A couple of months back my friend Heather shared an old real estate listing for her home that appeared in our local paper. She gave me the low-down on how to look up our address and I found these, from the late 1940's and early 1950's (our home was built in 1948).
There are so many things to comment on, especially considering the ad is only 5 and a half lines long. First of all, large? There is nothing about our home that could be considered large, even in real estate romance speak. But what really stood out to me was the bit in all caps: BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED GROUNDS. What?
Okay first of all "grounds" denotes acreage, right? We're on a pretty average Portland lot, 45' wide by 111' deep. Secondly I want to know what the yard looked like back then. When we bought it in 2005 there was nothing but weedy lawn and foundation plantings. Was it really exceptional back in the day?
This next listing also SCREAMS about the yard, it's MOST BEAUTIFUL...and good lord $10,500 — we paid, a little more than that (add a zero and then double plus some)...and it's now worth roughly double what we paid. Crazy.
Funny though, I doubt I could find a modern day real estate agent who thought the current garden was anything worth screaming about. They'd probably see it as a liability.
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