Thursday, March 5, 2015

Living in Northbridge, heritage v modern..



When I saw the two 'workers cottages' above sitting all alone on one side of the road on Lake St. in Northbridge I thought how wonderful they would look restored and perhaps joined into one cottage.. what do you think! Northbridge has some beautiful heritage homes, like the restored cottages below on a tree lined street and the bigger homes fourth pic down..


... and then there are the smart new modern apartments in Northbridge like these below.  What is your taste? I think if money was no object I would prefer old, but old usually means restoration according to heritage rules which equals lots of expense and sourcing of the right materials.. I think it would be so worth it though when I win the lotto :) Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...p.s. catch up today!


36 comments:

  1. That is the sort of thing that goes on all the time in the UK, people buy up old properties and restore them with a more modern idea or keep them how they were

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  2. We see places here in Portland just like these -- sad and run down and then the beautifully upgraded and designed. I live in an old part of town, but the apartments/houses are well taken care -- not as beautiful as those in your pics, but very nice and comfortable. Terrific pics for the day! Hope your week is going well, Grace!! Enjoy!!

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  3. Nice showing of the housing in town


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  4. Restoration work looks like it would be worth it- but it would be a lot of work!

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  5. It's a notable contrast...I preferi the building in second photo! Arianna

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  6. Very very different.....
    I guess it is the same most places.
    With money, work and love the top building would have been turned in to a beautiful place. It already has style.

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  7. The second photo is very beautiful. I like its atmosphere.

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  8. daar is best wat van te maken.

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  9. Yeah, I would go with the older places. The modern ones are nice but one can find them anywhere.

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  10. Yes, if they fix up that place I could move in any day.

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  11. A developer would wish to remove the old and replace with modern flats and bigger profit.
    Far too many old have been demolished that way. Nice if they can be as good as the renovated ones.

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  12. Oh I do love the style of those cottages.

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  13. Grace, beautiful post. Love the first and second images as they reminded me of the house where I used to live in Sydney on Burton Street, in Darlinghurst. And yes, you are right these houses are beautiful when renovated.

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  14. Love those older buildings and streets Grace,ver beautiful.

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  15. Grace I love your posts, they are always interesting, colourful, fun and informative, thank you. I would go for the restored cottages x

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  16. I definitely prefer the old, especially if money is no object. I would love to see that first one restored. Those balconies are wonderful!

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  17. Love that first shot. It could be such a nice place if it were fixed up.

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  18. Grace, for decades I have preferred the character that comes with older places, but they are constant work. These days I might be going over to the dark side and preferring new places.

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  19. Like most of you I would prefer old style but with mod cons inside!

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  20. As an American, some to the older buildings have a strong flavor of New Orleans. The new ones at the bottom have little charm.

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  21. Your house on the market? I can see you as a Northbridge girl.

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  22. If I had my druthers, I'd go for the vintage building. But then I'd need LOTS of money to restore it.

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  23. Grace, if the terraces in the first photo were in Paddington - our equivalent to your Northbride - each (unrenovated) would cost no less than $2m. There are also massive rules on what you can and cannot do. End cost, I guess, would be $4m per terrace.

    I would always go with the old, and I have to have soil beneath my feet.

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  24. I like those renovated houses in the first photo's the most.

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  25. Both styles have a certain appeal but, I agree that top building would be stunning restored to it's former glory.

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  26. So as Jack, now I prefer the new homes...

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  27. Okay, now I really, really want to live there!

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  28. I love that old building in the first shot.

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  29. This is very strange! It could be a Greek neighborhood! Lovely!

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  30. I like all the buildings, but the new ones looks a bit nicer...

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  31. Those two cottages would be wonderful as one home. But I'm guessing that you'd need a budget the size of the WA government to afford them!

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  32. Old for me, bearing in mind that I need to become a millionaire first.

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  33. I'd probably go for the old! What I have now is over 100 years old!

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  34. I'm one for the old buildings. I know terrace houses may have light issues - so I'm told - but they have a romantic appeal and charm. Somehow the newer versions remind me of geometric cubes and not a living space.

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  35. I´d be for lotto, Grace - old it is then!

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