Misha Crews

Love stories about old houses and family secrets.

A few weeks ago on social media I posted pictures of this beautiful old house that’s for sale in a town near me. Because I’m a house junkie, I attended an Open House here in 2015 (pre-renovation) and then went to see it again when it was re-listed last month. If there was any way I could claim the house for my own, I would do it in a heartbeat; it has definitely taken my imagination captive. Don’t be surprised if the place shows up in one of my books some day!

Below are a few pictures of this exquisite home. You can see all sixty gorgeous photos, on Sager Real Estate’s website. And here is some fun historical information from the listing:

The Grandstaff House was originally built on May 26, 1886, and added on in 1907 by builder Wallace Murdock for his family. This home is a beautiful example of the early 20th Century Queen Anne style, featuring a beautiful curved staircase and other impressive woodwork. One of Mr. Murdock ‘s architectural trademarks is the small upstairs porch. In 1952, Hugh Grandstaff, a local veteran and, talented craftsman, purchased the property. Included on this property is a large barn (originally used to house neighboring horses), 1 1/2 story meat house, a greenhouse made from the original bubble glass windows, and the only preserved outhouse in town. This 3-bay Queen Anne style dwelling with hipped roof and front and side cross gables, louvered wooden shutters, two interior brick chimneys, 11 bay wraparound front porch with turned posts, beaded spindle work frieze in a figure 8 pattern, sawn brackets and den-tilled cornice, stain glass window. The interior includes beautiful feather painted doors, pocket door, wooden door knobs, oak flooring, transoms above many of the doors, original claw foot tub, an antique parlor stove, and too many more details to mention.

What does your dream house look like? Is it ornate and elegant like this one, or do you prefer something more modern?

Hugs and Happy Reading,


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