Old rock houses and more creativity in Searcy Arkansas.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

We found another charming old rock house in Searcy.  It needs repairs but still has potential and you know how we have bragged about these things before.  We have featured them several times.  Here goes again.

Older rock house in Searcy AR

That is the basic look but lets go up closer for the creativity that shows through.  The grout has had added "bling."

Rock house in Searcy AR

That bling is pretty unusual but look at what I found in the closeup!  7Up!!

Older rock house in Searcy AR

The rock artist went one step further in being creative with these kitchen windows.  He curved them and definitely it would have been easier to do it straight!  The old houses DO continue to fascinate and communicate with us!

Older rock house in Searcy AR


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Comments (19)

Rachel Rabinowitz
Guerilla Realty - Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Realtor

These are really neat houses, I've never seen anything like them. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 21, 2012 11:16 AM
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

What a unique house. Old houses fascinate me too!

Jun 21, 2012 11:22 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Barbara, now there is a labor of love----quite the job with all the sparkles between the bricks and stones.

Jun 21, 2012 04:19 PM
Anita Fuller

What an eye you have, Barbara.....a real artist's eye.  Having said that, you ARE an artist and realtor.  I love these old rock houses, too.

Also enjoyed going back and reading the previous blogs about some of the rock houses in Searcy.

Do I see saddle shoes on our friend Don Thompson?  In the pic. with Don, Harold Gene and Jimmy Sims.  He was one cool cat.


Jun 22, 2012 01:48 AM

Barbara, the next time you are out Center Hill way on Highway 36 West, turn off on Highway 305, go sbout a half mile, and notice the two rock houses in a row on the East side of the road. Especially the secand one. Notice the foofline.  

Jun 22, 2012 04:28 AM

Supposed to be "about", and "roofline".

Jun 22, 2012 04:32 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Anita, do you mean these? The loafers had buckles. Now the socks were the cat's meow.

Don's Loafers

Jun 22, 2012 06:58 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Rachel, thanks for the comment.

Debi, old houses are pretty interesting.

Charles, I was surprised to find the 7up chips.  Imagine someone breaking the bottle just to add some color!

Anita, remember when you found the rock house in Heber Springs!  That was one humdinger of a blog.  It may be one that I have put a link to. 

Cliff, thanks for telling me where to find another treasure.  Perhaps it will pull up on Google?

Don, I can't believe that Anita is calling you a "cool cat" after all these years!  I'd better go check out that blog again.

Jun 22, 2012 07:49 AM
Anita Fuller

I hate to tell you, Don, but THOSE shoes in the pic. are SADDLES.  Do a blow up of that picture!  I know about your cool loafers with the buckles and the wild socks. but Saddle shoes are something I am an expert about.  I have spoken and those are saddles.

Barbara, you didn't say WHERE this house is.  Please do so so Don can find it with Mr. Google man.

Yes, I remember the day I went to Heber Springs and looked everywhere for that rock house.  And found it in a scrapbook at the Cleburne Co. Historical Society.  Would that someone in Searcy had had the foresight to go around taking pics. of all the houses!

Jun 22, 2012 08:20 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Barbara ~ What fun! I've been away from AR for some time and your blog was one I looked forward most to catching up with - I knew I would find some cool, old houses and photos here and I wasn't disappointed.  I've got a lot of clicking to do to catch up given the new format. These stone houses - I looked at all of your linked posts - are simply wonderful.  Someday I'll get to Searcy - you've put it on the map for me.


Jun 22, 2012 08:49 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don and Anita!  Be kind!  Isn't it a little picayune to argue about saddle vs loafers after all these years?  LOL

Elizabeth, welcome back to my blog! I guess the blog has turned mostly into a localism, old-history type blog and I surely miss Nutsy and some of my old friends but time has been limited and I can't visit all the blogs that I want to like I used to.  You're a gem of a friend!

Jun 22, 2012 10:22 PM
Anita Fuller

I'll back off the Saddles/loafers IF you'll tell us where the house is!!!!


Jun 22, 2012 10:46 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Wow! These ladies are up early on the blog trail. Anita, I am actually wearing high top ball shoes or tennis shoes as they were sometimes called. We Arkansans typically called them ball shoes because I didn't know anyone who played tennis. They do look like saddle oxfords but I wouldn't have been caught dead wearing saddle oxfords.

Are't we clever about getting sidetracked from the main topic, rock houses. I'm with Anita. What's the address. Looks like it's on the outshirts of Searcy.

Jun 22, 2012 11:18 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

The house is on E Vine Street but I don't remember the exact address.  Don, you and Mr. Google will find it easily.  Can you, Don, also find the ones that Cliff mentioned?  I guess we are really old when we argue over shoes from the 50's.

Anita, what is your shoe size?  I have a pair of saddle oxfords that I want to leave you in my will.  They are red and white.  I'm waiting for another 50's party to wear them again.  Trouble is there are no parties anymore!!

Jun 22, 2012 11:28 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Not so easy as you think, Barbara. The number on the house, 1202, doesn't match what I find on E. Vine.  E. Vine ends at Turner St where Paula lived early on. The last houses are in the 600 block before hitting the housing at Harding U. I'll find it and Cliff's rock houses later. 

Here's the best blowup I can get for the ball shoes, Anita.

Ball Shoes

Now that I have the correct address, 1202 River Ave., the Google man gives us a twofer. The house next door is more impressive. Note the nice lamp out front. Many of the houses in my neighborhood have gas lights that burn 24/7. I have a LED lamp that looks like gas. Interesting on street parking.

1202 River Ave

Jun 23, 2012 12:04 AM
Anita Fuller

I wear size 7 - sometimes 7 l/2.   I would LOVE to have your red and white saddles.  I actually have 3 pairs:  tan and navy blue and tan and brown - these are Cole-Haun, and have the traditional red sole.  I also have the common white and tan/brown - probably made by Dexter or someone like that.   The REAL, ORIGINAL , TOP OF THE LINE saddles were made by Spaulding, and when I went to college (Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College)  in l954, EVERY GIRL in that entire school had the Spauldings.  There no one polished their shoes, the scruffier looking the better.  In high school, some of us polished our saddles AND our brown loafers every night. 

I am glad Don has put me straight on his shoes....I really didn't think they were saddles, for NO boy at Searcy high would wear saddles....I still am wanting a blown-up picture of those "ball shoes"...

PS....you can borrow any of my Saddles if ever you go back to a 50's party.  You just may have to host one yourself.  I'll come.

Jun 23, 2012 12:23 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Saddle oxfords 50's

Anita's inheritance.  This belt would be for waists that were ideally 34".  Wonder what size belt is the rage now?

Jun 23, 2012 02:37 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

The Google man and I took a nice country drive out Hwy 305 to look for rock houses. Here are the beauties mentioned by Cliff. They are off the highway a piece so image quality isn't too good.

155 Hwy 305

This one has a rock out building as well. Nice.

185 Hwy 305

Jun 23, 2012 04:59 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Good work, Don!  I notice those houses each time I drive that road and admire them.  They are sorta in what we call "tornado alley" but still are strong I hope.  Cliff probably means they have the same roofline and curves and perhaps had the same rockman as our River Street one.  Thanks, Don.

Jun 23, 2012 07:08 AM