Monday, March 31, 2014

#622 Stalking a house on the Google

So, how did we come to own this 100-year-old Arts-and-Crafts airplane bungalow?

Here's how it happened.

Once upon a time in the 1990s, Kelly and I were driving around southwest Missouri - as we do.  We spied a cool bungalow down a side street and turned towards it.  (This happens more than you might think.) And that's when we fell in love.

We were so taken with the house that we asked our nearby family to keep an eye on it and let us know if it came on the market.  Years go by, a decade or more, and then the unimaginable happened:  Google Street View comes to Aurora, MO.

From our home computer in Charlottesville, VA, we saw this image.  It was a sign - in more ways than one.
Everyone knows that Google's imagery is not current, but the sign in the yard told us that the cool bungalow had recently been on the market.  We zoom in on the sign and contact the realtor to see if she has any interior photos that she'd be willing to share.  She does.  And not only that, she tells us the house had been taken off the market due to illness the previous year and it was soon to be relisted.  Another sign.

That was five years ago.

Yours in reading the signs,

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