I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten excited over a cute little cottage with a for-sale sign in the front yard, only to realize it’s zoned for commercial.
Sometimes it seems like half the historic homes in my town have been converted into businesses.
And while I think a mom and pop coffee shop can make a charming resident for a little old bungalow, it seems like an old house’s character and quirks sort of go to waste when it becomes, say, a law or insurance office.
And does it get any quirkier than this one’s brick wall?
I guess I like to be able to picture myself living in an old place – and a parking lot out front and fast-food joint next door disrupt my daydreams.
Of course, I’m probably missing the point. Most converted houses are situated on busy thoroughfares– good for business, not so good for raising your family. Then there’s the historic preservation aspect. I’m thankful that I live in a city where businesses and planning departments had the fortitude to preserve many (though certainly not all) of our old buildings. Better that the houses be used than left vacant and, ultimately, torn down.
Still, I sometimes imagine myself buying one of these businesses and turning it back into a home. But you know what would be even cooler? Converting a historic school, church or – believe it or not – a post office into a home. Wish I had the guts to take on a project like this one.