Jazam. The name is enough to make me like living here.
I wasn’t so sure about it at first. The place, that is. We got here in the dark after an eight-hour train ride from Sydney, and it felt so cold and empty and kind of spooky. Big, naked windows everywhere. Echoing, concrete-walled rooms and corridors. Rugged floors that made you resolve to keep your flip flops on. And later, stories of snakes and rats in the kitchen.
But we found ourselves here, and there were seven weeks ahead of us, and the more we got used to it, the more we started to see the character in the place and to like it for what it is. Apparently no one wants to leave Jazam after having lived here for a while. $400,000 is a bit beyond our range though, even if we did want to move to Australia. 🙂 So we’ll enjoy it while we’re here, and dream of all the things we would do to it if it was our house, and be ever so glad to walk back into our double-wide in Gervais when we finally are home again.
It really is quite the place. You don’t get much of anywhere without walking a ways . . . there’s seven bedrooms and three bathrooms, not to mention two kitchens (only one currently in use), and two big open living areas. There’s also a wide, windowed hall with bedrooms branching off from it and a wood stove at the end. There’s a mezzanine above the main living room, and the steps upstairs curve around the corner instead of having a landing. There’s a circular staircase outside and a long side porch ending with a big deck that has a swing on it. There’s so many little cubbies and closets apart from the main rooms, and I can just imagine breathing new life into it all and turning it into a splendid place.
Eric and Will are working on that, although they’re mainly just getting it to the point where it can be sold. They’re finishing the upstairs, including paint and new floors, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s all done. Some of the downstairs floors are getting a revamp (or maybe just a finish) as well. It will feel like a different place when they’re done, and if I were Will, I’m not sure I’d want to sell it as soon as it’s finally finished. It’s such an interesting old house.
But words will only tell you so much about it . . . and pictures will, too. You have to be here to really get the feel of it, but between pictures and words you can at least get an idea. 🙂
And that's just the downstairs and the outside. Most of the work is going on upstairs, so it's hard to know which pictures to post.
Eric works as much here as he does at home, if not more, but it's kind of like he's working from home, and I can go watch him or help him as much as I want. 🙂 I like that. It helps alleviate the boredom that comes from not living in your own house and from not bringing along any books to read other than what you have on your Kindle. (And who wants to read on a Kindle for more than half an hour anyway?)
So there you have it. Jazam. And two happy Oregonians who can't wait to come home. 🙂 Exciting things are always more fun when you're back in the comfort of your own living room and can tell stories about them instead of living them. But we're making sure they're fun right now, too. 🙂
And maybe if we could, we'd transport Jazam back to Oregon when we go. We just might miss this place.