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Beach Cottages For Sale With Ocean Views

4 Charming Beach Cottages For Sale on House Talk

4 Charming beach cottages for sale is my round-up on House Talk today.  Part of the American dream is to have a vacation home.  These 4 charming beach cottages come with ocean side views.  They can be a vacation destination or your home year round.

Like the Mermaid beach cottages on Tybee Island, beach cottages are often happy colorful places.  Some beach cottages have been around for years and are vintage homes.  Since most of us spend our time outdoors, beach cottages can be tiny houses all tied up in a bow because they come completely furnished.

Whatever your style, there are beach cottages out there waiting for you.  Here’s a look at four charming cottages from around the coastline.

Beach Cottages For Sale

Key Largo FL MLS ListingAsking Price: $1,495,000

Location: Key Largo, Florida

Sailing Away To Key Largo! Charming Keys Cottage at Ocean Reef has ocean views.  This is such a happy, colorful cottage it would hard to leave and go home if it was just a vacation place.  Make it your own and live here year round!

See the MLS listing for more information: Sotheby’s International Realty

Listing agent: Russell Post, Sotheby’s International Realty (305) 367-2027

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Midlife Crisis Queen Selling Her Home Faces New Adventure

Midlife Crisis Queen Selling Her Home Faces New Adventure

Midlife Crisis Queen is selling her home in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Author Laura Lee Carter blogs at Midlife Crisis Queen and has written about the major life change of selling your home, moving and retirement entitled Do I have the courage to live my dream?

Laura Lee Carter’s happy apple green home for sale must be the cutest on the block.  The exterior curb appeal makes me thirsty for more, so we are taking a bit of a home tour inside today.

I happened upon her other article about selling her move-in ready home and moving out of the city entitled The Big Move: Grasping versus Letting Go “for a cleaner, quieter, calmer existence.”  Whoosh, let that wash over you for a moment.  Doesn’t that sound like the most wonderful plan?

Laura’s heart is very attached to this house and for good reason.  She states since she grew up moving a lot, her Fort Collins, Colorado house is the first place that felt like home to her.

Midlife Crisis Queen Selling Her Home Faces New AdventureThis is typically called buyers or sellers remorse.  For Laura, I think it goes a little deeper and that is one thing I like about her home story. But, Laura and her husband are planning to build their dream home with mountain views in three directions.  Good-bye metro living, hello peace and tranquility.

I can see this happy green house selling pretty quick. Listing detail updates include newer windows, carpeting, vinyl, paint, roof…. Continue Reading

John Hughes House In Lake Forest On The Market

John Hughes House In Lake Forest On The Market

John Hughes house in Lake Forest, IL is on the market.  Just a block from Lake Michigan.

Love John Hughes movies and that he lived in the Chicagoland area and made movies here.  He is known for successful films like Home Alone and Home Alone 2; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; The Breakfast Club; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink and Weird Science.

John Hughes had a net worth of $150 million dollars per Celebrity Net Worth.

Sadly we are without this talented filmmaker as he died in 2009 of a heart attack at the age of 59 while walking on a street in Manhattan.

His home in Lake Forest is on the market with Coldwell Banker for $4,295,000.  A classic English house style with a brick and stucco exterior.  Originally built in 1929, and like a lot of older homes has stunning millwork and built-ins.

A whooping 10 bathrooms involves some being en-suite bedrooms.  Six bedrooms and a first floor in-law arrangement bedroom.

John Hughes House In Lake Forest On The Market

Perfect for entertaining or a large family.  The John Hughes house has an in-ground pool and lovely landscaping all set on over 2 acres. Unlike Home Alone, the attic is unfinished. Continue Reading

Little Victorian with White Gingerbread Trim

Little Victorian with White Gingerbread Trim

Historic Victorian with lots of white gingerbread trim to see today.  Isn’t she cute?  The listing does call this is Victorian and says it is a city landmark.

It’s an oldie, but goody built in 1853.

The vines growing on the stone exterior must be lovely to see in the summer.

Nevermind that, it’s winter here in Illinois like never before or again I hope.  Most houses have 5 times this much snow on them.  We have not had any melting like usual.

This is a house in Waukegan, IL up north from Chicago along Lake Michigan.  Waukegan is one of thee largest suburbs along the lake. Lovely to look at

Little Victorian has lots of gingerbread.  She looks good in the snow with her white trim.  A cute round fireplace flanked by fancy built-ins, large bay window and really nice updated modern kitchen.  Four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths that look updated.  All for $169,900.  Let’s take a small peek. Little Victorian with White Gingerbread Trim I don’t like the flat top garage. Our neighbors had a flat top garage like this and they put a fake roof on and it now looks great!Continue Reading

Queen Anne Cottage

Queen Anne Cottage

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Queen Anne Cottage is a must see little delight that lives in one of America’s quaintest towns, Geneva, IL.  I know it’s a quaint town because it is just minutes away from me.

It’s a Queen Anne Cottage built in 1893 that is not a big and tall Queen Anne Victorian, it is cottage sized, just right.

This little darling enchantment sits in the heart of the Geneva historic district.  Plus, plus, plus! It has a charming guest room and bath in the back yard.  This could be a home office, kid home from college and no job yet space, in-law space, or Au Pair Suite if you could afford such a luxury.

The interior is decorated just like you might think a Queen Anne Cottage would be decorated.  She is little, but big on space with the extra room out back.  Four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and $474,900.

Queen Anne Cottage 213 S 5th St Geneva IL

She looks like she has new landscaping ready to be tended by new owners. Continue Reading

Rossdhu Gate Scottish Tudor Castle

Rossdhu Gate Scottish Tudor Castle

Rossdhu Gate is a Scottish Tudor Castle royal home for sale in Chevy Chase Maryland. Rossdhu Gate is what remains today of a now gone 30 room castle.

The castle was originally built by Mrs. Daisy Calhoun and her husband, a wealthy Washington couple.  Daisy, being of Scottish descent, had the dream to build this nod to Scotland’s Rossdhu Castle, a 15th-century stone castle.

Rossdhu Gate is said to have a stone from the original 11th-century castle ruins of Robert the Bruce set somewhere.  Along the highway of ancestry, my family is linked to Robert the Bruce King of Scots or so the story goes.

Rossdhu Gate Circa 1928, original castle and this gatehouse photos from the past and story is well documented on Rossdhugate.

THE TRAGEDY: After the crash of 1929, Daisy had to move into the gatehouse. The property was auctioned off and the castle was demolished in 1957.

Still-standing Rossdhu Gate house has had four owners over the years.

Rossdhu Gate Scottish Tudor Castle

Wee Loch Lomond pond borders Rossdhu Gate.  Daisy used it for winter ice-skating parties and referred to it as Braemar Lodge in honor of her Scottish ancestors, House of Mar.

Rossdhu CastleRossdhugate

Daisy’s dream castle now gone, lives on in history. Continue Reading

Spanish Style Home Full of Romance and Character

Spanish Style Home Full of Romance and Character

A Spanish style home full of romance and ageless character for the Valentine in you.  Located adjacent to the California Heights historical district in the city of Signal HIll is this classic Spanish charmer.  The turquoise awning and flared roofline caught my attention.

Check out the welcoming entrance with tiled garden court.  Head inside and find a cozy period fireplace with a wall of built-ins and home sweet home decorating to show off in and make you want to call it your own.

Original oak hardwood floors.  Period light fixtures.  Cutest retro cottage kitchen with retro flooring and vintage stove.  Remodeled bathroom with period finishes. What is not to love?  We have to look.

Spanish Style Home Full of Romance and Character

Entrance 3312 Orange Ave Signal Hill, CA

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Real Estate House Talk Sampler

Real Estate House Talk Sampler

Real estate house talk today is a sampler.  Up first is Celebrity real estate for Billy Joel who has his luxurious oceanfront house back on the market.for $23,500,000. This is Billy Joel me: You may be right  I may be crazy, but it just may be a house lunatic you’re looking for.  Don’t try to save me.

Real estate House Talk 1.

Billy Joel’s Sagaponack house is listed with Corcoran.  It has just over an acre of property on the beach that he recently had shored up from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  And the house was renovated by the famous Nate Berkus!  Real estate house talk is that the home has been on and off the market since 2009.  Check out the piano paradise here.

Real Estate House Talk Sampler I never get tired of looking at Hampton beach houses or any beach house for that matter. Continue Reading