The First Time Ever I Sold a House

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THE MONTH OF MAY hasn’t been so much merry as schizy (though there have been some undeniably merry moments). I spent the first two weeks of the month saying goodbye to my former home, a vintage cottage in East Hampton, N.Y., enjoying its deck and outdoor shower every chance I got. I gazed into the woods, wondering how I was going to survive without that particular view.

I had one last yard sale, then moved my remaining “staged for sale” furnishings from the cottage to the other house I bought last year — a mid-20th century L-shaped bungalow, below — a quarter-mile away. A few days later, I sold that beloved first cottage, five years and a day after buying it in 2009, and six months after putting it on the market.

It was the first time I ever sold a property (I still own a few; see my About page). Did it feel momentous? Nah. I had experienced all my emotion in anticipation, it turned out. Closings are non-events, I’ve realized. No ceremony, no festivity — just attorneys and a title company rep passing papers back and forth to be signed. No one says congratulations; you’re lucky if get hello and goodbye. Afterwards, I ran to the bank, and then — except for sharing a bottle of champagne with a friend — pretty much forgot about the whole thing. It’s out of my hands now. If the garden on which I worked so hard and long reverts to nature — well, so be it.

Below, views of my “new” house and landscape, as it looked earlier this month:

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Now I’m all of a piece — all my things in one house, responsible for only one garden and one Town of East Hampton tax bill. Most significantly, my focus and attention is now in one place. I’ve furnished the rooms comfortably, and I’m doing the best I can to control the indoor climate in my unheated, un-cooled house, alternating space heater and fan as weather demands.

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I made a conscious decision to make no decisions for a while — to call no contractors, no deck guys, no guys at all. There are big jobs ahead: replacing the deteriorating deck and installing windows in a long hallway where now there are boarded-up holes, to name two major priorities. But I’m not ready to move on anything quite yet.

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Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying my new borrowed view, of dogwoods in the neighboring yard, above, and the rhododendrons have come out, spectacularly, to greet me.

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About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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8 Responses to The First Time Ever I Sold a House

  1. Mary-Liz Campbell says:

    Well done, beautifully expressed! Xxxx

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Julia Mack says:

    Looks nice already and, I agree, closings are not a big deal — the lawyers try to keep the drama down — they probably prefer you not show up at all.

  3. coppermaven says:

    So glad the stress is over! The “new garden is shaping up quite nicely.

  4. melanie says:

    Lovely. Enjoy the summer months in the new digs!

  5. Suzanne says:

    That was really lovely, Cara. Congratulations and I’m looking forward to what you do in the new place. You have great taste!

  6. The new house is going to be sensational!

  7. mud4fun says:

    Nice post and update. Lovely pictures too.

    Enjoy the summer in the new house. My wife and I are wondering what you will do in winter though? Do you plan on putting heating and insulation in to make it cosy for winter?

  8. Ellen says:

    That was a beautiful post Cara – sending wishes for happy times in your fabulous new home! Can’t wait to watch the evolution continue!

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