|The slanty shanty with the droop stoop will soon be no more.|
It is with rather mixed emotions that I bring this news to you today. On the one hand there isn't anything much that I can do about it since I don't own the house anymore. The new owners paid a fair price for the place, and we are most definitely enjoying the upgraded surroundings we live in now. And really, it isn't like the hogan that I used to call home in Sierra Madre is being turned into one of Adele Chang's "Modern Family" homes. Five bathrooms would take up half of the available building space.
But perhaps I should just get right to it. Here's the news:
When we sold the place the understanding was the existing structure would be renovated with a 500 sq. ft. addition being added to the front. Something that would take the place up to around 2,300 square feet. Which is fine. Now it will now be a little less than that. When we bought 491 Grove it was 1,350 square feet. We put on an addition that brought the place up to its present neo-palatial 1,800 square feet.
It was also just about the lowest costing house in town when we bought it. The S.S.W.T.D.S. had been on the market for over 6 months, and the previous owners had come down considerably in their asking price. It was a different market back then. It was also just about all we could afford.
It certainly does looks like the renovation is going to be a bit more thorough than originally planned. But as far as the size goes, the new owners of what had become known as "The Tattler House" have held to their word. We're also talking about a very small lot, so I am not certain there is much else anyone could do with that site.
I believe this is pretty much how things are supposed to work. The new size will be in scale with the existing property, it will still be one story so nobody's views of the mountains will be obscured, and the new design doesn't scream, "Hey, look-a me! I just made a lot of money!"
Something that the more McMansion style rebuilds have going on. Having grown up in fairly prosperous circumstances I've never much cared for any of that. It really is overrated in my opinion. I'm happy to leave fixture fussing and doorknob design philosophy to others. It leaves a hole in your soul. There have got to be more important things to do with your precious time than stressing over nonsense such as that. But that is my opinion. It might not be yours.
We did spend a lot of years there. There is that. Before we bought the house it had been a rental property for about 10 years, and even after having been staged and prettied up a little it was still a mess. I'd never seen a house with its hot water heater in the middle of the living room before. Maybe it was done that way for warmth in the winter. And, not being a very materialistic person, I did not see much need for the gold vinyl toilet seats. Those went as well.
However, a lot of life did happen there. And now it all becomes even more of a memory. My wife moved her practice out of town last month because she wants to work closer to where the kids are going to school. So really my last remaining ties to Sierra Madre are this blog and the people there who still put up with me.
I guess I'll have to try and hang on to them for a little while longer.