Good As Gold (or not)

Jul 10, 2024,19:35 PM

This is the watch I wore today as we did an architectural scan of about 4 square blocks.

 As we went I tried to assess whether a house was "gold" or not, in our opinion. Not real gold, of course, but worthy of ownership. Your tastes may vary but I think this was a fun exercise.

House One: I liked this small and tidy place on a narrow lot. 

When we later went down the alley, I liked it even more. A small and tidy garage with a window, painted to match the house. Nice.

House Two: I liked this for the same reason, and even better because it was larger and the garage was in front. The newer entry tower and the matching wood doors integrated garage and house.

House Three: Loser. This duplex had an awkward look and dangerous front step. Upstairs tenant had to go up stairs (funky windows in the stairwell) from the back of the driveway. 

House Four: Uh, ok maybe you can't remember 1975 is your address and date of build(?) so you have to put it up 3 times? I don't like the vertical terrazzo exposed concrete touches. Tried hard but Gilt, not gold. 

House Five: 10k gold so not prime but still looks nice to me for a single guy who likes fishing.

House Six: Not even fools gold. This haunted house needs help, badly. Even the neighbors are scared (see window bars).

House Seven: Nicely kept and probably even nicer inside. I make it 14 carat, maybe even 18k if the garage is nice too (we didn't check).

This is 24k gold in my book. It's old, and even the "remodel" was 1960 but looking very nice from all angles we could see. When can we move in?

I painted some houses on this street in my post-graduate years (checks calendar, yes it was 1974)

We startled one of the native animals!

Luckily he didn't leap onto my car.

They say that owners eventually come to look like their dogs, and in this case the house and truck are perfectly matching dogs, in both color and condition.

Odd angles sum up this house. I give them credit for architectural bravery, but having lived in this sort of place before, I say it's gold tone (at best) for living comfort. Probably good if the owner's in a wheelchair.

Note the pop-up skylights.

Moving just next door, we couldn't even see this house for the dragon trees, in the front 

and in the back. Dragons guard hidden gold treasures, don't they?

Not in this case.

I hope the house is better cared for than the Bimmer! Nothing is so nice that it isn't eventually forgotten and neglected. Real Gold doesn't tarnish, but old BMWs do.

Speaking of gold, here's some.

Finally, as we cruised back to the car, my wife's keen eyes spotted a hummingbird on a firecracker plant across the street. My camera caught it.

Then I spotted a hummingbird across the thrift shop, as we stopped to look around on our way home. Three hummingbirds, actually.

My wife spotted a gold leather cowgirl dress, but was then appalled by the Daisy Duke rack, "Are you kidding me?!"

I nominate this newly overhauled 1928 house as the most interesting remodel, not too weird, not too conventional, it has "gold" trim, and sits on a double-wide lot.

Cheers, we hope you enjoyed the walk.


PS - the view today, not so good

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Thanks Mike,

 By: Thomas_3 : July 10th, 2024-19:44
I'm always thrilled to see your "house tours" and the descriptions of them.

Thanks! Here are a couple bonus photos

 By: cazalea : July 10th, 2024-21:20
Windvane Traffic Robot Surfer Humor Gold Tone Cazalea ...  

Very entertaining …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 10th, 2024-21:46
Thanks Mike I really enjoyed your photos and commentary. Best regards Captain

Thanks for stopping by

 By: cazalea : July 10th, 2024-22:29
I was looking at your M-B photo today and wondering how many beautiful cars there must be in your garage... ...  

I really like house #3

 By: nasseriq : July 11th, 2024-07:36