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Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Homestead

The Reese Family Homestead is for sale.

2828 Nw Hayes Av Corvallis, OR 97330
$339,900  6 Bed, 2.5 Bath 4,016 Sq Ft on 0.5 Acres (21,780 Sq Ft Lot

This makes me sad.  In an increasingly uncertain world, the homestead was one thing I foolishly thought would always be there.  It was a testament to hard work, faith and making your dreams become a reality.  Dar and Margaret saved and built their dream home from a plan they got from a magazine.  

I loved the organization and thought built into the closets and cupboards.  They had customized underground slots for their garbage cans.  The oversize garage was unheard of in homes of that era.   They had a courtyard of sorts behind the garage with an in ground slot for the clothes line.  They had one in the back too so you could get the best sun for drying clothes on the line.  Grandma had some amazing fuscia baskets that she would winter over and hang out only when it was certain that the weather would be warm enough.

Behind those doors was a completely organized sewing cupboard.  The closet to the left of the bedroom door was organized to hold the millions of slides Grandpa took.  It's also where they hid the silver!  Don't you just love those green countertops?  Very 70's!

There is a built in fire pit in the back yard. Sadly, in the 35 years I knew them, we only used it once.
Grandpa Reese was an expert in pouring concrete and did all the concrete himself.

The living room wall where Grandma's piano was placed.

The big picture windows looking out on the HUGE back yard. Grandma Reese made the curtains herself. The carpet is wool and she always said it would last forever.

This is the detached large garage/workshop.  Grandpa did all the work himself.  It's size was dictated by the size of the garage door which was given to him by a friend! 

I hope you have some happy memories of being there.  This is where your Dad came running down the stairs to the basement and gave me my engagement ring.  He was so cute.




  1. It's sad to see it for sale again. I too thought it would be part of the family for years and years. I have many memories of that house. I wonder if they took out the kitchen in the basement or if it's still there? It's very weird to see someone else's things in Grandma and Grandpa's house. I was sad to see the garden area down the back steps all grown over. Oh well. I guess that's how it goes. I hope the new owners can really appreciate what an amazing house it is.

  2. It's nice to know it was such a loved house. I'm in love with it and we don't close until Friday.

    Nothing like googling your new address to find some history about the place. I hope to do the house justice.

    The house has been a "dorm" for 6 college students for the last 6 years, so it's in need of some TLC.

    I plan to revive the garden. There is still a kitchen in the basement. Sadly I'm allergic to wool, so will be replacing the carpet with hardwood when I can afford it.


    PS, Nice to meet you Reese family.

  3. Hopefully I can do the place justice. It needs a little TLC after being a "dorm" for OSU students for the last 6 years. Once I get it cleaned up and a few updates I'm looking forward to spending a long time there.
    Sadly I'm allergic to wool, so will be replacing the carpet with hardwood once I can afford it.
    I adore the place, and am glad to know a little bit of it's history.
    PS, nice to meet you Reese family.