Rezoned and repurposed: 19th century Montana barn converted to living quarters

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

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

Today’s post is purely for aesthetic delight – with a western slant.

Here you see an authentic 19th century barn near Philipsburg, Montana that has been repurposed into an incredible living space.

But it is not a private residence, no sir. It is offered up as “glamping” accommodations for the discerning western wanna-be.

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

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

      Glamping: (noun)

A form of camping in which participants enjoy physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday

Which kind of defeats the purpose of camping and being close to nature.

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Gothic Romance: Cottage in the woods for sale

image from: http://circaoldhouses.com/

image from: http://circaoldhouses.com/

I’m a sucker for Gothic Revival houses.

So when I came across this sweet little thing, I just had to do a post on her.

image from: http://circaoldhouses.com/

image from: http://circaoldhouses.com/

Isn’t she adorable?

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John Denver’s house in Aspen is up for sale again! (Updated listing photos!)

image from: http://aspenrealestate.caroldopkin.com/

image from: http://aspenrealestate.caroldopkin.com/

Yes, the news is TRUE my fellow House Crazies and John Denver fans – John Denver’s former home in the Starwood subdivision of Aspen, Colorado is up for sale again!

A couple years ago, I did a post on all the information I could dig up about John’s former home – including old listing photos when the house last sold in 1999. You can view that post here.

Now, because it is up for sale again, we get to view all new recent photos of John’s former home!

image from: http://aspenrealestate.caroldopkin.com/

image from: http://aspenrealestate.caroldopkin.com/

The aspen trees have gotten bigger but the house is looking pretty darn good.

I was delighted to find that the home has been so well kept. It seems like the current owners maintained the house much in the way it was when they bought it.

Have a look at how the interior appears today:

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Hotel California: Dorothea Puente’s boarding house of horrors

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before, 
Relax, said the night man, We are programmed to receive, 
You can check out anytime you like… but you can never leave

image from: sacramentoappraisalblog.com

image from: sacramentoappraisalblog.com

Such a lovely little place.

During the 1980’s this dainty Queen Anne style duplex in Sacramento, California was a boarding house for senior citizens operated by a lady named Dorothea Puente.

The only problem was that Ms. Puente never let her boarders leave…. alive.

In fact, none of the tenants made it out of their garden plots until a suspicious social worker alerted police in 1988 to the disappearance of several at-risk adults. In the end, seven dismembered bodies were found on the property. Dorothea was later convicted of murdering her tenants and burying them in her yard so she could continue to collect their social security checks.

image from: www.dailymail.co.uk

image from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Newspapers dubbed her the “Death House Landlady”.

Dorothea’s track record wasn’t the best…. she was arrested in the 1960’s for running a brothel.

After spending time in jail, Puente dove into a life of crime by trolling bars for elderly men on benefits. She would befriend them, forge their signatures and steal their money. Dorothea was busted for these crimes in the early 1980’s and was on supervised parole and not permitted to have contact with senior citizens. So it is a complete mystery how she was able to run a boarding house for elderly and disabled people.

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Off-grid Colorado mountain home for sale!

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photo courtesy of: Realtor Mitch Weiner

How would you like to snuggle up inside the embrace of the earth…. with warm natural elements surrounding you…. your own greenhouse full of food…. and spectacular forest views to the south with the warm Colorado sun pouring in?

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photo courtesy of: Realtor Mitch Weiner

Well – here you go!  This fabulous earth-sheltered home is located in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado.

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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

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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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