The highlight of my day was taking a new listing located a 1853 Springview Drive here in Mason City. The photo above is the exterior shot, but if you want to see all the rest of the others I took, click on the address and you’ll see for yourselves how absolutely gorgeous this home really is. It’s about as clean and maintenance free as one could ever imagine.
First off, the kitchen/dining area to the back of the home offers abundant natural lighting and fabulous views of the outdoors due to there being no homes behind it. I’ve always liked homes with that feature because it offers more privacy both outside and within.
The master bedroom has a 1/2 bath off, and all the windows were recently replaced by triple-pane thermals with a lifetime warranty on them. All the mechanicals are up to date as well, along with there being a recently added 3/4 bath in the lower level.
The home could easily be considered a “legal” four bedroom if someone would add an egress window in the lower level since there’s a room already set up for guests down there. I was surprised by the size of that room, along with its closets. I was surprised to see how close the 3/4 bath is to that guest room. There’s also a very large rec room in the lower with a bar in the corner.
At the rear of the home there’s a nearly new deck and a charming gazebo. With the back yard being fenced, anyone with small children or dogs, won’t have to be looking at fence installation so to keep their loved ones contained.
Yes, this home is about as move-in ready as you’d ever expect, which always makes it nice when new buyers who usually have full-time jobs and busy lives. I would consider it more a home “sanctuary” where one spends needed time to relax and rejuvenate. I’ll wager it’s going to sell quickly.
Another interesting happening took place today. The mail person delivered an abstract on a property which contained all the original hand-written entries going all the way back to 1854 when that parcel’s patent was issued. Every time I’m given the opportunity to read an abstract’s cursive entries, my thoughts are carried back to those times.
Can you possibly imagine how much work it was in those days before typewriters? Those poor stenographers must’ve been fit to be tied while trying to transcribe legal notes during very cold and very hot weather. Just remember, there was no central heating, fans, or air conditioners. And of course just think of the more formal clothing both men and women had to wear. There were no “Freedom Fridays” in those times, and it’s no wonder white shirts had collars that could be removed from their bodies. I’m convinced those shirts were likely worn more than a day or two between washings, but their collars were likely washed, ironed, and starched on a daily basis. Sounds like something that should be done in our times so to save our precious water and energy. Don’t you think?
The above photo is one of the sheets I found in that package which is an affidavit signed by an Iowa Notary Public. After adjusting my brain to reading 1891 cursive handwriting, I was able to read it clearly, but couldn’t make out the exact spelling of the last names.
It’s not so far in our future where our young won’t be able to read writing like this. There’ll likely be specialist who’ll have to be paid to transcribe handwritten, soon to be “ancient” documents. Just one more example of how our world is rapidly changing.