A blog about all things houses written by a house addict who engages in chronic house-peeping - come join me!
Hillmann House in Wyckoff New Jersey
- Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyWelcome to Hillmann House - would you guess that it was built in the year 2001? Yes it’s true, this home was carefully constructed to resemble the type of 18th century rambling residence that has been expanded over the centuries (not unlike the historic Fairbanks House I profiled a few weeks ago). Located in Wyckoff, New Je...
The houses that inspired The Great Gatsby
- Published on Monday, 20 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyIn the spring of 2011 word broke that the massive mansion which had inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus The Great Gatsby, was being demolished. Since public interest in the novel has piqued again in 2013 with the recent release of the latest Great Gatsby movie, I thought I would revisit the fictional ”West E...
Update on my house that won’t sell
- Published on Saturday, 18 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyYes, the darn thing is still for sale. “But it’s so cute! I can’t believe it hasn’t sold yet!” If I had a penny for every time I heard that, I could have my mortgage paid off by now. “I LOVE that house! I would buy it in a second if I was in the [...]...
Amazing before and after of a 1912 Craftsman
- Published on Thursday, 16 May 2013
Authors: housecrazy~~~ In 2010 Jeff and Sharon Kidder purchased this 1912 bungalow in Portland, Oregon. The house was in decent shape but many of the original features had been obscured over the years as successive homeowners left their updating marks. Remember a few years back when it was all the rage to “lighten up” old dark wood in v...
The Playboy Bunny house is up for sale
- Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyThe Playboy Bunny house (right across the street from Hugh Hefner’s infamous Tudor-style home) is for sale! I used to watch The Girls Next Door just because I loved this mid-century house so much – well, okay… Holly, Kendra, Bridget and Hef were a kick too. As the E! channel reality show portrayed, this house wa...
My favorite Hobbit House in Vancouver is for sale!
- Published on Monday, 13 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyI was surprised to learn that one of my all-time favorite houses – we’re talking going back to college years here folks - in Vancouver British Columbia is for sale! Not necessarily a good thing because it is at risk of being torn down and replaced with some massive modern McMansion. This was the VERY FIRST house that...
Skinny, spiteful houses
- Published on Saturday, 11 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyThey’re long, they’re lean and they are meant to be mean. Mean to the neighbors who made someone mad enough to build a tiny house right beside them, cramping the views and ventilation and diminishing adjoining property values. Yes, that is what all of the following houses have in common: they were built exc...
Big Sur beauties
- Published on Friday, 10 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyAt the request of a reader who is searching for a home in Big Sur, California, I am featuring three Big Sur homes today for comparison. So let’s see which one you would pick! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ House #1 The first one is a Mickey Muennig designed remodel of a 1977 home. [A quick note about Big Sur: Big Sur [...]...
Starry-eyed for Starry Night Cottage
- Published on Wednesday, 08 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyI got downright giddy when I found Starry Night Cottage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Owner Kaye Driscoll Gallahar gave me permission to show you around this adorable 1880′s home which is now used as a vacation rental… Kaye and her husband searched for over two years before finding this little gem just a short stroll a...
House of the Crazy Ruggles
- Published on Monday, 06 May 2013
Authors: housecrazyFrom the exterior, this Nova Scotia home in Canada appears to be nothing more than an unassuming vernacular farmhouse. But a reader wrote to tell me about the sensational story behind the historic owners of this home – a family named the Ruggles. Mind you, we’re talking about the family who lived here in the 1790...