This is the house I consider home, where I grew up. My parents
owned it for nineteen years. Notice the real estate sign in
front. This picture is the official shot taken by the real
estate company, used to promote the sale of the house. If you
look closely, you can see printing written on the other side
showing through the photograph, which is all the descriptive
detail about the house.
It has both a full attic, which we used for nothing but storage,
but later residents fixed up, and a full basement, also enclosed
front and back porches, and a one-car garage in the back off the
alley. There were four bedrooms upstairs, but only one full
bathroom, and only a toilet in the basement.
I understand my parents paid under $30,000 for the house in
1952. My mother told me that the last she heard, it had recently
been resold for half a million, and I have seen it listed for as
much as $850,000. As they say in the real estate business,
location is everything.