Time capsules in the Hamptons and San Diego

From 1891 and 1945.

I’m certainly not proud that this is the second week in a row where the newsletter has gone out late. I happen to appreciate a good deadline, especially one that I set for myself. But I’d be remiss not to mention that I’ve just been a little bit busier than usual this week. And I’ll probably be a little busier than usual next week, too. It might take some time before I return to a “normal” workload, although I’m not so sure that my workload would necessarily return to a certain volume as much as I’ll likely just have to adapt to having more tasks on my to-do list.

I’ve been missing Long Island lately. But I’m also really enjoying the weather that San Diego provides in the middle of January. It’s a refreshing change of pace.

A 19th century Hamptons time capsule

Of course, I have a love-hate relationship with the tony Long Island retreat. I think a lot of folks can relate to the ambivalent feelings that arise surrounding their own hometown. Ultimately, I feel relieved to depart from Long Island. (I’m not from Sag Harbor, by the way, which is where this house is located. I’ll be keeping my former town of residence to myself, simply for privacy reasons.) As much as I miss my family, my friends, and my former workplace, I am happy to have finally moved. Especially in the middle of winter.

I adore this 19th century historic masterpiece in Sag Harbor. Originally designed by architect George F. Barber and built in 1891, the 3,400-square-foot residence is on the market for the first time. The exterior of the home looks like it’s maintained its historic integrity, while the interiors look like they’ve been updated sometime in the last 20-30 years, maybe? I absolutely adore the bathrooms. Not to mention, the three-story structure would have been grandfathered in. The four-bed, two and a half-bath home is yours for $3,995,000. [Douglas Elliman]

A cozy starter home in San Diego

It’s a pretty wild experience, being a Long Islander in San Diego during the winter. It’s mid-January and according to the weather report, Long Island is experiencing near-freezing temperatures. In San Diego I feel like I’ve stepped into an alternate universe where the sun is literally always shining. I finally understand why Southern Californians have a reputation of being insanely laid-back. It’s impossible not to be, when the weather is this good all the time.

Located in the trendy North Park neighborhood, this 962-square-foot charmer is the perfect starter home. The interiors offer three bedrooms, a full bathroom, hardwood floors, and a fireplace in the living room. People that love an old home as much as I do will appreciate the fact that it was built in 1945. Features include a gated front yard, a detached garage, and a bonus room that could operate as an office or yoga studio. Although the house was last listed for $830,000, it’s currently pending a sale. A contract was signed just three days after the property went on the market. [Sotheby’s International Realty]

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