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Restored Old House For Sale: Darling 1921 Cottage

Looking At An Eye-Popping Red Cottage in Florida

Look at this restored old house for sale that now looks brand new, but with all the charms of old world style.  Once your head stops reeling, soak up all the details about this darling Naples, Florida cottage.

It’s got an eye-popping red and white exterior accented by a bright blue awning, but wait until you get a load of the interior!

This restored old house for sale is hailed as “a prominent and rare opportunity to own a famed historic cottage in the heart of Old Naples.”

Everything has been updated and nothing looks old or outdated at all!

Plus, if you visit me often, one of my favorites; a one bedroom, one bathroom, vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, screened porch, full kitchen….Guest House!!

Well it’s not a completely restored old house. There’s a new pool pavillion with all the party necessities like an outdoor kitchen and island-style bar of course because this is beachy Florida peeps.

Restored Old House For Sale: Darling 1921 Cottage Gosh I love the look of this easy living beach style house.  Do you adore all the space and color on the walls like I do?  I especially like the heart in the hutch, all the shutters, and double french doors. Continue Reading

Real Estate RoundUp: A Storybook Cottage and More

Real Estate RoundUp: A Storybook Cottage and More

Real Estate roundup.  Here are 3 homes that caught my attention this week or sent to me by fans.

Real Estate Roundup #1.

A storybook cottage in a place I would not expect, Minneapolis, MN. Castles in the air come true.  It looks just like an idyllic Thomas Kinkade paradise home.

Whimsical rounded cedar shingle roof. As wonderful to see from the front as the back. Just two bedrooms and circa 1921. Real Estate RoundUp: A Storybook Cottage and MoreThis dreamy home comes to us from Great Homes and Destinations on NYTimes where you can see more interior photos of the cottage along with other homes featured as “Homes for $750,000″, which is exactly the price of this house.

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Golden Storybook Cottage In Carmel By The Sea

Come See This Little Yellow Storybook Cottage

Golden storybook cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.  The minute my eyes caught a glimpse I knew a Once Upon a Time dream home had been found.

I don’t live in California and I’m a little short of cash on the asking price.  No matter, she is stuck in my heart.  I have to share this storybook cottage with you.

Sothebys Homes calls her a precious Carmel cottage.  I call her a charming little yellow cottage. Little yellow houses on HK is a popular post.  People love homes like today’s golden storybook cottage.

Some of the charming details include: “This house is behind a picket fence in the heart of Carmel. A secret hideaway downstairs.  French doors to outside.”

Just reading about this yellow cottage makes me smile and I bet you will too when you see inside. I love the golden brick fireplace, sweet cottage kitchen and shutters flanking the dining area. Find out what you like too.

Golden Storybook Cottage In Carmel By The SeaThis is a happy place that makes me feel lively.  The whimsical banisters and arbors frame the homes welcoming entrance perfectly.Continue Reading

The American Dream -The Little Houses That Could

The American Dream to Own a House is Still Out There!

The American Dream to own a house is not lost.  With a little searching and patience, we can find homes to buy to call our own.

They don’t have to cost a quarter million dollars.

The American Dream is not dead! Don’t believe it, don’t get discouraged!

There is a house out there just waiting for you to love them.  Maybe they need some fixing up.  Maybe they need a lot of fixing up.  Look past the outdated kitchen cabinets, they can be repainted a beautiful color or pristine white.

Perhaps they’re too close to town or not far enough away from town. Whatever the case, we all start somewhere.

Here are some little houses that could.  They could be your American Dream come true with some tender loving care.  Some of them are all set to go.The American Dream -The Little Houses That CouldThis little Victorian that could be you American Dream is in Spokane, Washington for $89,900

Victorian on a Corner Lot

4 Bedrooms

New Roof and paint, high ceilings

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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