New Yorkers know how to make every bit of living space count because they have to. We recently sold our 800+ sf condo in NY and one of the couples who put an offer on it was planning on turning the bedroom closet into the baby’s room. Seriously? I should say baby’s nook because that, at most, was what it could be. I’m sure, however, if I saw the finished product I would be quite surprised at everything they managed to squeeze into the space. New Yorkers are used to living in small spaces because the cost of real estate in the city is still ridiculously high. So, they learn to make do with less and learn to collect less stuff.
Less Stuff + Living History
This brings me to my title – yes, you see where I’m going with this. Owning an antique is getting to own and live in a piece of history. These are some of the best built houses around and indeed, with some of them being 200+ years old, it speaks volumes as to their sturdiness and everlasting charm. The antiques that sell the easiest are those that have been updated and have all of the modern conveniences. However, most of the time the closet and storage space remain an issue.
Antique homeowners have gotten creative and created closet space out of extra bedrooms and converted attics, but I say why don’t more of us consider getting rid of our STUFF? If you’re considering moving into a lovely antique, why not pare down? Older homes are often blessed with classic moldings and built-in bookcases, nooks and china cabinets. You can take advantage of these special spaces to showcase an art or china collection and actually look at some of the stuff you own.
When we used to move all over the place I’d be forced to have to get rid of things or otherwise pack it up and move it to our next house. Have you ever packed a box of junk just because you didn’t have time to go through it before the move? If so, then do you remember what it was like to be unpacking boxes and come to your box of packed junk? Yes, and did it end up in a closet or attic somewhere, taking up space? Welcome to my house.
So back to New Yorkers and antiques…they know how to be creative and make the most of space. Many out-of-towners moving to Connecticut love the rich, New England history that comes with it. So why not have both? Some of the most beautiful homes in Fairfield County are antiques and I still hope to own one myself one day.
Come see my new antique listing located in the heart of downtown Fairfield on the Old Post Rd. It was built before the Revolution and is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated homes on the market. It was completely updated by the New York couple who owns it, who just happened to put a walk-in closet in the attic. Ahhh.
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