No need for embarrassment. We all played MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House). You know, that game that predicts who you'll end up with, what kind of car you'll drive, what your job will be, and what kind of place you'll live in? I remember distinct moments on the playground and in carpool being so intrigued by what my future might hold. Because, duh, the game does have real-life epic powers of prediction... right?
Anyway, what better way to rehash those grand old days than to play the grown-up version with houses that are actually for sale??
The Starrett Mansion - Port Townsend, Washington
(Photo: Flickr user josema_a)
The Starrett Mansion overlooks the city and bay of Port Townsend, Washington. Built in 1889 by George Starrett for his beloved wife Anne, the house is also known as "the House of the Four Seasons" because of the frescoes that depict the four seasons hand painted on the cieling of the home's three story tower. Pricetag: $899,000
New Raton Hotel Apartments - Raton, New Mexico
Now, of course this is a properties for sale post, so in the name of staying true to the game and the blog, this listing is an adapted hotel that contains three apartments - and a ground floor restaurant called the Santa Fe Cafe. Pricetag: $785,000
Fachwerk Sunday House - Castroville, Texas
Looking for a charming fixer upper with some acreage? This 1845 historic 1-bedroom, 1-bath, 633 square feet Alsacian-style fachwerk home boast 83 feet of Medina river frontage, and is located just 23 miles west of San Antonio. Pricetag: $179,000
Historic Ott Farm House - Raphine, Virginia
Located on ten acres of rolling pasture and adjacent to easement-protected land, the Ott Farm house was built in 1854 in the Carpenter Gothic style. The home is located only 45 minutes from Charlottesville and with its central AC and updated kitchen, is perfectly suited to modern family living. Pricetag: $495,000
So, which one did you get? The Queen Anne Victorian on the seaside of Washington state, the apartment in New Mexico, the (okay people it does have potential) shack in Texas, or the historically-beautiful house in Virginia? *Cue Jeapardy waiting music.* The mansion?! Lucky...
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If memory serves him right, he dreaded the "apartment" option as a child, yet now does, in fact, live in one.