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Monday, June 11, 2012

Hidden Gem ~ Collectors' Dream?



Not far from where we live, in a neighboring community, there is a hidden gem...a Shell Station replica in the middle of a middle class subdivision.  Years ago we found it by accident...it isn't advertised, we had never even seen an article about it in the newspaper, and no one we knew was even aware it existed. 

On our way home from a doctor appointment last week, we decided to take a little detour to see if it was still there.  We didn't remember the exact location, but after a few turns and returns, we found it again.  It looks just like it did years ago!  It feels like a time warp scenario.  Back to the fifties with the turn of the steering wheel.


Even the '57 Chevy is still in the driveway, waiting for gas.  The place is spotless, well-cared for, and can  only be a collector's dream come true type of building!  Imagine being able to build and complete such a replica of the fabulous fifties.  Why the owner chooses to remain anonymous us beyond me.  There was no one around when we stopped to take a picture. 

Next door and connected with a gate is a huge (humongous) two-story square house with a three-car garage and another house (for the gardener or butler?) attached to that.  It had a tall fence around it with "beware of dog" signs on the gates.  The only places we could see enough to glimpse beyond the wall were two wrought iron gates.  The grounds are impeccably landscaped with large patios and well-established trees.  I didn't take a picture of it, because it is a private residence, but believe me...it was way more elegant than the surrounding homes.  It belonged with expensive estates, not common everyday houses.

This is a mystery that will remain so, I suppose, until the owner decides to share it with us...if ever.  Meanwhile, our imaginations can dream up all sorts of reasons for its being.  What do you think?



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14 comments:

  1. What a great piece of Americana revisited. I take it that it's a NEW building and not an old rehabbed one? What fun to find that, Grace- xo Diana

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    1. Diana - I don't know,but I am guessing it was built for this purpose years ago. It has been almost 15 years since we first found it and it still looks brand new. Amazing, isn't it?
      Hugs,
      GraceinAZ

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  2. wonderful bit of nostalgia right there in the middle of suburbia, love it! xo

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    1. Katherine - A curiousity to be sure! You'd think more people would be aware of it, but we ask and no one does.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. That's an interesting discovery...smack dab in the middle of the suburbs. Wonder if they intended on having a business there and decided against it? Hmmm. What a mystery!

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    1. Cheryl - A mystery yet to be solved. I wish I knew someone who lived nearby to see what they know. Nosey ol' me...heehee!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Don't you just love hidden gems like that? It looks so neat and tidy and fun!

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    1. Tonya - I do love them...it is so fun to be part of a secret! I'd like to see the inside of the building sometime!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. I love this hidden gem! WOW! Thanks for sharing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindy - It is so special to find something like this hiding in plain sight!
      Hugs,
      GraceinAZ

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  6. I would like to go by it next time we are home in AZ. Where is it exactly? My husband will just flip!

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    1. Sunday - Thanks for visiting...I am now following your blog. If you'll email me at gograce@cox.net I will let you know where to find it.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  7. Pat, My mind is racing, away from me! I am thinking it was there before the subdivision and is grandfathered in. The owner of the :BIG" house had parents who owened the station. This person has done well and it keeping it intact and maintaining it in order to keep the neighbors friendly. I would love to live in a neighborhood with that station.
    Were there any gas prices on the pumps (love those pumps).
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    xo Ginger

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  8. Hey, how do you like that spelling and punctuation? I obviously didn't use spell check!
    Hugs,

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