Conversation pieces make for interesting discussions. They can range from the small and inexpensive to the huge and costly. Many can’t afford the latter, but if you can, what better way to get a few tongues wagging than with a home that played host to a famous house guest or two?
A Yahoo! Real Estate article written recently highlighted a few such homes, like the Mount Jackson, Virginia residence where President George Washington slept, the boyhood vacation home that belonged to the maternal grandfather of President George H.W. Bush in Barnwell, South Carolina, and the stately Nyack, New York manor that was visited by Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, and even President Ronald Reagan (back when he was still just an actor).
A number of other American homes for sale were presented in the article, all of which were frequented by famous figures in history. Let’s take a look at a few such real estate listings, shall we?
Property: “The Primrose”
Location: 9 Westmoreland Drive, Shelter Island, NY
Visited By: President William McKinley and Vice President (later President) Teddy Roosevelt in 1898; Sir James Barrie and Maude Adams in July 1905; Babe Ruth
Notable Features: One of the 3 original homes on Westmoreland Farm; 110 years old; 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms; 4,957 square feet; waterfront property with deep water dock; rooms include a sun room and original pantry; numerous window seats, curved moldings, oak floors, walnut wainscoting, and 6 fireplaces.
Property: Fox River home
Location: 9065 Van Emmon Road, Yorkville, IL
Visited By: Al Capone
Notable Features: Supposedly one of Capone’s gin mills during the Prohibition; 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms; includes over an acre of land located on the Fox River; large HVAC-equipped second-story addition over garage.
Property: Georgetown home
Location: 222 W. Main Street, Georgetown, MA
Visited By: Judy Garland
Notable Features: Formerly owned by doctor who treated Garland for addiction and depression; 5 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms; 2,287 square feet; includes 13 acres of land and private dock; hardwood floors, woodwork, custom built-ins, in-ground pool, walk-in attic with finished room, garage, and cabana.
Property: Pinecrest house
Location: 13123 SW 64 Court, Miami, FL
Visited By: Ernest Hemingway
Notable Features: Previously owned by Spanish aristocracy; 9 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms; 9,565 square feet; 85 years old; over 1.44 acres of well-manicured land; hardwood floors, high ceilings, and travertine throughout; kitchen includes walnut cabinets, silestone counters, stainless steel appliances, and center island with chef’s hood.
Location: 24 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA
Visited By: Babe Ruth
Notable Features: Originally built for Dole Pineapple Company’s president; 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; 2,302 square feet; 131 years old; ocean views of Atlantic; exposed beams, beadboard, gas fireplace, stainless steel appliances in eat-in kitchen, and wrap-around porch.
Stephanie Huskey is the resident real estate blogger for Movoto and, out of all these homes, probably likes the manor that Ronald Reagan visited the best. Interested in getting her advice on your blog? She’s currently seeking guest blogging opportunities so she can share her knowledge with new communities! You can find her over here at Elance.com.