Love at first site, 30 years before.

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Recently I went with my sister over to our old town to see a piece of property that had just come on the market. It seems that she had fallen "in love" with the house 30 years ago and like any unrequited lover had pined for it from afar, tucking her longing for it away until one day she literally ran across it for sale. Hence our freezing early morning two hour drive that only a sister's love would make me get out of bed for.  As we rounded the corner, there it was, stark in its early colonial beauty, field stone circa 1760 complete with the oldest mill in the state on the property and heirloom fruit trees in the distance. I looked at my normally calm sister and her rapture was complete, even before we had crossed the threshold.

The inside was even more charming; woodstove in the kitchen, loft above with its own tiny fireplace. The greatroom boasted the original windows and the late January sun relected through them in wavy imperfection. The quirky crooked stairs, tiny baths and odd stone walls made the house speak to my sister and by the time we had gingerly made our way down from the attic, she had in her heart, bought the house.  Now, if only the bank will cooperate. It is a treasure and the history of the house and the land is palatable. I know that she will be more than happy there, blissful more like it, for the house has adopted her, as houses sometimes do, old wise one's anyway. They are a good match.  She will add her family's history (our family's history) to the long history of the property. It will be a rich addition. How does any of this have to really do with a real estate site? Remember, sometimes the house sells itself, you just have sit back and be quiet.

Comments (3)

Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

I am a firm believer that buying any home is all about love at first sight. Beautifully written post! Congratulations to your sister.

Feb 06, 2009 10:17 AM
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, TX
Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!

What a lovely story, Louise! So many of us can identify with the lure of a particular place and how it magnetically draws us in. I'm delighted for your sister that she was allowed to "come home" to her long-time dream, and I wish her the best of luck and happiness in her new home.

Feb 10, 2009 05:58 PM
Cass Liberman

I am now lucky enough to be living in a house that claimed me, just last year.  I saw it first online, and caught my breath.  When I finally stepped inside, I was home.  We bought it before selling our then-house, and owned both of them for 4 nervewracking months. 

I wish your sister luck in her quest for this house.  It sounds wonderful, challenging, and I am sure it will happily gobble up all her money, as does ours.  But I wouldn't trade this for the world.  Our house is newer, from 1832, and about the only thing that could dislodge me from it is a 1740s stone house in our former town in New Jersey.  In my secret heart, I think I really belong there.  (But don't tell this house!)

Keep on writing; let us know what happens!

Best wishes,  Cass

Feb 27, 2009 04:59 PM