In 2010 a family of four sold their charming little condo in the increasingly fashionable neighborhood of University Heights. With the money they bought a stripped out house in East San Diego previously owned by human smugglers. Their goal was a radical change in lifestyle that would allow DIY Makerism, self reliance, alternative technology, permaculture, and urban homesteading into their lives in ways their HOA would have never allowed. The ideas that lead them to take this plunge came from the steampunk movement as it was during a brief shining period when art and philosophy seemed at least as important as brass, and great essays, speeches, and letters were written. These days they don't worry so much about what people call "steampunk." They call what they're doing the Greyshade Estate.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Our Old Home
As of this, our first post, the future Greyshade Estate is in escrow. This is the condominium we sold to buy it. The furniture in these pictures is not ours but belongs to the staging company we hired to show off what a potential nest for modern urban living it was. When we actually lived there it was not being used such a modern urbanite style. It crammed full, of among other things, brass bits, tools and art supplies that really wanted a workshop to live in. We had stored water, and emergency supplies crammed in odd corners and copies of Make, Steampunk, and Backwoods Home magazines piled up. We also had few lonely potted herbs on the tiny window sills that were our only real growing space since our balcony was north facing. It didn't fit where our lives were going at all. The high ceilings were nice, and the second bathroom. I will definitely miss the stone fronted fireplace, but there was no room for how we increasingly wanted to live and no potential for it to be anything but what it was.