October 09, 2023

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!

We’ve come to my favorite time of the year, mid-fall. I hope you’re enjoying the crisp weather, the leaf-peeping, and all the chai tea your heart desires.

In my world, I’m rooting for my hometown Phillies in the playoffs, my husband and I just celebrated our 11-year wedding anniversary, and we can finally enjoy a toasty fire in our fireplace. I’ve also been busily preparing an epic Halloween-themed newsletter for you all to enjoy later this month. So, if you’re new around here, be sure to subscribe; you won’t want to miss this one! 👻

Happy 11 Years!

Now that we’ve caught up, on to some delightful (or delightfully awful) real estate…

As you know, at the end of this email, I always give you a bunch more homes to explore, and this week, we have some freshly-listed 🧡Mid-Century Masterpieces, some shockingly 🏰Monstrous McMansions, a few fun 🛥️Floating Flats, and we’ll round things out with some geodesic 🔮Domed Digs.

For today’s main attraction, we have a delightful “Hippie House” in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. You may have seen this when it first hit the market over the summer, but no one has scooped it up! And to me, it looks like it would be just heavenly in the autumn…

This angular little beast is made of wood and shingles and has sat here happily on the Oregon coast since 1970 amidst a community of similarly odd contemporary homes on the Salishan Resort Golf Course.

The angles on this beach bungalow are a bit deceiving; it’s more spacious inside than you’d think. The centerpiece is a sunken living room, complete with a cozy stove and built-in seating. I call that reading nook!

After that, the spaces get cramped, and if you’re tall, you’d better wear a hard hat. A series of small staircases and ladders (yes, ladders) get you where you need to go inside this cottage, including up to the two bedrooms and baths. I particularly like this one with an odd metal soaking tub and stained glass window.

There’s also another bathroom and a sauna, which I’m sure is lovely during the damp Oregon winters.

Moving onto the kitchen, I’m not sure I’m sold on the chaos, but it seems to have a lot of counter space, so that’s always a bonus. Not gonna lie; I might get vertigo trying to sit and eat while looking out diagonal windows that overlook the ocean.

This beachside getaway is listed at $799,000, plus it has $2k in HOA fees each year. It was designed by local architect Don Vallaster, who would go on to own the home. The house was featured in National Geographic in 1979, so that’s another nice little feather in its jauntily angled cap.

So while this little house has more nooks and crannies than a Thomas English Muffin…(seriously, where does the bed go here?)…

…it would be pretty cool to own a cozy piece of architectural history on the ocean. What do you think? Would you take a chance on this little seaside treasure, or is it just too much to take in?

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It…)

This past week, I shared a bizarre junk yard-adjacent wedding venue in rural Texas. It’s listed for $3m, and I’m told that price is pretty wild for the area.

Not only is it largely unfinished, but it’s got some eyebrow-raising features in the yard (what’s hiding under that earth mound?) and a metal structure that reminded some of you of a ketchup bottle on the roof.

Perched atop said ketchup bottle, only accessible by what looks to be two ladders tied together, is a sculpture only visible to us on street view.

What a wild property…. ICYMI, take a look or watch the video, and let me know what you think!

‘Til next time, take care of yourselves!