Cute cottages

Rose Cottage in Louisa, Virginia

image from: www.gayleharveyrealestate.com

image from: www.gayleharveyrealestate.com

This sweetheart of a cottage is for sale in Louisa, Virginia.

It was built in the year 1860.

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

My first impression was that this house was built in the carpenter (or folk) Gothic Revival style but the listing agent describes it as an “antebellum board & batten home, built from an Andrew Jackson Downing cottage design.”

And to back this claim up, in the listing photos the agent included a drawing of the cottage design from Andrew Jackson Downing’s 1842 publication A Domestic Revolution: Cottage Residences :

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Yep, this particular home is definitely an Andrew Jackson Downing design, but he was famous for Gothic Revival cottages, so I’m wondering where the “antebellum” comes in.

Antebellum simply means pre-war, as in, before the American Civil War. But when applied to architecture, antebellum refers to a style characterized by neoclassical and Greek revival style plantation houses and mansions – not gingerbread board and batten cottages!

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Perhaps I am over thinking this whole thing. I’ve read that everything old in the south is referred to as “antebellum”.

So let us just enjoy looking at this lovely pre-war folk Gothic cottage, shall we…

Continue reading

You can buy the Cape Cod cottage where Gregory Peck got engaged!

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

This old place has whispers of Cape Cod charm and the ghosts of movie stars past.

image from: http://capecod.curbed.com/

image from: http://capecod.curbed.com/

It’s a little rough around the edges – as time and weather have taken their toll; but lovely nonetheless and in vintage condition.

Here’s the movie star connection: Hollywood golden age heart-throb Gregory Peck reportedly got engaged here in 1942!

Take a look at this 1946 photo of Peck revisiting the cottage where he was engaged to Finnish-born wife Greta Kukkonen :

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/35-Elm-St-Dennis-MA-02638/55879469_zpid/

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails

Here’s a current photo that shows that same staircase – very much as it appeared in 1946:

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

Isn’t that fantastic?

Continue reading

1930′s Storybook Cottage in Dallas Texas

image from: Zillow.com

image from: Zillow.com

Who says Dallas, Texas is just a big metro-blob of urban sprawl with no character or history?

This delightful storybook home was built in the 1930′s by famed local architect Charles Dilbeck.

image from: Zillow.com

image from: Zillow.com

Finished in 1934, this cottage was one of about 350 homes constructed by Dilbeck in the Dallas area.

In fact, it sits on a corner of 4 other Dilbeck designed houses at the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Douglas Avenue. Locals call them “the four sisters”.

image from: Zillow.com

image from: Zillow.com

The turret and balcony of this home are signature Charles Dilbeck features, although his designs varied widely so it was difficult to categorize him in one particular box.

The listing photography is so impeccable, I keep questioning whether this is in fact a vintage home!

Have a look inside…

Continue reading

An Orville Tracy cottage with ‘cat slide’ roof

Cat slide roof cottage

This distinctive storybook cottage is located in Chico, California. The defining feature is the ridiculously slanted roof which is known as a “cat slide roof” – because even a cat would slide down it!

Built in 1926, this charming home is currently listed for sale at $469,000.

Have a look inside while I fill you in on the back story…

Continue reading

The most adorable little hacienda is up for sale!

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

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

And it’s just down the street from my house in Colorado!

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

And it is listed for only $95,000!!

(Can you tell I’m amped up about this??)

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

It’s one of those houses that I’ve always loved, ever since I first moved to Canon City. Built in a Santa Fe/Territorial style, this vintage home is the real deal – not some new-build imitation.

The hacienda has been well cared for over the decades. It also sits on a really intriguing corner lot with a backyard courtyard that butts up against a mini canal. The setting is just magical.

But before I show you the courtyard, have a look inside…

Continue reading





~ House Crazy Sarah ~

~ House Crazy Sarah ~

"So many houses, so little time"






Featured house artist:

Featured house artist:

(Click on image to view or purchase prints of Julia Callon's house art)

Featured house books:

Featured house books:

(Click on the book cover images for purchase information)

My first novel

My first novel

My second novel

My second novel
Rivit Media
Publisher