Friday, June 25, 2010

An Eclectic Neighborhood

This week we visited the new "old" home of the Victorian Parlor. As usual I took hundreds of pictures and will post them over the next couple of weeks. Kim and Hubby have moved to downtown Beaufort into a 1890's Victorian cottage which she has aptly named Faith Cottage. It is a beautiful home and we were fortunate to be able to experience 'city' life.

Please follow us on a walking tour of the VP's new neighborhood, a very eclectic mix of homes. The only thing common to them all was that of all the neighbors we met (and we met a bunch of them) each was warm and friendly.

The first photo is a view from Faith Cottage's front porch.
A look down the street to the left...
And to the right.
Faith Cottage from across the street.
Her next door neighbor...
Another view of the same neighbor's house once you turn the corner. It's huge!

As we travel down the block, this beautiful old home is set back from the street.
This corner house is smaller...
but boasts a matching shed which we found adorable (note the small patio with table and chairs)
and beautiful gardens.
Another well-maintained home
and one which recently sold and is in need of repair. There are many historic homes in Beaufort which are at different stages of repair and disrepair.
A more modern eclectic home...
This house is for sale! Although built only eight years ago, the facade fits in well with the neighborhood.
Another small cottage on our tour.
In need of some trimming but still adorable...
The city crops the trees around the power lines.
A large oak on an empty corner lot.
This house is empty and for sale if I remember correctly. Some minor repairs and it'll be good to go.
One of the newer homes, maybe 1940's, across from Faith Cottage on the corner.
Beaufort still has empty lots for sale. There are two here with the most beautiful trees, only $95K each.
I was able to peek into this old abandoned home. Looked to be late 1800's, maybe a little earlier. I sure hope it will go on the market so that it can be saved in time.
There are many small churches and community centers dotting the city landscape.
A couple of blocks away we passed a very old building. The wood, although dark from aging, was in remarkably good condition (maybe cyprus?) as well as the foundation. It looks like an old store but might have been a duplex. Hopefully it too will be saved.
Finally returning to Kim's block, this is the home directly across the street from Faith Cottage. The house has been turned into apartments but you would never know it.
Catty-cornered from Kim is this lovely large old home. It's for sale too at an incredibly reasonable price. It had been vacant for some time but we met the people who just leased it. They were moving in while we were there and it turned out be friends of Kim and Hubby's. What a small world!
Behind Kim is a small cottage that was the former kitchen for Faith Cottage. The lovely lady who lives here renovated it and it is now a beautiful home with an open floor plan and cathedral ceilings and wooden beams. She has a grey African parrot that sits on the front porch and welcomes people!
We've now come full circle and returned to Faith Cottage. The city services are amazing! In the few short days we were visiting, the streets were cleaned and the weeds in the sidewalks sprayed. One of my favorite features was that the postman walks from house to house!
Please note, the Victorian Parlor is without Internet access, so it may be a week or two before she returns to posting, but I'm sure she will have many posts to make.


Michael823 said...

So far so good, I've been checking all day!! Everything looks great, I see what you meant about the house accross the street.

We're looking forward to seeing more of Faith Cottage and the results of all the work you did.

Please keep the updates coming.

Eastlake Victorian said...

Faith Cottage is so cute! I love the white picket fence! The different style homes in the neighborhood remind me of my current neighborhood... houses from the 1860's through modern, huge, small, run-down and well-maintained. The electric company chops our trees around the power lines the same way! I think it looks silly. Thank you for the tour! I wish Kim and her Hubby well in their new "old" abode. :-)