We headed to South Florida this weekend to see some friends, feel the humidity that has finally left the NE (yes, I miss it) and partake in what turned out to be a most excellent shell finding excursion at the beach in 85 degree ocean temps.
Retro art deco: we stayed in the Delray Beach area but headed to South Beach/Miami Beach for a day trip
Also-- we wanted see how low the real estate bubble really is (read: can we find an awesome getaway-place for nothing?). We ended up looking at so many places that they all have sort of morphed into one awesome place that has none of the granny flower wallpaper or furniture (oh... it comes furnished...how great...) straight out of 1982. Not good.
One place we looked at had THIS HOUSE as an across the street neighbor.
I took a few shots of it as I was measuring in my mind the sq. footage of JUST the GUARD GATE before I decided to stop guessing and google the address. No, I am NOT a house stalker... normally but, I did find out that this is a single family home where a father, mother and teenage boy live. Hard times in this economy for sure...
the front gate
this view is from the "ghetto" condo we looked at across the street (the mansion is next to in-construction high end rental "cottages").
Sadly, this house is currently NOT on the market but just as well, since it is a smidgen bigger than we were looking for but alas, the tempting thought of being able to adopt an army of wiener dogs to roam free should we'd have moved into this place will go unrealized.
Oh well; the hunt for an affordable mansion continues and until then we can look forward to more Florida images like this when we visit: