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It was another driving house-expedition day today … one of our favorite things to do these days…

It’s such fun to imagine what we might live in, to see how reality checks out vs. the photos we see online, and generally get out to drive and explore our new surroundings, especially as picturesque as everything looks right now coated in snow…

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Our first stop was this adorable place in Nottingham. We originally thought the location might be too far North, but after driving it, it seemed pretty good- and really beautiful. Lots of old sprawling estate farms and well-kept antique Capes and Saltboxes on rolling countryside….

Here’s a beautiful Antique property on 6 acres, 1800sf, updated with gas stoves, granite counters, new windows … even a screen porch overlooking a farm pond, and a 24×36 barn. A good price, and a cute property. We were feeling pretty pumped with this solid and very picturesque 1st Drive-by…

Next up… this one in neighboring and equally adorable Deerfield, NH. A newer property (1995), with a writeup that starts “Don’t let the tall grass scare you…  make an offer and see what happens.’ Umm…. Right. It was equally underwhelming on the outside. 5 acres, a chicken coop that ‘needed work’. It’s Sold ‘as is’ and just didn’t vibe with us today, I guess…. It’s in need of serious character, landscaping, work, and mowing, apparently…

And then we drove up the hill. My heat fluttereth — this house actually made us question whether or not we were looking at the property on the listing (as, HEH, see that mistake unfold a few paragraphs down…)  and shockingly ::YES::: it was!

Sigh… it was beautiful. Sure- it’s two different colors and why on Earth did they decide to accent everything in Burgundy, but — seriously– it wasn’t since the Foreclosed Estate down the way (that has literally appeared in dreams of  since we visited), that I got this excited. This property was amazing…

Nearly 20 hilltop acres… 8 acres of Paddocks, riding rings, an Apple Orchard, walking trails, mountain views, 3500sf, 4 beds, 2 baths…

Those are apple trees… they’re just covered in snow. But I seriously wish you could have been here to see how goregeous it was. Rolling hill vistas, an orchard, winding roads, sigh… SIGH — THIS is why we moved East!

And, for the record, I’m not usually digging yellow houses, but I don’t know… maybe it’s January, maybe it’s the altitude… I’m just in love with it and the potential. Those footprints in the 2+ feet of snow – yep, they’re mine. I peered in every window I could. Snatched a few views of fabulous 18” hardwood floors, pretty darn hideous wallpaper, fireplaces, a mudroom– but enough fodder for me to start planning my Country Living magazine centerfold...

Moving on. 

I was almost over the previous house when I saw *this.* This, the House with the Oxen Yoke oven the Barn. It was in our pricerange. Jawdrop. It was pristine- a gorgeous Colonial with an attached Barn – perfect for cars, animals, a studio in that lovely 3rd floor up top…

We even drove around the back to snap a pick of the gorgeous property from the back … < heart skipping beats>…

Until I noticed something.

The windows on the barn in the Listing seemed different than the property what we were looking at…

Yep. We were at the wrong house. The smaller house in the listing on the top left was what we were searching for… and it was certainly not the house we were looking at. The REAL listing was just down the Road…  about 1/3 smaller and 100% less amazing that the gorgeous cornerlot farm.  Major bummer.

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And then we discovered this beautiful Colonial on nearly 4 acres, circa (get this… amazing) 1750 — it has an all  new granite kitchen, septic, electrical systems, plumbing, insulation, boiler, etc. We even had to drive around for  few minutes because a Realtor and her clients were walking through when we drove up in the late afternoon. I was most taken with that *gorgeous* barn…


I’m just loving those charred – cedar shingles  — so classic. The house featured over 4400+ sf, but was being sold ‘as is’… Beautiful, but after nearly 15 houses, things were beginning to blend together…

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Just like that, the afternoon light gave way to a gorgeous Sunset… and I was still dreaming of that hilltop house… but in one color. With a nice stone driveway, windowboxes, a patio and pergola out back… a rescued draft horse in the paddock…  and… And… AND….
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