Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Winter Cottage

When I was asked what distinguished my rented cottage my answer was, "Nothing. From the outside it looks exactly like all the houses in the Fruit and Nut District."You enter into the adorable 1950's kitchen.Then you come into the cute little 1950's Fairhope livingroom.There is a charming "cottage" master bedroom.And a sunny second bedroom.There is, in fact, a little dining room and a nice back yard. Only one bathroom, but it's shiny and comfy for all practical purposes.

This house is typical of the kind of places that were built to be affordable, in the years roughly between 1955 and 1970, in a neighborhood with streets named Pecan, Kumquat, Orange, and Fig. All are not named for fruits and nuts--there is Pier Street, there is Liberty, there is Pine Crest. This particular house is not far from the bay, and the picturesque geography of Fairhope itself adds interest to the situation. It's cozy and livable. Notice there is a camellia bush in the front yard, and it has blossoms in February.

I may make this winter vacation a yearly habit. So far, it is working out well.

6 comments:

Christopher said...

Nice pics. I am not, have never been, will never, ever be that neat.

Steve said...

It is a charming cottage, neat as a pin. That would certainly make winter a bit more tolerable, knowing you had a month of this to look forward to. Is it my imagination, or are the ceilings wood, painted white.

Stephen said...

Hey, that is a great, cozy place. Yes, very 50's!

Mary Lois said...

The ceilings unfortunately are the texture referred to as popcorn, Steve, but looking at the pic I can see what you mean. Wonder if I ripped off the coating...?

hillwright said...

Well, I wouldn't exactly call it '50's. For that you'd need more plastic and tacky "Carmen Miranda" figurines on wall shelves. Some arts & craft pieces would also give a little class to it. But for the present generation of renters, it looks just fine. Evenb if they think it's 50's.

Mary Lois said...

Plastic didn't reach Fairhope until last week.