Easy to maintain, inexpensive to furnish, low taxes, modest sales price, and general fitting their lifestyle like a great little black dress or that perfect leather glove worn in over years of use. And the fact that these folks are acclimated to less than over-sized spaces cause they live in the NYC metro area, the well-design, low cost homes were just a perfect additional to the upstate real estate landscape.
We just started Cottage 44.
Here's the living room, with the radiators, Jacobean stained floor, cable rails, salvaged rails and reclaimed stair posts, locally harvested stone, and a wood burning fireplace.
Different angle. This 1300 sq ft 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath on 5 acres has a security system, wide plank floors, a mudroom, tile baths, awesome kitchen, screened porch, covered front porch, big back deck and a man-shed - and that's just a cursory review of what's under the hood.
The old wood burning fireplace.
Great traditional kitchen with open shelves, farm sink and shaker cabinets.
Dining room with lots of light -
An instant classic photo. I think our homes really are accentuated over the holidays - even 'warmer' than typical, even more of a 'respite' than normal, even more of a 'victory lap' than typical for our accomplished fast set buyers from NYC area. Holidays are about Home, and our houses are inarguably Homes.
"What makes your houses so special?" "Cause they are 'homes', not just houses, that intangible, inarticulatable, subtle emotive feedback our homes give, especially with a wreath on the door and Christmas candles in the windows."
The mudroom area.
Out to the screened porch.
From the mudroom to the kitchen, powder room on the left, painted white wainscotting, radiator.
Going up the stairs.
2nd floor bath.
From the bath to the deck, back yard and man shed.
Bedroom 1. This Cottage has big bedrooms.
The front porch.
Sure, the decorations might be a little heavy on the lower part of the tree...