Hello, My Friends!~~~
I recently hit an estate sale right smack inside the beltway here in the Washington, DC area. The strange thing about this sale was not the items within, but it was the location. It is rare to have a house tucked away on property inside the Capitol Beltway that is an acre (and wildly expensive too!), but this property was situated on 5 acres. And these acres are hidden away behind a fresh development of McMansions. You cannot see the house from the road, in fact the paved road dead ends where the gravel and grass driveway of this secluded DC area "Grey Gardens" sits.
Then around the bend the house revealed itself standing tall on a hillock carved out of a dense forest.
I tried to imagine what this house was like in its prime. It looked like a house built about 1920 and then added onto over the years.
The garage was charming.
So were the stables, long vacated by its former equine occupants.
The five-acre wood surrounding the house did not yield Winnie the Pooh or Christopher Robin, but it gave the house a strong sense of deep seclusion and quiet from the interstate not too far away.
I heard from one of the folks running the estate sale that the house would be torn down and that the land would be subdivided for more homes. Typical stuff that happens inside the Beltway.
I can understand, though, why the house would be torn down after going inside. It was dank, smelly, and full of mold and mildew. Too far gone. I found nothing there to buy as I draw the line at heavy mildew on things. But I did find value in my morning for visiting a place I would never have known about were it not for the estate sale. I bought nothing but I felt fortunate to have seen this Grey Gardens and taken away the memory and a few pictures.~~~Thanks for taking this estate sale adventure with me!~~~XXOO, Beth