Thursday, December 30, 2010

522 D Street circa 1940 (04)

A few years ago, I went to an estate sale on Beech Lane in Davis that turned out to be that of Lily Cronin, widow of famed Davis medical doctor Leo Cronan. Several dozen snapshots laid on a table and I bought them. Here are  two of them, of 522 D Street taken not long after construction.
The house is notable for having a garage up-front on the street. In this, it departs from the 1930s and earlier idea of housing horses and autos to the rear of one's property. As such, it is an early suburban-style home.The second photo seems to have been inspired by a rare Davis snow. (Year and Day?)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sharp Differences in How Fast Old North Homes Sell (03)

As we have all noticed, a fair number of Old North homes have come on the market in the last couple of years and have sold slowly, or many not at all. I can think of at least four that have failed to sell over long periods and have been taken off the market and now sit empty or have become rentals, apparently in desperation.

In contrast, an E Street home came on the market a few months ago, had four solid offers the first week, and the owner had to select a "winner." Indeed, the house sold for $35,000 more than the asking price. That is, there was a de facto auction.

We can all speculate on why this sharp difference in market response.

Historic Plaque Installed at 513 F Street (02)

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Showing highly commendable initiative, Dan Szumski has installed a bronze historical plaque in front of his historic home, 513 F Street. The plague is titled "The Bentley House" and the text relates some history of that home. It would certainly be nice if more Old North owners displayed the zeal for  local history that we see in Dan. A snapshot of the plaque is to the right.

Best Old North Christmas Decorations (01)

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If there was a prize for the best Old North Davis Christmas house/yard decoration, the folks at 601 D would take it, I think. Not that there are no other very nice decorations in the Old North, especially in the 600 block of F Street.

But the simple elegance, muted yet bold color, and large-scale of the light-tree at 601 D is, to me, very eye-catching and pleasing. Click on the image to see a larger version. I used a cheap pocket camera that shook to take that picture, so one should go around and look at the real thing in order best to appreciate it.