Many of you know how much I love vintage kitchens which is why I didn’t update the one in our house. I really like the one above from Realtor.com with the mod Emilio Pucci-esque ceiling in this 1908 Prouts Neck estate! A hobby of mine is looking at homes online. I’ve been enjoying the MLS regularly since around 2005 when I was looking to buy a house, but then I never stopped because it’s a lot of fun to check out the interiors of old homes. I’ve noticed that charming old kitchens are getting harder to find now because the newer buyers of the older homes are updating them. But are they always nicer?
This house sold only a year ago so the original photos from the older listing are still online. You can see the new listing here. Looks like they painted the cupboards black, some white, replaced the hardware and countertop, removed some shelves, put in new flooring and replaced the stove.
I prefer the original kitchen other than replacing the black stove. I love yellow and natural wood tones. It appears that the renovated black and white kitchen is brighter but I think it’s because of the time of day that made better use of the natural light. It’s all a matter of personal taste, of course, but it’s a safe bet that most people would prefer the newer version.
Which kitchen do you prefer? If you are a home buyer would you be willing to pay more money for a newer kitchen or hold out for vintage (or, as they say, “in need of cosmetic updates”) and pay less (with the $3,300,000 Prouts Neck home being an exception!)?
The photos shared in this post are from Realtor.com and are posted in accordance with fair use. Even so I will remove them if requested by the respective owners.