Now the fun part – new home

Now that I’m all moved in, here are some random pics of the neighborhood, and my house now and future. I’m in College Park, a small (pop. 12,000) mainstreet neighborhood in northwest Orlando. Most of the homes here were built in the early 1900’s, mine in 1947, and the majority are bungalows, with a smattering of newer homes and lots of renovations. It’s a dense neighborhood with narrow streets, a heavy tree canopy, and an abundance of tropical botanicals. It’s also very happy, with kids on bikes, courteous and friendly neighbors, and a warm feeling of community. It has 6 churches and 3 public schools (elementary, middle, and high school), 2 pharmacies, and a mid-century Publix market built in Publix’ signature deco style. The main street is 2 lanes, lined with pubs, restaurants, boutiques, a post office, a barbershop, and a couple bicycle shops. People walk here and sit outside with coffee and their pups.

Brugmansia spp., aka Angel’s Trumpet. Not for children or pets…

I saw my house the second and third day I was in Orlando, and I made an offer one day later. Property moves very quickly here, so I was fortunate with the timing and availability of the house. I admit I gulped at first – awful colors and no landscaping except a ton of grass. But I’m so glad I looked beyond the surface. It has been fully renovated inside, has new fencing, a 5-zone irrigation system, new double-pane e-vinyl windows, and, thankfully, no sliding glass doors!

Yesterday I met with a painter, recommended by a neighbor. He’ll be painting everything on the outside and pressure cleaning the hardscape. Here’s my working version (the main color is Sherwin Williams Revel Blue):

Moving day in the rain
Red letter day – all the packing materials on the curb for a bulk pickup (that wore me out)
Roof garden in the gutter of the screen porch! Soon to be gone
Ok, I do have two trees 🙂

Bye for now! Coco

11 thoughts on “Now the fun part – new home

  1. Congratulations on your “new” bungalow. We had a very similar home in Spokane, WA years ago. Built in the 40s, right? Have fun landscaping and making the house a home.


  2. It all looks wonderful. Congratulations! Lots of work moving and settling in. Looking forward to seeing your sewing projects. You continue to inspire me.


  3. What a lovely home, Coco. I’m sure you’ll have many happy hours of sewing in your new space. Thanks for sharing with us.


  4. Love that view from your house down the street. It looks so verdant – must be the rain. How exciting to be making a new home in such a lovely place and close to your family.

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  5. Oh, how nice! I like your new color scheme! And all that grass… mostly I see the space for the possibilities! I bet you’ll have fun working with the raw material like so much fabric. Thanks for sharing. It’s good to see your new environs and to know that you have moved into some place fun!

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