Have you ever wanted to see inside a house you lived in decades ago? Me too!
One of my readers recently contacted me with a listing for an old house she used to live in during the 1980’s.
“It looks beautiful now but they took out the red Chambers stove – travesty!”
Yes, blasphemous about the stove. But let’s have a peek inside this historic Colorado charmer…
The home is in a great location in the historic downtown area of Colorado Springs, and this is reflected in the $428,800 price tag. I know, I know.
But look how perfect it is!
Actually, you are getting 2 houses for the price of one because in addition to the 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom main house, there is ALSO a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house! (I believe these pictures only show the main house, though.)
The kitchen looks sharp, BUT, it is endlessly disappointing that someone yanked out the red vintage stove. A stove like the one pictured below:
Says the reader who used to live here [whom I shall refer to as “C” from one of my all-time favorite blogs: Nascara] –
I dream about the house and cooking on the Chambers stove … I never got scared there, not even with all of the old house noise. I felt loved by the house, enveloped in its care for me. I’ve never felt that way, before or since about a home.
I know the feeling.
A glimpse into the butler’s pantry:
(Note the intricate “hand carved” woodwork!! – C tells me that the original owner did all the wood carving himself!)
Upstairs, there are a couple of adorable bedrooms with those sloped ceilings that make the rooms feel like a cozy nursery:
The sweetest vintage bath….
C disclosed that she had the chance to purchase this house back in the 1980’s for a mere $80,000 but the heating costs were so exorbitant back then, it would have been too costly to afford.
“I cried the day we moved.” Says C.
Downstairs, a little nook to cheer your soul…
And a beautiful perennial garden out back….
I wonder if the old gal looked much different back in say, the 1960’s or ’70’s? Tastes do change over time – as I am reminded when I look back at the evolution of my childhood home.
Anyway, thanks to C from Nascara for telling me about this nostalgic gem – I can feel the love and affection for this old house.