The agent might give you an educated guess, or rely on the owner’s answer. I guess more solid documentation comes once you’ve committed to the property. I know a lot of papers are headed my way. Maybe one of them will tell me when the house was built.
Our possible new neighbor thinks their property is as old as 300 years. I was prepared to hear ours was under 100. I just can’t tell.
“Colonial,” as it’s been pointed out, is a misnomer. Most houses in the Centro were built after Mexico’s independence. Just like a Colonial house in the Northeast probably refers to its motif, not its period. Most homes we’ve seen are from the early 20th century, or so we’re told. One clue is whether the facade is French, Spanish, Italian or Art Deco. Each motif can be assigned to a range of years. But you can be easily misled by renovations made through the years, so examining the construction techniques is probably a more reliable method. If only I could break off a piece of wall and count its rings.
The age of the property isn’t something we pursued. We’ve been interested in dimensions, location, neighborhood and the condition of the roof. Now, I’m curious about its age.
The house will always have its secrets. Every house does. But there is one particular quirk, which I can’t share right now, which leads me to believe this house has a particularly interesting, historically significant story.