The Neighborhood: Susan Hamilton
Susan Hamilton : Avondale : Jacksonville, Florida
Year Built: 1917
Size: 1,596 square feet
Homeowner Since: March 2012
It wasn’t a hard choice for our first stop in The Neighborhood. Susan Hamilton, a dear friend and neighbor, welcomed The Boys from Cherry Street to see her charming Avondale bungalow in Jacksonville, Florida.
Susan became the homeowner of this 3/2 bungalow in 2012. Her home search was always focused in the Avondale area, but it was five years before she found her perfect match. And what a match she found!
We met her on a typical August morning: heat and humidity, hand-in-hand. Aberdeen Street had three sets of smiles waiting for us, five if you counted the cats. Susan’s daughter, Jaime, + son, Jason, were there to share the visit, coffee + bagels! Hot water for Susan, a tea drinker, was piping along on the stove.
Why the Avondale area? I think it reminds me of growing up in New York with the tree lined streets + the people outside. It’s not a cookie cutter neighborhood; No two houses are alike. I enjoy being able to walk to the Shoppes of Avondale, restaurants & parks.
What’s your advice to someone purchasing a historical home? Do your homework + look for a long time. Get a feel for older homes. I knew that I didn’t want to redo a home. When I found this house, I knew the bones were good + I was able to focus on the outside.
What were your “must haves”? Front porch, natural sunlight & original windows. I wanted it to feel like she was born in 1917.
Which room are you in the most? Why? On the front porch. I think it’s because it connects you to nature + it’s very relaxing. Our front porch has turned into a great gathering place for good conversation.
How would you explain your style? I’m very drawn to muted colors. I like a weathered and worn look + love the vintage style. I use a natural palette as a base + then rotate accents, depending on the seasons or a change in taste.
Where are you most, outside of your home? The Riverside Arts Market, in Fernandina with my grandchildren or during football season, at Everbank Field in Section 214!
Who have you trusted with the care of your home?
Landscaping: Kathy Mease
Structure: Centerbeam Construction
Furnishing: Pottery Barn, Junkology by Junkie at Rusted Market, Southern Crossing + Pier One
Realtor: Tina Fader, Coldwell Banker
Paint Colors: Gateway Gray, Maison Blanche, Homburg Gray + White Raisin (exterior)
Linen Cupboard: Southern Crossing
Buffet: Junkologie by Junkie
Couch: Rooms To Go
Tea Cupboard: Southern Crossing
Old Easel: Rusted Market
A special thank you to our friends at the Riverside Avondale Preservation Society for providing Susan information on her home. We’ve uploaded her home’s history to share with the rest of The Neighborhood. You can view the file here.
Would you like to receive information on your own home? Email RAP to find out how!
COMING SOON: SEPTEMBER 2013
Nicole Anne Cole
Join us, next month, as we visit the home of Nicole Anne Cole. Get a sneak peek of her Riverside home on our 2013 Home Tour Recap + People’s Choice post.