housecrazy

I'm crazy about houses. I like all varietals of houses - I like 'em big, I like 'em small, I like 'em rough and I like 'em weird. My blog is a collection of some of the neatest houses that I have come across in my house-hunting journeys.

Ireland’s grandest house: Russborough

photo courtesy of RB

photo courtesy of RB

A friend of mine recently visited Ireland and toured the famed Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland. He graciously allowed me to use some of the photos he took of this grand estate.

Said to be an excellent example of Palladian architecture, Russborough was built between 1741 and 1755. The home was designed by Richard Casseks for the 1st Earl of Milltown, Joseph Leeson. This was right around the time that my peasant, potato-farming ancestors were being kicked out of Ireland and banished to the New World. But it’s all good now.

photo courtesy of RB

photo courtesy of RB

Russborough House is not only one of the grandest estates in Ireland, it is also said to be the longest – as visible in this Wikipedia photo below:

image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/

image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/

The frontage of the building measures in at 210 m (700 ft)!

Russborough House has an interesting history – as I will touch on in a minute. But first,  have a look at some of the aesthetic features.

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Breeze Knoll: The John List Murder House

image from: notes.andrewromano.net

image from: notes.andrewromano.net

One of the most confounding crimes of the 1970’s was the List family murders.

On November 9, 1971, John List shot and killed his wife, mother and three children in the house (pictured above) at 431 Hillside Avenue in Westfield, New Jersey. He left their bodies neatly lined up on Boy Scout sleeping bags in the grand ballroom.

image from: blog.mlive.com

image from: blog.mlive.com

He turned the AC up and tuned the PA system on to a gospel music station and quietly slipped away into history. Almost.

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1923 Sears Kit Home for sale in Venice, CA

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

This adorable home in trendy Venice, California is heating up the house web with debate about its origins.

It is purported to be a Sears and Roebuck Co mail order kit home but there is some disagreement as to what model it is.

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

Curbed LA had the opinion that the home was a Silverdale model but my first thought was that it looked nothing like a Silverdale, even with modifications that may have been made over the years.

Discussion on the Sears Homes Facebook page confirmed what I suspected.

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Gilly Cottage in the UK

image from: http://www.uniquehomestays.com/

image from: http://www.uniquehomestays.com/

Can’t get away this long weekend? Me neither. :(  But look what I found for our virtual vacation….

image from: http://www.uniquehomestays.com

image from: http://www.uniquehomestays.com

A tiny cottage made of stone!

It is rather rustic on the outside but almost ethereal on the inside:

image from: http://www.uniquehomestays.com/

image from: http://www.uniquehomestays.com/

Behold the miracle of white paint. (And perfect cottage decorating sense!)

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A creepy house named Verulam – for sale for the first time since 1924!

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

Some say it resembles the Addams Family home.

Some say it is haunted.

It does give one pause, doesn’t it?

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

Talk about being frozen in time. This 19th century relic sits across from a modern sports stadium in the Paddington neighborhood of Sydney, Australia but it remains essentially untouched by the modern world.

A dame named Aunty Toots – a daughter of the original owner – lived in this very home for the past 90 years.

90 years folks!

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"




Featured house artist:

Naomi Maddux - custom stained glass and mosaics

Featured house artist:

Julia Callon featured on Wondereur

(Click on the images above to learn more about these artists)

Featured house books:

Creating the Artful Home
Mushroom House of Charlevoix

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My first novel

JACKFISH - The Vanishing Village

My second novel

Song Over Quiet Lake
Rivit Media
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