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What’s the at­trac­tion?

- Urbanism · New York City · England · New England · York City F.C. · New York County, NY

On peo­ple who take on these fixer-up­pers that need so much TLC:

“They are never go­ing to get their money back. It’s about the love, the per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion of do­ing the work your­self, the sense of ac­com­plish­ment, the per­sonal growth.”

On where to find cheap old houses:

“West­ern New York, the Mid­west, the South and ru­ral New Eng­land. It’s very hard to find any­thing on the West Coast or any­thing in the New York City area.”

On house flip­pers:

“Oh, don’t get me go­ing. I see no value in tak­ing some­thing that’s been there for 300 years and then walk­ing in and want­ing to make it mod­ern.”

On her fa­vorite old house era:

“I love the re­ally, re­ally, re­ally old ones. The walk-in cook­ing fire­place in the din­ing room, the su­per-old early Amer­i­can ones, the salt­boxes. They re­ally speak to my soul.”

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