We closed on the old pink house a few days ago, and the day after that, we closed on our new home! We’re all moved into the new house in Bromley (near the Norfolk airport)!
The house we left – in Colonial Place – is a grand old house filled with the most modern technologies and about $60,000 in recent improvements.
I hope the new owners realize that they got the deal of the decade! Beauty, charm, sturdiness, grace together with high-falutin’ fancy-dancy electrical/mechanical systems and super high efficiency heating and cooling equipment.
It’s a grand old house, and it was a fun ride, but I’m ready to start this new chapter in my life – living in a little brick ranch! 🙂
My favorite angle is the side, which shows off those quarter-round windows and new canvas awning.
Dappled afternoon sunlight complements the front of 3916 Gosnold.
The gated entrance to my secret garden!
And on the other side of the gate you'll find bowers of flowers (blooming in the sun).
Something this old house hasn't seen in a long time - GRASS in the sideyard! The pergola is pretty nice, too.
My daughter said we didn't have enough views of the inside, so I took some additional photos! View from the living into the foyer and dining room.
The setting sun illuminates the formal dining room, which measures more than 13 x 17.
The formal living room is 13 x 23 and is always awash in light.
And the sunporch - one of my favorite rooms in the house! Kinda wish I'd moved that old floor lamp before I took the photo!
View from upstairs - looking into the foyer.
The staircase has solid walnut banister and tapered spindles.
Upstairs hallway. Door at the end leads to the third floor.
One of the three upstairs bedrooms. The door leads out to a balcony (over the sunporch).
The bathroom was restored to its original 1920s appearance. Notice the hex tile on the floor.
This old pink house has been faithfully restored to its original splendor, and has a high-efficiency gas boiler (94%+), high-efficiency central air (14 SEER) and a dazzling rainwater harvesting system. Enjoy the best of old-world craftsmanship together with the latest and greatest of modern technology. In short, you’ll have the unique pleasure of living in a beautiful old house with none of the environmental guilt. 🙂
House is 2,300 square feet with three bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths, with a large sunporch, full third floor and awesome basement.
Price is $287,900 with $4,000 closing cost assistance.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment please contact the Realtor.
More photos are below.
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The house on Gosnold is a classic Colonial Revival, right down to the details. The image on the left is the entry foyer at Gosnold Avenue. The image on the right is the cover of the book, "Colonial Style." Even the light fixture is the same. The rest of the details are also spot-on. Biggest different is, my rug is not as pretty as theirs.
And, we have an original ice box door, too. Back in the 1920s, this door provided access to the back of the icebox, so that the iceman could deliver a 25-pound block of ice to the ice box without entering the home. This was also known as "the jealous husband's door."
The twin grandchildren of the home's builder (William Barnes) sit on the front stoop (mid-1950s). They were born and raised in this house. The home remained in the Barnes' family until 1971, when it was sold to new owners. Laura (on the left) supplied the family photos, which proved invaluable in the home's restoration.
The house at 3916 Gosnold Avenue.
Classic lines and high-quality workmanship make this a timeless beauty.
On the back porch is this old "Milk Door," which provided a place for the milkman's deliveries, whether or not anyone was home (and/or awake!). A corresponding door in the pantry enabled the housewife to retrieve deliveries without stepping outside.
The house has 32 windows, and 7 of them are in the kitchen. One of my favorite features in the kitchen are these many beautiful windows. The gas stove (left) is less than 30 days old. The dishwasher and fridge (both stainless steel) were new in March 2007.
This spacious kitchen was remodeled in Spring 2007.
The gas stove was installed less than a month ago. Still shiny new!
Really big refrigerator does everything but serve you buttered toast in the morning.
The living room is awash in light with a western and eastern and southern exposure. The living room is 25 feet long and 13 feet wide.
The spacious dining room has four windows (six feet tall!) and has beautiful oak floors.
Visitors to our home frequently comment on the beautiful foyer.
Original french doors to the living room and dining room are still in place.
And did you notice those shiny doorknobs on the french doors!
A view from the staircase.
Another view of the foyer.
The house is also a gardener's delight, with provisions to collect and store more than 200 gallons of rain water.
Your own private farm awaits: Tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, strawberries, carrots and lettuce will be ready for harvest in about 30 days.
Flowers in full bloom.
And the world's most perfect strawberry, from my garden.
Carrerra marble under radiator and toilet complement the hex flooring. Work was done in Spring 2010.
Bathroom was restored to its original 1920s appearance.
This 1930s vintage thermostat works beautifully, controlling a 2011 high efficiency gas boiler.
It's the little things that make an old house a special home. Vintage doorbell installed in 2008, and it has a beautiful chime!
Front entry foyer is 11 feet wide and 25 feet long.
Spacious sunporch has built-in bookcases that are 9-feet tall.
Even the attic is spacious and grand! And with a little back-lighting, these windows can scare the beejeebies out of the trick or treaters on Halloween night! If you look up, you'll see collar beams on all of the roof joists. The house is topped with Buckingham Slate (recently restored), which weighs 1,400 pounds per square (100 square feet).
Little house (address is 3916-1/2) has a floored attic, vintage windows and slate roof.
Another view of the little house.
Private, off-street parking and a uniquely large yard for Colonial Place make 3916 Gosnold Avenue a quiet oasis amidst a sea of classic old houses.
View from the street.
Sideyard summertime view.
Another view of the pergola.
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