joking aside, it was so Nice to be revisiting the Old Homestead and taking a peek at how it's coming along in the Restoration Process.  To be able to walk into each room again brought back a flood of very fond Memories and heavy dose of Nostalgia. But also, of many reasons Why it had been Time for it to have a New Steward that could actually complete what Restorative Care it would require.   To keep the Character and Charm but be brought into the 21st Century completely so that a Modern Family could create their own Cherished Memories there for years to come.  It was Fantastic to see that it's New Owner has kept the original Footprint of the Floorplan and all it's Awesome Quirkiness by Preserving as many Details as was possible and not re-designing everything.  Too many will gut a Historic Home, remodel it completely and presume to call it a Restoration.  It's Good to see our Beloved Old Homestead still standing like a sole remaining Sentinel of the Era it was built in, as Cities and Urban Sprawl grew up around it.   The odds of lasting that long for many Homes is slim or next to none... a Century in and still going strong.




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Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

9 comments:

  1. How amazing to have this opportunity.
    We have just purchased an apartment in a highrise much to our shock. Which we are contemplating moving into when it is built in two years.
    It's in our local town centre close to amenities, small enough for our empty nest years, and overlooks a lake. We are hoping it will give us the community we lack out in the suburbs, and help launch the kids into the world.
    We will soon find out!
    Xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. Congratulations Jack, I'm so happy for you and a view of a Lake sounds Amazing. Also, Community and Amenities are something as you Age are more important to you in the Golden Years and after Parenting Children no longer consumes most of your focus. I do contemplate what it will be like to finally have an Empty Nest and what exciting things I want to have the Freedom to do when my Free Time is expanded?!

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  2. You are so lucky to be friends with the new owner. My mother, aunt, and I were able to tour my grandparents old house once. The new owners had updated it, but kept the original floorplan, too.It was remarkable to see it in its new glory, even though I yearned for the original. Hard not to.

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    1. Yes, what WAS is sometimes yearned for even if what now IS does have it's merits. We were so Nomadic for so long that the Old Homestead is the only semblance of Roots I ever really had to a particular place lived at.

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  3. I'm so glad to hear they've kept it original and are doing a true restoration. I saw pictures of our old homestead just recently, and even if we were invited to come look (which we never would be) I woukdn't be able to - they wouldn't be tears of joy I'd be shedding. Lol

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    1. I Feel ya, I was almost afraid to enter just in case that would be my reaction... pleasantly surprised it wasn't and I had a Peace about his Process. Whew!

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  4. Oh! That was Bittersweet I'm sure! I drive by our child-rearing home in the city frequently but I don't want to see the inside now. I'm afraid it would make me too sad!

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    1. Yeah, that's always a risk huh when someone becomes the New Steward of a Beloved location... that Changes would not be Positive ones.

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  5. You can never go back only go forward (maybe in circles). Someone said that once...but---not important. Sometimes we have to hand over the stewardship---and your reasons were important and valid at the time. Every onward.... maybe with sometime to rock in a chair now and then.

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