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  •  My mother was forced to sell (8+ / 0-)

    our family home when my parents divorced in '59 and I've been curious about what ever happened to it and I finally had an opportunity to talk to the woman who has owned it since '69 just last night.

    I had tracked down her phone number and called her to let her know that I had some pictures of the property that she might be interested in seeing. We finally got to talk last night after some phone tag and it was so very good to know that the home was still more or less intact.

    She enclosed the upstairs porch shortly after she purchased the property which isn't something I would have done myself, but other than that the property which was built back in 1938 is pretty much unchanged.

    I moved away from the home in 1959, but I still feel a special connection to the place and I'm pleased that the home seems to be in the hands of a capable caretaker.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:22:22 AM PDT

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    •  What a gorgeous place! I love (10+ / 0-)

      the Bauhaus style homes.  Your childhood home is a classic.  Were you pleased to find the house essentially unchanged?  It might be nice for you to ask her to take current photos in exchange for providing her old ones.

      As the current resident of an old house, I have to say I'm delighted when the family members of previous owners contact us.  We've gotten a treasure trove of history from the people who lived it and, if they're gone, we get the stories from their descendants.

      It was particularly wonderful when descendants of the slaves who were emancipated off the property contacted us.  We shared what we knew, they shared what they knew, and we became good friends.

      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:28:57 AM PDT

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      •  I was very pleased (8+ / 0-)

        to hear that the home is largely intact because it is an architecturally and historically important residence.

        I've already sent the owner some information about the builder and first owner--my family purchased the property from the initial owners somewhere around 1948 I believe. And, I'll be sending more pictures of the exterior as well as interior shots going back to when my family owned the property.

        I live in Northern California and seldom get down to San Diego, however, I think that I will get a chance to walk through the home later this year and I'm really looking forward to it.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:41:51 AM PDT

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