If you’re a fan of classic rock, you read that title in a high-pitched voice, like Alan Wilson, lead singer of Canned Heat.
Did you know that Wilson died at age 27 of a drug overdose? He is rarely mentioned in the so-called “27 Club” that includes Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse.
But I digress.
Last week, we had the opportunity to visit the house we purchased that sits about 15 minutes outside London. It’s an 1870’s cottage on 2/3 of an acre that’s been completely redone, except for the mudroom. It’s all rustic beams, wide-plank floors, and carefully chosen antiques.
It has three bedrooms but you know us, two of them will be office/studio space. Here’s a peek inside in the kitchen. Despite its rustic appearance, there’s a dishwasher in there!
The sellers are a nice family of four who put love into their renovations over several years. Even though “rustic” is the main theme, they’ve done some unexpected touches, like a glitzy chandelier at the front entrance.
The property is surrounded by cornfields and few neighbours, on a gravel road. There was such a feeding frenzy for it that we didn’t even make an offer despite booking a showing. One man tabled a way-over-price offer without even seeing the place. I mention this because the way we got it was new to me. Our agent heard that the buyers were having problems securing financing. So, we made a back-up offer which we considered a longshot. If the first offer fell through, ours would be finalized immediately – and that’s what happened.
I think we’re still in shock. Isn’t this supposed to be a long, stressful process?! I wonder how the people who bid and lost would feel if they knew we swooped in and snatched it this way? Agents take note!
There’s a long close. We don’t take possession until the end of September. Meantime, we’re slowly packing and waiting at the other end. If the dates don’t line up, I might have to ask if we could camp out in your basement for a few weeks. I’m kidding! I’d never camp, especially in a basement!