The moment we walked into this house, I felt at home.
The house was built in 1951, and only one other family has lived in it this entire time. They seem like people we would have liked to know: books, music and art are everywhere. During the home inspection, we noticed at least three copies of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.
The house is designed for a comfortable but practical lifestyle. Every room is meant to be used – every day.
One walks into a spacious foyer, the stairwell to the second floor on the left side and a large living room on the right. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, and enough room for a piano, and our bookcases and our large sofa.
Next to the living room is a formal dinning room with room for a table that will seat at least ten people. Covering the entire wall is a large window that looks out onto a shady, secluded back yard.
I see my family and my friends sitting in this room, enjoying a delicious meal, talking and laughing.
I see myself spending hours in this room, sitting at the table and writing.
The kitchen is old and outdated, but Jeff and I have big plans for it. Both of us love to cook, and for the first time we will get to design a kitchen the way we would like it to function. In this one room there are three large windows.
The second floor has three bedrooms, each with two or three windows that fill the space with light and air. The landing has enough room for a potted lemon tree that I plan on placing there to make the house smell like sunshine.
The current decor of the house is of a different age, but once we remove the heavy carpets, refinish the wooden floors, replace the kitchen and paint the walls, the space will take our family into a warm and comfortable embrace.
Tall trees surround and protect our little house. I don’t know what bulbs and flowers will come out in the spring, but am very eager to find out. I already have plans for the garden: hydrangeas and lavender in the front yard, lilacs in the back.
The house is on a quiet, tree-lined street within walking distance of my sister’s house and my friend Jelena’s condo, within walking distance of our downtown. During the warm weather months I can ride my bike to the farmer’s market.
Jeff and I are ready to accept stewardship of this lovely home for years to come. We’ll take good care of it, we promise.