I'm still on my Florida Cracker house possibility high. It may or may not work out...I'm just handing it over to our higher power to point me in the right direction.
That's really all we can do when we've done all that we can on a physical level. I'll meet with the realtor (it's she and her husband that rehabbed the place with their investor) and we meet with City hall to explore the possibilities of the property being zoned commercial. It already has a zoning that allows for a Bed and Breakfast, or a group home, or senior center. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense for a senior home since it has some pretty challenging steps up to the second floor. But when does bureaucracy and the powers that be..ever make any kind of sense?
As we took our time yesterday and really absorbed the rooms and the layout of the place yesterday I noticed that it is hooked into a pretty powerful power line...I have always been a little suspicious of being near big power lines...so that coupled with the intense traffic that whizzes by gives me something to think about if the deal doesn't work out. I'm hoping it will...but if it doesn't I'll just consider that someone looking out for the hubs and my health has stepped in.
Here's a few more pics of the second floor...just as cute and just as charming as the first floor!
Staircase to second floor.
Very cool and pretty large room that could be a bedroom...but is mighty close to the dreaded power line...could be media room but if we move in most likely will be my jewelry studio combined with our home office. This room has 2 pretty good sized closets off of it as well and I LOVE the big pitched ceiling and the ceiling fan.
Here's one of the two bedrooms up here..not gigantic but certainly larger than some of the postage stamp sized ones I've seen. This one has a closet in it that is huge! I likey that!
Here's the other bedroom across the hall a tad bit smaller but with the same huge closet concept. That's REALLY unusual for such an old house and it makes me wonder if two different families might not have co-existed here...now I'm curious about it's history. If we get this place you can bet I'll march myself down to our little historical society and check into it's past.
Here's the sloping roof closet off the smaller bedroom..isn't it just the cutest little accent?
AND the upstairs bathroom...soooo charming and all new!
Yay...a tub...for my bubble baths!
Do you even believe some houses don't have bath tubs?
Here's a shot of the upstairs hallway..it's pretty wide and spacious...I just LOVE it!
Okay one more shot of the backyard...
Okay I'm DONE yattering on about this cute little place. I write these blogs as much for myself as for anyone who might care to share my day to day dreams hopes and yearnings.
It's ALL good! Thank you my friends for indulging me!
Now...another exciting little piece of information...I went to a fancy smancy penthouse a couple of weeks back. Remember..the 17th floor and the new owner was ripping our 10,000 sf of GRANITE flooring... GRANITE...that's CRAZY!
We know the builder and the stuff that he was replacing it with looks like the SAME stuff that is in this cute little cracker house. I KNOW that wood...it's from Lumber Liquidators and is close out priced at about .99 p.s.f. I bet the guy is paying 10 x that amount...and he's ripping up GRANITE..which can't be salvaged because it shatters...oh...the pain I feel!
This is what I tell you about the wealthy my friends...more money than sense!
They love to change things just for change's sake which is WHY it's so wonderful to be in the consignment biz down here. I SCORE...big time...yippee!
And don't think it's because I roll over on them...I tell them the truth about just what they are getting into. This guy wants to consign some really gorgeous stuff but it's the dead heat of summer. I tell him our contract is for 90 days...but the locals..really don't spend money for the type of top end items he has. I also tell him if he doesn't want to risk the timeframe (because if he doesn't pick up the items before they expire they stay with the gallery, or we donate, our choice). Otherwise I'd just become a free storage facility and i've learned my lesson the HARD way on extending things just for the sake of being nice to the people who don't want to bother themselves to come in and reclaim their merchandise...it doesn't create ANY profit for me...and it CAUSES a boatload of paperwork that goes on into eternity...no more.
So I tell the guy I do sometimes buy wholesale if the stuff is really something I'm wowed by..this stuff is. BUT that wholesale is a WHOLE different animal and I don't want to offend him with the pricing. It's about a quarter of what I think I'd garner through the gallery.
I work him up a price on all the pieces for what I think I can sell them for through the gallery and what I will buy them wholesale.
Of COURSE he's offended by the wholesale price (hey I warned him up front) and he huffs and puffs that he won't take less than $XXX. of course I'm not going for that. So I politely write him back and say if he still wants to consign them to contact me.
Nothing for about 3 weeks..then last night an e-mail saying he'll take the wholesale offer. Of course he will...because he's shopped around for 3 weeks and can't find anyone that will pay him more.
Hey...i KNOW my stuff!
Soooo these lovely pieces will be coming into the gallery. They are top end..carreara marble no less on the dresser, and night stands...this stuff is RARE and BEAUTIFUL!
He has lots of STUFF on it...but believe me it's gorg!
Two matching nightstands...high high quality even if a little retro!
The matching chest of drawers...with new hardware this would look great! If the dresser was painted black it would be awesome to put under a big screen t.v. or maybe it would look great too with just new updated hardware. Woo hoo...I love the possibilities! OH and check out that GRANITE flooring under the chest that's what he's ripping out! CRAZY~VILLE in Naples, FL!
Here's a wayyyy cool dining set..the chairs are the BOMB! Need new upholstery but they are all cane with carved wood inset accents. Hummmm wouldn't these be SO cute in that little cracker house? I'm not wild about the table..but maybe?
Then there is the dining credenza...i won't take the hutch..too hard to move...but the credenza would work fine for another console to put a big screen tv over.
Uber cool stuff....uber HEAVY stuff...now to call the mover and see what those damages will be!