About this site

This website is all about houses.

image from: http://www.flickr.com (Redden-McAllister’s photostream – cc)

If you find yourself frequently dreaming about houses, constantly thinking about houses, and stalking houses on the Internet, then this is the place for you.

My blog is essentially a variety show of houses. You’ll see a bit of everything here at House Crazy – I try to mix-it-up by combining the aesthetically pleasing with the downright funky.

image from: http://www.flickr.com- (smath’s photostream cc)

How is this website different than other house websites?

If you are a “housie” with a mouse, you’ve probably been around the web scouring anything you can find that has to do with houses.

Me too. And there are some really great sites out there [see my blog roll on the right side bar for some of my favs]. But I got a little fatigued of all the glossy, staged, high-resolution photos and pretty pastel-y web designs. I got to feeling, well, kind of inadequate just from looking at pictures of perfect homes with seemingly perfect owners (and perfectly behaved children).

image from: http://www.flickr.com – (timsackton’s photstream cc)

Sure, I like the escapism of gazing at flawlessly beautiful, fantasy high-dollar homes, but I also like to keep it real. I like rustic hovels dug into the side of a hill. I like real houses in my price range (which is well under $200,000). I like houses that are weird and wacky and even ugly. I like character. I like houses that the owners actually built themselves – with their own well-worn hands. I like houses that are REALLY old and that have a history – even a gory history. I like houses that are loved by their owners, and I like houses that have seen better days.

I felt there was a gaping hole in the house blogosphere that begged for some real stuff… nothing posed, nothing staged. Just a real person – on a tight budget – who is on an epic house-hunting journey. A real, imperfect (some might even call house crazy) person.

My own house is usually a dusty mess. It’s an old money pit and I can’t afford to keep it up. My kids are hooligans (cute, but hooligans) and my dog is a little psycho who pees himself sometimes when he gets too excited.

My dog Poco (mutt/Hienz-57/rescue dog)

You can poke me and I might cry. I get depressed, I get cranky, I get manic (in a good, productive way). Other people have hobbies like working-out or scrap-booking. My hobby is obsessing over houses. (Sort-of in a crazy, unhealthy way.)

That’s why I called this site House Crazy.

We let the crazy flag fly here at House Crazy, and don’t really care about the latest fads or design trends. We drool occasionally when viewing a cool house on the ‘net. We get the stink-eye frequently when out looking at houses in the neighborhood that are not even for sale. But hey, we keep it real!

I might run some advertisements here from time to time, but that’s not because I want to incorporate and become some profit-driven machine. No, it’s just because I have kids and a mortgage, and as a femi-nerd, I enjoy the idea of being economically independent from a man.

I’m not a realtor and I’m not a designer. Instead, I waste hours of my time combing the web for unique far-off houses; pounding the pavement and putting miles and miles on my SUV; taking thousands of pictures of random houses; and talking about houses at inappropriate times. (It’s what I do for fun.)

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

I’m told the technical term for this affliction is: “real-estalker”. And I know there are other people out there like me. So come join me!

Feel free to leave a comment on any of my posts with your thoughts, rants, corrections, knowledge, links, whatever. I promise I will read every one of them!

I hope you love this site as much as I love putting it all together for you.

Keep it real,




17 Responses to About this site

  • Elizabeth D. says:

    Your blog has such a nice and clean design – great work! Love all the vairety of houses you feature.

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve been perusing and just gotta say I am impressed and intrigued by your witty, wordy house-craziness! If house stalking were my thing, I’m sure I’d be hooked. I like how real you speak and your embracing of imperfection. Never heard the term ‘feminerd’ before, but relate for sure! Keep up the great blogging! NM

  • Guinness Rider says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a positively strange, amazing house in or around NYC. I’m focusing on places built by one obsessed, quasi-visionary person. Like the treehouse guy in Tennessee or the welder in Lubbock.

    I’m interested in not only the place but the story of the person who built it, something compelling.

    Thanks! Great site btw.

    • housecrazy says:

      Thanks Guinness, – do a search on my site for the mushroom house in NY and also the rotating dome home in NY – just two that come to mind. But I don’t know how close they are to NYC.

  • Rita Aragon says:

    Your website is amazing! Now I know where to come to get my “house fix”! So glad to find you!

  • Angela says:

    love love your blog. i also love houses. i get emails from “hooked on houses” -love them all. I am so excited I found this!!

  • Jon says:

    Impressive website you’ve created Sarah. Now it’s going to take me days to go back and discover all that is in your archives! Keep up the fantastic work!

  • Val Sparkle says:

    Oh, oh, just when I thought I could control the amount of time I spend reading blogs, I found yours! My husband and I are also a little house crazy – we’ve each had more addresses than you can count, and we both loved sketching house plans when we were younger. I still love looking at house plans, and looking at houses. This is a really fun site because it’s more than just eye candy. I’m really enjoying the stories and the backgrounds!

    • housecrazy says:

      Thanks Val – I also drew up house plans when I was younger. In fact, I took a class in highschool called “Housing” where we drew up house plans and learned about decorating prinicples – I think that was my all-time favorite class!

  • Maddie says:

    hello house crazy Sarah! I really love your website! I also am addicted to houses so I am looking forward to following your blog!

  • Cindy says:

    Just found and fell in love with your blog! I am instantly addicted. Can not wait for updates.

  • Catherine says:

    I too am a house junkie! Love this blog. :)

  • karen says:

    so glad I found this site… I too am house crazy, as a child, I would remodel boxes for my trolls with leftover material my mom would give me… I think that was the beginning of the ADA standards..lol so glad to find another house junkie…

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"

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