Earlier this week I had a chance to tour the latest projects from NINA (Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance), which is a non-profit working to rehabilitate blighted houses in the Asylum Hill area of Hartford. They have two adjacent buildings under construction, a brick 1-unit home at 115 Sigourney Street, and a large 3-unit building at 117 Sigourney Street. Although we’ve sold NINA properties in the past, it has always been on the resale market as
Explore the Elmwood neighborhood of West Hartford on this ride down Elmfield Street. Homes in this neighborhood were mostly built just after World War II in the Colonial, Cape Code, and Ranch styles. Most of the neighborhood is single-family, though there are some 2-family properties on the main streets. The single-family homes generally have between 1,000 and 1,800 sqft of living space. Lots are about 0.20 acres, so the homes are close together. There is
Tiny houses pop up in my life at a frequency that far exceeds my actual real-life experience with that particular type of housing. I’ve never seen one in person, and I have no desire to live in one. The closest I’ve come to a tiny house is touring an 1800s camp on Martha’s Vineyard. I see tiny houses in the news and on TV all the time. I talk about them at family gatherings because
Fast Company published an exclusive about AirBnB at the end of November. The home sharing company proposed a new initiative called Backyard, which came from their division focused on the future. It is very ambitious, as it aims to rethink the entire process of designing, building, and updating homes. While the company’s move into the physical world of construction is the main headline, I’m more interested in one of the other details – that the
The well maintained building at 39 Woodland Street in Hartford is identified by the Structures and Styles book as the Melancthon W. Jacobus, Sr. House. Its Tudor Revival architecture is in excellent condition 110 years after construction! Kudos to the State for the recent maintenance to keep the 29,571 square foot structure looking good. The building is currently the central office for the Connecticut Technical Education and Career Center.