Monthly Archives: April 2012

Amazing log home for sale in Heyden, Ontario

I’m in love (with this luxurious Canadian log cabin!)

photo courtesy of: Jason Lawrence

I came across this Northern Ontario beauty on Facebook (thanks Jason!). It is listed for sale by owner at $345,000 (CD).

photo couretesy of: Jason Lawrence

It is located 20 minutes north of Sault Ste. Maire in the Heyden/Lower Island Lake area (my hometown region!)

This “Contemporary Rustic” style home has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is situated on 4.78 acres of wooded land with private access to the lake.

photo courtesy of: Jason Lawrence

The gorgeous, rugged, rural area of Heyden is a short drive away from all the amenities of a mid-sized city. It is one of the places I would seriously consider if I ever returned to live in Canada again.

photo courtesy of: Jason Lawrence

Have a look inside…

photo courtesy of: Jason Lawrence

Stylin’ for a log cabin right? (Usually log homes are so dark and heavy!)

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National Open House Weekend find – unique 1910 Cheyenne Canyon cottage!

This weekend was the National Open House weekend, and being as house crazy as I am, I couldn’t let this pass without going to visit a couple of open houses.

We drove up to Colorado Springs and came across this amazing historic cabin by chance (and via good signage on the realtor’s part).

image from: zillow.com

This place is way out of our price range, but is located in a really desirable area – tucked in Cheyenne Canyon in the southwest part of Colorado Springs.

And it is wonderfully funky!

image from: zillow.com

This house is basically a newer (well, 1970′s-1980′s) home built around a historic 1910 cabin. The layout is very bizarre and confusing – but in a good way. It has tons of character – probably too much for most people – but we just loved it! (My kids were literally running in circles around the built-in round table!)

image from: zillow.com

The realtor - who has the house listed - was really good about us bringing hyper-active kids into an open house (which we always feel guilty about!)

You can view her website at: http://kimkproperties.com/

The house is listed at $585,000 and has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 wood-burning fireplaces!

image from: zillow.com

The older part of the cabin has incredibly rustic log beams on the ceilings with the bark still on them from 1910! It was really quite amazing.

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Lovely English Cottage for sale in L.A.

The fabulous L.A. real estate blog Soulful Abode recently highlighted a vintage house on the market in Glendale, California (a Los Angeles Eastside neighborhood).

For all you cottage lovers, this place is about as close as they come to perfection…

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

This 1924 English Cottage is listed at $539,000 and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1,613 square feet.

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

Technically, it’s not actually English, since it was built in California, but have a look inside – you may as well be in the English countryside in this home! It is so quaint!

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

Features include original fireplace, moldings, built-ins, a vintage Wedgewood, a modern kitchen and a 463 sq. ft. sun room/guest room/office in the attic. The kitchen opens up to an inviting, blooming backyard that almost steals the whole show.

- from: http://soulfulabode.com/2012/04/lovely-english-cottage-gets-upstaged-by-yard/

My eyes just about bulged out of my head when I saw this charming kitchen:

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

How could you NOT love a kitchen like this?

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Beauty by the Bay in San Francisco

image from: http://content.uniquehomes.com/2012/02/a-house-for-spaceship-earth/

I found this gorgeous custom green-built home in an article by Jennifer Martin on the Unique Homes website. She writes about a woman named Helene who obtained a master’s degree in environmental science and then set out to build an unparalleled eco-friendly home.

image from: http://content.uniquehomes.com/2012/02/a-house-for-spaceship-earth/

Helene and her family purchased an existing traditional home with views of San Francisco’s North Bay and “deconstructed the old house by hand”. Most of the pieces from the old house were donated, recycled or reused in the construction of the new home.

The project began in 2008 and took 18 months to complete – which I thought was a long period of time, but the homeowner was elated with how “quickly” the project progressed.

(I’m known to be impatient.)

image from: http://content.uniquehomes.com/2012/02/a-house-for-spaceship-earth/

The finished product is a home that takes full advantage of the views, but also a home that uses most every possible green building technique known to humankind (apparently scoring off-the-charts for LEED certification).

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Rezoned and repurposed: Brewery now a house in Stillwater Minnesota

image from: trulia.com

This cool historic building was once part of a brewery but now is used as a private residence. The home features one heck of a beer – er, wine – cellar… but we’ll get to that in a minute.

image from: trulia.com

Located in the historic downtown of Stillwater Minnesota (“The birthplace of Minnesota”), this multi-use building has only one bedroom at present time. But it does feature over 1700 square feet of usable space on three stories.

image from: www.historicproperties.com

The Stone House, as it is locally known, was built around 1860 as part of the Joseph Wolf Brewery. It is currently listed for sale at $575,000.

image from: http://www.historicproperties.com

Renovated in 2005, this stone beauty makes a perfect bachelor pad…

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