Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Old House Lust... And Lets Talk About Gentrification



There isn't a day that goes by that I don't Miss my Old Historic Home and long to go back... I'm still very Emotional about it.  I Wish I did not have to Sell it and could have been the one to fully Restore it and live out my Life there happily ever after.  But it was not meant to be, my Head knows it even tho' my Heart aches for having let it go... and so, tho' New Villa Boheme' is Lovely and Grandiose and Luxurious by comparison, I still have Old House Lust now.   Every once in a while I walk into an Old House and wistfully Lust and Imagine it is mine.  I know that should the Ideal one become available and affordable I'd be flipping my Luxury Villa in a heartbeat if The Man were on board to take another leap of Faith with me?  *LOL*




There's just something about Old Homes that draws me, regardless of condition or of habitability of them, it is no deterrent.  Most would see tired wrecks of places that have seen better days, I always see the Possibilities of bringing them back to Life and Enjoying their Unique Essence and Character, which Modern tract Homes just lack.  I don't care what anyone says, nothing in Subdivision Hell, even the Luxury Custom Homes, has the same Energy or Appeal for me.  There is a certain detachment for me in any New Home no matter how much of a Wow factor the builder attempted to infuse into it.   Yes, Lovely... Yawn... I'm just not easily Impressed with new stuff tho' I might Admire the features, this Home has spectacular details... BUT... I'd rather not Live in a Newer Home... so there.




I'm doing it but it is rather under Protest really, I'm Grateful for a Lovely Home, don't get me wrong I really am.  But my Heart is still back at my Old Homestead, which I agonized about having to give up and Miss terribly, I don't Love this Luxury Home as much, I just don't.  It's like having to give up that Beloved Old pair of Jeans or Shoes that feel and fit you just Right.  Because really they're falling apart and you can't fix them... maybe somebody can... but you know it's not YOU... and so reluctantly you have to let them go and buy the New ones and tolerate them.  They may look way better than the Old ones, and have way more buzzers and bells actually... but Truth be told you were Attached to the Old worn out ones and you would rather have been able to keep them, perhaps indefinitely.




Flipping the Old Homestead did exactly what it was Purposed to do in the Sale of it... pay off debts and medical bills that had piled up over years of The Man's lengthy illness and rehabilitation... and in the raising of Grandchildren on a fixed income.   It afforded me the Right to Adopt my Grandchildren since it could never have passed the stringent Adoption Standards for a Home, even tho' they'd lived there all their lives since birth!  So the 'new' Standards to Adopt opposed to being a Kinship Placement thru Child Protective Services were just silly and a damned beaurocrazy irony, but it had to be done, they were more than worth it.  I'd of given up anything to ensure they stayed with us no matter how ridiculous the Laundry List of 'Requirements' was to Qualify as an Adoptive Single Parent Grandmother!!!  Yeah, that part was ridiculous too, as if suddenly The Man didn't exist or Qualify as a Parental figure and sole financial Provider due to his Disability!   For Fifteen years he had... but not for Adoption... the Standard shifts.

  


And of coarse there was that other pesky detail, how Older Neighborhoods tend to become blighted when the Criminal element and Transient factor explodes within those aging Communities.  At some point you get tired of Victimization by Predatory types that are the scourge of any Community they occupy!  Let us not forget you're only a few people away from any Community having that situation and making it less desirable to stay than to flee and find Safer and more acceptable surroundings.   It's not that Subdivision Hell is immune to it just because it's not necessarily Urban... let some Tweakers, Crackheads, other Substance Abusing Addicts, Vandals, Thieves, Felons or Slim Shady's move next door and start victimizing that Community, bringing all their baggage with them, and any Neighborhood will start to circle the drain and decline!   I can drive thru many a Hood that used to be decent and presentable, nice places to live once... but it ain't no more!  And if you have a Beloved Home that becomes smack dab in the midst of Urban Decay or Rural Blight, well, cut your losses early, it's often all you can do.

  


Urban renewal happens, I've seen the reverse effect when an area Trends, but mostly and generally it takes years to reverse the adverse effects.  They have to develop and improve it to the point where most now cannot possibly afford it to ensure it improves sufficiently and stays that way... appealing to and conforming to middle class or wealthy tastes.  Gentrification works, once a developer is building multi-million dollar abodes, well, it has a way of forcing anything and anyone undesirable out.  I have a Love-Hate relationship with Gentrification actually... on the one hand I want Urban Blight to be fought against and Older Neighborhoods to become Safe and renovated Communities again, breathing New Life into them.  They have some of the most Lovely Historic areas and Character... it's the only way to Save it and bring people back who bailed when it hit the skids.




But not everyone who can't afford The Dream is bad or criminal or even part of the Problem of Urban Decay and Rural Blight.   I've been Poor, I've even been Homeless once, I was the same person I am now... same Ethics and Morals, same Pride of Ownership of whatever I did still have, same Character and Code of Living Well, same Desire of getting along and playing well with others.   So income or lack thereof does not necessarily denote Character or Ethics and Morals or lack thereof.  Fact is, everyone needs a place to live that is Safe and has a sense of Community, where Families can be raised, so it's a delicate balancing act, akin to high-wire walking.   If someone IS a mess you can get them out of the mess, but if the mess is still IN them, well, they tend to just fall right back into it.  




So it's more a Social Issue dealing Successfully with those who have become a scourge to their Communities and Society in general... and who become predatory or destroy everything around them.   I don't have the answers to that dilemma, I Hope one day it can be found tho'... to Restore people as well as Neighborhoods and Communities that have declined.   Right now most Gentrification drives out anyone who can't now afford to live in a place that becomes a Hot Commodity and Investors or Developers dump Millions into and so more affluent residents move into and change.   The change can be positive in so many ways, except for it doesn't necessarily play out fairly to Good People who just happen to have modest means and get driven out too.




Giving back to Communities isn't always a priority... seeing a Community as more than a Commodity isn't either.   Spreading the wealth equitably isn't ever a priority... that's why Developers and Investors can be rather ruthless in their Process and exploit whatever and whoever they can strong arm and land grab from.   Trust and Believe I spent over two years dealing with that Reality in the Sale of the Old Homestead!   I accepted less so as NOT to have my Historic Home Sold to an Investor or Developer and razed rather than restored... by Greedy Developers who just wanted to throw up Low Income High Density Housing since they felt the area warranted only that kind of development to get the most bang for their buck.  I Sold lower to a Restoration Specialist with a shared Love Of Old and modest means, I like what he's doing and the Vision and Love for Community he has, it was a good call even tho' it didn't net me top dollar to do the Right thing.




This Old Jewel I'm Sharing in Today's Post is only probably still existing because a Successful Business grew up around it, turned it Commercial and used the Old Adobe Ranch House and Grounds to Create a Unique Plant Nursery rather than tearing it down.   Most Businesses do not do that anymore, not necessarily cost effective to.  Tho' some Urban Renewal Projects are recognizing the Character and mixed Use of Historic Buildings that can be repurposed successfully and which have a draw BECAUSE of that Rare Character and Nostalgic element they impart to the Business.   Some Historic Commercial properties have been repurposed into Residential Lofts and such, which I would LOVE to own one of those lemme tell ya!   A Loft space from a converted Old Brick Warehouse from the turn of the Century is my Dreamscape to live in and Style!!!




But the Organic Graceful soft lines of this Aging Adobe Ranch House, which is a blend of Contemporary Art Deco and Classic Pueblo Revival Style is so Unique and Interesting that I Love everything about it!!!   I would guess it's Era to be Circa 1920-1930 and it is Huge so a rather affluent Rancher or Farmer probably built it way back when.   The rounded corners of every wall and soft Archways are like a Womb in the sensation of being inside of it.   Instead of a Lovely Tomb, which is how I often Feel inside of a Modern Lovely Home in Subdivision Hell... any of them.  Perhaps that's just me but it's how I Feel and I'm keeping it 100% about why aversion runs so deep to New Builds and I just can't seem to get Attached, even when I really, really try to accept them as Home.

    


The ceilings all had these smooth multi dimensional layers with lighting hidden inside, very Mod for it's day actually... that was quite Visionary and Futuristic for it's Era!   I Wonder who the Architect was and how such a Stylization that was so different was received back in the Twenties or Thirties?   Perhaps it was Owner built, like many Rural properties in the Wild West were, like our Old Homestead was, and they just went with what they liked and had on hand. Those are the Real Deal OOAK Properties that are Funky Cool and particularly Appeal to my Artistic and Creative Eye and Quirky Style Sensibilities.  *Smiles*  The more Unusual and Eccentric, the better in my Book!  *Ha ha ha*




Sure, the Traditional exists right alongside the Unusual Art Deco elements, the Niches where I know I'd place my Antique Spiritual Santos figures I've Collected.   I do like that New Villa Boheme' had enormous Niches and Archways everywhere... it's the Details like that which made me convinced I could Live in a Modern Home that replaced my Beloved Old Homestead.   I do Love this Home's attention to Classic Villa Details, I'm just not forming the Attachment I had expected to when you finally get an alleged Luxury Dream Home.  I should Feel way more Emotional Attachment to it all than I do... so it's a Weird sensation of Loving it and yet keeping detached and not even being able to force an Attachment that wouldn't make me ever want to move again!




The Man and I actually drive around Imagining where we'd Move to... so I just Feel as tho' we eventually will if the possibility presents itself.   And that too is different since at the Old Homestead I never could Imagine myself leaving it... and thus it was Agonizing and Emotional to HAVE to... having that Feeling of being forced out of it and to be moved along, even to Greener Pastures that certainly were a huge Improvement of Quality of Life.   I asked the Kiddos the other day if they Love their New Home?  Both admit they Miss our Old one and every chance we get they want to drive by it and be dropped off in the Old Neighborhood to be with what was Familiar and fully Embraced us as part of the Community.   They look longingly of where we once lived and a part of us is still there and still longs to be there, rather than here.




A Friend who Appreciates such Connections as those, even with run down Old Houses... asked me if... in the Future... if the Neighborhood revitalized enough and the Old Homestead came up for Sale again... would I repurchase it?  I Confessed I definitely would... I doubt I'd even hesitate... if Crime subsided and the Community stabilized from what has been wrought against it in recent years.  Because for many years it WAS an Ideal place to Live and raise our Family... I had no real complaints or concerns about that.  Even tho' it was considered The Hood by many, just because the demographic was Blue Collar or Lower Income hard working folks, and considered a Barrio.. but we Liked it and we fit in just fine... better than here!




Sorry, I can't wait to move out of here Gramma the Young Prince had confided to me, I don't like it here in this area even tho' the House is very bougie... and impressive.  I don't like the pretentious vibe nor the subtle racism I've experienced since moving here, I Feel like we don't 'Belong' here and so I can't wait to get out he lamented.  I felt so bad, like I'd made a wrong decision to come here when I heard those words and that sentiment... which I tended to Share with him actually.  It has nothing to do with what's a Nicer surrounding you see... a surrounding can be quite Lovely and just not be a right fit and so then you Feel misfit there.   If there is no sense of Community or of 'Belonging' then you just can easily Move On, there's nothing holding you there.   There is not much, if anything, holding us here or making us Feel all that Welcome I suppose and perhaps why we Feel so restless about staying put?




So the Old House Lust just makes it more Tempting to keep Seeking... and see what turns up in the Future?  Once all the Grandkids are Graduated then I won't have to worry about the Quality of the School Systems... tho' with Special Needs Kiddos I've found it hardly matters really.   The same opportunities just won't exist for them anyway so it's been rather a waste to have put any Eggs in that Basket!   In fact, Good School Ratings often make it so they don't want any Misfit Kiddos dragging down their spectacular Ratings so they tend to want to pawn them off and dump them almost anywhere "alternative", using the ruse it will be better for everyone concerned... which is discouraging and I was naive not to expect I suppose!!!




So honestly I can't wait to get thru the School Years with The G-Kid Force and be done with all that Drama with IEP's and the constant battles to get them educated and not have their Rights trampled just because they have Disabilities and Special Needs in the Classroom!   It's too exhausting and I suppose I'm too Old now to tolerate much resistance without calling folks out and being blunt and very much to the point... much to the chagrin of School Administrators.  *Smiles*   I don't know who they Hate seeing coming more... The Force or their Gramma Advocating for them?   Too bad... we won't just go away because it inconveniences anyone that they have Disabilities with no Cure or all the tidy little answers on how to deal with it inside or outside of the Classroom!   




I've been procrastinating in fact on putting in Improvements to this Home since I'm not certain how long I intend to even stay?   So I've waffled on things I normally would do to Improve where I Love and am Living.   I know I'm doing this... so every time I see something way Cool that would improve New Villa Boheme' my first inclination is, yeah, but could I take it WITH us when we LEAVE?!?   If the answer to that question is No, it would be a permanent Improvement and fixture to the Property, even if it would enhance Value, I typically Pass on the Investment.   I liked this Antique Door... we Need a Door or Gate to close off the Front Courtyard from the Street... I'm leaning towards an Old Cool Door rather than a Wrought Iron Gate like everyone else has. 




I'm Feeling very Insulated and Closed-Off anyway so why not install a Door... a big Ole' Solid one nobody can even see past to the Inner Sanctums of our Home and even the exterior Living Spaces?   It's not arched so it wouldn't fit properly, that was justification enough not to Invest in it... and I keep Putting Off even pricing a Fancy Iron Gate like everyone else has, even tho' they look purdy!  *LOL*   I just Feel it's so very Stepford to do what everyone else is doing, and Conforming is certainly not in my Nature, if I can get anything different past the HOA's Approval I'm going for it!  *Bwahahahahaha!*  BTW: Still Hate HOA's even tho' ours happens to be a very Nice one that doesn't harass the shit out of people or abuse their Authority over the Community at large... Thank God, that would drive me out quicker than hopping in a Race Car!




Oppressive HOA's are the Devil... those under the oppression of Bad HOA's I feel sorry in my Heart for actually.   I've known people to take a hit on the Sale of their Dream Homes to get out from under an HOA that is out of control and trying to control everything and anything.  When I was in my Corporate Life as an AVP of a Bank and Managing Collections and Foreclosure of Real Property, I had to Foreclose on numerous Homeowners whose HOA's had created such needless litigation or inflated fees that it caused people to default on their Loans due to the financial burdens it placed upon them.   Yes, the upside is they are charged with keeping a Community presentable and most do the job properly to protect property Values and Care for Common Areas, but it depends who they elect and what kind of abuse of Power that 'Management Team' might exert?




Like almost anything, WHO you are Dealing with has the greatest impact upon what you're gonna have to Deal with?!?   And right now I'm rather on an Old Hippie Anti-Establishment binge in case you couldn't tell?!   *Winks*  Do I think I'll put some years into getting New Villa Boheme' JUST SO and then pick up and just leave and have to start over AGAIN?   I really don't know for certain, mebbe I'll be too tired and lazy to... mebbe in Time I won't even want to bother to?  Mebbe the area will Improve enough it'll just be so Convenient finally that I'll stay put, who knows?   Mebbe infrastructure and the City will surround us in a Good way and this won't be out in the middle of nowhere forever?  I just know Wanderlust RIGHT NOW is making me so restless I can hardly stand it sometimes!




I know that Old House Lust and the longing for the City is tugging at me constantly... where there's things to do and people to Socialize with!  I Feel much more Alive in the City and not so much just Existing within pretty Walls, like a Pretty Tomb out in the middle of the Desert.  Hey, the Pyramids are way Cool and structurally Awesome, but I wouldn't wanna Live in them, you know?!? *Smiles*   I do like a certain amount of Solitude and Natural Splendor... so that Adjustment has been rather Enjoyable... not so much all the Commuting to get even a gallon of Milk when we're out and the nearest Grocery Store, Restaurant or Gas Station might as well be on another Planet!   I prefer a Good Walk Score... I really do... I had taken for Granted our Ideal Walk Score from Old Bohemian Valhalla in fact!!!




We really were near EVERYTHING weren't we, the Kiddos lamented when we drove past The Old House the other day and visited Friends in the Old Hood.  Lately I've had The Young Prince ask to leave with me for Work so I can drop him off in the Old Neighborhood to hang out and then he walks to our Antique Mall from there when my Night Shift is over.   With a few bucks in his pocket for meals and refreshments he's Happy as a Clam at High Tide... here he's mostly Miserable and one day blends into the next.   I have things to do, places to go, people to spend time with THERE he says... Yes, in The Hood... a most unlikely place to be Homesick for we thought... until now.




Old Neighbors rush up genuinely Happy to see us again, telling us how much they've Missed us all and asking how everyone is with Sincerity!   We've Missed them all too... I languish and visit with them all, as do the Grands.   Here I'm not entirely sure they'd piss on you if you were on Fire, it might be too much involvement?  I hear similar lamentations from everyone I know whose moved from an Older Community that was close to a newer Subdivision, it's the Norm they tell me... it's the direction Society is going.  I think that's rather tragic to consider, but I can Believe it... now that I've Experienced both 'Worlds'.




Being the frustrated Writer than I am it is therapeutic to just write down words, Feelings and frustrations sometimes.   Not so much to be Negative, but just to dump it all out there into the Universe where it can disperse and purge it so that toxins are released and Positive Energy remains.   So if you don't like a whiny ranting Post I probably should have made a Disclaimer at the beginning I suppose?   *LOL*   I'm not inclined to stay Negative tho' I do sometimes Feel Negative for whatever reasons have created that heaviness that I abhor and want to shake off!   So this is rather a shaking off kinda Post Today, coupled with Lovely Imagery from the Plant Nursery of Whitfill in Glendale and their Lovely Old Historic Home on the Property!




They have a lot of Good Stuff even if you don't Need Plants so I'd recommend going there to find some Cool Decor and Antiques as well.   I just Love the Atmosphere of the place, it's one of my Go To places when I'm Feeling like a Need for Historic Home Ambiance and Nature combined in an Idyllic setting!  This day I miraculously didn't buy a Plant or anything Cool even tho' so much of it was mighty Tempting!  *Gasp!!!*




Yeah, Believe it or not, the majority of the time I go out I don't buy anything at all... and almost all of the time I have no Intention to, so even when I do buy something it was Serendipity.   I don't NEED anything you see, I have absolutely everything in Life that I Need... it's Nice to come to that Season of Life where you can actually claim that!!!  In fact, most of what I have I don't NEED, I just WANT it and for now I'll hold onto it because I still Want to... not that I Need to... and that is quite Liberating!!!  I think I could fit every actual NEED into the back of my Truck like the Old Days of my Didi Kai Nomadic Living, so everything else is just a Want... a Like... or a Love.




The Nursery has a lot of Exotic Birds too... being around Nature reminds me all the more of what I don't really Need... so I've been spending more time around Nature on Purpose.    And realizing that in even a worse case scenario, all I'd really Need is a Simple Home no matter how humble, with regular Meals, with Good Friends and Family around me.  That's all we actually NEED... no more than that... the rest is just Window Dressing... and I certainly Like Window Dressing *Wink* but it's not Necessary.




In fact I view an abundance of Window Dressing and the having of the Good Stuff to be more of an Investment to utilize later on if I want more Options in the realm of say... ready Cash and what that can do for ya.  *Ha ha ha ha ha*   It's been rather more of my Retirement Plan since as a Retired Banker I don't like the direction other Investments have gone the way of, dismal returns and all that, with the exception of Real Estate perhaps, if you bought low and well, then Sold high.   So New Villa Boheme' is viewed kinda the same to me, a handy Investment Tool... wrapped up in being a Home... for now.




And tho' I Feel rather Conflicted about it all sometimes, Writing about it helps when I just Need to and this is my Blog so I can Write about whatever I want... complete Freedom!   Nobody has to Agree nor Disagree with the Opinions expressed in this Post... my ode to a Disclaimer... ya like it?  *winks*  Whether you Agree or just Agree to Disagree it's all Good.  If you too are a frustrated Writer and Feel the Need to weigh in about any or all of the Topics randomly discussed Today, feel Free.  Just don't get snarky about it coz I'm rather Testy lately and might come slightly unhinged in your direction.  Just because I'm Fragile at the moment Emotionally... it's been a Trying Week and I'm trying mightily not to be a ratchet bitch so don't send me over the edge to go There, OK?! *Bwahahahahaha!*




I still Need a Vacay... I will not however be getting one... I'll be going instead to Sky Zone to sit for two hours on Wednesday with The Princess and pay a fair amount of money to be bored out of my Mind and watch her bounce around merrily... for two long excruciating Hours... Yawn!  *LOL*  The Young Prince said he couldn't handle that, so just buy me a Video Game and some Batteries please in lieu of a Vacay Gramma... I'm Good he says, I don't Need anything else... that Kid and his Negotiating just cracks me up!!!  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*  He also added that he thinks mebbe I should indulge in some more Retail Therapy after taking one for the Team at Sky Zone to be with his Sister!  Sky Zone is not going to be a substitute for a day at the Beach for you Gramma he deadpans!  *LMAO*




Well, if that ain't the freakin' understatement of the Century... yeah, I doubt I'll be having any Fun at Sky Zone... we could place money on that bet as being a Sure thing!!!   But the sacrifices we'll make for the Little Ones, huh?   She is totally Jazzed... since Monday got rained out for the Water Park, which would have cost a fortune, literally I'm not exaggerating.  And sitting in the Hot Sun watching her splash around for a whole day is far less Torture than sitting inside air conditioned comfort at Sky Zone and paying far less for the boredom!  And I probably won't fry to a crisp or cause Trauma by wearing a bathing suit {some things you just can't unsee... you know?}... and Sky Zone has a two hour time limit to it's Torture for the Chaperone Grandparent!  *Winks*




And Hopefully she'll tucker herself clean out bouncing around on the Trampolines for two hours, one can only Hope?   The Young Prince wryly with his Gallows Humor suggests perhaps I should join her on the Trampolines and risk breaking a hip?  *LMAO*   Shut Up, if she hears that she might think that is an actual Option and risk I'm willing to take dammit!  Shhhhhhhhhhhh!   Just so you know my History with Trampolines, when I was quite Young {about Nine years old} and very Acrobatic, I once got a compound fracture of my arm on a Trampoline!  True Story, it was quite Gruesome and took Years to properly Heal... so I ain't Young nor Acrobatic now and so it seems like an even more Stupid Idea to get back on one!!!  *Ha ha ha*  Truth be told I'll be a bundle of nerves with her bouncing around on them for two hours since she's not the most Graceful Creature with her lanky self!




She can be rather like a Wounded Flamingo when she's doing Acrobatic Stuff or Running, she's all legs and no coordination that Kid!   Which is why we go thru so many Band-aides around here!   But she envisions herself as an Olympic Quality Gymnast and Fancy Dancer, so what can I say?   *Smiles*  Actually she Dances quite well, mebbe she should stick to that Natural Talent and forget the rest?!   But she's Eleven and so there are no limits to her Imagination of what she can be or do and I'm Okay with that.   Grandpa will not be going... in fact, he's rather Glad the Vacay Plans are nixed and he can sit comfortably in his Recliner with his Big Screen TV watching endless reruns of shows he doesn't remember watching several times already!   Like about five times... already... which is about as entertaining to me as going to Sky Zone with her!  In lieu of my long awaited Vacay on the Beach... hardly any Comparison!!!  Humnnnn... I Wonder if  they have Drinks with little Umbrellas served by Stud Muffins at Sky Zone?!!!  And I'm not kidding!!!  *LOL*



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

7 comments:

  1. I do love your posts...and seems to me, you just have to trust the Universe that this was the imperfect solution to what is still a huge heartache, but probably the right thing to do at the time. We have lived in this...little area since 1984 and still don't blend in, but our home is our sanctuary---and that is what the burbs is about, sadly.

    Enjoy the villa, and when the time is right, and your hubby is ready---grab the first chance---when it seems right. I do enjoy the pics of your new home as it morphs into 'home', don't let the thought of impermenence stop you from making it YOURS.
    grins, Sandi

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    1. Wise words taken to Heart my Friend, I Believe you are absolutely right, I just don't have a sense of permanence here even tho' the Home is Ideal... just wish I could pick it up and move it somewhere else! Ha ha ha

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  2. Like you, I love older homes, especially ones that I know its history. However, when we were looking for a home 15 years ago, my husband was recovering from a bad accident and there was no way that we could do the work that would be needed to one of those houses. We bought newer and I am happy with my decision, but when I drive past one of the many 200 to 300 year old homes nearby, I wish, I wish and I wish.

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    1. Your situation was very much like ours then, my DH is Disabled and has TBI so he could no longer do the work necessary in a Historic Home, which is always a Labor of Love with the emphasis on Labor! *winks* But I agree, my Lustfulness for Historic Homes is unabated. This is a Lovely newer Home and I know it was the right thing to do even tho' it was not the easy thing to do.

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  3. The Nursery business did a great job of using this house. I love seeing that happening in cities and towns. We live in a small town, and it is our sanctuary that we return to every evening after working in the Big City every day. . .and never would I trade living there for one of the flashy suburbs that we drive through. I agree with all that you write here, and it's a story that can be found everywhere (unfortunately). It has taken decades for some of the old neighborhoods to get revitalized here in Cleveland, and sure, it IS happening finally, but there's a lot to still be done: schools are not up to par, and there is still more crime IN the City than in the surrounding areas. But nothing can compare with the architecture of the older homes and buildings, so thank goodness there ARE people who see the potential. . .

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    1. I'm in complete Agreement with all you've Shared, I suppose there are Pros and Cons to living almost anywhere really... I'm Hoping to feel more of a sense of permanence where we are right now. But if not, I don't think I would be opposed to moving again even tho' moving becomes so much harder in your Senior years!

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  4. I used to wish I could live in a house such as your previous one. However hearing your anguish at leaving, maybe I'm better off never experiencing it. My closest was one we had to sell in N Z recently, built in the 60s, close to everything and so cute! We had 3 lovely years there and are grateful for the memories.
    Our current home is painted by me inside to add interest as it is sooo bland, in the suburbs.
    However recently I've noticed a new affection for its quirks as new houses are built around us, and the local shops opened an espresso bar with flair! Gasp! Maybe the neighbourhood is becoming acceptable after over 20 years living here in stagnation.
    However as you say, we count our blessings for shelter. I'm not surprised you love old houses, given the antiques you sell. You bleed antiquity...in a good way! Ha! xo Jazzy Jack

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