I was speaking with a friend the other day; he asked why I specialize in helping people buy and sell historic homes in downtown Phoenix. It was a significant question worthy of a thoughtful answer. Since then I have done some pondering.
The quick answer goes back to my days at UC Santa Barbara where I studied urban planning and environmental science. Those days taught me the value of an urban core and downtown region, plus I lived in a grand historic home on Garden Street near downtown Santa Barbara and love the special charm of a grand old home. In addition, I grew up in San Diego, the home of Spanish & SW style revival architecture.
What I love about historic homes is they are distinctive, non-cookie cutter houses with rare character. Often the homes are not perfect having nearly a century to age, weather many owners and adjust to the effects of time. In some ways, they are flawed, yet loved despite their blemishes.
While reading Patrick Rothfuss’ “A Wise Man’s Fear” I was taken by a passage that spoke of faults, flaws and love. The lead character, Kvothe, is describing a lute he recently purchased. It was a magnificent instrument, yet it had flaws in the varnish and tuning knob. Rothfuss’ tidy words expressed many of the sentiments I and others feel about historic homes.
What does that matter in manners of the heart?
We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it.
In many ways, unwise love is the truest love.
Anyone can love a thing because; That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket.
But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too.
That is rare, and pure, and perfect.
Historic homes are not for everyone. Yet for those who resist the status quo, who desire a home that expresses individuality, who have a passion for the past, and who want a house that love can transform, few other homes can match a historically significant property.
So, now you know a bit about why I love historic and feel honored to help people find and buy these homes. If we can help you find the perfect space or discover a special family to purchase a historic home you own, we’d be delighted.
This article was written by guest author and fellow colleague at Realty Executives, Gene Urban.
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