August 27th, 2011

I’ve found a new favourite … if you can have a favourite heartbreak, that sounds maudlin. But while driving old Hwy 89 on my way to Bayfield, Ontario (for a lovely lunch at The Little Inn and a matinee showing of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Huron County Playhouse) I spied this lovely old house roadside. I did a quick U-turn and then a little exploring of the property, despite the threatening Keep Out sign. There was something so familiar about this house with its greyed cedar shake cladding, its odd proportions and its many windows. For me, it was love at first sight, but then I thought “is this house style on my love map, is this something I am always attracted to?”

Turns out, the look is on my love map, as I realized it reminded me of the house from the film Nights in Rodanthe (which I didn’t see. In fact, the only thing that even vaguely tempted me into watching that flick was the house). Of course this is a much much much smaller house. But the vibe is the same. It got me thinking about that movie house (named Serendipity, how charming) and with a little research I discovered that at one point it was in danger of washing away into the ocean, and had been declared a public nuisance. But then it was rescued by a couple who loved it so much, they had it moved.

Serendipity, as seen in the movie, with the lovely blue shutters. I believe this shade of blue became a through-colour in the art direction of the film, at least that is what I noticed in the trailer.

The house after the film crew had left and before the move.

The house on the move.

And take a look at a little film of the move itself.

Serendipity on the move

Seems all my little house needs are some lovely blue shutters, and someone with the resources to rescue it. Sigh.

 1 & 2. Images from Found.

3 & 4. Images from Hooked on Houses, the-inn-from-nights-in-rodanthe-washing-away


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