After writing about East Coast Federals a few weeks ago, I asked our Facebook fans where we should head next. And what did we hear? People want to read more about the West Coast. So off I went a'searching through our Historic Properties for Sale listings, only to find that either a) our Western listings are flying off the shelves, or b) we need all you West Coast real estate agents to hop on the PreservationNation train and submit listings for those classic Craftsmans, Mods, Decos we all know and love.
So for now, enjoy these West... of the Mississippi property listings. Is there any one true geographical region that includes Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico?
First up is the quite sturdy-looking Oklahoma beaut at 421 S. 2nd Street in Blackwell, just south of the Kansas line. This orange brick home boasts over 3,800 square feet, lots of dark wood, and even a few adjacent "small houses."
Next up is the General Jerome B. Robertson House in Brenham, Texas. This meticulously restored home was built in 1846 by, you guessed it, General Robertson, who came to Texas in 1836 to join the fight for Texas' independence. The 1,860 square foot house is classic old Texas, and features a stable. Giddy-up.
Moving further west, the last listing is for 305 Chipmonk in the historic railroad town of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Orginally built as a summer home, this house has three fireplaces, hand-stenciled wood floors, and a lot of beautiful original-glass windows. The home sits on two and a half lots filled with 500-year old evergreens.
Friends, we are trying to move west. Hold on, I've got West Coast on the mind and I ain't quittin' till I get there.
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A Native Coloradan himself, he pines for big skies and dry air of the West, but for now has settled for the ultra-steamy humidity of the Mid-Atlantic. Sigh.