Couple builds Dutch colonial dream house on blighted CY lot
Apr13

Couple builds Dutch colonial dream house on blighted CY lot

By Sharron Johnson April already? Yep, it is spring. It is a time of rebirth for shrubs, bulbs, trees, grass, and houses. Yes, houses are also awakened to the pleasant temperatures offering a hope for new life. Everything new and shiny like a new penny, which brings to mind the old ditty: “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” This was taught to my daughter when she was a child by her Brownie troop...

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Rehabbed CY Queen Anne reflects charms of its owners
Mar21

Rehabbed CY Queen Anne reflects charms of its owners

By Sharron Johnson CHARM, CHARM with a side of CHARM. That describes 2053 Oliver. How fortunate for all of the surrounding neighbors to enjoy the view. Speaking of view, anyone know or remember what a view finder is? Well, it was a device that you would put up to your eyes like binoculars, and you could click through a wheel of tiny photos. The photos came to life as if you were right there in full technicolor. The photos were a view...

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Rehabbed “Queen Anne” Weaves a Modern Thread Through CY Patchwork
Feb15

Rehabbed “Queen Anne” Weaves a Modern Thread Through CY Patchwork

By Sharron Johnson Some people move into a neighborhood strictly because of its housing stock, whether newer or older, more expensive or less. But less quantifiable factors — amenities, style — can play an even larger part for homeowners or renters looking to not just have a home but become a part of a community. Such people become like threads that weave a neighborhood together, giving it its distinctive character. And like a...

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Irish Waitress, DJ Husband Find Life Beneath Queen Anne’s Foliage
Dec02

Irish Waitress, DJ Husband Find Life Beneath Queen Anne’s Foliage

By Sharron Johnson Located in the southwest quadrant of Cooper-Young is our December yard of the month, 2100 Felix. The home was built in 1910 and is owned by Ric and Jo Chetter. Traveling west on Felix just off Cooper is this single-story Queen Anne composite cottage that resembles a Grimm’s fairy tale setting. It has a gable-end-roof. One side of the gable has a window and the other has a scroll cut, round grille cover. I’ve been...

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Newlyweds bring new life to neglected corner of Cooper-Young
Nov01

Newlyweds bring new life to neglected corner of Cooper-Young

By Sharron Johnson Have you ever driven down a street that you’ve been down thousands of times before and notice that something is different? We all have. But every once in awhile you drive past that same spot, and you are taken aback: Whoa! What is different? That jungle is gone from that corner. Holy cow!! Look at that new design/layout! I drive the streets of Cooper-Young looking for the right garden to feature on a weekly basis,...

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Historic York home’s expansive front yard holds unique urban forest

By Sharron Johnson A backset lot on York Street, one of a handful in Cooper-Young, is our October yard of the month. Eloise Wood is the proud owner of this slice of our community at 2244 York. She is the mother of one son and grandmother to four grandsons. What I mean by a backset property is the house is situated at the very back quarter of the lot leaving 75 percent of the site for a front garden. Having so much of your garden space...

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