National, state and municipal heritage significance all have different criteria and levels of protection. This is not what interests me. I have pondered for years, what makes a house historic and not just old?
A great start to the day is waking up in the morning to the warble of magpies in the Norfolk pine or the sound of surf crashing on the rocks at South Beach. There may be a walk across the reserve to the ocean beach, lighting the fire in the kitchen... or both. Whatever your choice, for many the day has not started until there’s been a good fresh cup of coffee.
We have two properties that, over time, we have decided to share with guests. On the surface they appear very different. No.1 William St is a stone cottage built in the early 1850’s as home for the stone mason and his family. The Studio Somers is cement sheet holiday house built nearly 100 years later.