House of the Week: Raised Center Hall on Camp Street

If you’ve ever seen the movie Wayne’s World (and honestly, I’d be surprised if you haven’t), you’re familiar with the method in which Wayne and Garth perform a screen dissolve. Imagine if you will, I am wiggling my hands, adding waves to your vision and repeating “doodle-oo doodle-oo doodle-oo!” Suddenly, you are transported to the home of your dreams. May I ask, does it look anything like the image above? It does for me!

I’m starting believe realtors photoshop house pics with a purple sky in the background because it seems like only gazillionaires can afford homes these days, and for the rest of us poor sops who didn’t buy a home when the buying was good, it’s all just a huge fantasy. For this particular abode (ahem, mansion), the purple sky should be in every shot, because how could this place be really real?

It is, in fact, very real. I used to live nearby (in squalor at one of slumlord Laura Russel’s notoriously crappy properties) and have walked past it many times, gazing longingly at its splendor. Lo and behold, in my endless search for a home I’ll never be able to afford, I discovered this beauty is now for sale and it tickles me purple to know the inside is just as fabulous as I imagined.

This raised center hall features 6 bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms, and over 7,500 square feet of living space. I could go on and on (and on!) about the gorgeous hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, pocket doors, ceiling medallions, fireplace mantles, floor-to-ceiling windows, transoms, French doors, window reading nooks, stained glass windows, huge porch, and manicured gardens, I really could. But the feature which brought it all home for me was the enormous dining room with a table that seats 22 and a piano. Can you believe that? Twenty-two people comfortably fitting in your dining room on Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or whatever reason there is to throw a massive dinner party. All it takes is $2,950,000!

Doodle-oo doodle-oo doodle-oo!

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