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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rivaling Resemblances

I have recently started reading the New York Times by request of my Father. By reading the New York Times I really mean getting on and skimming through articles that grab my attention.  

I have been known to read something of importance now and then. Especially the articles about the oil spill. I have been brain storming ways to help solve the problem with the oil spreading throughout our beautiful ocean. I believe I found one! Susie, my extremely "Green" coworker, even approved and told me to write the White House. So, I spent a few minutes Google-ing "how to email the White House."  When nothing promising arose, I moved on. 

It just so happens there are some interesting articles in the New York Times. Who knew? Anyway, that is how I found this article on property values called What You Get for... $500,000.

Published: June 1, 2010

WHAT: A three-bedroom, two-and a half bath house in a century-old former trolley depot
HOW MUCH: $510,000
SIZE: 2,700 square feet
SETTING: This house — originally a trolley depot built in 1909 — is in Grant Park, a historic neighborhood just outside downtown Atlanta. The park for which the neighborhood is named is two blocks away. It has 131 acres, a zoo and the Cyclorama, a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, standing 42 feet tall and spanning 358 feet in circumference. The neighborhood’s main commercial street, Moreland Avenue, is about a mile away.
INSIDE: The building was converted to a residence in 2009. The owners refinished the concrete floors, exposed brick walls and added several reclaimed and recycled features, including a stone mantel that was salvaged from an 18th-century French castle and a spiral staircase from a French bistro (one of the current owners is a French antiques dealer).
The wide-plank wood floors in the kitchen and upstairs bedrooms were recovered from a local factory, and many bricks came from buildings being demolished in the area.
OUTDOOR SPACE: A terrace off the master bedroom, a garden off the second level, a walled-in yard and a courtyard off the kitchen.
CONTACT: Sara Lee Parker and Heyward Young, Sanctuary Real Estate (678) 575-2258/(404) 784-7063;
TAXES: $2,930 a year.

Obviously, I am more of a visual person and the images and pictures grab my attention more than headlines and words. So, you can see why this article grabbed my attention. One, it's a picture, two, it's of an industrial looking home and three, the Living Room bares a resemblance to a residence I am quite familiar with. 

As interesting as the title sounds, and it is interesting to see what you get for $500,000 in different cities, what really got my attention was of the interior images of the home.

The front of the home, which used to be a Trolley Depot built in 1909, is very interesting but isn't my favorite part of the house. 

What got my attention was this room...

Looks kinda similar to this room...

Yeah, that's what I thought too. That could be why it stood out so much to me!
Thanks to my Mom for snapping some quick pics on her iPhone for me!
Obviously from my previous statement, you might guess the two above images are of my parents house in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 I wouldn't mind this Kitchen either. Very clean looking. I love the wide plank hardwood floors and stainless used throughout. I would probably have left the brick untouched instead of painting it white. 

I could definitely hang out here for a while. I love the simplistic look and feel of the bedrooms. The white walls, white bedding, white chaise along with the dark accent of the armoire and the flowy curtains that let in great light. I don't know why they didn't carry the wide plank hardwood floors into the bedrooms. I probably would have. 

The next few images slightly remind me of my coworkers house in the Hamptons. I did a post about her house last October called Elle Decor August 2006.

I love the white on white. I also like the square cut outs in the walls behind the bed. I think that is a nice architectural design element. 

I love dark slate in bathrooms. It is something I wish to do one day. However, I probably would have used slabs versus tiles. I know tiles are cheaper but the slab look appeals more to my eye. I love the use of the circular windows! I also love the contemporary vanity. 

What a neat idea for seating. I wish I had this on the roof of my building here in New York City. Maybe one day! 

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