Thursday, July 2, 2009

Vintage Thursday: Want to buy a house?


This beautiful house in Berkeley, CA. is for sale. My sister and I went to an Art Festival a few weeks ago and on our way home we saw an "home open" sign. When we saw the house we came to a screeching halt, parked the car and went inside for a look. Wow! This is a gorgeous old home built in 1914. ( for all of you youngsters, that was before EVERYTHING. Most folks were still driving around in a buggy pulled by horses.) It's in "move in" condition and is being sold at a "bargain" price..., well, a bargain for Berkeley.

It has 3 bedrooms( each with it's own sun porch), 3 full baths, a lovely terrace off the living room that's covered with Wisteria and a remodeled kitchen with a pantry to die for. It's all redwood and the wonderful staircase leads to a landing with windows and built in shelves and file or magazine slots. There is a distant view of San Francisco Bay and each window looks out over other lovely homes and gardens. The house is 3439 sq. ft. on a lot of 7600 sq. ft. I don't know about the condition of the plumbing and electricity but in a house this old it would be a good idea to ask questions.

This home is so beautiful and has such a good feel about it. My sister and I walked through it thinking about how nice it would be to live here..., talking about what we would do if we owned it and how we would decorate it and the surrounding garden. Oh, well, we can dream. It's always fun to dream.
This home was special. I could feel the love and comfort whispering in every corner. As we left, I thought I heard a quiet voice...., "Buy me, please. Love me. I need a family to move into me and I will wrap my wooden arms around them forever....
Is anyone interested ?

For other Vintage posts, see the list on Colorado Lady's Blog. Click on photos for a close up view.
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21 comments:

Coloradolady said...

What a beautiful home. I can just imagine loving living here, so pretty and looks to be well taken care of.

Have a great VTT and a wonderful holiday weekend.

Joanne said...

O.K. THIS is my idea of a home!!!! Glad you stopped and snapped these pictures of some wonderful art/craft style fixtures, tiles and the home. I can only imagine the asking price....if it weren't the whole money thing, I would move in an instant.

Madeline's Album said...

Connie it is a beautiful house but it is a little to expensive for me. Your photos are great. Have a great evening and a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Madeline

LV said...

What a beautiful house and you made it more interesting by your post. I can see why you would like it, but I would not even dream of a house like this. Thank you for sharing and for visiting my post.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a beautiful house, ready to be a home for some lucky family! I love that pink bathroom, don't you?

the wild raspberry said...

oh man...it is really lovely indeed.
if i could talk my entire family into moving to cali
:)
chasity

CHER said...

Before everything???? ha ha I love that!!!! Have a blessed day!!! cher

Sue said...

The whole CA housing market just stumps me! A house that is valued at two million there would probably be a $350,000/400,000 home here. So are ya gonna tell what the asking price of this baby was?! It looks as if it has had some restoration. Can you imagine what it might still possibly need? Awesome bones, though...

I looked up to see where the Mokelumne River was since you said you were in the Sierra foothills in an earlier post. I was just in Mariposa late spring. Now, I know that is south of you, so you must have even prettier scenery, right? When we flew over the Sierras to Vegas, I was in awe. I grew up in the Rockies, but the Sierras put them to shame.... You must thoroughly enjoy where you live!

Thanks for paying a visit. Sue

Miri said...

Beautiful house! I love the bathroom...original tile, sink and even toilet tank-love the tank handle! Just beautiful-thanks for sharing.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

I think I can feel the pulse of this house all the way down here in Cambria. ITs the kitchen, that's where I felt jolted into attention. That sink! Even the galvinaized trash can looked like the original. Do you think they'd take a teapot as a down payment?

Karen Deborah said...

you forgot to list the price! I'm dying to know was it a million? a million and a half? well do tell!

Karen Deborah said...

whoops just saw the fine print.

castlewon said...

I'll buy it with my next million :-)

Reddirt Woman said...

I love an old home that's been cared for and loved. You can just feel it when you walk in...

I'd have to win the lottery to own it though... I have to think real hard to purchase something in 3 digits. That is way more than 3 digits.

Thank you for sharing your walk through.

Helen

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

beautiful homes.. always love old homes.. feel the warm & comfort and most importantly LOVE!.. thanks for sharing this home.. Happy VTT

Room With A Past Roomie said...

I LOVE the bathroom!!! Thanks for sharing!

jojo said...

this is obviously a home that has been well loved, oh the stories it could tell. If I wish upon a star maybe it will choose me...;p

Riki Schumacher said...

Wow, we should all go together and buy that house! Love it. Thanks for stopping by, the cord used for the necklace is a leather cord. It is brown, but looks black in the pic. Take care.

Becky said...

Its lovely. I couldn't imagine what we would do with all that space.

Bea said...

After living in our 1890 handy man's dream, I would love to buy anything anywhere that was move in ready. =)

Jo said...

I am putting my jogging shoes on as I type this. Then I need to locate my check book and I will run right over and put my earnest money down. What a beautiful house.