Movement

Life has been all about this word: movement.

2013 has been quite a magical year. I’ve traveled more this year than any year previous for both work and pleasure, my business is growing in spades and I experience a big ‘life milestone’ I have been savoring. The life milestone: buying a building!

This building:

home

(well, half of it. The half with 821 on it.)

The building is located in a National Historic Village. I live within a 3 block radius of a big community pool, ~15 restaurants (from lunch places to fine dining), 3 coffee spots, ~15 shops and a variety of parks. Downtown Cincinnati (which is right on the river) is a WALK away from my front door and if you walk out into my street, you can see the stadium at the end of it. We are about a 3 block walk from the Ohio River and this:

mainstrasse

This is at the end of my street.

Our building was built somewhere in the 1860s. The floor joists in the basement and original stone foundation tell a lot about the house. You put your hand up against the stones in the basement and you can just feel the ‘juice’ of the century it has lived through.

kitchen before

The Kitchen | Before

The building is 3 floors. I now possess a space with several bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a walk in closet with two windows and a shower ROOM. We have an alley on the side of the house that gets a constant breeze and a small backyard perfect for two small beagles.

My neighbors are all right around my age and we like each other. We hang out. ALREADY!

guest room before

The Guest Room | Before
The group of pictures are hung so high because a headboard is coming in soon.

Getting here has taken a lot of work, a lot of patience and a lot of perseverance.

And the house is a total blank slate. It was rehabbed by an organization in the City of Covington, KY so the interior is new. New bamboo floors, new walls, new insulation, new wiring, new plumbing, new appliances, new cabinets. New. It’s a new house inside an old house.

beagles on the steps

The beagles love their new house. They LOVE sitting at the top of the steps to the second floor because they like to watch people walk back and forth down below.

I’m posting a few pictures so you can see the interior of the house. The ceilings are huge and the lines of the house are fantastic. We have a total blank slate.

This is my pool. It is one half block up the street, and then one block over.

This is my pool. It is one half block up the street, and then one block over.

The neighborhood is incredible. Shops, places to eat, places to sit, lots of old trees, murals, a fountain….it’s just really special.

There are neat cobblestone alleys everywhere.

There are neat cobblestone alleys everywhere.

And the movement I’ve experienced this month has exhausted me. Moving, first of all, is not fun. But, dispersing items among 3 floors is a little intense. My legs are now used to a three floor house, but that first week was rough. As I write this, I am hoping to just rest tomorrow.

Things that are upcoming:

I also want to mention a project I was very lucky to work on. It just launched. Those of you that are long time readers will know that I am a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. Working on this project has meant more to me than I can say, so I won’t try. Anyway, it launched, and I’m really excited to share it with you: www.yogainternational.com ┬áPlease sign up for a free account and explore.

 

Looking forward to not moving much this weekend!

One Comment

  1. John Bortniak says:

    Congratulations to you and Victor on your new home!

    By the way, I visited Claire’s page and was very impressed with her artistry.

    John