Here she is in all her beauty on the day I bought her:
|I particularly love the charming front stairs held on my one nail and the missing panes of glass in the attic.|
But, if you can look past the outdated roof, the obvious need for a paint job and the failing porch, this house had GOOD BONES. 4000 square feet of a true brick house with 18-inch thick walls. She was built to last. And could you not imagine yourself on a porch swing?
It didn't look much better from the back either. The deck is over 20 years old and, with 16 foot spans between the posts, it wasn't built correctly to begin with. There are broken windows and an overgrown yard. But none of that deterred us. We also saw beauty in things like this stained glass window:
You see, this house was owned by the first neighbor to ever come over and welcome us to the neighborhood. Harold was a noted Kansas City historian and the author of several books about Jesse James and the Younger brothers, who made their home not far from KC. Having lived and raised his children in this house for 39 years, life had thrown several bombs his way that resulted in him refinancing the house with a Countrywide mortgage. You can probably guess the rest of the story.
We tried in vain to help by taking over his mortgage and just having him pay us rather than the bank. We desperately wanted to keep a good neighbor and save a beautiful old house from falling into slumlord hands. But the bank wouldn't even talk to us. Instead, they continued down the foreclosure path and ultimately kicked Harold out of the house and threw alot of his things into a dumpster when he couldn't move them fast enough. No wonder the banks have a bad name.
|All brick and stone. This house will be here long after after we've left this earth.|
But hard times are hard times and things didn't get better for Harold, much to our dismay. He was habitually late on his rent or just didn't pay us for over 2 years. Carrying the house and utilities was difficult for us as well, as we had our own mortgage and utilities. Before he moved out about 8 months ago, he had gotten an advance for another book on Jesse James and was able to catch us up, but it was decided that he needed a cheaper apartment and his moving out would allow us to finish the renovations and put the house back on the market. I want to see someone buy this old gal and love her as much as we do.
And here we are today.