Friday, April 15, 2011

Shingle Style Cottages In My Neighborhood

A while back, I featured shingle style cottages for Inspiration Tuesday, as well as porches for another IT. So, as promised, here are a few shingled cottages in my community that I have always loved. Most of them have fabulous porches too, so you get a "two-fer!"

These are homes that I often make a point of driving by just to have a look.

They share a few common architectural features like corbels, columns and porches.
Classic California bungalows, built in the 20's

Some just aren't that great, but somehow the shingles make it alright!

This bungalow is one of my favorites.

A close-up of the front door and porch. It reminds me of my front porch and door.
I often wonder if my house started out as a shingle house and then was remodeled in the 60's with stucco...

Just around the corner from me is this lovely house. I couldn't get a decent photo, but you get the idea. It's hiding behind the hedge and beautiful gate.

Then, across the street from that house is this one. Also hiding behind lush landscaping.
I'm waiting for this one to go up for sale--just so I can see the inside!

Another favorite, kind of a landmark in town. It takes up three city blocks. The family will never sell it, unfortunately!

Although I prefer a brown shingled house, some are painted like this enormous one.
Painted a pale tan color, it is magnificent. This home is on my walking path.

A green shingled house, a classic in my neighborhood, ready for Easter.

I also tried to photograph houses with great front porches.
This one needs some furniture!

I've always loved this cottage for it's pergola over the front porch.

As I was driving around, I ended up in front of this house. We lived here when our children were little. My youngest son was born here, 22 years ago!

Built in 1909, it is a classic farmhouse, complete with sagging floors and original kitchen!
I don't know what is holding up that arbor, as I put it there in 1990! I also painted it the color it is now. Such memories.....

I've held off posting this because I wanted to include a cottage a few blocks from me that has the most darling front porch. I just can't seem to get a photo! Darnit, the occupants seem to always be sitting outside enjoying their porch!
I'll just have to post it separately. Trust me, you will love it!

You can read my post on "shingle style" here.
My post on porches is here.
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Nita Stacy said... gosh! I loved these so much. Especially the brown shingled ones with white trim. How American Fairytale are they? What a beautiful neighborhood. And I thought I lived in the prettiest vintage neighborhood ever! Thanks for showing all these photos...this is my kind of stuff!

Blondie's Journal said...

Lovely homes, Delores! I really like the one you lived in when your kids were young...I am sure it holds a lot of precious memories!


the gardener's cottage said...

oh i love these. i'd do just about anything to have my shingles unpainted. i love the look of natural shingles or the dark stained ones. thanks for sharing pics of your beautiful neighborhood.


On Crooked Creek said...

This is what I had in mind when we moved further West on the Prairie. Unfortunaltely our town was basically begun in the latter 1945's. Most post war homes are small and resemble military housing similar to the Air Force Base nearby. Thank you for these gorgeous photographed homes. Being the hopeless romantic, I can dream. In my dreams I'm seeing that Classic California bungalow of the 1920's!

Evelyn said...

What a beautiful neighborhood you live in. So quaint and cozy looking. I liked your old house as well. So fairytale cottagey.

Kathysue said...

Hi D, I want to be your neighbor and live in any of the above cottages. What a picturesque neighborhood you live in, it is absolutely charming, lucky girl, Kathysue

xinex said...

Beautiful houses, Delores. I like a neighborhood with different style of house....Christine

Be Colorful Coastal said...

I am so drawn to these older neighborhoods with all their history and charm. It reminds me of ours. I love it all year long but especially during the holidays. These old houses with their classic bones just exude family, community, and tradition. I think it why so many movies have older homes in them.

Barbara@HausDesign said...

These are all such beautiful homes! It reminds me of my Grandmother's house where I spent a TON of time growing much charm and warmth in this style of home!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Wow Dolores, They are some beauties of the "American Arts and Crafts Movement"...I LOVE that style and I too agree with the wood tone... That VERY LARGE BEIGE home was my least favorite. I don't think the color does it any justice! Thank you so much for sharing your Neighborhood with us!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Rebecca said...

My "walks" in these neighborhoods would be STROLLS! The homes are so very charming. That one yard (of the home you hope goes up for sale so you can get inside) looks very interesting, too!

Lizabeth said...

What a wonderful collection of homes! I love all of them, but that one with the Wisteria growing out front was special! I love the home you used to live in too...great color and lovely arbor! Memories... :)

Karena said...

Delores I adore this style of home! So wonderfully charming and the one with the white gate is my fave!

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Sarah said...

Delores, what a fun tour. Thanks for taking us along. Shingle style cottages are totally charming. ~ Sarah

Babs said...

Loved the homes tour of your neighborhood.They are all so beautifully maintained.
Are they in an historic district?
Thanks for taking us on the tour. All the homes are so charming.
Have a great Sunday,

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