brick Victorian

The fabulous Haeger House

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

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

The Haegar Mansion is located in East Dundee, Illinois and it is currently on the market!

Thanks to Tim Cooper – a nearby neighbor of the Haeger House – for bringing this historic gem to my attention.

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

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

It was built in 1877 by German immigrant David Haeger, who owned a local brick company. He apparently became very wealthy after the Great Chicago Fire because he sold bricks in the rebuilding efforts.

The bricked exterior of the Haeger House is a tribute to this good fortune. Inside is where you’ll find all the lovely, elaborate woodwork…

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Cripple Creek’s resident crazy house

Every town has one…….(Cripple Creek, Colorado has a few of them)…

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

The fake flowers out front might tip you off…

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

This 1895 pink-lover’s paradise is currently listed for sale.

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

Priced nicely at $165,000, this antique marvel has 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1,930 square feet. Not to mention a younger version of Elvis at the dinner table.

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The Last Dollar Inn

image from: Zillow.com

image from: Zillow.com

Welcome to the Last Dollar Inn at Cripple Creek, Colorado!

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

This unique property is actually a two-for-one – a 1901 brick home and a newer (1997) Victorian style wood frame house. The old brick two-story is the Inn section…

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

The newer part of the house is the owner’s living quarters…

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House peeping in Florence, Colorado

For my birthday last weekend, we drove over to Florence, Colorado to browse the antique shops, have lunch, and look at old houses – of course!

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

Florence is a great weekend destination if you are into antiques and the charm of a small town atmosphere. Folks are VERY friendly there, and will go out of their way to help you out.

Real estate in Florence is very affordable and there are tons of wonderful Victorian era homes and cottages. The main industry/employer around Florence are the Federal and State prisons and that tends to scare some people off from relocating or even visiting Florence. But in truth, it is a small, quaint, pastoral town with a friendly, artsy community at it’s core.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

Florence has galleries, antique shops and boutiques lining the Main Street and is also home to many artists.

Have a look at some of our weekend drive-by house pics…

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

The Florence Rose is a beautiful bed and breakfast on the west end of town. I actually attended a wedding there a few years back so I was able to snoop around inside the house quite a bit.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

The restoration job of the house is insanely impressive – but I’ll save that for another post!  (Yes, I promise, I will do a post entirely devoted to the Florence Rose!)

This next one is a picture perfect farm-stead on the western edge of town…

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

… perfect except for the “RIGHT TURN” sign stuck in the front yard!

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






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