This week, my colleague Bonnie Lewin and I listed the house that belongs to my neighbors, almost across the street. It's a fabulous and very unique home designed by Travis Price, a well-known DC area architect. It's nestled against DC's Rock Creek Park, has lots of "green" features and walls of windows and an indoor pool that overlook amazing Japanese-style landscaping. (Check out these pictures from the architect's own website.)
So, all in all this is very exciting.
But then, it's also a wee bit sad.
It's sad because Joanne and Barry have been the greatest asset to the neighborhood. They have opened their home for so many parties, community meetings and discussions like no others have. Their huge living room has been the site of political debate, Neighborhood Watch assemblies, large annual Halloween parties and concerts. Yet, they have never dominated or "ruled' anything; they have always been the gracious, warm-hearted facilitators. In short, they will be missed a terrible lot.
My kids have their own reasons to be upset. My teenager worries that the new owners might not let the kids on the block use their hoop (which is generally perceived to be the best in the neighborhood) or the long, wide driveway that slopes just enough to make rip-sticking a little more fun. My 10-year old and her friends worry that the new owner won't allow then to watch the tadpoles in their koi ponds grow into toads next year. And my youngest is worried there will no longer be any spooky Halloween bash in the woods (and equally scary amounts of candy to get sick from).
What am I to do about this? Prevent the sale? Certainly not!
After thorough consideration, the best solution seems to be to record some neighborhood easements (for ball play and wheels in the front and nature-watching on the decks in the back of the house) as well as some serious obligations the new property owners will have to accept. Pretty simple.
Now it's just my job to find those new people.
© 2012, Catarina Bannier