Monday, July 1, 2013

House Hunting

I'm fascinated with old and abandoned buildings.  About 10 years ago, there was an abandoned building next to the post office in my town.  My sister and I were asking about it and the woman who worked at the post office told us how she would get in, if she were to go in.  Not that she ever had.  The building was so much fun to creep around in with the hole in the floor to the basement and the large leaded glass windows and 8 fireplaces.  I even called the owner about buying it, but I didn't have the money to fix it.

Lately I have been looking at houses for real, but throughout the past few years I have been taking photos of some of my favorite abandoned buildings, and I thought I'd share those as well.  This isn't going to be one of those fancy house posts like the ones Rooth has.  It is more of a "what can I afford" post.

House Number One:

This isn't actually a house but it's large and conveniently located next to the Design Center.  I fell in love with this building this past winter when I worked right about where the photo was taken from.  There is plenty of parking, cool columns inside, and a micro brewery a block away.  You would have to be okay with airplanes riding low overhead and the giant cranes next door because, believe it or not, there is an actual dry dock on Drydock Ave.  It's okay, Danger is my middle name.

House Number Two:

I actually took a photo of this house and posted it on this blog about 2.5 years ago.  This house is swallowed up more and more every year by the trees and vines in the yard.  It's in a neighborhood of million dollar homes, and I'm pretty sure I would be mistaken for the help if my tiny Honda and I moved into this area where the streets are full of BMW SUVs.  The kids prowling the sidewalks look like they are straight out of Gossip Girl.  No lie.

House Number Three:

I'm pretty sure this is the only place I could afford in Boston and I'm in love with it.  Being over the ocean, the taxes are bound to be lower because there's no land to pay for.  It's missing a driveway though.  That's a drawback.  I like my car.

House Number Four:

I visited this building by accident while wandering around lost in Manhattan looking for Mott Street, or was it Watt Street?  It's next to that giant map in Chinatown {where I wasn't supposed to be} so it's probably expensive, but I bet I could make a killing renting out that billboard.

In all seriousness though, I have been looking at a couple of houses and am actually trying to figure out how to visit one of the buildings above.  None of these are any worse off, and some are in better shape than, the one house I actually dared visit so far.

Any advice for a first time house hunter with a "free to good home" budget? I keep hoping the perfect house will just fall into my lap.  That happens, right?


  1. Crawling around abandoned buildings - boy you are brave! Good luck with the house hunt! It took us almost 2 years to find our apt. and we saw some really crazy spaces. The only advice I can offer is to be patient and be flexible with what you're willing to concede. At least you're a designer so you can envision the potential with spaces :)

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  2. Girl you are brave with your abandoned buildings. I think I'd be more afraid of the ghosts than anything else. I know you'll find something with your house hunt - it's all about being patient. I'm not so good at the patience thing but you have a keen eye and you'll find something. Don't despair!


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