The Grand Standing House

You inherit Great Aunt Maude’s mansion. The lawyer calls you to her office and gives you the value of the estate which includes a huge house and lands with landscaped gardens and a maze which has been a tourist attraction in the area. Locals are concerned that you will close it down to have privacy.

But, the lawyer informs you that the house and lands are not quite the dream you were hoping for. The house is full (literally an organizer’s nightmare) with clutter, garbage and newspapers which Great Aunt Maude could not bring herself to throw away. The lands are beautiful, somehow she managed to keep the gardening staff paid.

You have an offer from a land developer to buy the whole thing and take away that “headache” from you. But, the house was once an elegant, beautiful place. It is still well known for it’s architecture, the stone, iron and wood work were all done by craftsmen ages ago.

Do you try to keep the house, getting rid of the garbage inside an digging up those old antique treasures which are buried under all the debris? Do you sell to the developer to make it easy on yourself? Or do you come up with a third option that attempts to make everyone come out happy?