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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Take a Stroll with Me Through Charlotte

Have you ever just gotten in your car and driven around your city, or out in the country - enjoying the scenery?  Well, Big Bear and I did just that last weekend and we had a nice time driving around Charlotte.  Old Charlotte.  Historical Charlotte.  It was beautiful.  It reminded us of why we love living here.  The city of Charlotte is a clean city, unlike most of Baltimore that wasn't very pretty. 

Enjoy the drive with us as we share with you the homes of Charlotte, just on the outskirts of the city...

 

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I love the homes.

 

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And the mature trees.

 

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And the beautiful tree-lined streets.  Even in winter they are beautiful.

 

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The homes have character.

 

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And charm.  Doesn't this look like a house where your grandmother might live?

 

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On the other hand, we also saw homes like this.  I wouldn't want to have to clean the windows.  I do love the entrance though.

 

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It was the community side streets throughout the city that caught my attention. 

 

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And the homes of Charlotte that give it its character.

 

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Southern charm.  Everything about the homes and their surroundings here speak of old Southern charm.

 

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Just beautiful don't you think?  Those bands you see around the trees protect them from some kind of worms I think.

 

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Even the smaller homes have multiple fireplaces and distinct Southern personality.

 

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Big Bear really liked this house. 

 

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Naaah.  This is more my style.

 

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I do believe this house is for sale.  A bit too big and ostentatious for my taste.  I'll bet it is beautiful on the inside, though.

 

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Big Bear had his eye on the English tudors throughout Charlotte.

 

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I thought this house was really neat. 

 

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All the streets had charm and distinction.

 

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And big homes.

 

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And Southern homes straight out of Gone with the Wind.

 

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And homes that almost say "won't you come in and have a cup of coffee with me?"

 

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And others that say "you won't get past the great danes hiding in the bushes so don't even try."

 

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We really enjoyed the drive around Charlotte.

 

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And looking at all the lovely homes.  They are all so well kept.

 

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And the landscaping is inspiring too.

 

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Isn't this gorgeous?  Now see... I just love this house.  There is just something about it I really like.

 

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And as we were driving, we came up upon one of the largest homes in the communities surrounding Charlotte.

 

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And on the front porch of that home, you can sit comfortably in the porch rocker and read the morning paper with your cup of coffee.

 

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And roam the gorgeous gardens.

 

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And that home is the Duke Mansion. Duke.  As in Duke University Duke.  Yeah, that Duke.  And yes, this is one big honker of a Southern Plantation.

 

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And as we turned a few corners, we headed into downtown Charlotte.

 

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With its high rise views

 

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And clean city streets.  But then, I was tired, and all I wanted to do was ...

 

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go home. 

 

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Where the bluebirds visit.

 

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And the deer roam freely.

 

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And the Barred Owl in our back yard whoooots all night long.

 

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Home - beautiful even without any landscaping across the front.

 

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Beautiful in winter when we get the occasional snow that makes its way over the mountains and into our frontier.

Yes, I love Charlotte.  But the best part of living here is always - coming home.

 

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