Last week I was asked to help a friend with an estate sale. The home was quite a way’s up into the hills. There were deer crossing signs on the way there, and yes there were deer as well. When I stepped into the house it was like taking a step back in time. The home was built in 1951 and the only upgrades that had been made were a washer and dryer, refrigerator, and carpeting.
The home retained not only it’s original tile, but the original wallpaper as well as light fixtures, paint, real wood paneling and plumbing fixtures. It was beautiful to see an older home that has not been stripped of it’s original charm. Stained wood doors and door jambs, original porcelain sinks, early american style light fixtures, and even a cast iron grate on the mail slot. Oh, and the door knocker, fabulous art deco style at it’s finest.
But the best part of all were the bears. Yes, real live bears. Wandering through the neighborhood, running through the yards, and generally having a good time. A few of the neighbors even showed us videos of the bears playing in fountains, digging through trash, and climbing trees. Apparently there is a family of brown bears living in the area since it backs up to a large nature reserve and park.
Sadly, this wonderful time capsule will be bought up, gutted, and re-imagined by some young family who wants to make it their own. The loving care with which it was maintained for so many years will be lost and in it’s place will be stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.