Artistic homes

A million dollar 500 square foot hovel

image from: http://smallhouseswoon.com/

image from: http://smallhouseswoon.com/

It’s off the market now, but this little gem was on for sale as recently as this summer for $1,199,000.

Sure it has a stellar location in Montecito, California with over and acre of property. And it even has a historic pedigree – being hand-built and originally owned by members of the Bohemian Mountain Drive Artist Colony. But $1.2 million for a brick hut?

Heck ya, look at this sweet thing!

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Old Hickory Farm

image from: www.oldhouses.com

image from: www.oldhouses.com

Tucked away in rural Eastern Berks County Pennsylvania, is this precious farm that dates back to the 1790’s.

Old Hickory Farm has been owned and loved by the same artistic and conscientious couple for over 20 years. It is time for them to move on and sell this bucolic piece of paradise. So have a look at this amazingly humble spread…

image from: www.oldhouses.com

image from: www.oldhouses.com

The main stone farmhouse was built in 1840 but several of the out-buildings date to an earlier Revolutionary era homestead.

The idyllic property includes a large pond, a pool, a barn, a blacksmith shop, and a spring house.

image from: www.oldhouses.com

image from: www.oldhouses.com

Let’s take a peek inside the vintage main house – shall we?

You enter into this quaint mudroom:

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Granny’s Empire of Art

image from: http://jainabee.com/gaudi.html

image from: http://jainabee.com/gaudi.html

In the magical city of San Francisco is a typical Victorian home on a typical street of historic homes…. inside that house, well, let’s just say, is another world altogether.

photo courtesy of: Jaina Bee

photo courtesy of: Jaina Bee

The gal who owns this home in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco contacted me and I jumped at the chance to showcase her wickedly awesome abode.

Jaina's (Granny's) House

Jaina Bee is the owner/founder/curator of this private residence turned communal art project.

photo courtesy of: Jaina Bee

photo courtesy of: Jaina Bee

Yes, she does indeed live here.

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Pablo Picasso’s former home/studio is for sale!

image from: http://curbed.com

image from: http://curbed.com

For a whopping $220 million you can buy the former home of acclaimed cubist artist Pablo Picasso. This beautiful villa and studio in the French town of Mougins just north of Cannes was home to Picasso for the last 12 years of his life.

image from: www.huffingtonpost.com

image from: www.huffingtonpost.com

Apart from his avant guard body of work, Picasso is known for his many mistresses and the immense amount of personal wealth he amassed from the sales of his work.

This was the home that he shared with his second wife Jacqueline Roque. They were married from 1961 until Picasso died in 1973. Jacqueline lived in the house alone another 13 years until her death in 1986.

image from: http://curbed.com

image from: http://curbed.com

The villa remained empty from the time of Roque’s death until it was bought in recent years by a Belgian art dealer who poured millions into restoring and expanding the house.

image from: http://curbed.com

image from: http://curbed.com

The dealer apparently paid around $16 million for the property, but now is asking $220 million.

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Artist’s sculpted home in the Cuyamaca Mountains

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

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

I love seeing inside the homes of artistic people. A peek into these abodes is like a voyeuristic peek into the unquiet creative minds that so wonderfully enrich the human experience.

So when I saw on Curbed.com that artist/architect James Hubbell’s house in the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego in California was for sale, I couldn’t wait to see inside.

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

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

James Hubbell designed the house himself in 1972. It is a sculpted cement dome-like residence with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

The listing lingo declares that Hubbell has an “uncanny ability to blend Art, Architecture, Sculpture & Craft” – and indeed, this is apparent in every inch of his home.

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

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

The sculpted retreat is listed for sale at $385,000.

Hubbell no longer owns the house (it last sold in the year 2000 for $238,000) But his mark is still all over this very unique property.

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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
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