Real estate experts say that it takes a prospective home buyer only eight seconds to decide whether or not they will buy a house. First impressions are everything! But why only think about curb appeal when selling your house? The exterior of your home greets you each and every day. Is it warm and welcoming? Does it all come together to create the feel you want?
My son lives in the Federal Hill neighborhood in Baltimore. Federal Hill lies just south of the city's main business district, is adjacent to the famed Inner Harbor area and lies within walking distance of the Orioles and Ravens stadiums. It boasts a wide variety of shops, pubs, restaurants, museums and the popular Cross Street Market. It's a pretty great place to live. And if you like looking at houses, just grab your shoes and start walking.
Federal Hill has block after block of beautiful brick, late 19th Century row houses. I have been known to practically trip on uneven sidewalks or run into trees because I'm so busy checking out the houses. On my most recent visit, I decided to take my camera along and take pictures of front doors.
I'm always really taken with the differences in style, color and personality of people's entryways. It's the first thing noticed by visitors or passers-by. And check out the door knobs, knockers (lots of crabs and shells) and letterboxes too. It all comes together to create the first impression!
And finally, this is is Ryan's house. It's a rental and it was just put on the market, so he's moving around the corner. But the first thing they did before they put up the For Sale sign was give the front door a fresh coat of white paint.
And if a walk through Federal Hill leaves you hungry and thirsty, stop by my favorite spot, Pub Dog Pizza and Drafthouse. They have a very friendly staff, a cozy atmosphere and the best pizza selection, plus their own home-brewed beer and even root beer.
I'm sure you can find inspiration from a walk through your own neighborhood too!
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