Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I could buy a mansion! No, really...

Quick refresher, the hubs and I are looking for our next home to live in for a 5-10 year time frame. Maybe longer if we get lucky and find one we just adore. As a matter of fact, most of my free minutes outside of work are devoted to driving around and looking at houses. I feel terrible for my realtor b/c we just haven't found one yet. 

Except look at this.

Have you read any of those quilting stories by Jennifer Chiaverini? If not, please do then come back to this post. It starts out with Sylvia  deciding to sell the family home. Home really means a place big enough to host a quilting retreat business from, which includes boarding for those who come to the retreat.  Hello? Can you say mansion? The home above, in real life, reminds me of how similarly I pictured Sylvia's home in my mind's eye. At least, with a little less modernization.

Now, the hubs and I one day were messing around with thoughts and ideas for future plans (meaning, after kids, after "real jobs") and since I'm only 36 and he's not too far ahead in his 40's, this will be a little while yet.  One of our ideas, a vacation retreat geared toward the hobby couple. Hunting/fishing (maybe nearby golf) for the man, Quilting/wine tasting (maybe nearby golf for the woman).  A husband can do his thing for part of the day, a wife can do hers, they can reconvene and enjoy activity/time together or just chill. Well maybe not those exactly but you get the idea.

Anyway, it stuck with me. I can't say if the hubs feels the same but I like the idea of "hosting" in this manner.  I always have.

Have I bored you yet with the background?  Back to the house hunt.

This baby is situated on 6.5acres. 


A 7400 sq. foot property. The only thing missing is a pool. It's in relatively good shape for a foreclosure and it is FREAKING HUGE.  I love it.  I won't buy it beacuse it would call out for something extra to happen in it besides our family life and we aren't in the position to do that right now, but I wanted to show you what can sometimes cross your path if you are open to looking at non-standard properties for sale.  A freaking mansion (well, maybe not by Hollywood standards but by mine).   Enjoy the eye candy photos. All I can say is, it's much more impressive in real life and if I ever did purchase something like this, you'd be the first I'd invite over!




Can you just see it? Lots of tables in two of those fireplace rooms (there are 4 total), lounges on the porches with fans circulating the air overhead. 



A big kitchen to keep bellies full and people happy! Another room for the men, deep tones, rich furniture...  -sigh- It's fun to dream, isn't it? 

I'd just have to change the name to Sarcastic Quilter's Mansion. That shouldn't cost too much for a stone like that, right? -snicker-

Cheers! Beck

6 comments:

Nancy said...

I have always wanted to go to the quilt camp that Jennifer describes in her books. So disappointed that it doesn't really exist but if you started one...

Sarcastic Quilter said...

lol - there would be so much involved Nancy I can't fathom how I would with kids and a full-time job. :D Maybe I'd have to reach out to Ms. Chiaverini herself and see if she'd pop in for the grand opening! hehe

Myra said...

Ah to dream....

I tell the ladies in my quilt group all the time, that if I ever win BIG, I'm getting a "quilt retreat haven" built on our property out in the country!!! Big enough for 20 to 25 of us to retreat for a few days each month!!! Heck, if any of them win we could build it!!! lol!

Shevvy said...

Now there's a daydream I could get behind! Although I would be happy with just one sewing room. You would have to put a pool in though, just to make it perfect ;)

Barb said...

One of my most favorite things to do is look at home, watch home shows....

That house is lovely but too big for me, I am a simple gal....but love it.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I think you should buy the mansion, I can move in and do all your baking for quilting retreats since that is such a great skill of mine...

And you should have a wine cellar because I like wine. And you have to keep your employees happy.