As many of you know, I moved from Alexandria, Virginia where many homes in the Old Town section date back to the 18th century. The neighborhood I lived in, Belle Haven, was built in the 1920s.
Yesterday, I discovered a neighborhood here that I have fallen in love with. It is on the water and dates back to 1924 with many original Spanish Mediterranean homes. This room above by Summer Thornton in Naples, Florida captures the feel of the homes, with arches and beamed ceilings. I love the bird prints and potted palm and the blue and white Chinese porcelain.
I am not a fan of all the fake Tuscan all over this part of Florida, but these historic homes are absolutely delightful. Yesterday I looked at one from 1924 and another from 1925. The neighborhood is beachy and funky and historic. They have fireplaces and Mexican tile and arches and such incredible style. The foyer of one has gorgeous Cuban tile.
One even has a cottage on the property that I could turn into an Airbnb or rent out. The cottage is adorable and would be such fun to decorate as well as the main house. It is walking distance to the beach.
But the idea of a 100 year old home sounds a bit intimidating. I am not Bob Villa. Please weigh in on the 100 year old house notion. Have any of you bought a home that old? The ones I am interested in have been completely renovated with new roof, kitchen, bathrooms, etc., assuming the electrical, plumbing, etc. all check out. I just don't want a remake of the movie The Money Pit. But I am very intrigued by the idea of a historical home in Florida.