The Cross House
The movie Willard came out in 1971. I was fourteen, and saw it four times.
It’s a movie about….rats. But the main story is not what drew me in.
It was the house. A big, old, fabulous house, featured prominently. I felt intoxicated at all the scenes showing the house, and even though I understood that movies used sets, I sensed that the house in the movie, and the interiors, where not sets but an actual house.
The house made a HUGE impression on my young self. At the time I lived in a standard 1950s, 3-bedroom, 1-bath ranch. It was all sheetrock, hollow-core doors, and inexpensive, well, everything. Unlike the house in Willard, the house I lived in had no stained-glass windows, no hard-carved staircase, no servant’s stair, no luscious interior trim, no fireplaces, no stone on the exterior, no towers, and certainly no expansive square footage. I mean, six people lived in my house. With one bathroom.
For a long while I wondered: what would it be like to live in such a glorious, high-quality, multi-bathroom house?
Well, should it really be a surprise that I would, many decades later, purchase a not too dissimilar house?
I had long forgotten about this youthful imprint, but recently recalled it. And through the miracle that is the Internet, I found the so-called Willard house. Recently, the house was featured on one of my favorite blogs, Old House Dreams. It can be yours for a mere $6.5M.
In some sort of weird time/space continuum, my 14-year-old self is VERY pleased that my 57-year-old self purchased the Cross House.
And the Cross House has seven bathrooms.