Day #218: The Rapture – “Sail Away” (Cut Copy Remix)
We had another Open House today. Our third, I think. We made a better effort this time to put the word out. Signs. Flyers. Ads.
A lady from Philadelphia who’s husband recently transferred here for work said that she loved this part of Greenbelt; that it’s a kind of place that “exists in a bubble.” Another couple looking to move out of their DC efficiency said they never even knew about Historic Greenbelt until a friend bought a place here.
I never thought about that before. That most everyone who has stopped by to see the house only knew about the neighborhood because they were either previous residents looking to return to the area, or they know someone else living here now. I guess Historic Greenbelt is a bubble (although recently, it’s garnered attention in newspapers and on the radio as a family-friendly neighborhood). I like it here because it has that rare sense of “neighborhood” and “community” in a city that is otherwise almost entirely transient and has no real identity of its own. I also like that it’s a place to escape typical urban pretentiousness. Old Greenbelt is exactly that. It’s been allowed to age rather than be gutted and converted into another luxury something-or-other with an inflated price tag. The people, too, don’t fall into that unbearably narrow range of 20 to 30-somethings.
In the past, a lot of single, older women came to look at the house. Retirees and near-retirees who want to find something closer to their children or a sibling. This time around, we had more people our age, some with a young kid, who came to take a look. They were surprisingly thorough in look around, talking about how they could arrange things that they have in the space that we have. Really trying to imagine themselves here.