I love hearing about houses that have some interesting history behind them, so I was excited to see this classic 1927 American Foursquare for sale in Richmond, Virginia, where famous siblings Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty once lived.
How Shirley & Warren looked then (so cute!):
Even without the movie-star connection, this is a great house. It’s nice to see how well-cared for it’s been by subsequent owners.
The listing says, “Lovingly restored and renovated childhood home of Shirley MacLaine and younger brother Warren Beatty. This classic Foursquare in the heart of Richmond’s historic neighborhood of Bellevue boasts a full front porch complete with porch swing.”
“The expansive foyer opens to the warm and comfortable living room with beautiful gas fireplace.”
According to Antique Home Style, “Versions of the Foursquare appeared in publications and plan books before 1900…[and] it wasn’t long before savvy builders simplified the shape and detail making it affordable to the middle-class. From its very beginning, it was perceived as an American type and style.”
“Initially, the most common plan was a formal entry with the stairs to the second floor, and a living room, dining room, and kitchen on the main floor. On the second floor, most plans had a bathroom in one quarter and three bedrooms, though four bedroom variants were common.”
The house has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.
MacLaine has said that she grew up eating saltine crackers with Tabasco sauce for dinner. I have a feeling this kitchen looked a lot more humble back then!
The house has 1,750 square feet and was on the market for $339,000.
*Update: it got multiple offers over asking price on the first day of showings.
Many thanks to listing agent Paul Collins for telling me about the house. Visit his site for more photos and information.