housecrazy

I'm crazy about houses. I like all varietals of houses - I like 'em big, I like 'em small, I like 'em rough and I like 'em weird. My blog is a collection of some of the neatest houses that I have come across in my house-hunting journeys.

The cottage homes of Giethoorn – Venice of the Netherlands

image from: www.tourismontheedge.com

image from: www.tourismontheedge.com

There are no roads in Geithoorn. Only dreamy canals dripping with lush flora and quiet canoes gliding by…

image from: PhotoBobil - http://www.flickr.com/

image from: PhotoBobil – http://www.flickr.com/

Am I daydreaming?

No, I swear – this place is real.

image from: www.youramazingplaces.com

image from: www.youramazingplaces.com

The village of Geithoorn is located in the Netherlands and has a year-round population of 2,500. But there are seriously no roads – only footpaths and meandering canals punctuated with the quaintest thatched roof cottages on the planet.

image from: www.afar.com

image from: www.afar.com

The residents of Giethoorn use canoes, kayaks or silent motor boats to move around the narrow canals. There are no loud, obnoxious motor boats permitted.

image from: www.afar.com

image from: www.afar.com

This Netherlands hamlet is located in the Overijssel province. Giethoorn was founded in 1230 AD by fugitives who had escaped from the Mediterranean. It was originally a nature reserve so that helped to keep the area untouched by modern development.

image from: nyugdijas.network.hu

image from: nyugdijas.network.hu

There are also about 180 foot bridges connecting the little islands on which the homes are situated.

image from: i--want-to-go-to-there.blogspot.com

image from: i–want-to-go-to-there.blogspot.com

The residents take great pride in their history and unique setting and each home is meticulously well-maintained.

image from: commons.wikimedia.org

image from: commons.wikimedia.org

image from: travel.prwave.ro

image from: travel.prwave.ro

They do get snow here in the wintertime. In fact, the canals often freeze over.

The locals have adapted, however, by using ice skates to get around in the frozen months.

image from: www.youtube.com

image from: www.youtube.com

But summer looks like the prime season to visit and gawk at these adorable homes.

image from: amazingworlddestinations.com

image from: amazingworlddestinations.com

Besides the cottage homes, Giethoorn features several museums, restaurants and artisan shops that cater to tourist.

image from: www.topdreamer.com

image from: www.topdreamer.com

image from: dulichviet.com.vn

image from: dulichviet.com.vn

Are you ready to quit your job and the rat race and move to this enchantingly peaceful village? Well it doesn’t come cheap – as you might guess.

I found this Giethoorn cottage that is currently for sale….

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

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

Price for this 10 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is $737,055 USD.

Have a look at some interior pictures:

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

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

This particular home was built around the year 1890 but underwent a thorough renovation in 1997.

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

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

The listing says that there is an elementary school “within walking distance”.

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

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

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

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

The property includes a sizable garden as well.

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

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

The loudest thing you will hear around this place are ducks flapping on the water.

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

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

An idyllic peaceful existence in the Venice of the North awaits for some lucky soul.

So what’s holding you back?

 

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Sources:

https://roadtrippers.com/stories/this-town-without-streets-will-enchant-you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giethoorn

http://www.giethoorntourism.com/

 

Levittown home for sale in near original condition

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

You have heard of Levittown right?

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Rezoned and Repurposed: antique barn to contemporary home

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

I’m crazy about old structures (like barns) that have been repurposed into living space for non-animals.
Take for example this historic 18th Century barn in Garrison, New York.

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Richard Nixon’s Birthplace House

image from: National Park Service. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

image from: National Park Service. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know that Richard Nixon’s birthplace – now the site of his presidential library and museum – was a 1912 kit home?

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The Oldest House in Harlem

image from: Fade of the Day: http://www.whatwasthere.com/b/71778

image from: Fade of the Day: http://www.whatwasthere.com/b/71778

I recently spotted the above picture on my Facebook feed. The 1930’s photo of an 1864 house was posted by What Was There with the caption: “The Oldest Residential House in Harlem“. It piqued my curiosity so I did some Google sleuthing and found that the house is not only still standing – it is for sale!

Here’s what it looks like today:

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






Featured house artist:

Naomi Maddux - custom stained glass and mosaics

Featured house artist:

Julia Callon featured on Wondereur

(Click on the images above to learn more about these artists)

Featured house books:

Creating the Artful Home
Mushroom House of Charlevoix

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My first novel

JACKFISH - The Vanishing Village

My second novel

Song Over Quiet Lake
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