I have looked at thousands of unusual homes over the years, but I can honestly say that I have never quite seen anything like this house in Newport, Oregon.
The exterior is normal. Plain. Dated. Vanilla.
The inside is from another continent and another century altogether.
Yes, this is the same house!
And it’s not a before and after. That really is the bland exterior of this lavishly decorated 1970’s suburban home.
The home is owned by a professional spiritual master and mystic visionary named Almine Barton.
Her reasoning for such a dramatic contrast between interior and exterior: taxes.
All of the interior “improvements” were done by Barton since she purchased the house in 1979. She admitedly did not want to have to pay additional taxes for the alterations, so she kept the exterior the same as when she bought it in a ploy to fool the tax man. It worked!
You would never guess from the curb that this nondescript ’70’s tract home is actually designed as a castle inside.
Barton has put her unusual home on the market for $399,000, and the interweb has been abuzz.
The ceiling beams of this 3 bedroom house are gilded in gold; the interior doors are hand-carved; the milled oak floors are finished with a special Jacobean brown finish; the many stained-glass windows were imported from old English churches, some dating back centuries.
Who knew that a gig as a mystic visionary paid so well??
Which begs the question: if you can afford such ostentatious luxury and antique rarities, then why can’t you afford to pay a little more in taxes?
There’s no limit to some people’s quest to avoid funding Uncle Sam. And, there’s no accounting for personal taste.
“One of the first things you might notice is that the house looks reasonably dark inside,” Barton told Yahoo Real Estate News. “Normally American houses aim for light. But there’s a reason for that. We have 18th-century stained glass in many of the windows, and just like in a cathedral, the darker interior makes these windows light up like gems throughout the day … It’s like living inside a Rembrandt painting.”
Indeed, the kitchen looks like it might belong in the back quarters of the home of 18th century Dutch nobility.
There’s no reprieve in the bedrooms…
I was surprised, however, to see a “normal” toilet and sink in the bathroom photo:
No judgement here from House Crazy Sarah. You know I like ’em crazy. My only beef is that I prefer to have the innards match the outards.
Remember: that’s gold on them there ceilings.
And in the master bedroom… oh… just a fresco of Jesus on the ceiling…
For a full price offer, the seller might consider including all the decor and furniture.
So now you too, can live like the king or queen that you are inside!
ps… Thanks to Suzanne for giving me a head’s up on this one!