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House Hunt For A Victorian Mansion And Learn How You Would Have Dressed In The 1880s

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  1. Welcome to House #1! This ocean-view Queen Anne Victorian in has 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, and costs $298/square foot. It was built in 1883. How do you feel when you pull up and see the front?

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  2. Which historic detail makes you REALLY fall in love with the place?

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    Detailed woodwork in the entry
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    Stunning stained glass at the stairs
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    Cast iron stove left in the kitchen
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    Two crystal chandeliers in the parlor
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    Huge open arches in the parlor
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    Original fireplace in master room
  3. What comment do you make about the more modern features in the house?

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    "This railing's been replaced, but that's definitely a good thing."
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    "TECHNICALLY there are 2 bathrooms here, but the second one is SMALL."
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    "We should put fans in the other bedrooms so it's not too hot at night."
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    "I thiiiink it's time to change these cabinets and countertops to something much more authentic."
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    "But all these modern appliances can stay."
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    "Guess you can't avoid the boob light, even in a Victorian home."
  4. And because it's very important to know, what would you do with the tower room?

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    Witch / wizard tower
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    Library / reading nook
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    Bar
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    Astronomy tower
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    A place to sleep
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    Something else
  5. That's it for House #1! Will you still keep it on your list?

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    This is my dream home.
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    Yes, but I want to see others.
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    Sure, but I hoped for more.
  6. Time for house #2 — welcome! This Italianate Victorian gem has 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, and costs $271/square foot. It was built in 1888. What comment do you make as you tour the first floor?

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    "This library would be the coziest place to read on Saturday afternoons."
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    "These parlor doors are so GRAND!"
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    "This parlor is so FABULOUS!"
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    "Our dinner parties could have hors d'oeuvres in the parlor, then lead into dinner in the dining room!"
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    "I could cook some GOOD meals in this huge, modern kitchen."
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    "This sunroom will be lovely in the winter!"
  7. How do you feel when you walk into the master bedroom?

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  8. Which is your favorite part of the rest of the second and third levels?

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    The luxe carrara marble ensuite master bathroom
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    The original stained glass on the stairs
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    The original fireplace and details in the other bedrooms
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    The renovated bathrooms for the other bedrooms
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    The fact that the laundry room's upstairs
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    The finished attic / game room
  9. That's all for House #2! Will you still keep this house on your list?

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    THIS is my dream home.
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    Yes, but I still want to see all my options.
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    Okay, but I'm still looking for something more.<br />
  10. Last but not least, welcome to house #3! This Second Empire Victorian beauty has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and is $130/sq ft. It was built in 1879. Which room on the first level is your favorite?

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    The grand foyer with statues and stained glass on the stairs
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    The main parlor with large bay windows and original details
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    The cozier second parlor that could be a library
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    The spacious dining room with original plate rail
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    The kitchen with original stove (despite the outdated appliances)
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    The breakfast nook / gardening room / sun room
  11. What comment do you make as you tour the second level?

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    "The bay windows in the master bedroom are a huge plus."
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    "Oooh, I love that there's a clawfoot tub in the master bath."
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    "A chaise lounge with a bedspread in the bonus room? Some staging..."
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    "This bedroom's pretty small, but would make a nice home office."
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    "Oh...yikes."
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    "So, we'd be updating two bathrooms when we moved in."
  12. How do you feel about updating the kitchen+2 bathrooms to make the house your own? (This is $130/square foot. House #1 is $298/square foot, and House #2 is $271/square foot.)

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  13. So, do you keep house #3 on your list?

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    Yes! I love the idea of fixing it up.
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    Maybe, fixing it would be hard but cool...<br />
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    Honestly? I preferred the<br />others.
  14. The time is here! Your realtor's asking you to pick which house to make your offer on. Will it be House #1, the Queen Anne? House #2, the Italianate? Or House #3, the Second Empire?

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    House #1
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    House #3<br />
  1. Oh! And take this poll to see which house "won" — which house did you end up making your offer on?

    Oh! And take this poll to see which house "won" — which house did you end up making your offer on?
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    House #3
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Oh! And take this poll to see which house "won" — which house did you end up making your offer on?
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    House #1
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