This week's "almost" was visited by chance.
Remi and I were taking the puppers on a walk in my Secret Provence, when my thoughts turned to the ad for a house that I had seen for sale there. It was recognizable from far due to the unusual slanted roof on the terrace.
It usually Remi who is the King of gathering clues from real estate photos but this time I took the prize of the hunt and we approached closer to investigate.
As we stood in front of its rather plain facade (dated 1789), a man happened to leave the front door and he stopped to look at us questioningly. Remi took the initiative to approach and yes, it turned out that he was the owner of the house. Would we like to visit it?
It was exceedingly kind and so we accepted. He asked his Wife to drop of one of their children in his stead and I waited outside while Remi took a tour, he replaced me and it was my turn.
The sun was already going down so most of the following photos have been borrowed from the net, again, my apologies for the quality.
The first room is a salon - larger than what is shown here - with absolutely beautiful stone walls, an ample fireplace and beams that could be charming painted off-white. There are several interesting niches in the walls. The tile floor could easily be recovered with parquet.
The rather large kitchen is followed by a storage room with a separate entrance. The only element to salvage here would be the carved wooden drawers and doors, very Provençal and they could be quite nice if stripped and stained a light grey.
The staircase was also just gorgeous--again, my photo doesn't do it justice. On the right, you can see the hodgepodge of what is called pierre froide and on the left, more perfect blocks of stone from the quarries of Fontvielle.
I actually quite liked this room, save for the modern windows. The fireplace on the right functions and so I thought that this would make a very good library/movie and guest room. Imagine the parquet, window frames and the big wooden beams stripped and stained light grey or griege and walls lined with books...This room would have been where my desk could have been as well.
There is a charming ancient wooden doorway leading to the master bath and what they use as the master bedroom. This would have been Remi's office. We could have covered the white tile either with jute or our old carpets or both. Cream walls, lots of our collection of old photos on the walls...and there you go.
Upstairs, there are two rooms both with the same parquet and some nice stone detailing that have been integrated with the contemporary structure. That could have been either the bedroom and a dressing or one large bedroom. Parquet treated, walls and pesky window frames painted, ciel du lit and mini lustre installed...it would be a whole different story. Really!
And then there is the massive terrace, partially covered for summer lunches (a must)...
...with its incredible view/s...
...that are west-facing for stunning sunset views. As folks live outdoors nearly six months a year...well, this was very, very tempting. Very tempting.
But...you see where I am going with this? Just as one does not buy a house for architectural details, sadly (!), one does not buy a house for a terrace! For while we could really, really see ourselves on that terrace with that view, we could not see ourselves living in the house.
It is actually a very good house in many aspects. Everything has been completely renovated (and nicely done) from roof to electricity to flooring, something which is very, very unusual in our price range.
Alas no is no. It was good to try and very kind of the owner to welcome us.
We do love this corner of the Secret Provence and felt very good walking around the streets after the sun went down. It was so quiet and so charming. So this is an area where we will keeping searching in priority. If you have figured out where it is, please shhh...It is fun for all of us to have secrets sometimes.
So, I am curious, can you see the possibilities here or not at all? You asked to see as much as possible...I listened!
Have an excellent rest of your weekend!