Here come the Ainsley's!Nevil Ainsley's employer has transferred him to their offices in a big city very near Dollhouse Village. Nevil and his wife Annie thought this was a great opportunity to take a fun trip with their kids and look for a new home at the same time. So they packed up their Winnebago, stowed the kids aboard, and headed south to look for a new home that's big enough for a family of six.
Nevil loves driving this big motorhome....see his coffee cup on the dashboard? Just give him a cup of coffee and a little country music on the radio, and he can drive, drive, drive.
Cecil and Sophie finished their cereal and are still at the table playing with toys. Mom would like to look for a new recipe in her cookbook , but baby Rory wants attention and she is more than willing to play with him.
Big sister Fiona finished her breakfast and is already curled up with a book on the foldaway bed.
Annie and Nevil made arrangements with a realtor in Dollhouse Village to show them several homes. Let's see what houses realtor Maryam Magnus has found for them to see.....
Maryam first takes them to the Rich Valley subdivision on the northeast side of the village...we find her telling Nevil and Annie about this big house...
"This is a plantation style house built by Rich Toys in 1942. The Rich Company built a lot of plantation style homes but this one, with its nine windows in the front, may be the largest model. It's a fixer-upper, but it does have 648 square inches of living space and is on a quiet cul-de-sac...great for kids! The owner is asking $75 for it. Ready to look at it?"
Annie says, "I love the four pillars across the front. Let's see how much of a fixer it is. That never stopped us before, as Nevil is quite handy with a paint brush and his hammer and nails! Cecil! Get down before you fall!"
"This living area is rather small, but I suppose we could make do," says Annie.
"Mom! Dad! Look at me! I can slide down the bannister!" says guess who.
"Cecil, Cecil! Watch out for Sophie at the bottom of the stairs..... and where will we put the TV?" asks dad. "We certainly will need to paint or wallpaper these rooms. And possibly get new carpet. And curtains for you, Annie."
"All the appliances stay with the house," says Maryam.
"Oh, Nevil, this kitchen is so small...but there is a nice size dining room where we could put the table, but we will need to buy a storage hutch for dishes and things."
Nevil says he likes the patterned floor tiles, but they do make him a little dizzy.
Maryam asks how they like the master bedroom. "This bedroom is a nice size and this vanity is just like mine...so I think our funiture will fit," says Annie.
"Oh Nevil, even with baby Rory in our room, I just don't know if we can get 3 children in this small area."
" We definitely would need a set of bunk beds," says Nevil.
Going into the bathroom Annie says, "Now I like this bathroom! It's nice and large and the kids will love splashing water out of this nice big tub....good thing there is a tile floor!"
"So," says Maryam, "shall we keep this one on the list?"
"I think so," says Nevil.
Hmmn. Wonder what Maryam will show them tomorrow......
In the US, cable TV's Home and Garden network has a show called House Hunter. Usually 3 houses are shown and the buyers select one of the 3.... not always the one I would pick...but that doesn't keep me from being totally addicted.. It's a bit like Location Location that we used to see on BBC America.
$75 was the purchase price for this dollhouse...one of the first ones in my collection.. Furniture is 1":1' by Strombecker, 1935-40.