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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Real Estate Road Trip

I love fall! Sadly, I have not had the fall experience since we moved to the Phoenix area, from Georgia, three years ago. My cousin tortures me by sending me pictures of homes that are for sale in other parts country that actually have a fall. Like this beauty in Savannah.
It is a lovely Queen Anne style home circa 1903 in Ardsley Park.

It has been recently renovated and much of the house remains true to the period.

What calls your name, the window or the door?

If this were my home, I would place the wicker on the front porch and have a large round table centered under the light fixture and cover it with books and treasures.
Exposed brick, a fireplace in the kitchen and a Victorian sideboard~love, love, love!
The floors are just beautiful! There are other pretty pictures on the Sotheby's website.
I know a few of my readers are moving, so I thought I'd offer a few tips when trying to sell a home. Make sure excess papers are stacked neatly in a pile or even better, in a basket. This will allow potential buyers to more easily envision themselves in the home, IE sitting on the window seat. Also, check the expiration date of your floral arrangements, both natural and faux.
When anticipating a move, go ahead and pack up some of the excess furniture and accessories and place the items neatly stacked in the garage or invest in a temporary storage unit. It will make your rooms appear cleaner and larger. Please no PODS in the driveway though. :)

Buyers: When looking at a home, if the house is perfect, with the exception of the wall color, remember you can always choose another color, paint is not permanent.

In real estate staging, keep in mind the famous quote by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, "Less is more." While the "curtains" do match the chaise, they are blocking a beautiful view, as well as the light.

Thank you for dreaming with me.


Jan Ely said...

I lust for this house! As long as we're all dreaming -- what are they asking for it?!?!?

Mimi Sue said...

What a beautiful home. I lived in California for most of my life. When we moved to Utah the seasons have been such a treat. I love them. Mimi

Shimmy Mom said...

What a gorgeous house. I used to dream of living in a house like that. I'm realizing it won't happen, but I still love lookin'. Thanks for the moving tips!

BrineS said...

The window is calling me. I want to sit there and read a book!

Glenda said...

Well I see her point. I love the house.

And what catches my attention........ is both the door and window.

I love house hunting on sites it doesn't cost a cent.

My sister lives in Albuquerque and she say's they have season, but there not as obvious as they are back East.


A Hint of Home said...

It looks like an exceptional home. I agree with your ideas and tips.
I could picture myself living there.

Elizabeth said...

Great advice, but I'm glad I'm not selling anytime soon!
Love that Queen Anne!

Liz said...

That is a true dream home. What fun to decorate and entertain in!


Her Shabbiness said...

Who wouldn't want to live in such a gorgeous home? I enjoyed viewing the pictures of it, inside and out.

The door and windows are gorgeous, but it was the staircase that called out to me for some reason.

I live in California and while we technically have seasons, we really don't have true seasons like other parts of the country. I got to experience Fall when I visited back east many moons ago. It was spectacular. I've never seen anything like it living in California. Atleast where I live.

Thanks for sharing.

Miss Sandy said...

Your comment on real estate staging has brought to mind my latest addiction, the HGTV show Stagers. I love seeing how they do it and get great ideas for different styles and design challenges. Have you seen it?

P.S. Were it in my budget, I'd snag that home in Savannah!