The Russian Izby of Yesterday
I’m not really sure when the Russian Izby came about but many peasants across the countryside lived in them their entire lives. They were simple homes similar to what were built on the open prairie of America during the 18th and 19th century. They had no running water inside nor did they have electricity. Life was simple. The toilet was outside (outhouse) or a bucket was used and taken to the river and dumped if they were lucky to live by one. Showers just didn’t exist. See more here.
The Izby revived Today
Today in the Russian countryside life is very different. The once old and worn out Izby houses are being bought and fixed up, we were fortunate enough to have gotten to stay in one of them during our vacation. A good friend of ours owns a “Izby” that he and his wife have been remodeling for the last couple of years. This actually isn’t an isolated case it’s just one of many of the old homes that are being bought and restored. In the same tiny village we got acquainted with a couple from Moscow that had done the same thing. They got tired of life in Moscow and began to search through the outlying areas in every direction. In some parts of Russia land ownership can be quite expensive but in the surrounding Smolensk area this isn’t the case (as of right now). The costs of owning one of these unique homes costs anywhere from Fifty thousand to two hundred thousand rubles, in American dollars this equates to one to four thousand dollars. Of course it does take a bit of an investment to restore, remodel, or add to the homes themselves.
Then Somethings are just priceless
But not everything is about money, right. It’s really easy to fall in love with the Russian countryside, we did. As we explored our surroundings we found wonderful fields, lakes, and forests that are simply beautiful. Many prominent Artists and writers have lived in the countryside of western Russia. It’s easy to see why. The Soviet writer Konstantin Paustovsky fell head-over-heels in love with the “depths of Tarusa,” writing that he “wouldn’t swap the Russian heartlands for any exalted and astonishing beauty-spots the length of the wide world!”
Maybe it’s your time to get a small piece of Russia
If you are tired of city life maybe it’s your time to get a small piece of the Russian countryside. Contact me if you are interested. We ourselves are in the process of purchasing property in the area, let us know if we can be of help.