Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday roundup

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • C is feverish. No riding tomorrow.
  • C finished reading Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling.
  • I got a haircut this morning and my stylist was telling me about her family background. She's a little bit Czech (common in these parts) but mostly (as she put it) "Tex Mex." I'm very interested in how race and ethnicity work here, so I'm mentally filing that expression away.
  • I was looking at realtor.com today, and discovered that there's a new listing in the historic neighborhood I watch. It's a 3/2 late 1920s cottage and they want $190k for it. It has adorable arched doorways, but there aren't any interior photos up yet. About three blocks away, there's a very similar brick cottage that has been for sale for as long as I can remember. That cottage is only 2 bedrooms and is priced at $230k, after some price reductions (I think it might have even started on the market at over $300k). As you may recall, there's yet another 1920s cottage on another street that recently went on the market for $165k. I thought at the time that that was a fluke, but it's starting to look like the market price of these small 1920s cottages is the high $100s. One year to go, dear readers! This is going to be a very suspenseful year (unless we get a reprieve on the demolition of our neighborhood, and then we stay here for at least another year). I don't know how long I can keep myself from picking up the phone and calling the realtors so that I can see what they look like inside. The prices still aren't exactly what I'd like, but in a year I expect all of these houses will be $20k cheaper, if they are still for sale at that point.

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