Sunday, May 31, 2009

Met Monday - If I Were Rich

Hello, Dear Ones! I would like to take a little liberty with my Met Monday post today. You don't mind, do you? I certainly hope not! You see this is a project that hasn't been completed, it hasn't started and it doesn't even belong to me!

About a block from me, between two homes is a little driveway. One time while riding my bike I went down that little driveway and discovered this...

Isn't this beautiful?! There was sitting this enormous home, vacant and in a very sad condition! It was surrounded by overgrown shrubs and plantings. But in my mind's eye I could see how beautiful this place must have been...once.
It broke my tiny heart!

Here's a closer look at the front. I found out from the real estate listing this home was built by the famous Houston architect, John Staub, I'm thinking maybe in the 1930s. This home is sitting on 1 and 1/4 acres, with five bedrooms, five and a half baths! It has marble, parquet and oak plank floors and is surrounded by these huge olden oak trees! All of this is enclosed behind a six foot brick privacy fence...hiding... and cost over a million dollars! Yep! I had no idea this home was in here!

Now if I were rich and Mr. Precious didn't mind, I would buy this olden home and go to town on it! Wouldn't you?
You can see a glimpse of the stairway through this window. If you look through the window on the left hand side of the door you'll see a big grand piano (trust me, I've peeped in before, but Mr. Precious doesn't like me to come over here by myself. I sneaked in just to take a few pictures for you ~ please don't tell him)! Can't you hear the music? Can't you see the lady of the house so daintily walking down the staircase to answer the doorbell? You're the next guest coming to the party!

This planter with the overgrown plantings is in the center of the circle drive. Can't you see a big beautiful fountain right in the center with the sounds of water trickling down ever so softly? Can't you see the little birds having a grand ole time splashing around? Can't you see little children dipping their tiny fingers into the water? I can.
Now as you drive on through to the side of the house, you'll pass through those two olden pillars with huge urns sitting on top of them. At one time I'm sure there were beautiful with greenery growing in these urns. Can't you see it?
Here we are at the side of the house. Hope there's no scary people back here. I just hopped out of my car and prayed! Nope, I'm safe! Let's walk on around into the back yard.
A little fish pond. Can't you see this area all cleaned up with a fountain hanging on the brick wall with dripping water falling on the tiny heads of Koi? Oh, I can see it.
Here we are looking at the huge back yard with the biggest oak trees! Can't you see tables set up out here on the immaculate green lawn for the reception of a wedding that has just taken place!? Streamers and lanterns hanging from the limbs of the oak trees. Can you see it? I can.
Oh, my tiny heart is breaking! Look at the poor thing! Her roof shingles are falling off, probably leaks. Shutters are disconnected and the vines have just about grown all they're going to. Can't you just see this back side of the house with freshly painted trim and shutters! Of course a new roof. What color would you choose?
Here's another look at the back. For just a little, if I were rich and had bought this olden one, I just might make this the front of the house. It looks like New Orleans to me! Believe me, I've peeped inside all of these windows and even toured it once during an open house! It could be so beautiful! Can't you see a beautiful porch swing and wicker furniture sitting out on the patio? Chloe Dawn would be running all over the big back yard. I can see it! I really can!
Oh, my goodness! Another heartbreaker. Look at the olden claw foot bathtub. Can't you see this in the master bath filled with bubbles as you step over the edge to insert your tiny toe into the warm water? Oh, I can! Calgon, take me away!
Just look at the size of these trees! Can't you see little children climbing and having a grand ole time in these trees. Maybe a treetop house with a very safe ladder to climb up with? Can't you see the family cat up here trying to chase the little birds? Oh, I can! Can't you see the Christmas lights a glow to shine the way for Santie? Oh, I can!
Wish I could tell you this was my new house and we were going to remodel it. Well, Dear Ones, I can't! I'm not rich, neither is Mr. Precious! But it still doesn't keep me from dreaming about this olden house. It's been on the market for a few years now and just continues to go down hill. It makes me sad. It breaks my heart. So much potential sitting here dyeing! I do hope someone will come along and buy her and bring her back to her true gloriness!

Well, this could be a fabulous Met Monday post if this lovely olden home had an 'after'. But alas, it doesn't. It makes me sad.

Please make sure you go and visit our Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for some 'real' makeovers today!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

In Dreams
A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
Go to sleep everything is all right.

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night. I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do.
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you.

In dreams you're mine
All of the time we're together

In dreams, in dreams.

But just before the dawn,
I awake and find you gone.

I cant help it, I cant help it, if I cry.
I remember that you said goodbye.

Its too bad that all these things,
Can only happen in my dreams

Only in dreams in beautiful dreams.
~sung by Roy Orbison


  1. Oh dear, let me at it......What beauty we could bring to this tired lady. Thanks for a great post.

  2. That house is amazing! I would just love to live there. It totally does remind me of New Orleans! I wish I could live there! So neat! I feel bad for that poor tub. I bet someone was trying to take it from the house to salvage or sell and then realized it required too much effort and abandoned it. Poor tub. I love claw foot tubs! Nice photos!

    All the best,

  3. WOW it is magnificant, even in its run down state!!! I would LOVE to have at it if only I were rich.....too bad we aren't!!

  4. Hi Sheila
    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post. You were so brave sneeking back there alone to get your great pictures! I too dream of being rich enough to buy a place like that and renovate it. It's absolutely gorgeous. I love the beautiful staircase and the back too with all the iron work. There looks plenty of room for a pool. I would have to have a pool if I lived in Texas.
    Last year I fell in love with a rather expensive stone windmill nearby here. I even bought a lottery ticket which I never do usually. I didn't win so by my quaint Windmill Bed and Breakfast is still in my dreams.
    I hope someone buys that place very soon so it can be loved and lived in once again.
    Oh and I would have a green roof!

  5. Oh what a fabulous house and such beautiful grounds, or they could be. That would truly be a dream come true. Just gorgeous. Thanks for the tour, I dreamed along with you. Hugs, Marty

  6. Shelia
    How brave you were to sneak back there to take pictures just for us. I love all the pics you took. That is a grand and beautiful house. How long has it been looks like for some time. It looks so sad and neglected and SO full of promise. Wonder what its story is....don't you love the winding staircase...ahhhhh...beautiful...beautiful. You said it was over a million $. Do you know exactly how much and what the size I wanted to buy because I am interested in comparing prices across the states and borders.
    thank you for sharing..

  7. Your vision for this home is wonderful! How sad for a beautiful home to sit lifeless and unloved. I am sure you could bring it to life.

    Thanks for sharing. This was a unique post and so interesting.


  8. Howdy Sheila!
    I like the way you've done your post this time.
    What a gorgeous house this would have been in the past.
    It sounds like you can visualize the nice replaced in this fixer upper.
    OOOOHHHH the grounds could be awesome as well.


  9. oh Shelia this just breaks my heart, what a beautiful home. Its too bad the owners couldnt sell for less, perhaps it would encourage a buyer. Such beautiful pictures and home! thanks for sharing.

  10. wow that is amazing. it looks like it might have a fireplace or two also! what a neat home. i love how it's tucked away with so much privacy. hopefully someone will buy it and make it grand again!


  12. I see a lot of old homes like this that have just been left to age because no one will buy them. I hate to see them go down hill so fast. Kathy

  13. What a sad story and yes someone needs to buy this house and turn it back into a home.

    The Raggedy Girl

  14. How sad!! Maybe you can get a million of your followers to chip in a $1 each, and then you could buy it and save it for all of us!! Great post. Sally

  15. Oh - this is a sad little house -- I think I would buy it though, just so I could be YOUR neighbor!

  16. Dear Sweet Shelia...

    I can't believe this...I just wrote on my BLOG about houses in Edmond, Oklahoma! They are building huge, million-dollar beauties that make you DREAM.

    I also posted a couple pics at the bottom of my house on purchase day and how it looks today. I'm thankful my mortgage is almost paid off and that I live within my means. Sure doesn't hurt to dream a little does it? Just in case?

    Love this post. Just SWELL! :) :) :)


  17. Sheila,
    This was so much fun! You really took me there my dear and I would love to see you get your hands on this. How fab it would be! Maybe they will come way down, with the housing market and all. And if they knew how well you would take care of it and make it all pretty again. Well, maybe..... Hugs, Cindy

  18. Oh what a beautiful house and so sad that it is wasting away. Why isn't it selling? Maybe they should lower the asking price. I love the iron bannister and the balcony, actually I love everything in it. It could be so beautiful if someone could just take it under their wing....Christine

  19. Oh, but there was an "after". It was just in your head, and you did a wonderful job of illustrating with words how wonderful this place could be. Yes! I could just picture the Christmas lights; the fountain in the garden; and someone playing the piano. It is such a sad sight, and it would be so much fun to bring it back to life, but you're so right, it would be so expensive. Thanks for sharing this lovely dream. I think they should just give it to someone who has a wonderful vision of what it could be - like you! laurie

  20. Hopefully some day soon it will find a new owner that will brind it back to its wondrous glory!!! What a beautiful thing it could be if only.....Hugs French;)xoxox

  21. What a beautiful house! I feel the same way you do about it. I wish I could see it in person. I love driving by old broken-down houses and "dreaming" about what they "could" be.

  22. Oh, to get my hands on that house! Wow!

    M ^..^

  23. * Oh how SAD, and what a WASTE of the original architect's ideas, annnnnd the great potential here to be grand (once again)!!! Buy a lotto ticket, buy a lotto ticket, Shelia!!! (Or a thousand of them, I guess!!!)~~~

    HEY! Maybe your local "Historical Society" could be of some assistance, and try to save her!!!???!!! (It n-e-v-e-r hurts to ASK/INVESTIGATE, cuuuuz, ya NEVER KNOW whatchadon'tknow, right???)~~~

    Hugs, Linda *

  24. Shelia, I can imagine all of those things too about that beautiful house. I too, hope that someone can buy it, see its potential and love it as much as those who first owned it. What a grand place!

  25. Thanks for sharing such an amazing home. Sure hope someone takes it and brings it back to it's glory.

  26. This home is is sad to see it's current condition. I so hope someone with heart & the finances will restore this beauty.

    Hugs~ J

  27. Hi Sheila...

    I just read the sweet note that you left for my in my little frenchy studio/office...thank you so much for coming by and for your kind comments!!!

    Ohh my...what a lovely post for Met Monday, my friend!!! This house is really fabulous and you painted it so beautifully with your words!!! I loved peeking through the windows with you...I could just hear us giggling like a bunch of school girls...hoping that we wouldn't get caught! Hehe! But ohhh...I do love that gorgeous spiral staircase!!! The grounds are so beautiful and I just love all of the old oak trees...I'm sure all of those olden beauties help to raise the price of that property! This little tour was just sooooo much fun...thanks for taking me along with you!!! Ohhhh yes...I could dream and scheme with this one, my friend!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday!

  28. What an incredible find... even just to boost the imagination to dream of fixing it up... Thanks for being brave and going in there for photos!
    Have a Happy Week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  29. Oh, the potential of that place!



    Sheila :-)

  30. Shelia, this is indeed sad. It could be breathtaking.


  31. I can't believe nobody has snatched that big ol' house up! Does it have a For Sale sign? Maybe one of these days you'll be able to show her in all of her glory!

  32. Oh Shelia! I would come to Texas and help you restore this beautiful home, if you were rich and bought it.

    I imagined all sorts of things I would do, to restore this incredible home and grounds!

  33. I think you are like me -- a champion for the underdog and lost causes.

    This house would take gazillions to bring back!

    I wish you could do it. Why don't you find out if it has any historical significance, and then maybe spearhead a drive to restore it? I think there are some programs which will give money for things like this.

    You would be fabulous at the fund-raising I have no doubt!


  34. It's sad to see a beautiful old house like this standing alone with no one in it. If I had a million dollars I would buy it. I would just love to restore an old house like this. It's beautiful ♥

  35. Hi Shelia...I come across houses like this in GA from time to time...and I always wish I could rescue them. Bet this one was something else in it's heyday! Love your descriptions of the afters that could be if only someone would rescue this one.

  36. What a precious home!!! I'd LOVE it!!!

    Also...I'm sad, cuz it looks the way it does.

    Stop by and peek at Jasper's latest pictures!!


  37. That is so sad...what it could be! Asking over a million you say? Maybe if we all chip in..:)

  38. Hi Sheila, What a grand and fabulous house! Even in it's present shape, you can see wonderful potential in it! "It had me," at the big window with winding staircase! :)

    Your tablescape below is beautiful! Love the tablecloth and sweet little S&P set! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

  39. OMG! Can you believe that someone abandoned that house? I think you should buy would be a wonderful place to live. Let us know when you do!!! We will all help decorate!

  40. Wow that is a great house. It is too bad it has become so over grown and run down. I hope someone comes along to make it beautiful again.
    Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.

  41. Shelia, Jacob would have loved to have joined you in this little adventure. He loves older abandoned homes and he would have been in his glory. Weren't you scared snooping around? But like you I would have been drawn to the windows. I bet that was fun going through the open house. I hope this beauty sells soon - it is falling into disrepair. I too can picture it in her "grander" days. ~ Robyn

  42. The house could be so wonderful! Oh what pretty grounds, and you are right about everything, and how it could look. I would love to see this restored. Well, if I hit the Lotto, I will have to come down there and be your neighbor and fix it all up. I think it will be a long wait since I don't gamble, lol.

    I enjoyed this post so much!


  43. Hi Shelia,

    Thank you for the visit and your kind words. Please don't let the interrogation lamp frighten you. It's down, in a box and will be making it's way over to my son's house. He may need it with a one year old daughter and a boy on the way. =)

    I see you have a Schnauzer! Me, too! I have two, Gus and Chester. I also have a Scottie name Maxwell. I just love my little four legged buddies!

    Have a blessed night!


  44. I didn't stop till I hit bottom...the bottom of the page.
    I kept reading, like a good book I couldn't stop.
    This house could be wonderful with a little TLC. It is sad to see such a amazing house left with no hopes of becoming someones home.
    Have you seen the television show called Wrecklamation? There's a spunky lil' redhead (female) auctioneer who goes into homes that are going to be demolished and auctions off the fixtures, appliances, showers, etc. It so sad to see these homes that onced housed families and events now empty. What was most surprising was a home that was new, with high end, stainless appliances,granite counters, fine wood cabinetry, all being auctioned. In preparation for it's demolition.

    Your chalet story with deer warnings was quite the adventure.
    I get scared so easily...and yet I LOVE watching Ghost Hunters!!

    Sweet wishes,

  45. Oh what an amazing place.I would love to do that house over !But I don't have the money or the strength, LOL .I love those huge trees. Keep an eye on the place and when they sell it and fix it up maybe you can sneek in and take some after pics for us .

  46. Shelia, that really is sad. It's like Cinderella before the ball, and oh how beautiful she could look! How does the song go...."If I were a rich man (woman), yaba daba daba daba de..." Well, something like that! Linda

  47. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! That home is beautiful!


  48. Oh, I hate to see a beautiful home left in disrepair like this one. I hope someone buys her soon. She needs some major TLC but she is a grand dame, for sure!

  49. Shelia I read this post at home and could not wait to get to work today to comment (no k/board at home, lol!) and do you know, I dreamed of this house last night, yes I dreamed I bought it and renovated and my family moved in!!

    I love the back yard most of all, it's truly a dream, thanks for sharing this on Met Monday, because we all can imagine the 'after' in our minds!

  50. Well you were so right in posting this for Met Monday! It is a metamorphasis waiting to happen! It looks like it could have been from a Hollywood movie!

    Sad that it is just sitting there. Makes you wonder why no one can come to a deal on it.

  51. GM Pickle...I would love to have that home and bring back her beauty as I can just picture it like you said..big lot and some many wonderful things about this home that just screams my name...Oh maybe I'll win the lottery oh wait by the time Calif takes out thire taxes I still could not afford it...better stay where I am ha ha!! thanks for sharing this great olden house...May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  52. OOOO, I would love to be rich and revive this beauty. Thanks for the tour...
    Now, for some reason, I am seeing a little sign that moves with me every photo of yours I go says UPGRADE TO PRO TODAY..Bandwidth Exceeded, PHOTOBUCKET...
    not sure why it's there but thought you might want to check it...
    xo bj

  53. How sad to see a house become a shell of its former self. Odd how the plants and trees just exude lushness, and the house is falling apart. So many homeless right now and houses sitting empty seems such a crying shame.

  54. What a beautiful old house and so sad that it's just sitting there, neglected and unloved. I could picture all those things you were describing and it would be stunning. That back yard would be heaven for Chloe Dawn!

    Justine :o )

  55. Maybe you will win the lottery and get rich or just maybe if you hang around enough when someone buys it you can be Best Friends and you can help them Decorate this wonderful old house, and enjoy many lovely days there! Good Luck!

  56. Well, I love just your blue background here, might be just what you need to really show off your large, pretty pictures.
    I have tried and tried to follow your instructions but my numbers (of the pixels) aren't the same as yours...and I don't know what to change them to. My mind is just too old to learn even ONE more trick, I think.
    ANYWAY...I do thank you!

  57. Hey Sheila !
    I give you permission to just buy it and renovate to your hearts content.....oh that's right "If you were rich" darn that money thing always gets in the way !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  58. It is a sad thing to see such a grand house fall into disrepair. I wish you could buy and fix it!

    I do love the shape of that lovely tree, proving that even neglected, trees can remain grand.

  59. Yes, yes, I do see it, too. It would be wonderful to restore it to it's former grandeur.

    Now, I'm sad. :-(

  60. That is more like a palace.
    WHat a beautiful house! I would love to take on a project like that!

  61. what a sad feeling about this home. I hope someone does rescue it and make it lovely once again. I looks like it was someones dream home at one time. How sad.
    I hope who ever gets it has the same visions for it that you do!

  62. It appears that house seems to have several different styles of architecture going on. The grounds are beautiful, even if neglected. Did you notice the windown A/C unit in the back part? Looks like it needs a lot of TLC. Is it up for sale now? Asking price? Thanks for sharing the photos with us. I can see why you DH don't want you going there by yourself. You think it is haunted? LOL!


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