The Paloma: A Two-Story Bargain

In 1919, The Paloma was indeed a “two-story bargain.” The very modest 860-square-foot, two-story house cost a mere $1,131 which was a sound value.  And all in all, it wasn’t a bad-looking little house. But it was little. Upstairs, they managed to...

One Chilly Kilbourne in West Virginia

My friend Ersela lives in a part of West Virginia that is currently getting hammered by an especially chilly version of Hurricane Sandy. Thus far, almost two feet of wet snow has fallen on her beautiful Kilbourne. Here in Norfolk (where I live), “Sandy”...

The Princeville: A Dandy Home!

Another not-so-popular house, and yet, it sure is easy to identify! This house has many very unusual features that really make it “jump off the curb” at you. The arrangement of the dormers on the second floor is pretty eye-catching (three windows in the...

Jim Walter Homes – Where’d They Go?

In 1978, soon after my first husband and I were first married, we sat down and looked through a Jim Walter Homes catalog. The idea of building a kit home was hugely appealing to us. In the end, we decided to buy an existing home, but throughout the years, the idea of...