Saturday, September 7, 2013
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It looks tiny in this photo but this building is 40x50 feet, with a shed on the back so it is a little over 2000 sq. ft. It was built in 1926. The cement blocks were made in forms on the spot. I believe at first it was a garage then it became the Gardner's Store and then the Cove General Store which it remained until 25 years ago. I can't tell you how many people have told me about going there for ice cream cones! It is zoned both Residential and Commercial. It was bare bones cement when Kirby and I bought it in 2006. We spent 6 months living in it while we transformed it into a thing of beauty.
As you walk into the place and face to the right this is what greets you.
Turn left and you see this window and the closet next to it.
Straight ahead is the outside wall of the bedroom we added 2 years ago.
Standing in the living room looking at the entry hall. These ceilings are just as high as they look, this end I believe is 12 foot high.
The living room, or part of it. The inside of this storefront is spacious!
The other side of the living room at Christmas. There are track lights everywhere as Kirby was set on showcasing my art. He also had fantasies about turning it into a gallery.
Facing the hall to the studio.
So you can see the beautiful walls, which by the way took 30 gallons of Navajo White paint!!!!!!
The entry into the kitchen from the living room.
A galley kitchen. Not pictured here is the office off the kitchen that I am sitting in right now, or the bathroom. Both which come off the kitchen
The laundry room is through a door at the end of the kitchen. A door in the laundry room leads into a shed and that leads into the back yard.
Now back to the living room. Here is the bedroom off the living room, on the other side of the wall I was talking about. That's a king size bed for reference. There are wood and glass french doors that can be curtained and closed with beautiful door knobs. We had to be creative so the window could provide light and fresh air for both the bedroom and the hall way to the studio so we left that part of the wall open. So there is a large shelf and under it is a storage area specifically designed for painting storage (but it could be used for any storage).
The other side of the bedroom wall is the glass entry to the studio.
The studio is 400 sq feet with tons of light. The bed was in here temporarily so it looks a little crowded as the Xmas tree was taking it's place.
The front of the building is a beautiful Perennial and rose garden. It sits next to the Cove Library. There are also raised beds built by the ancient wood we took out of the building as we created the high ceiling.
In the back yard I have built raised beds and created a flower bed out of an old metal bed and stones. This is an over sized lot. Mt Fanny is in the background. She is what first convinced us we wanted to live in this picturesque little town at the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Now you might ask. This is an old building...What about the roof????? I know I would be asking that question.
The town of Cove and Mt. Fanny. Cove is definitely one of the most desirable places to live in the Grande Ronde Valley.
The house is ready to live in now. However there are creative finishing touches waiting for the new owner. The floors that we built are subfloor and the kitchen, office and bathroom floors are cement. I have rubber professional restaurant mats in the kitchen. The back yard could use a privacy fence. I have done my work on this place and it was HUGE!!! So I leave the next step to the next owner.
This is the old west. The first Christmas I was here I saw a herd of Antelope for the first time in my life, I didn't know what it was I was looking at! The skies are huge. You can look out at the Grande Ronde Valley and see different weather systems. It's the land of hunting, skiing, both cross country and downhill, hiking, rafting and biking both motorcycle and bike.
http://www.anthonylakes.com/ (Nearby skiing)
And 13 miles away is La Grande the main place for shopping, movies, restaurants, music, Eastern Oregon University and home of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.
This area is chock full of history. The Oregon Trail went through here and many of the families of those who decided not to challenge the Blue Mountains still live here. You can still see some of the track marks.
In fact the storefront has a part in that history: