Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lion Manor

Great...now I'm all fired up about this again. Good or bad time will tell.
I contacted the Realtor. Here is our conversation:

I'd asked him how it's zoned.

His reply:

"It's residential, what where your intentions? Just so you know there is another Mansion directly behind it and both share a Driveway, Garage, and Sewer line. and there is a Nursing home next door (1/4 Mile away)


(as an aside, do we NOT think that the Nursing Home next door is excellent? Residents have families don't they? Visiting families will need a place to stay...)

I told him we would be looking at it as a small B&B.

His reply:

"The last owners tries to do a B&B but with Banquet rooms. The Town was negative on the idea. One of the main concerns was shared driveway and parking for that many people as well as the sewer line. I have spoken with the Owner of the Mansion behind this home and he is concerned with the same things, he is also worried about the property values and his to Children."

My response:

Hmmmmmm...Well I'm a mom of two small children (ages 6 and 4 1/2) so I completely understand his concern for his children. Safety and security for my family (and ultimately his) would be one of the first and most important issues addressed with a new alarm system among other things. Am I mistaken or is there a gate that separates the two residences?
As for doing banquet rooms we wouldn't go that route. While I'm not a resident, my family has had a house in the area (Middlefield) for 36 years and so I've passed the house a gazillion times. It seems to me that the parking issue could be solved by having potential guests (of the 14 bedrooms we would only rent a max of 6 or 7) either park in the "private" portion of the circular driveway or converting part of the side lawn to a gravel drive. The garage would be completely off limits to the guests.
Of course the sewer line would be the biggest hurdle and I'll have to do my homework on it. I wasn't aware that they were connected.
With a banquet facility you have to accommodate far far more cars than if it's just a smaller B&B."

His reply:

I think your small family friendly B&B might hold water with the neighbors.
after all one is a Crane and you would think the would want a former family home to be preserved."

Okey dokey then! I'm on the right track!! I do have to adress that shared septic issue however...That could be a problem...

101 Main Street Dalton, MA

The Realtor put up new photos of my beloved Lion Manor. Okay, so it's NOT Lion Manor and most likely never will be but still...
This house fills me with so much hope and desire that it hurts to see it sitting empty and alone knowing that no matter how much I plan and dream it's never really going to be mine.
Lion Manor could be an amazing amazing place. I know it could. I just can't get the folks who matter the most to see it as well.
I can't give up on this one. The only way I will is if it gets sold while I'm attempting to cross my I's and dot my T's....Nothing may ever come of it but I'd like to know I did all I could to try. Know what I mean?
I need someone to help me with the business plan. I need someone who is better with numbers and doesn't have the haze over their eyes that I do to take a look at what I've got together and tell me what they think and help me tweak it.
Anyone out there wanna help me?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dalton, MA 01226

This makes me sad. If you've been following my blog, you know how I feel about this property and know my dreams and aspirations for it.
Here are the two previous posts on it.

I'm still dreaming about it and what it could be. I still think Lion Manor could be super successful and work. No one else wants to try though and so it's just a fantasy...

Dalton, MA 01226
14 Bed, 11 Bath | 11,300 Sq Ft on 5.4 Acres |
MLS #188567

*Single Family Property
* Status: Active
* Area: Berkshire - Central
* Year Built: 1915
* 14 total bedroom(s)
* 11 total bath(s)
* 7 total full bath(s)

* 4 total half bath(s)
* 23 total rooms
* Approximately 11300 sq. ft.
* Basement
* 1 car garage
* Exterior construction: Masonry, Brick
* Energy Info: Natural Gas Fuel

* Approximately 5.4 acre(s)
* Lot size is between 5 and 10 acres
* Zoning: Residential
* Utilities present: Public Water, Public Sewer, Electric Type: 100 Amp, Natural Gas Heated Water
* Elementary School: Craneville
* Middle School: Nessacus Regional
* High School: Wahconah Regional

Interior Features
Wood Flooring
Listing Information
Refreshed at 1:07 AM PT (6 minutes ago)
Added on Dec 27, 2009 (2 hours ago)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

576 W Minneola Ave Clermont, FL 34711

576 W Minneola Ave Clermont, FL 34711
6 Bed, 3 Bath | 3,241 Sq Ft on 0.17 Acres (7,501 Sq Ft Lot) |
MLS #G4644448

LAKEVIEW CHARMER with pool, in city limits!
THIS OLD HOUSE has charm, pool, lake views!

Property Information for 576 W Minneola Ave
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Awesome views across Lake Minneola. "This Old Home" can be yours!
Great location in city limits of Clermont - walk to the waterfront park, shops, restaurants, services.
Enjoy the peaceful breezes and views across Lake Minneola from your porches and pool.
This home has real hardwood floors and lots of charm with some original woodwork, trim, details.
HUGE master suite upstairs has lots of possibilities, could be a massive family room, studio, more!
Spend relaxing evenings, weekends and summers at the pool!
Great deck areas around the pool.
The formal living room has a wood burning fireplace for an evening around the fire.
This home has all the room you need, and is ready for you to make it yours!
Property Features

Single Family Property
* Status: Active
* County: Lake County
* Subdivision: CLERMONT
* Year Built: 1930
* 6 total bedroom(s)
* 3 total bath(s)
* 3 total full bath(s)
* Approximately 3241 sq. ft.
Type: Single Family Home
* Style: Historic Home, Traditional
* Master bedroom
* Living room

* Dining room
* Family room
* Kitchen
* Master bedroom is 22x18
* Living room is 18x13
* Kitchen is 15x11
* Hardwood floors
* Fireplace(s)
* Pool features: Gunite/Concrete, In Ground
* Swimming pool(s)
* Central air conditioning
* Central heat
* Inclusions: Range, Refrigerator

* Exterior construction: Block
* Energy Info: Ceiling Fan(S)
* Roofing: Shingle
* Waterview
* Waterfront property
* Approximate lot is 75x100
* Lot is 7501 sq. ft.
* Approximately 0.17 acre(s)
* Lot size is less than 1/2 acre
* Topography: Level
* Utilities present: BB/HS Internet Available, Cable Available, Cable Connected, City Water, Public Sewer, Public Utilities
* Parcel Access: Street Paved

Interior Features
Walk In Closet, Eating Space In Kitchen, Shower No Tub, Foyer, Carpet, Wood
Exterior Features
Patio/Porch Open, In City Limits, Sidewalk
Listing Information
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Added on Jan 27, 2009 (333 days ago)
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Schools Near 576 W Minneola Ave
School Name Distance Type Grades GreatSchools Rating Parent Rating
South Lake Montessori School 0.4 mi Private K - 6

Cypress Ridge Elementary School 0.5 mi Public K - 5

Clermont Middle School 0.5 mi Public 5 - 8

Clermont Elementary School 1 mi Public K - 5

Orlando Christian School 1.4 mi Private K - 6