The Handsomest House in Town

The ”Handsomest Residence In Hastings” as it was known in 1885 when Daniel Striker built this Queen Anne asymmetrical style house.

Visiting Hastings Michigan this summer, my eye caught this beauty, It was located near the charming downtown and was definitely a step back in time.

It was recently listed for sale….my opportunity to tour…Virtually of course.

This extravagant home offers 3 fireplaces, turreted tower, quarter sawn oak & butternut ornate woodwork.

The magnificent hardwood staircase is absolutely stunning. Hardwood floors throughout the home with custom design features in the dining room. An open floor plan that can easily be changed to offer privacy with many hardwood pocket doors.



Nearly all of the furnishings are from the original time period of the home (most of the furnishing are included)


Daniel Striker constructed this house in the 1880s;.

He lived there until his death in 1898. Striker’s wife Sarah lived in the house until her death in 1915.

After that, the house was used as the second home for Hastings’ first hospital, then known as Good Samaritan..  In the 1960s, it was converted into apartments and became a convalescent home..

It was later refurbished into a single-family home


The Daniel Striker House has 4,106 square feet.

There are 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.



This home recently sold. A new family can now say they live in the “handsomeness  house in Hastings.’’



As news of the predicted flooding of Georgetown, I am reminded of a visit to that beautiful city a few months ago.

The hot and humid weather of June didn’t deter the enjoyment of exploring this seaport city.

Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina.

Located on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw,  and Sampit rivers, Georgetown is the second largest seaport  in S.C.


Above is one of the beautiful Plantations in the historic district. The Sanpit River runs along side the home.


A beautiful stay at a bed and breakfast on Front Street in  Georgetown. and just a short walk to…………… everything.

The Keith House Inn…circa 1825.



The veranda just outside the bedroom. It was too hot to sit our there too long. However, a cup of coffee in the morning on the veranda started the day for me.


The breakfast room must have been a sunroom at one time. Lots of windows.


I took this picture of a rainbow from the veranda one afternoon after a brief shower.






The beautiful Harbor walk




Ahoy Mate!








Built circa 1740, some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South’s major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Hopsewee is only a few miles from Georgetown along the North Santee River.


Georgetown……..on my mind!


The Plantation House


A few facts about The Plantation House

  • It was built in 1847
  • It is a Greek Revival house
  • It is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • It is For Sale









This house is in great shape. The old bricks have stood the test of time

The double wooden and screen doors hardly  show  sign of age.



Back of House. Looks very much like the front.



Inside,  the floors are sturdy and noticeably level after the Victorian House.

Huge hallway goes from front doors to back doors.


The white door is an open door to a bathroom tucked under the stairs.

There are 4 rooms downstairs and 4 rooms upstairs…












While I would be so thrilled to put my decorating skills to work at the Plantation House,

updating the two bathrooms and eventually  the kitchen is more than I want to take on.

And the acreage that comes with the house would require a lot of time and effort to




While I can dream about living in a house like the Plantation House,

the practicality in my head brings me back to reality…… sigh


The search continues.