If it seems like this home is more fitting for British nobility than a suburban American family, you’re right. It is is owned by the Right and Honorable Dowager Countess of Shannon, Almine Barton. (She’s also a seer, spiritual master and Mystic-Visionary, according to her website.)
The difference between exterior and interior is so total, sudden, and striking that it’s hard to believe it’s the same house. But there’s a very good reason for the secrecy behind the home’s boring façade: taxes.
The home has undergone significant, and unique, additions since Barton moved in. She didn’t want her tax bill to go up – and honestly, your average Oregon assessor might have had a hard time assigning value to the changes anyway – so she simply left the exterior unchanged and never let the tax man through the door.
That, and security, of course.
Barton bought the property from the original owner in 1979. Now she has put it on the market for $399,000.
“It was an ordinary suburban house,” Barton tells Yahoo Real Estate. “The owner built it with just basic materials in a very, very sturdy way. But when I went in and saw the small little space, it just didn’t feel right to me.”
The large living room was divided into three smaller rooms that featured shag carpets, and the kitchen was small, with a tiny island in the middle.