Translate

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our house is for sale



Our house is for sale!

We have lived in this house for 22 years. The house was built in 1924 and we were only the fourth owners. It is a wonderful sound house with lots of character and you all know what the gardens are like! We have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the house and garden and it will be difficult to give it up but it is time to move onto the next phase of our lives.

Our house is located close to downtown - only a few blocks from downtown actually - and 7 blocks from the UNA campus. Despite being so close to town (just one block off of Dr. Hicks Blvd.), this is a very quiet neighborhood. I worked outside by the front street this morning and only 1 car drove by. With all the landscaping, the grounds are very private and you cannot easily see neighbor's houses. There are lots of birds and wildlife. The property covers two city lots and is around 3/4 acre. It is really like being in the country.

To see photos of the progress we made over the years, visit my website "A Southern Garden" and click on "Garden Photos".

If you are interested or know someone who is, the real estate listing is here - MLS #387824
For more information, please contact Babs Campbell at 256-366-3090. 

If you have any questions about the house that I can answer, please let me know!

I have had several requests for garden tours - that is perfectly okay for the time being. The peak time to see the garden is around Mother's Day. Just let me know if you are interested.  

An aside - A few days ago our realtor was talking with us in the breakfast nook and the birds were outside the window going to town on the feeders. Suddenly she said, "Look at those pretty bluebirds!". I knew that we didn't get bluebirds in our garden. They were Indigo Buntings! The first I've ever seen outside of a book. I hope this was a good omen of  good things to come.







Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Share/Bookmark

27 comments:

  1. I can't imagine how difficult this must be and yet the excitement of a fresh start... if I were younger I might consider such a change myself... it goes through my mind from time to time... the indigo buntings are beautiful...

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is so exciting! I remember that feeling of wildly varying emotions when we moved 5 years ago. My husband came out here to the PNW first, and I had to stay behind and prepare the house for selling. I used to have a little crying jag every evening. It was a very stressful time, but there are great things ahead for you! We lived in our house in Massachusetts for 25+ years. But moving here was the smartest thing we ever did.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I bet the house is nice, but I know the garden is its best feature. I am sure you will miss some of the plants left behind, but artists need a new canvas every now and then, and I look forward to seeing how the new garden grows on your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh my goodness if I needed to move to Florence I'd grab this house up so fast!!! The gardens themselves have so much value!!! I hope it sells quickly for you.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Phillip, I would like to schedule a garden tour if you are available during May. I live in Madison and could drive over on the weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The start of a new chapter ! Sad, yes, but exciting too, and the good thing about plants is that you can take cuttings and seeds, so that you are never without your favourites !

    ReplyDelete
  7. I hope you have good luck selling it Phillip. I mentioned to you earlier about Limestone Co master gardeners visiting garden again. Will call you soon. It's a beautiful place. Birds are just beautiful!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Those are really intensely colorful birds! Best of luck with the sale of the house!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Extraordinary birds!

    Definitely a sign of good things to come :)

    Best of luck with the sale and move. Someone who loves gardening would be *very* lucky to purchase your home!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm also sad about the house move, since I'll miss this garden. But I hope there is another and we can watch it be built!

    And the birds; fabulous! I've also never seen one in person.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sorry for your loss, I've moved 10 times since I've been married. whew! cant believe we moved that much, a few were short term rentals. A new canvas is great I suppose. When you search for new homes, I'm sure you will look at the horticultural aspects as much as the interior. Good Luck.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looking back at all of the work you've done, the sweat, tears and dedication you've poured into your house and garden are amazing. You'll be leaving part of yourselves in that beautiful place but someone new will come along to love it and you'll be moving to one of the most wonderful places on the planet to garden. I look forward to following your move on your blog and perhaps even plant shopping with you someday! The birds are a sign of a brilliant future for you!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I went over and looked at the listing. the house and gardens are so beautiful. I know it will be hard to leave such a cozy place. Moving is always a stressful time. Take us on the trip with ya'll on your blog please. Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Best of luck on the sale of your house. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to leave your precious oasis behind. How wonderful to have something to look forward to. Wish I could get there to have a look around before you move.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Dear Phillip,
    I am so sorry..I know how very difficult it is to do. I send my love to you & Michael and you will make another house a beautiful home & haven & create new memories.
    Gerri XXXOOO

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm so sad to hear this... but I had a feeling it might come to this from some previous posts. I'm so disappointed to think I won't see anymore beautiful pictures of your garden, but at the same time, I'm very excited to think what new things we will see from you, even if it is a smaller lot or any other sacrifices you might have to make..
    The inside is stunning as well, especially that kitchen. I wish I could snap it up! I'm so stunned at how much more affordable property is there. That house would be quite a bit more where I live, I am sure.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gorgeous photos of the birds! Good luck with your next chapter, too.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Good luck Philip! I know it's hard to start over, but it's also exciting too. I'm sure your mind is already whirling with new ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  20. You have greatly added to the legacy of the house, probably more than previous people. I am sure the new owners will appreciate the history you have written, and will carry it forward.
    -Ray

    ReplyDelete
  21. Must be so hard to leave your beautiful garden behind. I wish you a quick sell as to not prolong your agony. Good luck in your new location, wherever it may be. I'm looking forward to hear of your new garden adventures.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Whoever buys your house is lucky, indeed. Your garden is an absolute treasure. :o)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh my! I cannot imagine how sad you must feel today. On the other hand, excitement for a new beginning! I only hope the new buyer will be an avid gardener and carry on the love that you and Michael have put into this home. I only wish I could stroll the gardens in person and take in all the beauty before it is no longer yours. Good Luck with the sell...

    ReplyDelete
  24. I completely understand your mixed feelings, and I definitley wish you good luck with an appreciative buyer. We also are preparing the house and ourselves to put our property on the market. We have lived here for over 30 happy years - but we are also looking forward to our Last House. We are not getting any younger.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Bakerbeck, I somehow missed your comment about coming for a garden visit. Just write to me at poliver47 @ gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow! Phillip, those Indigo Buntings are amazing! Please send them to me for a visit! I very much enjoyed our tour yesterday and getting to meet you and Michael. You have inspired me. I just came home from Myer's Plants with a Red Dragon Persicaria and am on the hunt for a Mozart rose. Best wishes on your house sale! Deb

    ReplyDelete
  27. I'm so sad and happy for you at the same time, Phillip. Are you moving out west, the PNW?? I hope your house sells quickly and all goes smoothly. Those indigo buntings are a good omen! Can't wait to see what the next garden brings. Please keep in touch.

    ReplyDelete