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Once Upon A Time Someone Loved This House

If I had the money I would buy this house. Once upon a time someone loved it...

I was saddened to see it in such disrepair as it grinned at me from a barren yard...

I marveled at the stonework and longed to see the inside... I wanted to leave my card for the owner.

Alas, there was no mail box, no sign, no post, no plastic folder... There was nothing for me to do but wait

and hope that one day soon someone would come to care for it the way that I wanted to.

Once upon a time someone loved this house... I knew I could love it too...

(Jamaica Estates, Queens County, New York)

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Comment balloon 67 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 04 2008 10:29PM

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Carolyn, I love old architecture too. You could see the craftsmanship here, but time has worn it down. It would be nice to restore it to its grandeur.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Gary, that was exactly what I was thinking. I have friends that are outstanding designers, master carpenters, painters, sculptors... My neighbor is a partner in an extremely talented design firm. You can view an example of their construction work in my post on Cocina Latina. We have spoken about trying to find a house to rehabilitate and my heart flipped when I found this one.

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, it could be fantastic again. It is really too bad to see something grand fall in disrepair.

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 12 years ago

Fred, I agree 100% with you. I found myself thinking of Amy Grant singing, "If these walls could speak..."

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I feel the same way about old farm and plantation homes.  You just know they were vital to someones livelihood and loved by the family that lived there.  The stories they must have.

Posted by Terri Visser, CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate (Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC) about 12 years ago

C.-Wow, this home is amazing. I bet it was really beautiful at one time. I would also like to see the inside, so if you do get to go in it--do not forget the 'EYE CANDY".  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) about 12 years ago

Carolyn - how wonderful would it be for the home to be restored to its prior beauty. I hope that someone restores it.  I love the older architecture. Thanks for the article.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 12 years ago

C - What a beautiful home and it looks like it may be haunted. I wouldn't have a problem fixing it up and living in it. And if it was haunted and I couldn't help calm down the spirits I would turn around and sell it with a profit.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 12 years ago

Carolyn - What a cool looking place!  It is a shame to see something so unique sitting in disrepair like that.  Great pictures, as always.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 12 years ago

Oooh, that's a GREAT house Carolyn.  Fantastic find!  Even in its current state it's beautiful. 

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

Morning C,

Friends of ours, that live in central New York State, recently bought a hillside home very much like this one. It too needed to be shown the love and care it once enjoyed. Their undertaking will take some time, but their efforts are already obvious to passers-by.

I would love to be able to buy and bring this one back to its orginal state.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I hope someone will buy this house and fix it up and call it 'home'  again.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 12 years ago

I hope someone will buy this house and fix it up and call it 'home'  again.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 12 years ago

Terri, I know what you mean. I have a thing for country kitchens... Maybe because so much of my family is down South (LOL). Plantation homes are quite stately. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Laura, I will be checking on it hoping to catch someone going in or out. I did speak with a few neighbors and they said once in a while people do show up and do a little work. If I ever get to peek inside there will be lots of pictures, promise. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

 

Carolyn...

It's not just a house, it's history!

Featured in Whacked!!!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 12 years ago

C - great pictures, I do believe I have seen that house in a couple of horror movies or a period piece. Or maybe I have no idea what I am talking about. It is a cool old place that looks like it deserves some restoration.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Sharon, I hope someone restores it as well. It's an over-sized lot with a lovely old home just waiting to be discovered by the right person. I love houses with character.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Robert, it certainly has atmosphere (LOL). Anyone who restored this gem would do very well on the market. I shall do another turtle run and post more of Jamaica Estates so you can see what the homes immediately surrounding it look like. 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Interesting looking place, looks like an American four square, with a turret and tower added, wonderful setting, hopefully the backyard has alley assess so you don't have to climb those steps in the winter. Did you do some research to find out who owns it?

Posted by Mary Strang about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jason. I'm hoping the careful manner in which someone sealed it up means there will be hope for it later on. It is truly a unique place and deserves to be protected and restored...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Jesse, I agree. Even in its current state it is indeed beautiful... I hope I get to see the inside one day. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ What a great house!  I'm sure it's the "haunted house" for the neighborhood right now though.  How old is it do you think?  I'm intrigued that there was no mailbox, realtor sign or any indication of how to contact the owner. I guess you'd have to find out with old-fashioned footwork at the clerk's office if you were that interested in it.

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 12 years ago

Hal, it's wonderful your friends have taken on such a major project. I'm with you on this one - I'd buy it too if I could figure out how. Elizabeth Weintraub did such a fantastic remodel series. I bet I'd have fun following in her foot steps. The pictures and video would be very interesting. Who knows what we'd possibly discover if we ever starting working in there. I keep wondering if there is a fireplace and what materials would have been used for it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Gita, so do I. It's a wonderful neighborhood with such lovely landscaping projects and beautiful, mature trees. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Richard, thank you for the feature. It is very much appreciated, my friend. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Mary, I started the investigation yesterday (LOL). I'm hoping to discover more of its history. I keep thinking there has to be a story somewhere... maybe I'll get to tell a part of it someday. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kathy, great minds think alike (LOL). I was going through the Buildings Department records yesterday and will hit the Finance Department and City Register later to see what I can find out.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

It is sad to see it in that condition.  I feel certain you will figure this one out.

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi C ... Happy that you expressed this feeling.  I always look at houses as more than just structures.  A love of houses is one of the things that attracts me to this business.  Each in its own way is a creation.

Posted by Marie Meyer, Orange County New York Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Mel, I will certainly try. I am very curious about this home and would love to learn something about it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hi Marie. I am a lot like you. Homes are so much more than just structures and I can appreciate your love of the business because I love being in this industry as well. I am so looking forward to getting up there for a visit. I hope I get to see you before Christmas. Enjoy your day, sweetie. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Oh, I just hate seeing those beautiful old homes fall into disrepair when they could be the jewels of the neighborhood.  Some people are suckers for puppies and kittens - I'm a sucker for a beaten down home that just needs a little love.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 12 years ago

Can't you just imagine a little girl playing princess on the 3rd floor.... looking out the window?  Yes, it was loved one day....

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate about 12 years ago

Lisa, I love old homes with character that need a little TLC. I am a "This Old House" addict (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

April, I can imagine all of that and more... The backyard is huge... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you C but I think I like the home you have on your post. Try to get some info and see if it's for sale.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 12 years ago

Robert, I'll see what I can find out. I am very curious about this property.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn: We think alike, scary I know!!! I am forever driving by a house and saying...oh...I want to fix that one!!! Fortunately my hubby and i have a small company that buys and rehabs houses in Baltimore City so we have had the opportunity to love some old homes back to life. You should pull the tax records and seew ho owns that house it is fabulous...

 

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Posted by Kelly Willey, Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Kelly. I am working on investigating what I can find out about it. It's a gem of a building in a fabulous location.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Oh C, this home breaks my heart! (so many things on AR are doing that to me tonight).  I love it so much.  Is it even for sale?  Maybe when you start closing mega deals (and I know you will because you have great karma and a strong work ethic).  You can buy it and bring it back to it's original grandeur!  It looks big enough to have lots of out of town guests too...wink wink!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 12 years ago

Cristal, wouldn't it make a great HQ for Club Chaos and Minion TV? (LOL) This place is huge. I'd stick my desk in that round tower and call it a day if I could ever get my hands on it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hey C, It looks like an awesome. You never know dreams can come true. Maybe you'll get it one day.

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant about 12 years ago

Tanya, very well said. I am certainly inspired to chase down some mega deals so I can. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Yes!  Let's all chip in a few bucks and you can have it for Club Chaos, plus, if I chipped in, I wouldn't feel bad in crashing your pad should I take a trip to New York!!!!!!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 12 years ago

Haaaaa!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

What a poignant post.  You've also written a metaphor for life.  So many individuals are struggling right now that we often pass each other every day without taking the time to really look, listen and connect with what remains in all of us...the core beauty of the human soul. 

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Lola Audu I love the way you think, girlfriend. Very well said! Awesome and poetic while being very true. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Actually, today you inspired me.  So much so, that I wrote about this post and linked back here.  Here's the link & ...Thanks again for sharing this with your friends at Fraiche Aire.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Lola, I am honored. Thank you! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn~ It is a very sad time for a lot of people right now, and it breaks my heart.   This home has so much potential for the right person to provide it with all the TLC and repairs it needs....  I hope you end up with it and restore it to the masterpiece it once was and a "Home" to a very appreciative person...........

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 12 years ago

It does look like a really cool house, and it is depressing to see such a neat house not cared for.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 12 years ago

It is so sad to see homes that are so neglected.  The home in your post has great architecture and has so much potential to be a beautiful and loved home again!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Vickie. I was just talking to a new buyer yesterday who was very sad about losing his home several years ago because one spouse became ill and they fell behind in their payments. Up until the medical bills, they had pristine credit. It is so hard to catch up when a person falls behind. I hate when people assume the reasons why something is the way it is without looking into each individual fact of the matter. When I look at this home I always find myself wondering what happened and where are the people who own this home...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

JL, so very true on both counts...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Patricia, I agree with you 100%.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, What a beautiful old home.  Thank you for sharing it with us.  They just don't build homes with the character that they used to!!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Tami, you are very welcome. I agree. The old homes have a lot of personality. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Is the house in a historic neighborhood? If it is, might the historical society get involved? I live in one of several in Alexandria VA. A house like that should be restored. Though, the; H.S. can be a pain in the neck if you own a historic home. If you want to change say, the windows or back fence. But, they can help with these old homes that have fallen in to disrepair.

Carol

Posted by Carol Lynne Bull (Keller Williams) about 12 years ago

Carol, I will check the Building Department's records to see if that address is recorded as such. Who knows, maybe I'll find a work permit still open or plans on file for a pending job. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hi C., I am woefully behind in reading my friend's posts.  This one struck a chord.  I agree, I get very melancholy when I come across an old house that feels unloved.  It's very sad.  This home must have been a beauty in its day.  Loved your post about wanting a juicer and getting an oven!  Ask Jesse Clifton... this is the story of my life.  Does the red vacuum ring any bells??

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 12 years ago

Haaaa! Susan, I swear the moment that package came I thought about you (giggle). I remember muttering, "so this is what it feels like..." (LOL) How frustrating! God only knows what he'll bring through the door if I decide I need a new car! Maybe I should ask for one (ROTFL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Susan, many grand events must have happened in that magnificent structure.  It would be terrific to trace the ownership history on it, and the history of the family, or families, who once inhabited the house.  It might make for some terrific stories about a very elegant time.  Who knows in what part of history the stories surrounding this house might be.  Imagination leads to many ideas!  Thank you for the great post.

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) almost 12 years ago

Am I getting the credit for this post?  If so, thank you very much!  :)

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 12 years ago

LOL @ Susan. You are such an inspiration I can see why Renee has thanked you. Did I mention that I love you? I do, you know. Thank you for being my friend. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

You, C, are the inspiration.  and I love you right back!  I really do.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 12 years ago

Awwwww... (LOL) Virtual hugs and kisses, sis.  ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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