What surprised me most about the village where I live now is that it has the small town feel that I previously associated with the south (unfortunately the rural south seems to be losing the battle with suburban sprawl, another issue altogether). There are lots of porches. Fewer than 10,000 people live in the village itself, which is 1.1 square miles. People can walk everywhere. Crime is nearly nonexistent. Residents are working hard to keep small businesses alive. Of course there are problems too. The cost of real estate is exorbitant. Traffic is worse than expected. There is a 35 minute commute into the city every day for most professional residents. Many older houses in the greater area are being knocked down to be replaced by BIG houses.
Regardless of the pros and cons, this is a wonderful place to be when flowers start to bloom and the promise of being on the water is right around the corner. This week I took advantage of the nice weather and photographed some of my favorite houses and sites (click on pictures to enlarge).
|A dog waits for its master at the library.|
|An eccentric planter...|
|in front of a very large house.|
|Most houses are Victorian, but I think this may be antebellum.|
|My husband's favorite dream house.|
|My favorite dream house. (Can't you picture a captain's wife looking out over the water?)|
|The harbor- my husband's grandfather used to ice skate across here to go to church.|
|Another creative planter (what sailor's do with old boats).|
|Side porches make me think of Charleston, but there are some up here too. These are my two favorites.|