Rezoned and repurposed: converted 1926 highschool for sale

Published March 2, 2012 by housecrazy

You’ve seen those little old one or two-room school houses converted and rehabbed into cozy homes.

But how about an entire highschool to live in! Complete with your own gymnasium!!!

This place is awesome!

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Located in Neponset, Illinois, this building measures in at 13,000 [that’s 13 THOUSAND] square feet situated on over 2 acres of land and is FOR SALE for the phenomenal price of $155,000!

The property taxes in 2010 were all of $240! (what!?!?!)

Now there’s not much that could get me to move from Colorado, but this may be the place!

My kids would go crazy over the gym:

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The Toronto Queen Anne Revival house I lived in

Published March 1, 2012 by housecrazy

When I went to graduate school in Toronto Ontario, I had the opportunity to live on the top two floors of this historic home in the prestigious and funky Beaches neighborhood.

Unfortunately, it was about the worst two years I have ever spent anywhere in my life.

But it was a neat house and I was lucky that my aunt and I were able to rent it for a short period of time.

Here’s what the exterior looked like when I lived there about a decade ago:

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

And here is what it looks like now:

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Cozy up in a cave

Published February 29, 2012 by housecrazy

Cave dwellings have been around forever. Since at least, well, Fred Flintstone’s era anyway. But they are not very common in our modern age. You hardly ever see those things anymore.

So when I came across the Beckham Creek Cave Lodge, I was awestruck.

Located near Jasper, Arkansas, this cave lodge is right in the heart of Ozark country.

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This place is really built right into a cave – there’s no other way to put it. You will be touching rock when you go feeling around for the bathroom light.

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Green home in Mexico – wow!

Published February 28, 2012 by housecrazy

Welcome to Casita Dos Arbolitos. The English translation of that name means (roughly): House of the Little Trees, or, more literally – according to my Mexican husband Lupe: little house two little trees.

Priced reasonably at  $167,500 USD, this home in central Mexico is another artistic wonder.

This adobe house, built in 2006,  is 1,300 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Casita Dos Arbolitos is an on-going adventure in sustainable living.” – from:

Green features include: solar panels, passive solar components, composting toilet, and a rainwater collection system.

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Around the ‘hood

Published February 27, 2012 by housecrazy

I like to have context when I view a house (where is it, what’s the neighborhood like, what’s the weather like) so I thought I would share a little more of my world with you…

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

My house is located in a historic commercial district right in downtown Canon City, Colorado. I walked my spastic, crazy dog around this past weekend and was able to snap some pics of my neighborhood.

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An architecturally designed house on my Canadian home turf

Published February 26, 2012 by housecrazy

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This remarkable home is located not too far from the house where I grew up in a rural area outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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Colorado Springs stone show-stopper

Published February 25, 2012 by housecrazy

This gorgeous old stone house is a bit of a surprise. It is stunning inside and out.

But put it this way: the insides don’t match the outsides.

Currently for sale near downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, this beautiful home is listed at $364,900.

It features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 2250 square feet. It was built in 1895.

Gorgeous stone facade – so I was expecting elaborate Victorian period decor inside.

But instead,  it looks like this:

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