I've got Real Estate on my mind, always. After 15 years in the business, I just can't - nor do I want to - shut it off. Hi, I am Andrea, mom, runner, REALTOR®. It's become a part of my identity, it's who I am and who I want to be. I always scan neighborhoods and homes for style, charm, ideas, saleability. It doesn't matter if I'm just out running some errands, headed to the Eastern shore or traveling overseas.
Potential always catches my eye, and so does character. I am not a fan of clononials but very much adore [vintage] homes with original and/or unique features, as well as charming transformations. I admire and applaud any kind of preservation effort because I truly believe that every house tells a story. There's just something about homes that have turned into novels. You can literally feel these homes, sometimes it's a rather heavy and sad feeling, but often times it's warmth and happiness that greets you as soon as you catch a first glimpse or enter the house.
I happened upon such a charming transformation during a visit to Germany... this home just drew me in, and practically begged me to photograph it. I could not resist its charm and admired the attention to detail, the preservation of original features - just look at the dual stairs grand front door - and the skilled marriage of old and new.
As I was walking away, I ran into the owner who - rightly so - eyed me with suspicion at first. I quickly explained what I was doing and why, and he was so kind to tell me a bit about its history. Allow me a quick shout-out at this point, just in case he stumbles upon my blog post the same way I stumbled upon his lovely home: Thank you so much for your kindness and time, sir, I truly appreciated it as well as your house!
His home used to be the schoolhouse for a village near Halle/Saale in Saxony-Anhalt. It's been lovingly restored, inside and out, and sits close to the village's Main Street, across from an old castle and castle grounds. The Renaissance castle - Schloss Dieskau - dates back to the 15th century. Although it is privately owned, there's a gourmet restaurant, and the castle park is open to the public. It's a really pretty walk with a few educational stops along the way - well worth a visit should you ever happen to be in that part of the world.
P.S. The school house turned dream home is not for sale. However, should you want to invest in Real Estate in Germany, particularly East Germany (the market is hot!), I can help you make that happen. Give me a call, ich spreche deutsch and will put you in touch with just the right people.
Charming transformation: from old school house to residential home