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  1. Grace
    June 26, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    I’m so sad that you didn’t get this house. It has so much potential.

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  2. DB
    July 22, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    They have not posted updated pictures. Have you seen the property since it was sold to this company? http://skyarchitects.com/home.html

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 22, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

      I haven’t been by, but Paul has… he said they are THROWING money at it. He says it has a new porch, and that it looks fantastic.

      p.s.- I think that site is the company who is doing the work, not the owners.

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  3. Stephenie
    July 30, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    Dear Victoria, I so feel your pain over this house. I have found so many houses in similar condition, though not nearly so large or in such prime locations, that have spoken to my soul and demanded that I come love them, take care of them and bring them back to their proper glory. None of mine have come to fruition either, which is probably for the best since I don’t have a Paul but rather bookworm. 🙂 Knowledge of these things does not stop my very being from yearning for their classic architecture and fine, moldy details none the less.

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  4. Heather
    October 6, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Where oh where do I find a man like Paul??!! You are so lucky to have a man that will fall in love with such a fantastic money-pit like that with you and actually pursue it! I would have done anything to get it also, not stopping to see the ginormous responsibility of it. Just the lovely crumbling, spooky, old romanticness of it!
    I too fell in love last year (as a single girl) with an old home from 1840 that had been vacant for years. I actually got a contract on it, but could not quite get enough of a loan for the renovation. I was devastated and cried for weeks, BUT the next year came upon the cutest home I now own built about 1910 that has already been redone (booo), BUT at this time in my life is what I need. I can now see the other house would have been a disaster.
    This post from you was over a year ago, have yall looked at anything else since as magnificent? I’m new to your blog but will keep reading!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 7, 2013 @ 8:23 am

      Please, are you kidding? Don’t be sad you bought a finished house… I envy you!

      No, we haven’t seen ANYTHING like the Biddle Mansion… and yes, we’re still sad.

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  5. Remember back when you didn’t understand what it meant to make a giant mess out of your house and then have to live in it? - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    […] Part Three – Where dreams go to die. […]

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  6. Elena
    July 27, 2015 @ 1:14 am

    Have you seen this? Maybe there will be another . . .

    A coloring program for adults, hosted by the woman restoring the Biddle Mansion. Color pictures of Victorian mansions!

    http://patch.com/new-jersey/cinnaminson/colorful-conversations-biddle-mansion-0

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  7. Elena
    July 27, 2015 @ 1:16 am

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  8. Beth
    May 16, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

    I’ve stumbled upon this many moons after the saddening loss of the house already being “under contract” but I wanted to commiserate with you just the same. Since travelling to Ireland from Canada in 2010, I’ve had this crazy dream that my DH and I would buy a ‘shanty’ overlooking the coast and spend our free time over there restoring it. Why there? b/c living childfree, we anticipate we’ll be able to do something stupid like that. Fastforward to January 2016…. and I found one. It was just out of our price range, but it was perfect, even if it had no doors, no windows, no roof on half of it, and was across the Atlantic ocean. We scrambled to learn about property buying in Ireland, contacted a solicitor, and two builders… we even happened to be renegotiating our mortgage so could add the extra we were short onto that. And then…. “someone has made a full offer”. Well, since we couldn’t beat it, and wanted to fly over to see it in person at least once before we sunk our futures into a dream in another land… we had to let it go. I still pine for our shanty, and I will make my DH drive us over to see it whenever we go over in the future. I hope I’ll read through more posts to see that you’ve found another dream shanty!

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  9. Marilyn
    October 21, 2017 @ 7:02 am

    Love this. My husband and o often walk by an play what if with that house

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