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“We immediately turned to follow the ["Salvage Sale"] sign, only to be confronted with this beautiful home in a historic neighborhood. Strangely, the home was being gutted right before our eyes.”
One of my favorite hobbies is fixing up my house. Hubby and I did that a lot when we lived in Atlanta, but not so much in German because we were renting. Now that we're back in our own home, the building bug has bitten us once again, and we couldn't be more excited about it.

This weekend, we were driving around Palo Alto, and noticed a sign that said "Salvage Sale". We immediately turned to follow the sign, only to be confronted with this beautiful home in a historic neighborhood. Strangely, the home was being gutted right before our eyes. We approached, greeted by a worker from a local salvage company, who explained that we entered at our own risk, but anything we saw was for sale. Anything.

We toured the 100+ year old home with inlaid hardwood flooring, arched doorways with custom redwood trim, built-in shelving units, antique ceiling fixtures, authentic windows with wavy glass... all you could possibly want in a beautiful historic home. But the tragic thing was, it was being torn down. Well, first torn apart, then torn down. What a shame. Heartbroken, I searched for a reason for all of this. I asked the salvage worker what the story was, and she didn't know, but said that the others who had toured the site were ready to lynch the owners for doing such a...crime? I thought surely it would be a crime, because almost every town has historic zoning commissions. I asked about that, and the worker said that Palo Alto used to have some pretty strict ones, but they got sued a year or so ago, and dropped all historic building codes. All of them. What a shame.
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From:tytal
Date:April 10th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
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I could see perhaps gutting the home and remodeling it, but to completely tear it down is rather horrible. I suppose that maybe if termites had destroyed the structure they'd have no choice.

I saw a house the other day that I really wanted to buy, but until I can save up about $10-15K to put down I can't see me able to do that yet. I miss having my own home and to be able to do anything I wanted. Renting is difficult when you enjoy painting, etc.

Did you manage to get anything out of the house of use?
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From:lalinguabella
Date:April 10th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
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no, unfortunately, we didn't. it was just not the same style as our house. and the things that we could have used were either already sold, or way out of our price range. but we went to the salvage company's site today to look at what other kinds of things they had, and it's basically limitless. when we are ready to renovate, we know exactly where to go.

i think it's going to be great one day when you can save up and get your own place. it makes such a difference to me, just knowing it's mine. otherwise, i find renting to be rather depressing, even if it's a nice place. you just know it's temporary somehow.

i hope you're well. if your icon you? you look so different! but happier.
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From:tytal
Date:April 10th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
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It's good that you've found a place that has a ton of nicely priced - or at least somewhat reasonable - things that you can use to spiffy up the new place. I can't wait to guy a new house. The money I pay on rent is just wasted ... it'll never be mine, so why bother?

I'm ... I'm okay I suppose. Read the recent LJ post and you'll notice a bit of insanity and real angst and hurt over losing a friend. I've tried and tried to no avail. She's dug her grave and doesn't even notice, or if she has she just doesn't care. It's no longer worth the damage to keep her as a friend and I can no longer apologise for her actions to everyone time after time.

Wish I lived closer to you.

How do I look different? Hair's a bit darker, but that's all I can think of.
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