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A ca. 1887 Texas Gem

by Val Wilson

Welcome to Stars of the Southwest, in which Phoenix native Val takes us on a rolling, rollicking tour of the area’s most striking historical homes for sale.
Welcome to this Texas gem, beautifully adorned with decorative trim and surrounded by live oak and fruit trees on a corner lot. This ca. 1887 home features five bedrooms, and three bathrooms in a spacious 3,098 sqft floor plan. The master bedroom is located downstairs, and has its own private entry from the porch, and a tiled walk-in shower. There is also another bedroom downstairs with a private entry that could be used for an office. The home maintains its historical appeal with a wrap-around porch, claw-foot tubs and pine floors. It also has a new metal roof. Check out this charmer!


305 North College Street, Weimar, TX

CIRCA 1887
5 beds, 4 baths, 3,098 sq. ft.
Asking price: $325,000
MLS #37542235
This historic Folk Victorian home embellished with decorative trim & situated on a large tree-shaded corner lot is sure to impress even the most discerning buyer! Built in 1887 with craftsmanship in mind this 5BR/3BA home boasts 3,098 sqft of living & has seen many updates to reclaim & prolong its rich heritage including a NEW metal roof. A spacious wrap-around porch, several gnarly interior ship-lap walls, remarkable long leaf pine floors, classic claw-foot tubs & stylish French pocket doors all add to the charm & character of this awe-inspiring home!
See the full listing on Zillow, courtesy of Tri-County Realty


Val Wilson was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and just never left! The sunsets and southwestern flavor of the territory have always been a place she calls home. Her love for old houses blossomed when she started exploring the many rustic ghost towns of Arizona in high school. The structures and homes left behind by former pioneers, miners, and ranchers ignited a passion to preserve such places so their story, and the people who lived there, live on in our histories.

Val has a Masters in Elementary Education, and is a teacher of the gifted. In her spare time, she is the chairman of her town’s art commission, a committee dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of the structures and community systems within the town boundaries. Her town is a former 1955 retirement community, which fuels her love for mid-century recipes that she displays on her blog Mid-Century Chef.

She is also treasurer of the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association (PCA), which researches, investigates, and preserves artifacts, documents, and pioneer cemeteries of territorial Phoenix. She is often found at their headquarters, historic Smurthwaite, which is a 1897 shingle style house built by one of Phoenix’s pioneers, James Creighton. It is also one of the few remaining nineteenth century buildings in Phoenix.


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