Not many homes for sale come with a free used 1959 calendar. In fact I am willing to bed probably no other listing does.
Huh, this place looks more like some kind of general store than a house.
Oh. I see. I guess it used to be a general store. And in addition to the free calendar, you also get this lovely plaque in your yard encouraging random passers-by to gawk at your house.
Also, here. Have a map. No particular reason. I just like maps.
Once a general store, now it’s like living in a museum.
Hey Marty, check out the office in Pic 8 – convenient set of map drawers for all your maps! Map drawers… kinda like computer files, from before there were computers.
Most of this looks like it was before computers, but it seems to be in really good shape. Even the kitchen floor tiles are well preserved, despite seeming to date anywhere from the 1920s on. (Glad I googled it – had no idea linoleum was invented in 1860!)
I’m not sure what living here would be like, given the odd room sizes. Listing says 4 bedrooms – wish they’d shown them and the bathrooms. While there’s technically plenty of space in the main room to break up (if you choose) I’d hate to lose all that glorious natural light. With that many huge windows there’s a good chance it wouldn’t feel Sea-Tac gloomy even on the cloudiest days. The ivory walls and warm finished wood floors help, too.
Mostly what the building reminds me of is the dry-goods store my great and great-great grandfathers built around the turn of the 20th C. It, too, saw numerous incarnations, including as a post office. One of my fondest childhood memories is of my grandfather letting me twirl out the combination to his post office box on the fancy gold-painted, glass-windowed little door. The building’s still there, though the town’s almost gone.
It’s hard to believe someone lives there with that furniture configuration. That main room doesn’t exactly scream “cozy”, although I am fascinated by the one chair in that room — the one with the two huge finials on the back. It’s most clearly visible in photo #5. It almost looks like it started out life as a kneeler in a church, but it would have been an extremely uncomfortable one. It’s too low to the floor for a chair.
@MsWildhack: I thought the same thing about the “chair.” Fun Fact: the name for such a kneeler is a “prie-dieu” which translates literally as “pray [to] god.” Think I learned that one from “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Great show – learned all sorts of trivia from it.
The wood floors are really nice.