I live in a pretty incredible area - in Montreal, It's an historical neighbourhood loaded with tons and tons of charm - and 20th century architecture, just steps away from the city center, it's also a pretty expensive neighbourhood ( in which I live in servants quarters basically compared to what I'm surrounded by )Because there are days I don't have furniture makeovers to show you - I've chosen Wednesdays to showcase and feature one or two homes that are for sale around here.................( or apartment - or duplex - or teepee )
Keep in mind this is in the heart of the city - so the prices reflect that - think Manhattan - where these places would cost 3 or 4 times what they're listed for here!
On occasion I'll showcase beautiful homes in other areas - countries - continents - the one thing most of them will have have in common will be their age - because I love old homes with stories to tell, join me won't you?
As I was getting ready to write up this post - I was overcome with sadness.
The realization is hitting home that for the first time in my life I won't be living in the heart of the city with my next move..............finances just won't allow us to buy the size we need in this area.
We've been on a real roller coaster ride in the last 5 years - life changed suddenly with the downfall of the economy - we had to sell our last home to survive really - and when we were lucky enough to find this one we sighed a breath of relief and thought - as small as it is - at least we're still in the city.....( which to be honest with you was MY criteria - not necessarily John's )
That was before I decided to paint and restore furniture and sadly this place just can't accommodate it.
I'm up and down about all of it - some days very excited to get into a new space - some days overridden with anxiety about the unknown and other days thinking just stop doing the furniture for crying out loud but I can't stop now - I'm in love with every aspect about this furniture thing - the hunt - the transformations - the smiles on people's faces when they pick them up - the extra bit of income - all of it.
So a move is imminent....,,,,
We haven't even listed the house yet - and I'm all over the internet checking what's out there -
We sold our last home in 8 hours - a duplex in a very sought after neighbourhood and found this the next day - so everything was very quick -
The neighbourhood we're in now is a very pricey one and I've noticed they take a lot longer to sell -
The realtor has appraised it at almost 500,000 - ( we only have 2 bedrooms - and I wouldn't even call one of them a bedroom - it's so tiny - that it's really an office ) and ONE bathroom so fingers are crossed that we're the exception to the rule once again...............but I'm 54 and come from a time when half a million would buy you a mansion - so can't imagine this going for that amount. At. ALL.
Those of you that follow know that I'm certainly undecided about what I want exactly - except that it not be a new build -
All this to let you know that this week's home is one that I have fallen in love with - ( again ) it's only 15 minutes out of the city - off the river ( St. Lawrence ) and needs a lot of TLC - A LOT - but let me know what you think of it !!!
It looks like a little English Cottage, doesn't it - I can see roses climbing everywhere in my mind ;)
You'll have to use your imagination for this week's I.W.L.T.W !!!!!!!!!
Shutters BLACK - first thing!!!
New landscaping - second thing !!!
POOL? ( THIRD THING )
DARK FLOORS - LIGHT GREY'S AND CREAM'S ON THE WALLS
LOVE....................DINING ROOM - ALL IT NEEDS IS PAINT AND A NEW CHANDELIER
THE KITCHEN NEEDS WORK - BUT I'M UP TO THAT
THIS ROOM IS OFF THE KITCHEN - IT WOULD BE LOVELY OPENED UP - THE PANELS PAINTED WHITE WITH PATIO DOORS LEADING TO THE BACK YARD DON'T YOU THINK?
OK LET'S GO UPSTAIRS..............( THEY REALLY LOVE ORANGE OBVIOUSLY )
LOVE THAT THERE'S A LARGE WINDOW ON THE LANDING
DECENT SIZE MASTER - GREAT WINDOWS - AND 2 VERY LARGE CUPBOARDS - A RARITY IN AN OLD HOME
iT HAS MY BELOVED RADIATORS !!!!!!!
BUT THIS NEXT PHOTO???
IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS FOR ME -
A CONVERTED GARAGE - WHERE I COULD DO MY FURNITURE
IF THIS PLACE IS NOT SCREAMING " SIMPLY VINTAGEOUS BY SUZAN " I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!!!
I'D HANG 2 CHANDELIERS IN HERE BY THE WAY - AND PAINT IT ALL WHITE - BECAUSE - WELL JUST
BECAUSE.....................CHECK OUT THE BUILT IN'S FOR MY PAINTS............
IT ALSO HAS A 4TH ROOM UPSTAIRS THAT THEY'RE CALLING AN OFFICE - NO PHOTO
2 BATHROOMS - NO PHOTOS ( OH OH - GUT JOB'S PROBABLY )
WHAT DO YOU THINK EVERYONE???
DO YOU ALL SEE THE POTENTIAL HERE THAT I SEE?
I'M REALLY IN LOVE WITH THIS ONE..............15 MINUTES FROM THE CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YEAH - I WOULD SAY I MOST DEFINITELY WANNA LIVE THERE........HAVE TO GET MY BUTT IN GEAR TO SELL THIS ONE NOW.
WISH ME LUCK.
SEND POSITIVE THOUGHTS MY WAY.
HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY ALL.
ok - this is the funniest thing - I thought it was Wednesday today- until Razmataz below commented on it...............and no one mentioned that I was off a day - OMG - I'm losing it I think LMHO.............
Happy Tuesday I guess :)
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