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May 18, 2014

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Features of the “Almost” Houses: Part 2

 

By Eartha Kitsch

A few months back I did a post showing some of the special features in homes that my husband and I looked at on our house search last year. Since I have some more to show, I thought we should go another round! Even though the houses didn’t become “the one” for different reasons, there were so many original items left in the homes that we appreciated. I sometimes look back at the photos and wonder if the buyers of these homes left them intact. Let’s take a look!

 

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This patio was on the first house that we looked at during our search. We just loved the ironwork and the pink brick on the house. Decorative ironwork is definitely something that I wish would come back into style. We were in love with this house but unbeknownst to us, the house was already sold when we were squealing and running around it.

 

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This Den was in the second house that I looked at. Mr. Kitsch was out of the country so he completely missed this one. This one sold the first day on the market. You’re probably getting some idea of how hot the market is in Nashville. Just look at all of those shelves! Most people would think how fun it would be to fill them full of books but I was thinking, “Pyrex! Ooh!”

 

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Nutone definitely cornered the market in doorbells and intercom systems back in the day. So many different designs and I always feel stoked to see them still in houses – and still functioning at that!

 

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I had never seen this sink shape before.

 

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This adorable traditional fireplace was in a house that we were just mad about. Unfortunately, it was one bedroom short of what we needed. We tried to think up every scenario to make this house work but in the end, we had to let it go. The entire house had original doors, woodwork and flooring and it all glowed just like honey.

 

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This bathroom was in a house that a flipper ended up buying and it breaks my heart SO much. We didn’t bid on it because we thought we wouldn’t be able to win against multiple offers. When we found out later what he bought it for, we were proven wrong. Poor beautiful house. Maybe it got lucky and the bathroom remained. Here is another shot of that bathroom:

 

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I really like the combo of aqua, yellow and peach. This bathroom looked brand new too. I’m a wallpaper gal too so this room grabbed my heart right away.

Speaking of wallpaper, I have more to show you!

 

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This was in a house that towered over the river. Something about the house felt to me like it could just careen down the hill in a big rain storm so it was a big fat “no”.

 

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This is in another house. I’m a sucker for the classic kitchen designs in wallpaper like these teapots and coffee grinders. This is the era of my childhood so I’m probably a little biased in my nostalgia!

 

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This photo is of the same house. They were also having an estate sale so you’ll notice the merchandise around. I really like this boomerang patterned counter top.

 

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In this house you’ll see knotty pine and granny linoleum. I am ALL about it!

 

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This was another estate sale house that was going up for sale. The yard was too big for me so we didn’t pursue it. Pretty sweet bathroom though! If you’re looking for a house, remember to attend estate sales. Many times, right before a house is listed, an estate sale will be held there. It’s a good way to get an inside track.

 

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This beautiful knotty pine basement was all that was left in one of THE worst renovated houses that I have ever seen. This house literally crushed my soul that day. It was like the basement was being held hostage and couldn’t escape the horrors that awaited upstairs. Here is another view. Check out the fireplace and the patterned ceiling tiles:

 

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One of my friends was at this open house and she said that her little dog tried to jump off of the steep back deck, most likely to escape the horror that was this house. I’m glad that the pup’s demise was prevented AND that none of us bought this house.

 

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Here are some cool vanity tiles with gold trim. Oh, how I miss the razzle-dazzle of bathroom design! Did you know that Patsy Cline had gold glitter tile in her bathroom? Gold glitter. YES.

 

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Another thing that I am crazy about is double front doors. There is something so fancy feeling about them to me. I really like the raised design on this set. This is the house that I told you about in my previous post that had the “murder shack” feeling basement.

 

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The tiny details were what drew us in – and what drove our real estate agent CRAZY when she’d be two rooms ahead of us and turn around to find us staring at something like this thermostat. The font! The tiny little lightning bolts! She’d say, “What are y’all looking at? A THERMOSTAT??!” or……

 

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“Well, y’all…are you staring at a LIGHT SWITCH?!”

 

Ha! I only wish that you all could have been there with us. YOU would have understood, right?

Well, thanks for taking this virtual tour of houses past with me. I think we’re going to stay out of the cutthroat real estate market this year and just appreciate the ranch that we’re in. I’ll still be attending open houses though so that these details can be documented. I mean… a vintage house addict can’t quit cold turkey, right?

Join me next week when we resume our weekly time capsules for sale!

 

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7 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Features of the “Almost” Houses: Part 2

  1. Mr. Tiny Reply

    May 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh boy, I’m right there with you – the basements, the bathrooms – everything is beautiful! My very favorite thing is that glorious doorbell!

  2. Katie Reply

    May 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    That boomerang Formica!! Those bathrooms!! Oh, heavens!!

  3. Andrea Reply

    May 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I think they produced that granny vinyl flooring for half of forever. I am guessing the house you saw it in was 60′s? I’ve also seen that exact same pattern in the house my hubby grew up in which his dad built in the 70′s as well as the house I grew up in which my dad built in the 80′s. I’ve even got the scraps as some of the floor in the Barbie house my dad built me!

  4. Lassie Reply

    May 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    That shiny green tiled bathroom looks familiar, I remember it (I think) from a previous post. I was so entranced by a picture shown of shiny green tile in a little vanity alcove, with a mirror, where you could sit and do your hair…I was so fascinated I tracked down my husband and showed him, jabbering and pointing. He just smiled and nodded, clueless, LOL.

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Oh that pink brick…..I die…I die! Wow, everything in all the pics is simply FAB….don’t you wish you could just scoop it all up and take it with you?!

  6. Janice Reply

    May 19, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I adore the pink and blue bathroom! And like you, I wish fancy ironwork would come back. It’s a feature that always catches my eye. Thanks for sharing!

  7. S. S. Reply

    May 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Our bathroom growing up had that exact gold tile in the bathroom!

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