Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Old Grey House


Last April, I posted about our neighbor's house, which reminds me so much of the famous Grey Gardens. The owner recently passed on, the daughter will be moving, and the house will be going up for sale shortly. How I would love to have a house like this, but it would take more time and money than I have. Only half of the house has electricity, the front porch is a goner, as is the upper balcony. As you can see, the exterior has been neglected.





The weeds and shrubs have taken over the garden, but if you look closely you can still find the beauty. There really is something magical about this house.

There are so many of these old porch columns, that I forgot to count. I just hope that whoever buys the house, has plans to restore it. If not, I want the columns!


The formal living room has a fireplace and piano to the right.


I was asked to come over last weekend, as the daughter is trying to sell some of the items that they have no use for. They are keeping many wonderful things to remember their mother by, but it's impossible to keep it all. There was so much. As I walked into the dining room, there were things piled on the table and buffet. The kitchen cupboards were filled with Jewel Tea dishes, depression glass, carnival glass and more. My head was spinning and I didn't know where to start.




The view from the bottom of the staircase.


I love this stairway and railing, the high ceilings and windows trimmed in the old wood. I know these are common place in many parts of the U.S., but not so common where I live. I could have stood there for an hour taking it all in.


I actually lived in this house from birth to around 1 1/2 yrs of age, since we moved before my 2nd birthday. It would have been a wonderful house to grow up in and raise a big family. Not one, but two "hiding spots" under the stairwell. The only memory I have from living here are a few old photographs of me in a bassinet on top of a table, and on a swing in the back yard. Oh, and the story about me falling out of my bassinet onto the kitchen floor. Ouch.



Keeping my fingers crossed that this old house will live on.

13 comments:

My Shabby Roses said...

I'm with you Nancy! What a wonderful house. It would be so sad if someone tore it down, it is just beautiful! So much character.

Cheryl said...

OH that house is fabulous! What a treasure it will be fixed up-- *sigh* I love old homes but I don't have that kinda money to fix them up either lol
~Cheryl

Denise said...

oh its a beautiful house....I sure hope it lives on. It would be great if someone buys it and loves it and fixes it up......keep us updated

Devon Dumpling said...

What a beautiful old house - you can see it has potential! x

kathi @ traybella said...

wow...the potential for that home to become beautiful again. *sigh* a lovely project for someone lucky.
kathi

T said...

I sure hope someone who appreciates old houses purchases it and fixes it up. Do you know when the house was built? Love the inside.

A Vintage Mood said...

Swooning...

Hope you were able to still your heart long enough to purchase all the things you loved.

Miss Sew & So said...

The house looks incredibly beautiful and full of memories...including yours.
I can totally imagne how you felt when invited inside to see all the china & goodies...like your own private vintage stash...i bet you had a lovely time...
please let us know what happens with the house.
Melissa

Amy said...

oh:( sad story
take it bud!
you could tinker with it
put your shop in it!
hahahhaha! oh what a awesome place
xo

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh what an amazing home! It looks like it could be someones dream! I hope too, that it lives on!

Shellagh

ann at greenoak said...

thanks for the tour.....its wonderful...

sandra lee said...

What a neat house and I bet the people who lived there had some stories to tell. Great photos and I hope you got some sweet treasures...

Dolly said...

Ouuuuu I would love to rescue her...she is a beauty!
Well worth the love and sweat it would take to bring her back to her old glory!
I hope and pray the right person buys her and brings her back to life!

Hugz, Dolly