December 23, 2016: Link Exchange & Discussion (Merry Christmas!)

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  1. Jennifer HT says: 745 comments

    What an amazing tree and picture!!! I love it!! Happy holidays everyone!

  2. 67drake67drake says: 284 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    No house comments from me today-I just wanted to wish everybody a Merry Christmas!
    Thanks for this site Kelly!

  3. tess says: 297 comments

    Thank you for these photos. They are an inspiration for next Christmas.

    Here’s the Gingerbread House to go with them.
    Cute 1938 Tudor cottage in Memphis Tn. Currently used as a church but easily converted back to one family. Wouldn’t this make a great wedding venue?

  4. Happy Festivus to all! May your grievances be aired and your feats of strength be challenged!

    Also, as applicable, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, merry Yule, and happy Solstice!

  5. Melissa says: 231 comments

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all, especially Kelly!!

  6. Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

    Mesmerizing Christmas tree! Got to be the 30s with earlier things too, and I LOVE miniatures, could play with those under the tree all day.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may love surround you all!

    • Curiouser George says: 140 comments

      I’m thinking this tree dates from an earlier period since there are no automobile toys or electric lights. Regardless, though, as others have noted it’s fascinating to look at. One can only imagine the joy and excitement that Xmas morning brought to this household!

  7. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    Just in time for the Holiday–a Santa-Claus-red gambrel-roof cape perched on a hillside across the street from the water in New London, Connecticut. The second listing–with better pictures–shows it a couple of years ago priced at $279,900; the first listing shows it today at $119,000:,-New-London,-CT-06320/E250043

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      My goodness….what happened to it in the ensuing years? It looks like someone purposely abused it.

    • akd1953akd1953 says: 190 comments

      I love the wide floor boards. What happened? The 2nd shows a beautiful house the 1st is a fixer upper. What a difference.

    • Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

      Eight thousand dollars in property taxes!

      • Charles B says: 479 comments

        Living by the sea in Connecticut in a 200-year-old house is a privilege usually reserved for the wealthy. It is an attainment seldom if ever available to those of modest means, and restoration work and, yes, exorbitant taxes are the price of admission. New London itself may be a bit rough around the edges, but 175 years ago it ranked with Nantucket and New Bedford as one of the three greatest whaling ports in the world. It has fantastic architecture, and private restoration activity already underway in the city center shows it has the potential to become another Newport, RI.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3450 comments

      That’s so sad. What a couple years of neglect/abuse can do . . . Still a great house though, lots of potential and great location!

    • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

      It was a nice antique in the 1st listing. What a horrible shame! If New London has a historic society worthy of the name, it should take an interest in this cottage. The later addition looks acceptable, which isn’t often true.

  8. Graham says: 140 comments

    Merry Merry everyone!
    Here’s to a new year chock full of great old houses!!!!!!

  9. chad31 says: 19 comments

    Merry Christmas Kelly. Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday in the new home.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      I can’t decide if I like 2 or 3 the best.

    • FloridaOHDjunkie says: 160 comments

      wonderful “gingerbread house”

    • dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1058 comments

      First house, love the old picture of the family in the old pool I guess is what you can say it is!
      Second House … A dream!
      Third House …. WOW WOW WOW
      Fourth House …. so cute!!!!

    • Lindsay G says: 531 comments

      I love all the black and white pictures that go along with the first two houses! It shows the original owners who once loved and lived and made memories in the homes.

    • GuinanGuinan says: 56 comments
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      I would take that darling row house in Reading in a split second.

    • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

      The 2nd, 1773, house is luscious. So many great old fireplaces. The place has been treated well, thank heaven escaped any HGTV treatments. Love the old photos — I’d want those horses too!

      The barn of the sheep farm is about the most beautiful building I ever saw! Wish there were more pictures of it. Much credit to the owners for restoring it.

    • Zoomey says: 523 comments

      What could possibly make the house in Vermont worth 1.1 million? It’s nice, but only on 3 acres. Is it because it’s close to Middlebury College?

  10. StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    Lovely tree! Happy Holidays to all! Here are a few presents to hope for under your tree.

    What’s Christmas without some gingerbread?

    This one has floating radiators and last sold in 2005. Looks like the last owners didn’t touch it…still looks like the 1950s or 60s. Just beware of the water…it’s in Flint, MI.

    It looks like whoever added onto the back of this one didn’t know when to say “stop”…it just goes and goes.

    A handsome Center Hall colonial revival in Laconia NH…I love the split pediment over the center dormer. I also like how cleanly the living room wood work is painted.

    Architect who designed this house must have had fun. It doesn’t look like there is a square room in the entire house!

    • Cathy says: 2261 comments

      I like the last two a lot. Would most likely choose the Lanconia house if pressed for a choice, but like the staircase – esp. the upper part of it with the stained glass window – of the last house.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3450 comments

      I’m nuts about the “on and on” house, especially that funky 70’s kitchen with the giant island/table/lazy susan thing!

    • Lindsay G says: 531 comments

      Is that a merry-go-round in the backyard of the Laconia NH house?

    • dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1058 comments

      First house … simply WANT
      Second house … What a price for a well kept house, probably not my style, but I can’t say I don’t like it.
      Third house … I can’t figure out the oddness on this house, that huge crazy kitchen is just odd to me.
      Fourth house … I really like this one
      Fifth house … didn’t think I would like it, surprised me, love it.

    • BarbF says: 34 comments

      The Coudersport house is fabulous. The owners did a great job with the photos, too. My favorite is no. 25. After I perused the pictures a few times, I backed out into Zillowland and saw that the whole town seems to be full of wonderful old homes. I’ve been wanting to stay in the South, but, wow, how much trouble could a little snow be when you could have this!

  11. S. Owen says: 13 comments

    Here’s a few from my portion of Iowa.
    A pretty solid looking house with some great leaded glass.
    This one’s been remuddled quite a bit on the outside but the inside is still pretty charming
    Pretty ugly kitchen but the rest of this one is remarkably intact.
    7 unit apartment building, the rooms shown are beautifully intact but I imagine all the units are not in such good condition.
    Appears to be an old Catholic school and has a beautiful old stage inside it.

    • Coqu says: 249 comments

      The last link is the old Sacred Heart school. The church next door (Sacred Heart) in the last picture is featured in the Sly Stallone “F.I.S.T.” movie.
      At 1:08 you’ll see the church.

    • jeklstudio says: 1051 comments

      The ‘ugly kitchen’ one is very sweet! Really like the dining room. Fantastic built in and that little oval window in the swingin door to the kitchen!

    • Bethany Otto says: 3450 comments

      Crazy for the first house! I especially love the awesome Fridgidaire Flair (I think that’s what it’s called) stove, and the great dinette. Hope they come with the house!

    • Lucindy says: 54 comments

      That’s a Flair range in the first one. Burners pull out like a drawer, and oven doors open up overhead. The tv show, “Bewitched,” had one in its kitchen. Really some nifty functional elements. We pulled one out of my grandmother’s last house and gave it to friends who are more into the time period. (We have a restored 1938 Magic Chef waiting in storage for a kitchen remodel.)

      LOVE that school stage and auditorium.

      • Sandra says: 302 comments

        I love looking at vintage ranges. That’s really interesting about the Flair, I’m going to watch Bewitched so I can see it. 🙂 It looks like a clever concept, I wonder why the pull out burners thing didn’t stick around. I suppose there’s a pretty good demand for an original Flair.

        (later edit) I just google’d “bewitched flair range” and I see all sorts of interesting pictures including a guy lifting up an oven door. Wow, that’s pretty cool! If I had a 1960’s house I would love to have that range!

  12. BarbF says: 34 comments

    Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you, Kelly for entertaining and educating us with this wonderful website. I hope you have a magical Christmas in your new home.

    I found an interesting 1916 home in Mobile, Al at a reasonable price. It’s in a historic neighborhood and across the street from the Al School of Math and Science:

    Here’s another one in Mobile:

  13. Cathy says: 2261 comments

    I especially like the bead and tinsel garlands on the tree.
    Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Hanukkah to everyone!

  14. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    This 1923 home in Wisconsin is my ultimate favorite because of the beautiful end turrets.

    Absolutely GORGEOUS paint detailed 1887 Georgian home that currently serves as a bed and breakfast but if I owned it, it’d be mine mine mine! Hehehe.

    A 1907 mansion with beautiful woodwork.

    Don’t let this 1900 victorian’s outside fool you. The owners haven’t touched the inside and the woodwork is emulate.

    An imposing 1900 home located in Iowa. (Of course.)

    A darling 1929 European cottage home where architecture abounds. I would totally snatch this cutie up in a heartbeat if I could!

    This 1910 San Antonio Texas home is a bit of a fixer-upper but I thought I’d include it anyway.

  15. jeklstudio says: 1051 comments

    Merry Christmas Kelly, thanks for all the great listings each year! All of us OHL (old house lovers) would be lost without you!
    To all the rest of us, Merry Christmas, enjoy your home, your families–your pets?!! Evan

  16. Robert says: 6 comments

    Here are two from whiteball, NY. Both, on different ends of the spectrum

    A historic downtown building built in… 1867

    A run down home built in 1900 for very cheep

  17. FloridaOHDjunkie says: 160 comments

    The wonderful “Barracks” in Tarboro NC is back on the market at $175,000 after a fire. Current OHD listed at $499 off market. Could be great opportunity for someone.

    p.s. Merry Christmas

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Wow. I would love to restore this place and turn into a museum for the town. I have no idea how much restoring a place like this would cost.

  18. ChrisICU says: 679 comments

    Here are a couple 20th century finds

    Not sure if I’ve seen a brutalist style home here yet, but they are quickly becoming popular with the millennial crowd. I’d love to hear what that waterfall sounds like.

    This is more 1960’s and you better like walls of glass. However the kitchen reno is a bit unfortunate.

    • StevenFStevenF says: 182 comments
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      1969 Regency
      Nashville, TN

      Both are GREAT. The millennials in RI will need to be well set to crack that nut.

    • JosephFortHill says: 435 comments

      I’m not sure I’d call it brutalist, but the Providence house is very appealing to me (perhaps because it is so different as to feel refreshing after looking at so much gingerbread and dormers). What is amazing is that it is smack dab in the middle of one of the most well-preserved historic districts in the country.

      Here is another great MCM up the street from me; it looks almost entirely original. It was sold a few years back, the acreage sold for development, and now the house is back on the market.

    • Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

      The Providence one is not a style that usually appeals to me but I do like that one very much. The materials look to be excellent quality; the spaces flow & are constantly interesting. It takes superb advantage of the views.

  19. Marshel says: 60 comments

    Kelly, my house is now listed for sale. I can’t keep up 20 acres of farmland any more, and my sister deserves her half of the inheritance. The log cabin was built by my ancestors in 1817. The price listed is for all 20 acres and includes 2 houses, the 1817 house and another brick ranch built by my parents in 1958. The place can be divided if you just want my log house. I am backed by a creek and protected by a park and a 50 acre estate. The taxes on my house are about $250/year. I am about 30 minutes south of Birmingham in central Alabama. Christmas Day we are expecting temps of 75! It snows an inch or two about every 10 years. My power bill is about $60-$100/month with central heating and air.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3450 comments

      Your property looks fabulous; I really suggest you get your realtor to post more than 5 pictures though? For two houses, people want more pics! I’d like to see the mid century ranch just as much as the log cabin 🙂 Good luck on your home sale, it looks great to me.

      • Marshel says: 60 comments

        i just sent 20 more pictures of the 1817 log house. I’ll make some of the ranch style next and send them to the realtor. Thanks. Neither has ever been for sale; I’m new at this. Marshel

  20. Annabelle says: 82 comments

    Have a very Merry Christmas Kelly! I discovered your site over a year ago and have been charmed ever since. I have learned so much about the Architectural styles of these beautiful old homes and to my dismay, that people put carpet in bathrooms. Eww. I truly thank you for your wonderful site.

  21. Sharon says: 42 comments

    Thanks for that wonderful tree and those lovely old ornaments. Each one is an absolute treasure. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  22. SonofSyosset says: 119 comments

    This is an 1876 house in East Dennis on Cape Cod built over a foundation from a house built in the early 1700s. Nice high ceilings and a remarkable 19th century bannister. The back windows look out onto Sesuit Harbor.

  23. Shannon Barger says: 21 comments

    Not exactly an “old house” situation, (unless you count the claim that it was built in the 1800s) but Zillow has posted ‘Santa’s House’. I thought it was appropriate for the Christmas cheer:

  24. Sweets says: 13 comments

    Can someone please explain what ” Floating Radiators ” are? The home in Hudson, MI is supposed to have them. I couldn’t find anything that looked like a source for heat.Hope all have a Wonderful Christmas. Looking foreward to wonderful homes in the coming year!

    • Sweets says: 13 comments

      Well I found my answer looking at the next house. Guess I was one house off! I truly enjoy this sight and all the work you put into it Kelly! God Bless!

  25. Sue S. says: 276 comments

    Happy Holidays to everyone!

    Usually I like converted churches, but this is not one of those times. At least it’s…. bright.

  26. John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

    Hi All,
    Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Holidays as well as a Happy New to come. I’ve been having Internet connectivity problems in recent weeks (Charter-Spectrum cable) so its worse than dial-up right now. My spouse is having surgery (gall bladder) in early January so my time online will be limited in the weeks ahead. I sincerely appreciate all the old house camaraderie shared here with my fellow old house enthusiasts and wish everyone the best in 2017. Special thanks as well to Kelly for keeping this site special.

  27. CAK says: 1 comments

    I grew up a mile or so from this place, and when I was a kid I mucked out the stable for Mr. Goodwin, who lived there. He never had a car and still kept a horse and buggy that he used to drive to town almost every day. Back then, the old house stood by itself without all the modern buildings out back.

  28. JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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    Love the old fashioned Christmas tree without electric lights, and all the simple old toys that required kids to have some imagination.

    Thanks for the gifts of interesting and beautiful houses that Santa brings us all year long.

    Merry Christmas, Kelly and all!

  29. EileenM says: 288 comments

    I also want to say that I absolutely love your site, Kelly. My children think I am crazy because I love old houses. It’s so nice to know that there are other crazy people. I hope you, Kelly, and all of your followers have a wonderful holiday season.

  30. ChrisICU says: 679 comments

    Kelly, as many have already said I wish you the happiest of holidays and Merry Christmas. Hope you’re having a great time in your new old house. We all love your site and here are a few houses in the Christmas spirit! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!

    Oh little town of….

    Can’t forget Mary and Joseph.

    A starter home in Jerusalem…

    Meanwhile, overlooking Christmas Lake in the city of Santa Claus Indiana is this sweet Mid-Century modest house ….

    Historic houses in North Pole seem to be lacking, here’s a simple 1950’s option…

    It’s beginning to look a lot like….

    Can’t forget Reindeer games

  31. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 82 comments
    2000 Spanish Revival
    Eagle, ID

    Just wanted to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  32. Schaefme says: 12 comments

    Merry Christmas! Does anyone fancy a medieval castle in County Mayo, ireland? If those walls could talk.

  33. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ~Washington Irving

    Merry Christmas Kelly. Thank for all your hard work. Being chronically ill some days my best medicine is this site.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanakkuh everyone!

  34. Janie says: 27 comments

    Merry Christmas to me! I just spent the past two hours drinking coffee and enjoying Old House Dreams Link Exchange. ho-ho-hope you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday. Kelly, you are the best.

  35. Mélissa M says: 45 comments

    Joyeux Noel à tous ! ( Merry Christmas everybody)

  36. DanPDX says: 80 comments

    Merry Christmas to all and thanks to Kelly for a great Old House year in 2016. Here are a few listings from California:

    This listing has stunning millwork, with kitchen updates that seem to work for this property:

    539 N Los Robles Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    Here’s a “fixer” in Pasadena – there are some original features still there (kitchen, millwork). This one would take lots of love!

    215 W Montana St
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    Yreka beauty from the 1880’s….love the kitchen. Seems like the house is missing fire places (only stoves, no chimneys), and no good pics of the money shot (entryway and stairs). Could be the realtor just missed some of the features here:

    3434 Easy St
    Yreka, CA 96097

  37. LouB says: 77 comments

    Merry Christmas to all and all the best through the new year.

  38. ChrisICU says: 679 comments

    Here’s an interesting house in Tennessee. Part Prarie, part Frank Lloyd Wright, and part traditional. It also has an AGA cooker! I hope the next owner retains the curious style.

  39. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Anyone want to figure this home out? 🙂

    street view

    Build date given is 1886, which part of it looks it but then the main part of the house looks like a 1940’s home. This is one of the oddest houses I’ve ever seen.

    • JimHJimH says: 5242 comments
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      The Jefferson house is odd for sure! There are some old baseboards there, so at least part of the main block survives. Hard to tell more besides it’s been radically rebuilt. The tower, remnant dormers and arches by the front door are wonderful!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Interior pics! So weird, as boring inside as I figured. I was trying to figure out if the whole house burned/demolished except for a porch and tower and the house was built up to it or if someone decided to put that on an 1940’s home, if so then why give it an 1880’s build date if only the tower was from that date? I kind of want to take the tower off and create a house from it, the old house it’s from must have been amazing.

    • AK says: 4 comments

      That’s got to be salvaged from an older building that was demolished, then plonked on the newer building. It’s so disproportionate in size (and ornate) that it can’t be original to the house.

    • ChrisICU says: 679 comments

      Looks like someone tacked on earlier architectural items onto a 1940’s house. I’ve been through Jefferson, but don’t remember it. May have to go check it out…..

    • Sharon says: 42 comments

      That tower is glorious, but jeesh!!!! A marriage, yes, but I’d recommend an immediate annulment.

  40. Curiouser George says: 140 comments

    Kelly –
    Simply put, thanks for all of the effort and support you give to so many of us Old House Dreamers.
    From coast-to-coast and top-to-bottom, Santa himself could not be any more sharing!

  41. John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

    As for the Jefferson, GA, house, I refer to the term “marriage” used in the antiques trade to indicate antique furniture pieces that although old, were put together from more than one original piece. (i.e. a dresser with an original base but with a mirror from a different piece when combined together make it look whole) The tower and some of the brick elements in the front do look old. I suspect either an original 1880’s house was heavily damaged then much later reconstructed or the Victorian era elements were salvaged from another building and naively added in a configuration no original Victorian would have had. The bars over the openings in the tower look like they came from the county jail. Bet there’s an interesting story behind this oddball combination.

  42. Noelle says: 46 comments

    A 1724 house for sale in Spitalfields, London.

  43. says: 55 comments

    I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! Here are a few homes I found this week in the Midwest region.

    A rather large turn-of-the-century home in South Dakota

    A bed and breakfast that I would gladly take for just myself
    A little history to go with the home

    Beautiful Woodwork in this home in Iowa

    Lastly, Another beautiful Iowa home that looks even more enchanting with the snow
    History on this home from a local newspaper

  44. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    Under “what were they thinking?”:
    Church, house, and pipe organ. If you want it yellow, you’ll have to finish the steeples. If not, well, how hard is it to remove paint from stone?

  45. RonnieH says: 84 comments

    Please don’t shoot the messenger…gutted… $815,000
    Ashland, Oregon

  46. FlaOHDjunkie says: 160 comments

    as in previous comment “what were they thinking”

  47. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    Antebellum plantation house reported to have been built by General Thomas Sumter around 1804. More or less Greek Revival as it stands now with some unfortunate remuddling throughout the years. It appears brick veneer replaced clapboard sometime after the 1971 NRHP survey. General Sumter was a Revolutionary War hero and Congressman nicknamed the “Carolina Gamecock” referencing his fierceness in combat.

  48. Amanda Crowell says: 7 comments

    Hi! I like to watch the houses in my neighborhood, and this one just came through one of my emails– for where it is, it’s going very cheaply!

  49. Jennifer HT says: 745 comments

    thought i hit submit on this yesterday, but didn’t. sorry!

    I have LOTS of hope for this one! There is a great bath and some nice glass.

    I kinda dig it! There is a “buttery” building.

    Someone please go inside and post pics…

    This place is ADORABLE!!!

  50. ChrisICU says: 23 comments

    Even though I don’t know much about Toledo, overall this is one of my new favorites. I just wish they shared some bathroom pics. But that kitchen! I love that! I’m not a fan of open plan where the kitchen opens into the living areas. I want something exactly like this where I can go create my culinary concoctions.

  51. ThadaB says: 22 comments

    Hi, I just learned about a house today. Since 1992, it’s been a B&B owned by a friend of a friend. i don’t know the owners and I’ve never been there myself. It’s called the Inn at Merridun, Union, SC. It was built in 1855 and is on almost 10 acres. You can see it here:

  52. Elena C Ambros says: 1 comments

    Thank you for this website, I truly enjoy seeing all these beautiful homes of the past. I look forward to it each and every day. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year !

  53. Sandra says: 302 comments

    I bought a 1920’s home and had a locksmith come out after the closing to rekey the locks. The hardware is original to the house and no surprise is not easy to work with. I had to laugh when the guy suggested I get a new front door to accommodate a new lockset. He said something like “this door is nothing special”. 🙂 It’s a beautiful paneled door original to the house. The exterior side is painted white but the interior side is stained and matches the sidelights and other millwork. People who don’t have that old house appreciation gene are so casual about removing original features! No wonder there are so many houses that are torn up and remuddled. No insult to the guy though, and I was thrilled that he managed to rekey that front lock.

  54. Melissa serna says: 4 comments

    Here is a house in a small town in northern sw florida, it is in a town know for antiquing with a old opera house turned into a museum/antique store. I love this house. Enjoy.

  55. KarenZKarenZ says: 1151 comments
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    I missed wishing a Happy Holidays to everyone, so I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year! Thank you so much Kelly for this site–I really appreciate the time that you put in. I’m always happy that it’s here when I’m not able to sleep and also when I just want to relax and look at pretty houses. Thank you again, Kelly.

  56. Eric Hall says: 20 comments

    i hope everyone is having a lovely holiday! Here is a precious little gem in Michigan!

    Happy New Year!

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