The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 December 2004

Well, it's not a trailer

If you'd like to own Bill and Hillary Clinton's house in Fayetteville, Arkansas, you'll have to outbid Mayor Dan Coody; he wants the University of Arkansas, where both B&H were on the law-school faculty in the 70s, to acquire the house and operate it as a tourist site.

Owners James and Janet Greeson are asking around $285,000 for the one-bedroom, one-bath house at 930 South California Boulevard. A recent appraisal suggested a price of $199,000, which does not include $75,000 in recommended improvements; I don't know whether the kitchen, which had been done up in the sort of Seventies orange and yellow that would make James Lileks cringe, has been restored to sanity.

If that price seems high to you, be advised the house is probably bigger than you think: 1790 square feet, which is more than half again as large as my palatial three-bedroom digs.

(Via Rita, who sees the house as a potential fuel source.)

Posted at 10:32 AM to Dyssynergy


"...Seventies orange and yellow..."

That would be avocado green and GOLD, thank you very much."

Bill and Hill lived in a one-bedroom house? With Chelsea? Strange bedfellows.

Posted by: Vickie at 12:30 PM on 14 December 2004

Well, the Chelser wasn't born until 1980; they were out of that house by then.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:08 PM on 14 December 2004

I'd love to get $285,000 for the 4800 square foot house I'm in the process of moving out of. It would take less than $75,000 in improvements to make it worth that much, but I'd rather forgo the hassle and sell it in its current condition.

Posted by: triticale at 9:53 PM on 14 December 2004

The appraisal is probably pretty close to its actual value. Houses in that area are generally overpriced because they're so close to the college. If it were in a different part of town, the appraisal value would be about half of that, if not less. Remember, part of that 1790 sq. ft. used to be a screened-in porch, so the house isn't as nice as it sounds on paper.

Posted by: rita at 10:57 AM on 15 December 2004