Homes with A Past
I walk every day by a group of houses with nice flower gardens and friendly dogs. But I never noticed the sign until the other day. “Chauffeur’s Cottage”, it said. Who has a chauffeur these days?
Of course it didn’t mean that a driver lives there now, but it made me wonder who had built that house for their driver to live in and where that person had lived. The Philadelphia Main Line has a rich history of famous Philadelphians: captains of industry, brewers of beer, architects and investment barons. So we also have many small homes, cottages and carriage houses originally built for those who served the wealthy or for their out of town guests. These homes present a wonderful opportunity for home buyers who do not need tons of space but appreciate the craftsmanship and architecture of that period. Buying such a home can also be a good investment because it often provides that desirable quality of not being the most expensive home on the block. Always better to let the other home raise up your home’s value rather than the other way around!
Look around your town for homes with a past and you might find a wonderful place to make a future.