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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Community Pride, LaGrande, Oregon





The City of La Grande, Oregon is a family oriented small-town.   
It is the closest thing to Mayberry that you’ll ever see.  
 This town has a huge sense of community, neighbors are warm and friendly, 
and children can play as freely as we did 50 or 75 years ago. 
 



The first settler was in 1861 and during the 1860’s & 1870’s 
the town grew rapidly due to the many gold mines in the region 
and the rich soil with its agricultural capabilities.   
Today it is also the home of Eastern Oregon University, 
where our daughter attends nursing school.



This post is about the beautiful homes.  
 Some homes are small one and two bedroom cottages.   
 Some are mansions (at least in my definition), and no cookie cutter look a-likes.  
 Better yet, there are no neighborhood distinctions.   
 In one block you can see anything from one bedroom cuties to a 6 bedroom 
three story ginger bread home.  
 I love this town and I hope you enjoy this tour of homes. 
Even this tiny little brick house was charming.  
I personally would remove the chain-link fence 
and maybe replace it with a short brick flower bed or a wood fence, 
but I think it has potential to be a show stopper.
Our daughter's home is also a fixer upper,
someday when she is through with school 
and has more time for her re-do,
I'll post before and after photos. 
It is like the one above, in the sense that it needs a little love
and it will be a truly lovely cottage.
 I had to take these two barn photos, aren't they wonderful?

 The population is just above 13,000, 
and the town is nestled a beautiful valley in
 the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. 



I hope that I did not bore you with so many photos.  
 Believe me I could have taken photos all day long.  
 Driving through La Grande is like watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July.   
You keep seeing one beautiful home after another 
and you can never decide which is your favorite.  

While I was gone on my road trip, 
I had many wonderful comments left on my pillow post.   
I will be visiting each one of you this week,
 as I get my laundry and yard work done.   
We had a three day wind storm and our backyard is covered in tree branches. 
I picked a good time to be gone :)
I also received a few more followers while I was away, 
and I want to send out a warm welcome to them.

Have a wonderful day and keep smiling
I love reading comments, so please let me know you visited, by leaving one :)

Your blogging sister, 
  

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70 comments:

  1. You did not bore me at all! The pics are lovely and the houses are charming, indeed! Thanks a lot! Christa

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    1. Hi Emilie, I'm glad that you liked this post. It is a pretty little town, right?

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  2. well..I'm ready to move right out!!! I loved the house pictures!!! I could have kept looking and looking !! Such a beautiful beautiful place...Thank you for the tour!!!

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    1. It is a lovely little town filled with warm and friendly people. A great town for raising a family :)

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  3. I enjoyed all of your wonderful photos. What a great town and a fun place to wander around. I would want to take lots of photos too. I love that all the homes are different and not cookie cutter type homes. I love to see homes with individual character. It's wonderful! Sounds like a great place to live. I'll look forward to future posts when your daughter is able to fix up her cottage for those before and after photos. :-)

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    1. She is excited about fixing it up, but for now her priority is school. She has a few plans for summer break, but school is expensive, and time is limited, so most re-dos will come after graduation.

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  4. Hi Connie, that was not boring at all - I could have kept on looking at more photos. All those homes are so charming, each in its own special way. What a great place to walk around with camera in hand.

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    1. Hi Sara, it is a great town for walking. So much to see. Beautiful homes, lovely landscaping, and lots of curb appeal ideas :)

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  5. These houses are awesome, each one unique and no cookie cutter houses. And they also all have their yards well taken care of!! I agree with you about that chain link fence, it ruins the look of the house and needs to come down.

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    1. Hi Ginny, I have a real dislike for chain-link fences. They are okay for backyards if you have small kids or animals, but when I see them in the front yard I totally had a hard time with them. We have two houses on our block that have done front yard chain-link . . . oh well, it is want it is :)

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  6. I absolutely love this post! I long for the days of Mayberry and I'm always up for Mayberry-like house pics! There's no way I was bored. I loved the barns too.

    Have a rockin' good day Connie!
    D~~~~

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    1. Hi Donna, I am so happy that you enjoyed your visit :) That makes me happy :)

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  7. Welcome home, my friend :)! How nice it is to read one more of your lovely posts. And this one is absolutely lovely. I love houses and these look exactly the way I picture american homes. I've never been there, but some day perhaps I'll see for myself as well :). And the barns... I love them! Thank you for showing glimpses of your journey.
    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, I'm happy that you enjoyed this post. This little town is a charming place. I should have taken a few photos of the main street down town. Maybe I'll do that on my next visit.

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  8. Glad you enjoyed your trip, Connie! The houses you shared are all so beautiful. I would love to call one of them home!

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  9. Connie,
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful homes. Every one is gorgeous and so full of character. I would love to live in a small town like that. Not to many of those left anymore. I may have to go there for a visit someday.
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris, I'm sure that you would love LaGrande as much as I do. It is bursting with charm :)

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  10. Hi Connie, what gorgeous homes...and barns!!! I really enjoyed this "tour". Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you for visiting . . . I had a great time, but it is always nice to be home :)

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  11. Hi Connie, That sounds like a wonderful city to live in. Loved the tours of the beautiful homes, both large and small. At this age I prefer a smaller one as less cleaning!!! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      I'm with you . . . something that can be cleaned easily and leave more time for the fun things in life :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing the house pics Connie. They are beautiful homes just as you said.

    Felicia

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    1. Hi Felicia, thanks for visiting, I'm delighted that you like this post :)

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  13. Oh Connie,
    I have always loved looking at pictures of homes, and I thank you for giving us this tour. These houses are so charming; some of them look like cottages. And they are so green and groomed. I can't pick my favorite one because they are all so nice. My brother in law used to have a ranch in Long Creek, Oregon. I wonder if that's anywhere near La Grande?

    Well, I'm going to take a second look at these gorgeous homes.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Hi Sherri, I'm not familiar with Long Creek, but there are many lovely small towns in Oregon. I am delighted that you like this post:)

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  14. Lovely post and photos Connie. The houses are beautiful!

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    1. Hi Beth, it is a sweet little town all nestled in a green valley surrounded by mountains :)

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  15. What a beautiful post. Those homes are all pretty. No way could I pick a favorite. They all are so unique.

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  16. You're right - what a beautiful town. I'm glad you have found peace and happiness there.

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    1. Hi Melanie, it is not the town that I live in, but where my daughter lives, but yes is it a most lovely town :)
      And I truly had a wonderful visit :)

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  17. Hey Connie, loved seeing all the different homes, such a variety of architecture. Have to say the barns were my favourite.
    Hope your garden wasn't damaged by the storm.....

    Claire x

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    1. Hi Claire, it wasn't damaged, we just had a lot of small limbs all over the place and my back porch was a mess from the dust. Of course I had just spend days the week before I left getting everything cleaned up and ready to just relax and enjoy. This week I get to do it all over again :) It must be just what I needed :)

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  18. the homes are darling, connie:) so much better than the plastic neighborhoods here. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Lynn, I know what you mean about plastic neighborhoods. We do have very nice neighbors but the homes in your neighborhood all look the same. We purchased our home 30 years ago and before the homes were put up for sale it was an Air Force Base. We check around and at the time it was the best house for the best price and in the 30 years that we have lived here we have made a lot of improvements and it is home. Not everyone can say that they live in a home that is totally paid off . . . so that is a huge plus for us. Starting retirement without house payments is a very good thing :)

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  19. Morning Connie, All I can say is "you'll steal my heart" everytime with a post like this!! I think my hidden hobby is gawking at beautiful homes, any shape or size! My great-grandfather was an architect and built many beautiful homes in Tenn. Maybe, I have a little of this "interest" in me...I've always thought if I were younger, I would have LOVED to design houses!! I couldn't pick a favorite (for I would have to see the inside, LOL!) but the yellow victorian cottage with red trim around the window and fretwork on the porch makes me smile. The BROOM in the corner by the door was too sweet!!! Hope you enjoyed your trip and seeing your daughter.....Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, it is so nice to see you, I love your visits :) I know exactly what you mean about loving to look at homes, and this little town has so many charming ones to look at :)

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  20. Gee Connie,
    I am in love with all those houses. It sounds like the perfect place to live..
    They all have such charm. I can see why you took lots of photos.
    Do you live far from there?
    lots of excitement for you and steve and your daughter to fix up an old cottage ..what a delight.
    Happy 1st of May
    val x x

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    1. Hi Val, yes we live three and a half hours away, but that is half the distance from where our daughter lived before. It is a do able trip on a weekend, but when I go I like to spend 4 or 5 days :)

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  21. So nice to meet you, Connie! Thank you for being my 345th follower. I'm now following you & look forward to reading your posts. The houses you showed on this post are so lovely. It's so nice to see a town where people still take pride in their older homes.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, welcome to my blog. I get very excited each time I am blessed with a new follower. I am looking forward to becoming great blogging friends :)

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  22. Hi Connie, :)
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog! I loved hearing from you. ;) Love your blogs too! Would love to be friends. Melissa here from www.missmelissajane.blogspot.com :) Looking forward to getting to know you better. :)
    Melissa x
    Australia

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  23. Hi Connie! :)
    Loved your sweet comments, thanks for popping by my blog. I hope to get to know you better, that would be so lovely! :) You can be my Gma online. Haha ;) A fan from Australia, love your blogs too!
    Melissa
    Australia x

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  24. What wonderful houses and barns - a pleasure to see, thank you xx

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    1. Thank you for visiting . . . I love company :)

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  25. That looks like a beautiful place to live! I love those houses (and the barns). Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments!

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    1. Hello, it is so nice to see you and thanks so much for following my blog. Your is wonderful :)

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  26. Those houses are wonderful. I think I like the first one the best. The town sounds awesome too. I always wanted to live in Mayberry! I loved looking at those cute houses!

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    1. I know, I think that Mayberry, made a huge impression on America :)

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  27. Those houses(and barns) are incredible!

    Have a great weekend.

    :)Vicki

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    1. I'm happy that you enjoyed the little tour :)

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  28. WOW!!!! What a beautiful post, full of beautiful homes, and instilling in me that the safe small town USA still exists! I love that you said children could still play. I'd love to live here!

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    1. I would have loved to have raised my daughter in such a town . . . but I do have my granddaughters being raised there and it is a very family friendly town :)

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  29. Oh my I want to live in La Grande Oregon!The homes on my street are all different too and I like that and many are so cute, but there are those who don't take pride in their lawns and homes in general and it makes me so sad. I keep thinking that house would be so cute if they just planted flowers or freshened up her paint. Thanks for the tour and thanks for stopping by and becoming my newest follower, I am now following you as well!

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    2. Hi Teresa, thank you for this sweet comment and I agree . . . it is the very same in my neighborhood. Except that the houses do look alike, but some people do not take pride in their homes. Just a little paint and keeping the lawns watered and weeded, make sooooooooooooo much difference. Thank you for following me back and Welcome, to crafty home cottage :)

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  30. Hello Connie! It is so nice to meet you! i totally loved looking at these houses as all of them are right up my alley. It looks alot like the little town that My grandma lived in when I was growing up. I expecially love the one which is about 6th down, the yellow one with the red window frames. Love all of these porches and remember many night sitting out on my grandma's porch watching the fireflies. Will look for ward to getting to know you

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    1. Hello Jeanne, I am delighted to have you as a follower and a new friend. One of the things that we do not have out west is fireflies . . . so sad. I remember the first trip that my husband and daughter made back to Indiana, they were amazing by these lovely little creatures :)

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  31. I love old houses and architecture! I wish I could explore them all with their nooks and crannies....

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    1. I know, older homes have so much character :)

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  32. I was greatly entertained with your posted photos. I find the barn photos cute as well. It’s actually right. You don’t have to spend too much on expensive things or crafts when decorating your homes. I think the most vital factor to remember is to be safe, happy, and secure in each other’s home.

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    1. Good Morning Julia, so nice to have you visit and thanks for leaving a comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the post :)

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  33. Wow! How I wish I could also own one of the houses you have presented. You actually keep my eye moving from start until the end of the post. The houses are so charming and very conducive for relaxed living. Given the opportunity to move to any of these houses, I would definitely go right away.

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    1. Hi Jamie, it is a very sweet and family friendly town . . . check it out on Zillow and see all the pretty old homes for sale :)

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  34. Hi Connie! oh my what lovely homes! This is one of my favorite things to do when traveling... looks at other people's homes. What a treat to see those barns, too. Thanks for the visual tour, such a delight.

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    1. Hi JoAnn, it is wonderful to see you . . . and I am delighted that you enjoy the homes of LaGrande tour. Actually I could have taken ten times that many photos, but I thought that I might be going over board with too many as it was. I didn't want to bore anyone :)

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  35. Enjoyed all the different styles.

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    1. Thank you . . . and do have a wonderful day :)

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