Preferably with large windows, hardwood floors and enough room in the kitchen for two cooks. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, is it?
It’s not as if I’m looking for a cantilevered house built over a waterfall, or an 8,000-acre estate in the mountains of North Carolina with grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. I don’t need a house with a séance room and a host of secret passageways; in fact, the fewer secret passageways, the better. And who wants to clean 61 bathrooms? Not me. Nor do I do windows.
And while I can appreciate historic homes of all sorts, no one famous needs to have lived in or visited my [as-yet-undetected] house before, whether a founding father or a king. I certainly wouldn’t complain about an apartment in a building inspired by marine life and bones by one of my favorite architects, but truly my sights are set in a more practical, and local, realm.
Lastly, I may be a bit of an environmentalist, but I’m realistic enough to know that my chances of finding an earth house, straw bale construction, or a home made entirely of scrap and salvaged materials to rent within the City of Pittsburgh and closely-neighboring boroughs are pretty darn slim. Nor am I ready to go off the grid at the moment, not too likely anywhere I’m looking. I’ll just keep exploring the latest options here at the library until life takes me somewhere I would never expect.