Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I WANNA live there Wednesday # 34

I live in a pretty incredible area - in Montreal, It's an historical neighbourhood loaded with tons and tons of charm - and 20th century architecture, just steps away from the city center, it's also a pretty expensive neighbourhood ( in which I live in servants quarters basically compared to what I'm surrounded by ) 
Because there are days I don't have furniture makeovers to show you - I've chosen Wednesdays to showcase and feature one or two homes that are for sale around here.................( or apartment - or duplex - or teepee )
Keep in mind this is in the heart of the city - so the prices reflect that  - think Manhattan - where these places would cost 3 or 4 times what they're listed for here!
On occasion I'll showcase beautiful homes in other areas - countries - continents - the one thing most of them will have have in common will be their age - because I love old homes with stories to tell, join me won't you?

Good morning all - this week I thought we would visit Boston, Mass - I can't muster up much enthusiasm for house hunting - so thought maybe we'd honor the victims and the city they ran in - and where a large number of them called home.
People have always told me that Boston and Montreal have a lot in common - although I've never been, I do know people that have run the Boston Marathon - and have always wanted to see it - 
In doing a little research on the city I was struck by the fact that we do indeed share a lot of similarities ( except for Montreal politics - which are driving me right over the edge to be honest with you ) 

Both had a very strong tie with Irish roots - 
Both are water side cities
Both are roughly the same size
Both have some amazing older triplex ( or 3 family ) style housing
Both are cyclists cities
Both are Hockey cities ( with fiercely dedicated fans - The two teams have played each other more times, in both regular season play and the playoffs combined, than any other two teams in NHL history )
Both have very hot humid summers
Both have very cold winters
Both have have strong blue collar roots
Both are among the oldest cities in North America

but mostly they actually resemble each other  ( in photos anyway )









Boston, Ma

2 bedroom - 1 bath - 1 half bath
Realtor Robb Silva

This house could easily be in my neighbourhood in Montreal - those of you that follow this series will see how similar this is!!!

living room
living room

tiny but beautifully equipped kitchen

it even has my beloved radiators!!!!

I suppose this is the 2nd bedroom being used as a den
I want that secretary behind the chair!!!
LOVE the floor

 the below photo could be a photo of my back alley - which is also where we park!

The next one is listed at 8,500,000
8 bedrooms
10 baths
10,500 square feet
Realtor   Coldwell Banker

sweet dreams are made of this

and my favorite - the living room

And the last one is actually in Cambridge - but it's worth showing - this place is absolutely out of this world

4 bedrooms 
3 baths - 1 half
12 rooms in total
Realtor  Boston Heritage Realty

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and that's it for Wednesday folks - have a great " hump " day - oh and I may be going to look at this place on the weekend - the farmhouse dream is alive and kicking 

and this is the photo that made me want to shout - kick my heels up and shout - throw my hands up and shout - a wrap around porch!
oh this city girl has big big country dreams lately........................

It just goes to show you should never say never ( ever ) 

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  1. So has there been any progress on your countrified dreams? Or are they just that, dreams? Love seeing all the cool scenes here. So fun!

  2. I have always heard great things about Boston being a warm and inviting city with beautiful homes and historic districts to visit. I am going to make a point of going there.

  3. LOVE the farmhouse, good luck on your excursion!!

  4. When I was 19, a friend and I drove to Boston to visit a guy friend that was going to MIT - we stayed at his fraternity house for a week. I would say that I had discovered the most colorful way to visit Boston. I highly recommend it.

  5. Get you some country gurlfriend,I couldn't be anything but.

    And yes it is more sad times in our country.Lord heal the hurt,once again.Amen

    I want to visit both Boston and Montreal,lovely photo's.

  6. Today I'm going with #2. Could you call the movers for me, please? :)

  7. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for taking me back to my home town. I've been here for 20 years but there's still a large piece of my heart with the swans in the Public Gardens, the harbor with it's incredible boats, museums that can swallow you up for hours and hours and the school I attended that used to be right at the marathon finish line. Thank you to everyone who is thinking of Bostonians wherever they are.

  8. I have never been to either city, but they both look amazing! Cedar Rapids, Iowa is definitely lacking character and charm in their downtown area :( Thanks for sharing, Lisa

  9. Thanks for the comparison - I would never have guessed that these two cities are so similar. I love Montreal (other than the politics) - it's a city filled with beauty and character. And now I know that Boston is the same.

    The houses are gorgeous - but I can't get my head wrapped around all this stuff.

    Good luck with the farmhouse dream!!

    1. Thanks Heather - such a shame what's going on here, politcally!

  10. I am ready for the move, when do we leave????


  11. Both cities are beautiful and have such character. John and I went to Boston on our honeymoon eons ago, and actually stayed in Cambridge so I'll take the last property please. I've been to Montreal a few times, but it's been quite awhile. Never would have realized how much these two great cities have in common. Great post Suzan!

  12. Beautiful! I have to say they get a lot more house for their dollar than we do WOW!!!!

  13. Both cities are so beautiful!! It was fun to see the homes :o)

  14. Wow, two songs in my head at the end of the post, you're good ! (Or really bad?). The last house is actually my favourite, I can't wait for you to tell us more about it!

  15. The similarities are amazing. Wonderful photos! Love that farmhouse. I have always wanted a wrap around porch. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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