Buy the House Where Norman Rockwell Got Married
The iconic artist got hitched and stayed with his in-laws in a Craftsman-style house outside of Los Angeles, which is on the market for the first time in 70 years.
Most people don’t usually associate classic American illustrator Norman Rockwell with L.A.'s palm trees and glitz, but he definitely has a history in the Golden State, and the Craftsman house that tells his story there was recently put on the market.
It seems Rockwell traveled to Los Angeles – Alhambra, to be specific – to visit a friend in 1930, where he met Mary Barstow, a local schoolteacher. The two fell so in love that a few months after meeting, they were married in the garden of the home where the bride grew up, and stayed in the guesthouse for a short while. Barstow was Rockwell’s second wife.
Now on the market for the first time in 70 years, owners are asking $748,000 for it. Among its best features are a classic front porch, built-ins and moldings throughout, a light-filled and enclosed sun porch off the formal dining room and a vintage bath, all on a lot that's about a third of an acre.
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Granted, this San Gabriel Valley neighborhood isn’t quite as posh as it was in the 1930s, and there are now apartment buildings on either side of the home. And some updating is definitely in order, although it's in pretty good shape for a house that was built in 1910. But its charm and unique history are priceless. It was listed as part of a trust sale, and an offer is reported to be pending, with backups also being accepted.