Asian, Grecian influences mingle at peachy plum on Evelyn
Jun15

Asian, Grecian influences mingle at peachy plum on Evelyn

By Sharron Johnson Peachy keen is how I would describe 2005 Evelyn. It is located in the northwest quadrant of Cooper-Young. The caretakers are Sarah and Brad Gilmer. It’s a sweet little house painted a peach color on the clap board siding and trimmed with white. The house is a sort of blushing June bride, possessing three red brick porch posts sitting upon brick bases. The center base is three times as wide as the post and each is...

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Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history
May02

Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history

By Sharron Johnson Alas, May has arrived, and it is time for the Cooper-Young gardens to come alive. With so many types to choose from, where does one begin? Well, I receive nominations from neighbors and folks I come to meet that want the rest of the community to recognize the beauty that they appreciate. Sometimes, I stumble across a garden and just cold call them up. The reactions are all different. Some are ecstatic with joy and...

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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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