August 9, 2012

I’ll Take This: Old Shingle House

I love quirky houses, having grown up in one. And I also love shingle houses of a certain period, think early 1900’s. So when I saw this house on the market, I thought it was terrific. This house has so many elements that I just adore… let me count the ways.gladstone1

On-site parking and a porte cochere!image

Beautiful front entry and shutters, which I love – especially when they actually shut!image

Wrap-around front porch with bead board ceilings, which should be painted blue.image

Fabulous entry, check out the French doors leading up the stairs.image

Pocket doors – gotta love them!image

Library/sitting room with loads of space for books.image

One of several fireplaces.image

Sunroom with tile floor – perfect for overwintering plants.image

Second floor porch – looks to be on the side of the house. Perfect for a pre-bedtime drink.image

Love the details everywhere!image

Love the third-floor porch. Love the window on the right. Don’t like the deck – should be painted white to match the other woodwork. image

Too bad it just sold.

22 comments:

  1. Have to have that blue porch ceiling to repel mosquitos. "Porte Cochere. I am DYING. SO Tennessee Williams. I want to return to that world...and the kindness of strangers.

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    1. I love that word, too! I'd never heard it used in casual conversation until I moved to Wales and people actually had them... on their castles. HA!

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  2. Gosh, I'm right with you in loving so many of those details! Shame about the deck. I'm not familiar with the term 'shingle house'. Will have to go away and read about it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. They should have made the deck more sympathetic to the rest of the house... and they got $459k for the house.

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  3. Out of curiosity, what price did they get?

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  4. Love the details of this house - gorgeous!

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    1. it does have some great details, doesn't it!

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  5. We have been seeing much more modest shingle houses up here in Maine this week. Many of them of course, not actually shingle style, but merely covered in shingles. (And that deck should be removed.)

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    1. it;s that newport shingle style cottage that's so amazing... and agree about the deck.

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  6. What's with the taupe columns? Hopefully, they will be repainted too. I really like the classical 'x' balustrades though.

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    1. that taupe isn't doing the house any favours now, is it?

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  7. Love the porte cochere, can just feel the breeze that must flow through it on a Summer evening. The interior woodwork is also amazing, thanks for sharing the photos of this beautiful home!

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    1. it's a few blocks from the house where i grew up.

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  8. In addition to the price, the taxes would kill me. Is that one on Woodlawn? I used to drive around there when I was at Notre Dame a few years back.

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  9. Oh my favorite part is the X windows - love those!

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  10. Think I read a few weeks ago that it lacks central AC.....deal breaker. Think it was only in the high $600s.....

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  11. Great architectural designing of this home. I really love the second floor porch. Wish my place has a second floor porch too. :)

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  12. This would be my dream home...minus the deck! I hope the new owners take care of her.
    xo J~

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  13. Looks so good I could call it delicious, I wish I could sleep in that house for just a day!!!

    -Adam Ahmed

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  14. I think old houses really have unique character from other house that set them apart from the rest. And this would certainly get the attention of anyone would come near it. Anyway, were you planning to buy the house? I hope that you do. This is one stunning property, and a lot of buyers would surely take interest.

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