About me

Join me in my house-peeping adventures!

Sarah Felix Burns

House Crazy Sarah

Howdy. My name is Sarah and, yes, I am addicted to houses. I’m talking CRAZY addicted, like prowling around at night (under the guise of walking my dog) just so I can get a peek into the lighted windows of houses. I have been accused of house stalking before (I’ve had co-workers tell me they noticed my car slowly rolling through their neighborhood, wondering if I was casing out the ‘hood.) I have even tip-toed inside vacant houses that were for sale – but only when the doors were left unlocked! (I’ve never broken down a door to get in a house, though a couple of times it was very tempting.)

House Crazy Sarah in action

House Crazy Sarah in action

 No, I’m not a robber, or a peeping tom. I just REALLY love houses! Okay, I do tend to be a little obsessive-compulsive, neurotic, even frazzled. I am a recovering social worker, after all. To satisfy my compulsive house love, I engage in chronic house-peeping. I house peep all around my town and the state of Colorado where I have lived for the past decade. I also house-peep on-line, via magazines, and through endless real estate listings.

House Crazy Sarah in action

House Nerds Unite!

Speaking of real estate, I am so crazy about houses that I have already bought (loved) and sold four of them in the last 10 years! My current “fix” is an 1870’s Gothic Revival brick home that I purchased in 2010 and have slowly been working on. No doubt to sell sometime soon so that I can move on to my next house obsession!

I live in a small town in Colorado with my two young kiddos. I am also the published author of two fiction novels, and though they are not specifically about houses, they do prominently feature houses.

I have been known to go on cross-country house-hunting trips, and even north-of-the-border house-hunting trips (as I am originally from Canada). Feel free to join me on my descent into pure and utter house madness as I frantically document my every fix on my blog: House Crazy!

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disclaimer: this blog utilizes a tongue-in-cheek format, so it is not meant to be taken too seriously

48 Responses to About me

  • Rory Bremner says:

    Hi Sarah,

    A great blog for house crazy folk.

    Rory

  • jabirkey says:

    Hilarious! I’m glad not to be alone! I’ve always felt like the weird kid in the back of art class, but now I know there are others like me out there!

  • Don Merritt says:

    Thank you for a great blog!

    I too am really a house-lover, particularly historic ones. Keep up the great work, Sarah!

  • Marcia says:

    Hi Sarah – I love your blog! Great to meet another fellow house-addict :) I look forward to reading your books as well. Thank you!

  • It’s great that you are trying to fix up and preserve historic homes! They are irreplaceable.

  • Love your blog! i too have this obsession :) well, with allot of old things – but especially houses!

  • I know exactly what you mean when you say you are crazy addicted to houses. I love houses so much that I made sure growing up I knew everything about them and now I work as a home remodeler and my fiancee is a real estate agent. So ya, I would say I know all about your addiction to homes!

  • Vanessa says:

    Hi Sarah! OCD about houses? I thought I was the only one! Nice blog :)

  • Adam G says:

    Your content is excellent – Awesome blog!

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  • Elaine says:

    Great blog!

  • Scott says:

    Hi,
    just stumbled across your blog while off on a tangent about “Sears” homes. great stuff, fun writing!

    Scott

  • HA says:

    Hi, what a terrific site! enjoyed so much, so happy to have found you…..keep up your good work, we here are like you, we love to ‘browse’. thank you, HA (my initials)

  • Nicole says:

    Recovering social worker, lol.

  • Jessica Reynolds says:

    I happened upon your blog today and must say I love it! I’m old home obsessed and also spend countless hours scoping homes and real estate listings. My dream is to restore a Victorian to it’s former glory! One day :) I would love to see a blog on some of the historic homes in downton Toronto. Love the Canadian content on your site….eh!

  • Mary says:

    Love your site, so much fun to browse. Keep it up!

  • Hal Leonard says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

  • Deborah Billings says:

    Sarah, thank you so much for taking time to do this blog. I have multiple sclerosis and travel has become very difficult for me. House peeping was always one of my most favorite things to do. My husband and I used to take bicycle trips and I would often frustrate him with my insistence on going down “just on more street” to see what I could see. I live in Wyoming and we did several trips in the Colorado Rockies and discovered funky little towns with wonderful house treasures. Your mountain postings bring back nice memories. So now I am traveling and peeping vicariously through you, Many thanks again for your work and don’t stop!

  • Marie Hunter says:

    Hi Sarah, I’ve been following your blog and just now read this portion of it. Very funny! and I LOVE the pics of you. They are fantastic!!
    Keep up the good work, looking forward to reading more.

  • Susan from GA says:

    So glad I found you today! Kindred spirits…. ;)

  • Chris Brown says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I just re-discovered your site again today after much looking around tn the past few weeks to figure out where I had found you before! I am interested to see that we (and a few others who follow you here) are indeed kindred sprits when it comes to houses! In fact, I had just said to my boyfriend the other night as we drove through our neighborhood that I loved it when people had their lights on in the evenings because I liked to look in their windows as we drove by. He looked at me a little oddly of course, but it’s true. I’m not really a peeping Thomasina, but I do love to see what they’ve done to their homes and the kind of decor they like. So….keep up the good work here. I will keep checking back! Thanks, Chris

  • Jacki b says:

    like your site very cool

  • Julianne says:

    Saved as a favorite – I love your blog!

  • A kindred spirit!! Love your blog. I live in the West and we vacation on Coronado Island, CA. I’ve actually thought it would be fun to get a job with Merry Maids in Coronado for a few months so I could get inside some of the gorgeous homes there! House crazy??????

  • Sandi says:

    Your awesome, we should be friends! I too have an obsession with houses and hotels well, just old buildings in general. I live in Oklahoma and we have a really old neighborhood called Heritage Hills. It is mostly historic mansions with huge old trees, the founding families of Oklahoma lived here. I just drive through it all the time for fun. In Oct they have home tours and some of the private homes are open to the public for tours. In this neighborhood is the Overholser Mansion and it is open most days to the public. It has the original furnishings still in the house, down to clothes in the closets. The Overholser family was the only family to ever live there.
    This is a very fun tour. check out the website overholsermansion.org
    Sandi

    • housecrazy says:

      thanks Sandi! I will check it out!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sarah,

      I love your blog, especially all the pictures and info pertaining to John Denver. I adored that man. He was so magical, his voice, his soul, his music. His house was magical as well, a true reflection of who and what he represented. Did you have opportunity to view the inside of his house at some point or drive by? My hats off to you, as I share your passion for houses. I have never been to Aspen, Co. but someday hope to. It is so beautiful there. I’m a nurse by profession and also……an active environmentalist, humanitarian, vegetarian/macrobiotic chef for 27 years. You must be a wonderful person. I wish you well….God Bless…..Mary

  • Evy says:

    Sarah, I am exactly like you in your house obsession! I do the same things you do. I love to be the passenger in the car so I have the opportunity to look into people’s homes to see how they’re decorated and look for any interesting architectural details. I’ve driven by homes and almost wrecked from looking too closely at a house. :p LOVE your blog! ~Evy

  • Maine house nut says:

    Hi Sarah, I am so happy to have stumbled on your web site, I too am a house nut with a few screws and nails loose, lol! Really love the compilation of houses, you have good taste!

  • Steve says:

    Hi! You should get a video camera and upload your abandoned (or other) houses onto Youtube!

  • Tim says:

    Hi
    Would love to meet you sometime. I am married so as a friend. Tim

  • Teddy3indc says:

    I actually think that I want your house!

  • Thanks for the fun blog! Have you seen or featured the wild home of a French artist who has made his home into many different sizes, from tiny dollhouse to gigantic, exact replicas? I can’t find it, but have seen it and it’s WILD!

  • Denise says:

    Sarah being that your from canada ( thought) eastern or western? If from victoria area where would you recommend to go to see some fabulous mansions to tour? My sister is coming up from Texas and we are going up from Seattle area to canada and one of the thing’s I want to do is see Craigsdarroch Castle it’s a self guided tour and it is supposably haunted.And also what else would you recommend we see or do that’s fun and inexpensive? Where to eat?, that is a must do. Denise

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Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"




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