Houzz TV: Fred MacMurray’s Enduring Farmhouse Retreat

Houzz TV: Fred MacMurray’s Enduring Farmhouse Retreat

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Houzz TV: Fred MacMurray’s Enduring Farmhouse Retreat

Although he considered his villainous roles his best (such as Walter Neff, the murder-minded insurance salesman in Double Indemnity), to his fans Fred MacMurray was synonymous with his more charming characters, such as the all-American television dad Steve Douglas on My Three Sons. According to his daughter Kate MacMurray, the latter character was closest to the real man.

The actor was known to millions for his work in more than 100 movies and many popular television shows, but what most admirers don’t realize is that he created a life for himself far from Hollywood on a ranch outside of Healdsburg, California.

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Molly
What a beautiful family home and how fortunate to see it preserved and used. Thank you for sharing the history and memories, I could feel the joy of the MacMurray family through the pictures and stories.
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butlera
What a lovely old home and a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing this!
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ssdavis3936
Wonderful!
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aannuluu
Thank you allowing me a glimpse into the personal life and history of The MacMurray home. Mr. MacMurray spent many wonderful hours in our home, while I was growing up, through the screen of our prized B&W TV. His contribution to my world continued through Kate's trip down memory lane. Truly a lovely history.
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hmm139
Thank you so much for sharing yur family story. Loved your Dad as an actor and a gentleman.
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stlounick
Great article! Thanks.
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mmfoulks
Thanks for giving us a glimpse into Fred MacMurray's home life. Being from Wisconsin, we have cherished him as our native son. It is wonderful to see how he embraced the land.
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Brought back many memories!
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retro_gal
Thx Kate for sharing the historical story of your parent's ranch. Besides my papa, your papa was my favorite fictional #2 papa when I was a young child growing up watching My Three Sons. Your dad's ranch home gave me some ideas for our old home we just purchased in wine country in Essex County, ON, Canada.
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rainbow97
Your dad seemed like such a lovely man. He brought joy to many!
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donypc
Thanks for sharing. Loved the article and the porch.
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grobby
I love this article. Grew up watching "My Three Sons" and enjoyed it so much. Daughter, Kate is preserving many precious memories of the family's time spent on the farm. I would love to do the wine tour and visit this beautiful home.
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mai4haas
I always think I like modern and contemporary, but maybe I really love cozy and historical. This is so much like my families' homes of the 1950s and 60s. The Gallos have done a lovely job of keeping it, especially the redwood paneling of the dining room. Gorgeous.
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Lin Johnson
This is why I love farmhouses (and old houses in general. They always have a story to tell. They continually evolve according to the family's circumstances. First with the porch (and wagon canvas), then the first house, then the second, followed by the hall; each telling a story in its family's life and leaving clues about them. Very fascinating. Thanks for sharing!
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catdeco
Thanks for sharing these photos and history. One of my favorite Fred MacMurray movies is 'The Egg and I' where Mr. MacMurray played a farmer, I had no idea that it was somewhat close to his real life!
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cramperella
I am glad the kitchen remains unchanged. It is still a gorgeous functional kitchen. Love it.
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darlarehmer
Kate thank you for sharing your stories with us. You do a great job of it. I could definitely picture your father there and see how happy they were. The property is beautiful and oh the house. When I saw the kitchen and living room "oh" were my exact words.
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giacometta
What a delightful tale and how refreshing it is to see warmth and 'imperfections'. I love this house and I love this story, especially the kitchen.
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Ann Danielson
Interesting how when the family decorated the home they stayed with it.........so did my family......the only new furniture ever bought was sofas and easy chairs.......the rest of the furniture.....beds, dressers, dining table and chairs were bought after they were married and kept all through life. Different times.....sometimes better values.
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summilux
It looks like they don't make celebrities like they used to. Dang though, can't get away from white kitchens.
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kylen2350
Loved Mr. McMurray! When he made the "Egg and I" with Claudette Colbert, about raising chickens on a farm, he must have had this setting in mind. Beautiful!
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michele1975
Comfort food for the soul. Thank you!
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Becky Harris
What a wonderful family legacy. Just seeing Mr. MacMurray's name made me think of those cartoon loafers tapping and smile. I believe their dishes are Blue Ridge china, a favorite mine.

Has anyone else noticed that the projects Houzz features from Healdsburg are always ones you would move into in a flash? There must be something in the air up there.
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almostjane
linj2fly is absolutely right. Farmhouses always have stories to tell and they're always interesting stories too. Thank you Kate for ensuring that your family home has "gone on" the way your parents wanted - God bless you all. Aren't you lucky to still live nearby and have such a daily connection as well?
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Lorna
I am lucky enough to be going to the ranch for the Taste of Sonoma event. So glad to see this article!
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booksareus
What a marvelous article on the MacMurray's! I always liked his movies and TV shows. What a thrill to see that the family ranch is in good hands and that the house remains just as lovely and practical today as it was in the past. Love that painted green floor!!
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indigoheaven
This is one of the most enjoyable profiles of a home that I have come across. I'm glad to see that the charm and history of this home have been so carefully preserved.
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midmodfan
Although I'm definitely not a farmhouse gal, I enjoyed the story very much. What lovely, thoughtful people the parents were. And doesn't the kitchen look like a recently finished remodeling project? Amazing!
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buckalew11
Thank you for sharing this. A long time Fred MacMurray fan, it is so nice to see a glimpse inside his home life and the man and not just the actor. I love the house, the story it tells, the values he had and that his daughter still lives on the land. He is definitely a man I want to meet in Heaven.
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I loved his movies
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Leslie
It is so nice to find out Fred MacMurray was just the way he appeared on "My Three Sons"! He always reminded me so much of my own dad; patient, wise and kind . . . and my dad's name was Fred, too!
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suzyscuderi
What kismet! I just happen to see "The Egg and I" last weekend - starring Fred MacMurray as an enthusiastic young man trying his hand at farming. What a wonderful movie!

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tevjon
This is an absolutely beautiful story about one of my favorite actors. In a world so full of superficial people it's nice to know how down to earth he was. Thanks so much Kate for letting me peek into your father's life
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razorrudy
Enjoyed your story. What a lovely way to keep your family's legacy alive. I have just added a new "must visit" to my list. Thank you.
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Ann Budde

This lovely, simple home reflects your parents Midwestern values. Thank you for allowing us to visit through your memories. Wasn't your mother Baby June Haver?
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kschedler
"Comfort food" for the soul! I could smell the food fragrances, hear the conversations and see the books, magazines and newspapers lying next to a chair. Thank you for sharing...
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Mary Lynn Sutherland
What a lovely story and beautiful home - thank you for sharing
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Judy G
One of my favorite Houzz Ideabooks so far. Love the history and the legacy of this beautiful place.
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joda0514
Love thus piece. Can anyone identify the rug at the forefront of the picture of the dining room that had been converted from the master bedroom?
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studio10001
I can hazard- looks like a Navajo. The pattern is referred to as crystal serrated lightening?
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joda0514
Thanks studio10001!
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CJ Whiltshire
I totally agree with Ann and summilux. They truly don't have celebs like this in Hollywood any more, style, class and family values. Maybe a few should take note (not mentioning any names). I really enjoyed this houzz tour.
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leewizz
What a beautiful story, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
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Fabulous tour of a terrific home! So nice to see the past preserved. Agree with everyone who commented on the difference between Mr. MacMurray and the celebrities of today!
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Kathy Dunn
Kate, thank you for sharing your family home with us. Although not my style, it is lovely to see how your father's personality is so reflected in this wonderful home. It must have been wonderful to grow up in that house!
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Jackie
Beautiful and quiet. I could have fun gardening there. Wow.
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kellymudry1960
Beautiful home and setting. Lovely mindset too: they bought things that would last and work with no thought to style. Wish there were more emphasis on substance than on style in the modern world. I laugh when I hear "timeless." Not much is and fear of the cardinal sin of being 'dated' is brutally hard on many people's finances as well as the environment.
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tiekenkitchen
The very nicest Houzz tour so far. Mr. MacMurray's "Egg and I" was my favorite of his movies, too. His house and grounds reflect its location ... beautiful ...
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Sheila Russell Thurber
Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing the history of this blessed farmhouse and your family history. Memories are the way to our souls and you and your family have beautiful souls. Your dad was a favorite actor I grew up with and the memories he provided through his acting will endure forever. I want to thank the Gallo family for helping preserve those memories also. A beautiful home and gorgeous property.
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Scott Shipton
Never been a fan of the Gallo wines, but I will seek out the MacMurray Brand now as this company has soul to save the house, preserve it...and nurture the land into something that Fred would have been beaming proud! Love the cooking porch, way ahead of its time when built...love the implement barn too and what they did with that!
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Kathleen Marineau
Scott Shipton: Cooking porches are not a new idea. My grandmothers had an outdoor wood burning stove which was used during canning season. Boards made a work space, so you didn't worry about whether it looked nice, and kept the cuts and stains off the good indoor counters and tables. Heat stayed outdoors and the trimmings were tossed into the yard for the chickens or added to the manure pile. Food preservation takes more than a day and was easier when the clutter could be left out while the real kitchen was in use for family meal prep.
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juniper905
As a child of the 50's and an avid viewer of the TV series My 3 Sons, I applaud Houzz for running the period story above on the MacMurray family and their family homestead. I also applaud the Gallo family for maintaining the home and property as it was when the MacMurray family lived there. Kate MacMurray has to be thrilled to have her childhood memory remain intact, as many of us within the 50's generation would love to go back to those simpler days when life was minus smart phones and iPads. I keep reviewing the photos above and have great memories of my own when life was beautiful, simple and reflective of a tv series called My 3 Sons.
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Pamela Ferguson
When visiting wine country--Sonoma area-- my husband and I have driven by the McMurry estate and have always been curious about the house. It is situated in such a beautiful area and looks so inviting. I'm thrilled to have now seen the inside! Thank you, it is lovely and makes me nostalgic
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whatere
Sometimes a story just makes you feel good about the world. : )
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chuckc
What a refreshing story!
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intoit
Wonderful. Love the home as well as the values passed along to you. Don't think I've ever seen a more welcoming home.
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d j
this story warms my heart....i loved Mr. MacMurray.
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ahmaized
I often have dreams in which I am walking through my childhood home, opening closet doors and drawers to find treasures I'd forget when I wake up. How absolutely perfect for Kate MacMurray to have the real life experience! The warmth and love truly emanates from the wallpaper to the kitchen counters. Thanks for this feel good moment...
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pr4tess
Thanks Kate! I grew up on a family farm in the 50's and "My Three Sons" was one show my parents encouraged us to watch. It's wonderful to see so much of history being preserved and shared. Our farmhouse was destroyed by fire years ago but the childhood memories still burn in my heart. Wonderful presentation of preservation!
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spizzyp
What a sweet story! Thanks, Mary Jo, for making it come alive. I think it's a testament to your unobtrusive style that everyone is thanking Kate, when you as the writer brought it to life. That's not to slight Kate -- I thank you, too, for sharing your memories of your father and the house, and I'm glad you still are living close by. Like others, I commend the Gallo family for respecting and preserving the home and its history, and will seek out and try MacMurray wines. What really touches me most about this story is that it's a reminder that it's not what's in a house that makes it a home, but who lives there and their relationship with the space. I guess that's what good design does: it helps us have the relationship we want with our home. My very favorite part is the bin pull in the kitchen that's askew.

As for the people claiming that they don't make celebrities like they used to, I understand how it's easy to idealize the passt, but c'mon. MacMurray was distinct in those days, too. Most celebrities were just as flashy, etc. as today. It made sense that he was friends with Jimmy Stewart, who seemed to be of the same mold.

This was very different from most Houzz stories - I hope we see more like it!
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Gerald Lorentz
Excellent story that reveals how a beautiful architectural environment and one man's vision can become the hub for a lasting legacy.
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Suzanne DeTurris
Mary Jo I loved this article...I have an idea on a famous home in my area that was just put on market in NJ. The History and architecture would fit Houzz to a T. Would you be interested in featuring it?
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thickskin
I hope they never think of repainting the kitchen floor.
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Coleen Foucht
This is a dream home-hopefully it will remain just like it is. Thanks for sharing and blessings on this home
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ellerual
Thank you for sharing your family history. So many of us loved your father's movies and now we will see them again but with new eyes. Lovely!
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huck
Great story…I'm so happy it was reserved.
   
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rugcat58
Such nostalgia!! My husband, Gary Schlueter, worked on the ranch as an assistant to the herdsman, Ralph Clark in the late sixties. We spend many hours tending to the Angus herd and roaming the property....what a gorgeous place! The "twins" had a bit of a crush on my husband, always roaming the barn, playing hide and go seek. My husband died in 1991 of ALS. He would have loved to have seen these photos. I still have a Twin Valley Ranch brochure in his memorabilia. Thanks for sparking such treasure and wonderful memories.......Sandy
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halkias
What a perfect way to start the day with a smile and fond, warm memories of my favorite show and actor. He leaves a lovely legacy behind- thank you so much for sharing.
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spirit71
I so enjoyed the tour and happy that the farmhouse has not been "modernized" with the times. What a loving tribute to her parents Kate has provided to us of her happy childhood!
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mdhomes
I was raised by my grandparents with no siblings. Watching My Three Sons gave me a glimpse of what a "normal" family was supposed to be like. I now enjoy Gallo wine with my own three sons. I love a happy ending.
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prayerposemom
Thank you so much for sharing this story and the pictures. I too, can see why your family was so enamored of not only the property, but the outdoor/ranching/farming lifestyle as well.
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aanniss
Lovely! Finally a home that is lived in! And it makes me feel better about the 30 plus years old wallpaper in my farm dining room. I still love it! Why change? Not trying to impress anybody!
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Allie
Oh I absolutely loved this! I love the story behind a home and seeing this one so beautifully preserved is just wonderful.
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jbistro
A refreshing example of timeless, non-disposable lifestyle and home, Proof that less often is more. Kudos to the family and Gallo for embracing the charm and integrity of the property!
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egcronin
I loved seeing the Fred MacMurray Farm and reading the story. Thank you for sharing.
   
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suannem
Fred MacMurray's farm house, kitchen
   
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Craig N
Nice story and quaint house that evokes pleasant memories of "My Three Sons". Not to mention MacMurray Ranch is my favorite go-to Pinot Noir !
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bbarbee2
Thank you!
Simply "delicious"!!!!!
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mizzkelly
Beautiful story, family and home. Lovely poem too Martin!
   
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barb7918
What a charming place! I can see why Mr. M. loved it so much! I would love to visit there!
   
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Nancy Reinke
A wonderful glimpse into the off-screen life of Fred MacMurray and his family. I love every inch of this beautiful home and everything in it. It's perfect. Kudos to all involved for respecting the home and keeping it "in a charming period style that has endured for more than 70 years." Yes, this style does endure, unlike the stripped down, modern interiors we often see on Houzz.
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andigail
Lovely,lovely,lovely. A wonderful story.thank you for sharing. Equal to several deep, cleansing breaths.
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Laura Fleischmann
So refreshing! I feel like I just took a little vacation at my computer. How blessed you were to have had such a childhood. Wonderful that the Gallo family sees the value in preserving the beautiful and timeless simplicity of the home. Thank you for sharing the warm memories.
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chrisgobba
Would the Porter family have moved on to the area between Santa Rosa and Calistoga? As a child we summered at a very large cattle ranch on Porter Creek Road just off the two-lane highway between those two areas, also a mile past Mark West Springs Lodge.
   
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lynnleopold
Wonderful article. We love close to there but have never had the opportunity to see the house. Thank you!
   
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Barry Crider
Beautiful setting! I could be suspected that MacMurray family possibly be bearing that last name to be founded a small college in Jacksonville, IL. Afterwards I was done reading their stories that their families were originally from Illinois and Wisconsin, I went to Illinois School for the Deaf for 6 years and eventually I graduated from there. My school was about 2-3 miles away from MacMurray College. I just wondering it is possibly they re named after that college. If so, it ll be a small world to know about it. And after all, it revealed its enriched history behind it!
   
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Michele Duval
I was lucky enough to be the guest of the Gallos and Kate at MacMurray Ranch; it is a truly lovely and peaceful place in the world.
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krisenmiel
this is a fantastic "authentic" house of a fantastic actor (well known in Europe too) situated in an incredible area : as we experienced, staying a week in a Windsor resort , Sonoma county is so much more than a regular tourist would expect, and we loved driving through the vinyards and along the incredible coast. Wish I was there for the "taste of Sonoma" weekend!
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dianecshirley
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!
   
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mmschade
Fred MacMurray is a great source of pride here in Beaver Dam where he grew up. I did not know Gallo wines was making MacMurray Ranch wine. I'll have to check into getting some.
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Corey Palmieri
Wow. Such a great story and a beautiful place.
   
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tree1110
I loved this. It reminded me of growing up and watching My Three Sons on TV with my family and how simple life was then. I love everything about this home. Not a huge wallpaper fan but this somehow fits in the living room. The kitchen and dining area are my favorites, tho'. What a great legacy to a kind and simple man.
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Sheila Epstein
This is a lovely article! I love that those who have been caretakers of this beautiful home and land did not have a "throwaway" mentality!
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upgrade2
The best part of this story is their family love. Kate's statement "I was a lucky daughter to have known him" is a testimony of Mr. McMurray's life. What a priceless gift he left her!
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diyer59
Being a NorCal person, I've visited this area many times, didn't know the story. What a great family history this homestead has--between three families who loved it. We need more people loving and preserving places such as this, instead of tearing down and erecting "McMansions" and dividing up the land into postage stamp lots. I'm not a great fan of wineries, we have too many in California. The industry clears the land of trees, natural habitats and grapes have some of the nastiest chemicals sprayed on them that are cancer-causing, detrimental to wildlife and humans alike. Runoff from wineries are destroying the lake I live on now in Northern California.
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bethiniowa
What a lovely article! It's so refreshing to see the original kitchen kept in an older house and not ripped out and replaced with the usual expensive contemporary same-old. This kitchen is really my idea of what homey kitchens should look like. Wonderful!
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coco68
Wow!! The McMurray family truly did find a little slice of heaven right here on earth. The home and location are just perfect. I'm glad it was left in tact by the Gallo family. It looks just like something I would see in a classic b&w movie. I can just imagine the good times they had there. Great story.
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Sauve
What a nice story set in a beautiful place. Thanks!
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MaryAnn Hardy
VERY sweet ! I was also raised on a ranch in the north part of the state, and none of our ranch homes appeared as darling as this one. Without the income from their acting careers, I doubt that this one could have looked like this either. THIS was the house my friends and I WISHED we could have lived in. Instead, our families had working ranches without the charm this place has preserved. And because there was so much work, our mothers couldn't WAIT to modernize. The wood floor is beautiful, but keeping it clean would have meant getting on your knees with a scrub brush to get the crumbs and detritus from between the boards. Lino was a godsend for farm wives. It looks like a set for a television series, and maybe that is because it became a "dream come true" for the MacMurray family. I don't mean any of this comment to be criticism, just a little information for those of you who grew up in the city or in the 'burbs. It IS a beautiful, much loved place and the second home, the escape for the Hollywood family. Everyone needs such an escape, and I couldn't recommend a hobby farm more. It's a wonderful life. :)
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Paula
I love Healdsburg! This is such a lovely home and very evocative of the early 1950s in style. Reminds me of Will Rogers' home in Pacific Palisades. I highly recommend it as a place to tour in Los Angeles.

And Baby June Havoc (Gypsy Rose Lee's sister) is who someone upthread is thinking of.
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Wanda Roach

Wanda Roach.

I loved Fred McMurray. Such a great Actor, Husband, Father. It came through in his acting. My favorite movie is The Egg And I, also with Claudette Colbert. It seems he had the love of nature and farming. Thank you for sharing a bit of your family's history.
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rebbex
Such a quiet, unassuming man, but a shrewd investor. I've heard it said that Fred was one of the wealthiest people in Hollywood. This farm was obviously a diamond in his collection of jewels. Anyone in their right mind would want to live there!
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jcffontana
So wonderful to see this home preserved in such a loving way. I love to see homes in their original conditions preserved. Quality craftsmanship and quality living!
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Paula
All this mention of The Egg and I (I discovered this movie when I was a kid and LOVED it) reminds me of The Egg and the Eye crafts shop and restaurant that used to be on Wilshire Blvd across from LACMA. I loved that place. So sad it's gone. The restaurant had an African omelet that was outrageously tasty.
   
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Architecture=BD+C
What an ideal setting for life to play out. I'm glad it's being preserved. Thank you for sharing your life and beloved home.
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Lynne Latham Sustainable Design
What a CHARMING home. It's so refreshing to see a real farmhouse. It's so obvious how happy they were living there. Thank you for sharing this part of Fred MacMurray's personal life, I had no idea.
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aprilkathleen
I loved reading about the history of that beautiful ranch! What beautiful photographs too!
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merrigay
They must have been careful with their home and instructed their children well. How wonderful that it is in tact and still looks wonderful.
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jobisbee
I grew up in Wisconsin. With my parents and 6 siblings I spent many a day fishing on Beaver Dam Lake. No matter how late we arrived home Dad would clean those fish and Mom would fry them up. Even if it was after 10:00 p.m. The rest went in the freezer. Not only the depression influenced Mr. Mac Murray's practicality, but being from the upper Mid-west had a great influence. You brought something for the house and you used it until it was used up. I never knew anyone who changed decor because they were tired of it or wanted to "update" the look. As for the fog, Wisconsin has lots of "pea soup" days with all the lakes, rivers ,and marshes. Many a day my older brother had to get out of the school bus and guide the bus through the "marsh" part of the route so we could get to school on time. I love this house and the beautiful land surrounding it. Thank you so much for this article. I too grew up on My Three Sons and old movies from Hollywood. Mr. MacMurray had a gentleness and kindness that made him the perfect TV Dad of the 60's.
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Cheryl @ Artzzle.com
Thanks so much for this lovely article. Such a wonderful piece of American History AND a bit of hollywood trivia too :)
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1998ali
What a lovely home. Fred was a great actor- Thank-you for sharing x
   
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I thoroughly enjoyed your story about the Mac Murray Ranch. It is fabulous to know that there are people with such values, and that the Gallo family reveres the character of the ranch and their predecessors.
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ketron1
I loved this story!! It's so sweet, and heart-warming. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)
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cajunpatriot
I was raised on a farm and before I caught the bus to school at 7AM, I had to feed the cattle, clean the barn and do other chores. In the afternoons, upon returning from school, there were chores to do at that time. This instilled a work ethic that I hope I have taught to my children and grandchildren. A good life, helping others, being hospitable and kind, seems to be what the McMurray family lived and experienced.
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Tom Bates
For those of you who have not tried the MacMurray Ranch wines, you are really missing out. The pinot noir is the best around for the money!

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Who remembers Fred MacMurray in "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine? Great movie!
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rainyday24
I watched My Three Sons here in Australia and loved it. What a great story about a lovely man and his family.
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Patricia Earehart
Charming, simply charming!
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brendaberry22
What a wonderful person he was! Not like celebrities these days.
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Lulu Hicks
What a wonderful legacy. A very special place, and very special people.
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summilux
The Fred MacMurray shown here and the character he plays in "The Apartment" gives you an idea of what a good actor he was. The disconnect b/w the modesty of this home and his wealth is evidence of how complicated and high functioning he was.
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morelights
Wonderful story on a favorite actor of mine. My father resembled him in looks, and working the land years ago (also from Wisconsin). Brought back special memories. Thanks.
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Like the simplicity.Only thing missing was the trout stream:)
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Thierry Nightbird
I love it. What a simple, yet beautiful place. Mr. MacMurray was wise in buying it.
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cajunpatriot
No trout where I live, but I did get my pole out and will going after some catfish and bass this morning in a few more hours. I am going to try to get back to that place.
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tiekenkitchen
Good morning, cajunpatriot (I'm a Cajun, too, born in New Orleans and today's my birthday). My late hubby used to love fishing, but not much more than catfish or bass here in Texas ... good eating, though. Have a great day casting that line -- hope you bring home a great meal -- like Mr. MacMurray probably did all the time!
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anneoren
Love this piece! Please do more like it!
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Rosa Tom
A house with a story, love all about it!
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dolznberz
Beautiful homey place. I am so over granite and stainless steel. Nice to visit the home of two loving people who entertained us but also knew how to have a happy family life.
   
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Nina Baltierra
I originally clicked this because I misread Fred MacMurray as "Freddie Mercury." I was disappointed at first, but now I'm so glad I stumbled upon this beautiful house and story!
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Jamie
I very much enjoyed this segment. Usually don't have time to read everything, but this was truly delightful and worthwhile. Thanks.
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debbystumbaugh
As a huge Fred MacMurray fan and one who appreciates this lifestyle it was so gratifying to see this wonderful article. I am currently building a farmhouse on 20 acres and use this app usually daily for inspiration. We are also putting a kitchen in our barn and my vision for it is very similar to the one pictured here. Lovely.
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moosbkar
Thanks so much for opening your home to your dad's fans! "The Egg and I" remains a family favorite and your home perfectly preserves its goodness. I grew up in a little town south of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and watched Mike (part of the original series), Rob, Chip, and Ernie every week. I hearten knowing wholesome living still exists in the foods we grow and also in the lifestyle that exemplifies beauty. Please keep your home in the memory of your family. Our future generations need to know the good days were true, real, and possible. Blessings on you and your sister!
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sweetwinnie2016
Such a sweet article, I read it slowly and savored every photograph. So wonderful the house has been left alone. It has all the most charming aspects of the period/s that one would ever see. So so nice. A tribute to a simple, beautiful time in America. I so wish we could see that adorable wallpaper a little closer. Thank you for sharing.
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JEANIE
Thanks to Kate MacMurray and the Gallo family for this look inside. I love "They simply did not have a throwaway mentality." We seriously need to adopt that in these times! Great read and beautiful legacy!
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ggh1
What a nice story. Love the Blue Ridge Southern pottery
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martyrupp
My husband and I lived in Sonoma from 1970 until 1990, before it was "discovered" by a gazillion people south of Hiway 37 and turned into a tourist trap. It was incredibly wonderful then. As was Healdsburg. A beautiful memory, but you can never go home again, nor would I want to as it is now. Joel McCrae also had a home up in the hills. So many lovely experiences. The MacMurrays were very blessed to call it Home.

   
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Tito (PIBEL CONSTRUCTION LLC) Pibel
Really awesome!!!!
I love the vineyards!!!!!
Thanks for share the stories!!!!
   
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tolomi
It is always heartwarming to hear a story like this. It seems that in this day and age that we are losing more of these beautifully perfect homes. Thank you for sharing your family's love for the house with all of us!
   
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baha
I think I would have enjoyed meeting this gentleman. This looks like a wonderful place to be and a reminder that not everything needs to be disposed of. Very charming!
   
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Paula
I totally forgot that I meant to mention how smart I thought Fred was by adding that lip to the kitchen sink counter. He knew what a pain a flat counter was when there's water in the mix from experience. I wish that I'd had that foresight when I had my vanity fabricated. I picked a gorgeous statuary marble (I didn't need much, so it wasn't too spendy), but I had them just make a flat slab. Given a do-over I'd have them put a lip on it.
   
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idella2
I will pass this wonderful story with it's lovely photos on to my parents who are also children of the depression era and would appreciate that nothing would be thrown out at the McMurray farmhouse kitchen just for redecorating purposes,much like it would have been at their little family farms in rural New Brunswick ,Canada, It would also remind them of their favourite family TV show and actor of all time. What a beautiful setting,indeed!
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woodspools
love the kitchen. very homey.
   
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teanhny
There are so many times when farmland has been divided into smaller parcels and the historical buildings torn down. This is a wonderful example of how how you can preserve both and share them with the public, while still having a modern and prosperous business. Kudos to the MacMurray and Gallo Family!
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Lidia Diaz
Beautiful story
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marytea
Count me in with the rest, who think that this house is nothing but the best. I can almost picture Rob, Chip, and Ernie bursting through the front door, suitcases in tow for a visit.
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lilygilder
Kate, you so resemble your lovely mother! It is very generous of you to share your photos and memories.

"They simply did not have a throwaway mentality". I find that statement very refreshing.
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01dbest
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and story. I grew up with not only My Three Sons but as the original creator of Flubber!!! Thanks again for the insight!
   
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punkylemons
I LOVED this article! Like taking a step back in time. It reminded me of my grandparents. God Bless that generation, truly, the greatest generation.
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jusopa
Reading your article Kate of your family home & memories , made me feel warm & cozy ! It was like I wanted to be there experiencing the beauty of this man the actor . He sure knew how to live the simple life away from the Hollywood life . He knew it was just a job !! How lucky you & your sister were . Beautiful land & home .
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leefordp
Thanks so much for sharing this article! So few homes honor their history when changing owners. I especially love the kitchen. It reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen. When I was there with her, all was right with the world. This one is homey, and cozy while exuding a sense of loving welcome.
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Mrs Gallup
Thank you Kate for sharing this beautiful story about your parents and this stunning ranch and home!
   
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Like Like like... thanks for the article! Mary Jo, I am not sure if you do these articles as a series? If not... you should... Fun and interesting to see! I grew up in the 50's... My Three Sons on TV ... Movies... Shaggy Dog, The Absent Minded Professor... flying around in his car with flubber in the gas tank... The Oregon Trail... seems like it may have resonated with him because the original owners were settlers... (Pioneers...was the term used for the original people that traveled west in wagons... then the term was not used after the train travel was introduced.) The fog mentioned in the article on the Russian River Valley... the fog is the reason there are huge Redwood trees there near Guerneyville... some of the largest trees on the planet. The trees survived for thousands of years because of the moisture trapped in the valley from the coast. I have fly fished the Russian River... I spent most of my time marveling over the visuals... truely an amazing place. I understand why he was so taken with the area. Seeing the house was so great... the old appliances and furniture... You made my Sunday morning.
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Kathleen Peterson
During the summer of 1965, I was a resident assistant (RA) at Michigan State University, at Mayo Hall, and one of the Gallo family daughters was one of my charges during an international summer ice skating program at MSU. She was an accomplished ice skater who performed at the end of the summer for the International Skaters association. I have not communicated with her since, but often wondered what happened to her after that summer. It is nice to read about the Gallo family in an article here on the Houzz website. I am so pleased the family chose to retain the ambiance that the MacMurry family started.
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Karen Anderson
What a lovely and comfortable home. It's simplicity and character makes me feel warm and nostalgic.
   
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Jill Hampleman
I was always a huge fan of My Three Sons. I am an avid decorating fan as well and loved the tour. My husband who watches westerns on a regular basis allows Mr. McMurray to be a household guest on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing your home with us Katie!
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Kara Nelson
Wonderful article! I drive past your father's childhood home everyday, as I live in Beaver Dam, WI. My husband and I nearly purchased the house next door a few years ago. It was great learning more of his story, it will surely bring a new insight as I pass it. Beautiful homes, both of them!
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sandiocd
Lately, I have been reading such distressing news about the state of our world--about both excess and want-- and lo and behold, an article from Houzz that actually made me smile and reminded me that there ARE people who see value in the preservation of family and home. MORE, PLEASE!
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Paula
Ha! Those are nice kitchens, but waaaay more elaborate and spendy-looking than the MacMurray kitchen. No soul.
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Its all good...play some James Brown music while you are cooking...you will have the soul. I really like the sink setup on #6... Sink and rail with dish drain / dry above... like your detailing...subtle detailing that all works together. Thanks for sharing. Kowabunga.
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Sigh...I love old Hollywood and how much more in touch with reality movie stars were back then (well, some of them, anyway!). What a wonderful house and touching story. I think this is my favourite Houzz article ever!! :)
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Ruby Richards
I was fortunate to have toured the property several years ago, it is indeed beautiful! Thanks for pictures!
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artisticgurl44
i was sure thinking looking at those pics that they were the before pics and i was looking for the update after pics i guess those are true pics ummm ok
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Michele Duval
marchi kitchens, where did you source that dish drain?
   
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newr
I knew Fred MacMurray appreciated agricultural history - My husband and I visited Shelburne Museum ( Ag museum in Vermont) back in the late 70's and there Fred was, in the flesh, taking a break at the snack bar.
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Beth Fraley
Thanks for the memories you brought back - enjoyed movies back then but not so much now. Your dad was enjoyed by my age (now 79 yrs, old) when movies entertained!
   
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cajunpatriot
My family and I loved Fred's movies and TV shows and we watch them on DVD and video regularly. We also love his love for old barns and houses, as we do. Where we live there were no old barns, but some older houses and we remodeled several, trying as much as possible to be true to the original. Plans are to build a barn using older architectural drawings and timbers.
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crawl005
I also grew up with the wonderful homespun characters that Fred MacMurray portrayed. Sounds like it was a lot like his own personality and I'm glad to hear that. I live in Florida now, but when visiting the Missouri area where I grew up, it is disheartening to see so few of the old wood barns still standing and being cared for. What a loss. Thank you, Mary Jo for bringing this story to us. I have lovely memories of those moments...bless you, Kate, for sharing your home and story with us.
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pariscafe
I just read this and tears sprang to my eyes. Such a beautiful home and an achingly beautiful story to go with it. Bravo to those who are keeping the home intact.
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debluetailfly
What a lovely home! A person could actually live in it and be comfortable and cozy. It is nice that Mr. MacMurray didn't have to build huge ostentatious structures to try to impress others with what he had. He was a gentleman. And a good example for others.
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cajunpatriot
I agree. One thing I have learned gradually as I grew older is that you need far less than you once thought you did, and the simpler the better, and the less maintenance the better.
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kittykach
If this were my home, I wouldn't change a thing! Simply charming! How lucky you were to have lived here and how smart of you to have preserved it. Thank you for sharing. Loved watching your dad in movies. He made it all look so easy.
   
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samanthra68
A beautiful story indeed!
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didix58
Obviously a home in every sense of the word. So glad that the Gallo family saw the benefit of keeping most of the original character of the home. Many new home owners and designers first reaction to something that is old is to rip it out. I wish they would think about incorporating more character and history in their designs. You can live comfortably and certainly happily with less.
   
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halleycomet
I. Want. That. Kitchen. !
   
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cajunpatriot
The kitchen is indeed beautiful. Great effort, detail, in remodeling and preserving.

With the help of contractors and subs my wife and I are building another kitchen, This time an outdoor kitchen to help us cook crawfish, fresh shrimp, turtle and alligator sauce piquant to feed hundreds, especially when all the power is out for weeks during and after hurricanes.
   
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cowgirldiva
Thank you Houzz for this delightful article. I loved reading it..! Mary Jo Bowling captured not only the home, it's interior and dreams for the use of the surrounding grounds but also the essence of the MacMurray family. Kate looks just like her Dad...!! ;D
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mnester17
I truly love this home!!!
   
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sheilaskb

I have loved all of Fred MacMurray's films and TV shows, and it has been a joy to see photos of his family and ranch.

   
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Marcy Thornton

Favorite house ever!

   
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mnester17
Hands down this is my all time favorite home!
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dohatch

Beautiful. So nice to know a little more about him and his family. So heartwarming. :)

   
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Sharon

Loved this and so refreshing to see it is still as it was and not "Modernized".

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kelvweb

Beautiful!

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lindasellew513

What an absolutely wonderful, peaceful, cozy home. I wouldn't change a thing. What a beautiful place to have your family memories in! Just lovely.

   
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loniluna

Am I the only one who remembers reading this same article a few months ago. Is this recycle/reuse month? I notice the cat article is back as well!

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Patricia Malcolm
I've always loved Fred MacMurray...I love him even more after reading this wonderful story!
   
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normpo

What a wonderful treasure to have! Enjoy!


   
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sandyszilagyi
What a wonderful article. I always loved Fred MacMurray as did my whole family. It is so heartwarming to hear what kind of husband and father he truly was. And to know his home was so special to him makes me feel secure. Because that's how I feel. My home, my house, is my priority as are the people and animals in it. I can't wait to get back to it when I am away!
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suzybbythesea

Dear Kate, What a charming story. It makes me want to find my "farm house" and start enjoying it! Thank-you for sharing!

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mttamfive
This ranch is one of the most serene places I have ever experienced. If you ever get the opportunity to visit - GO. Only open to public a couple times a year.
   
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rahrens
This house reeks of love! You can tell all the details that your mother and father put into the house and how they cared for it! I could move right in and be as comfortable and love the house as much as them! It proves you don't need a 5,000 sq foot house- you don't need a huge kitchen and open floor plan that echoes with every move! Smaller loved homes are easier to clean decorate, maintain and love! Thank you for sharing this wonderful home and the stories of your family! We can tell the true pride and love you have of your family!
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Gloria H.
I love reading this story. What a wonderful place.
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Jess McBride

This was one of the most beautiful, inspiring tributes to a home that I have ever come across. Thank you for sharing this truly special place with us.

   
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Maryanne Pescatore

Beautiful home and narrative! Thank you for sharing it!

   
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dleveque567

What a beautiful way to remember a family whose influence was far reaching. When today's designers try to mimic designs from the early and mid parts of the 1900s they fall far short of doing that. Furniture and appliances were made to last and I remember my parents saving to buy the best they could afford, not easy with six kids to raise, some pieces surviving their passings in the late 90s and early 2000s. Those pieces lasted for decades where newer pieces, like what's available today, don't have that staying power. It was a joy to listen to Kate MacMurray talk about her growing up years, when people had to actually wash dishes and no TVs were available to entertain, lol! I think we've lost something very important to the cohesion of our society in the name of progress. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story...

   
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andrepaulgouin

Thank you so much for this work of art I was very warming and uplifting a positively emotional experience to watch it

Kind regards

Andre Paul Gouin

Wasaga beach Ontario Canada

   
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His daughter spoke so lovingly with a voice that was wonderful to listen too. What a great story teller and her love of both parents and home was just an added extra. Thanks for sharing!

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jgibbons

Love the kitchen.

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Brenda Rantala-Sykes

thank you for sharing your home ...I loved your father's character on my 3 sons...one of the most influential...to tell us how father's can be loving and be a parent

   
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finsrudhouse

I loved that things were not "improved" and loved as they were. The stairs had so much character in the scuffed paint. I could imagine the family enjoying this bit of heaven.

   
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nicolebsma

Thank you. This touches the heart, not only is the ranch lovely but the family's story with Houzz presentation are pitch-perfect. Nice job.

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ginamacmillan

Had the good fortune to spend the afternoon at this beautiful place about 4 years ago and enjoy an amazing supper later in the dining room put on by Gallo wines. It is as enchanting in person if not more. Thanks for the memories!

   
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Beautiful story about a lifestyle - well lived - by a beautiful story teller. Thank you for this remarkable presentation.

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Peaceful Grace

Thank you for this. My grandparents fished with your dad at Gualala for years. He is in many of our family photos. Your memories and sense of home echo mine as well. We are lucky to have a connection to those times and values.

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spooner68

What a beautiful story. Such a pleasure to be allowed into this home, and the stories shared about growing up there. I just wish the daughter still lived in the house herself. I aspire to have a home one day that is equally loved...

   
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mydogsdad
This is one of my favorite houses and properties ever on Houzz. It looks so comfortable and relaxing.
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Sandra Mullikin

I saw the photographs of this home on Houzz a while back but the video is so wonderful. Lovely home and family. Love the dining table story. My mom just passed last week but she would have loved this story. It certainly lifted my spirits this morning. Thanks for sharing.

   
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studio10001

My condolences, Sandra.

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jan_1944
Kate, your parents would be proud, not only of you, but that they instilled admirable virtues in their daughters. In a constantly changing world where biggest and grandest is often admired, it is always a joy to see warmth and beauty and a home where a "real" family lived. I wanted to be there. It radiates happiness....even today. Thanks for sharing the essence of your father and your wonderful memories.
   
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cheyena

Hollywood's celebritys buying fancy expensive houses. Its so refreshing to see a home that is steeped in plain honesty without the frills. The entire clip was BEAUTIFUL! A House is only that. Its what you do with it that makes it a home. And this is clearly a HOME. Thank you for re posting the clip. I did not see it the first time.


   
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ida montgomery

I have been to this ranch a few times with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau functions. It is beautiful.

reminds me of the love and passion I have for the dairy I grew up on just a few miles away.

Thanks for sharing. Ida

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ssolsson

Thank you for sharing a lovely home and story.

   
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Doreen Le May Madden - Lux Lighting Design

Thank you Kate-.. You are a very sensitive soul- your memories expressed the importance of what life is all about.

   
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dschlener

Thank you. I rarely watch something 7 minutes long, and was disappointed when it ended. A lovely gift to all of us.

   
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David North
Wonderful lifestyle. No wonder your dad came off so
Genuine on film. Got to see him filming in the Teaton
Mountains with Charton Hesten in the 50s.
   
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ruth6060

I always loved Fred McMurray as an actor. He has been my favorite actor for years. He never let you think he was Fred, he was the part. His role as a father in My Three Sons, or as a horrible executive in The Apartment, were so different, and he played them so well, that most people don't realize the same actor played those two parts

Through the years I found out what a centered, solid person he was. In Hollywood that is unusual. When I found out more about him I loved him as a person.

I grew up in Los Angeles from an old California family. The video of his ranch home made me cry as I shared similar memories of my own family at the same time. We vacationed annually, in an old large cabin, as an extended family, in the mountains. Those memories of another time with those wonderful people, in the old California, can't be beat!

Molly, the home you have is so filled with warmth! The old furnishings tell so much about the life that was lived there and the times you all experienced in those walls. You have been very blessed to have been a part of those times. The land is beautiful as well. All so reminiscent of the Old California we both knew.

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Sheila Schmitz

loniluna, what's new is the video, giving people a closer look at this house and its history. Enjoy!

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rebeccaalison

Thank you. That is what home and family are all about. Fred was a good man on and off the screen. June was a beautiful lady. Good to see this video and be reminded of the importance of family and home.

   
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kohnlane

What a lovely home...so peaceful and tranquil. So many memories made there for sure. I could listen to your voice forever...Such a wonderful timbre to it , and such a great storyteller...thank you!


   
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Amanda Naughton

I LOVE this story...He was one of my favorites always reminded me of my dad. she is a lucky lady to have lived with a really nice man.

   
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mia pratt

I lived on the Russian River growing up, went to Forestville high school, and we often rode past the ranch as we explored the river. We would pull over and look inside the gate and think about the owners - it was truly "hallowed ground" for us kids. I lived in many homes in between Healdsburg and Forestville, and when you speak of what it was like to live there, and of nestling in when the winter rains come, I smile and remember some of the best years of my life. Thank you!

   
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Patricia Parrish

Beautiful story. So much love in that family and I can see it lives on.

   
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eclairerw

Such a lovely story to go with a lovely, homey place.

   
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caroltobey

Absolutely breathtaking....the ranch and the story! Thanks for sharing Kate.

   
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nicky36

What a lovely old home and a beautiful story! You are a very lucky lady.

   
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alangelamaiart

Thank you Kate for sharing your beautiful story & beautiful home.

   
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thelizardqueenrules

Very beautiful and heartfelt memories from a daughter who cherished her family. Our home is also very farm like in its décor. The farm house feel is very welcoming and comfy! Thanks for sharing your story.

   
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Sue Stentz

This touched me on so many levels. We used to live in Napa so seeing the landscape was a treat,as well. Thank you for sharing this with us!

   
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lindasip

Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of your father and beautiful farmhouse. It is so good to see that you are preserving it with the same love and respect that your dad did.

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Joanne

I had the opportunity a few years ago to tour the MacMurray ranch house and grounds during a Gallo event. I was left with a sense of awe; there's a truly magical feeling in the air there which I've not forgotten all of these years later.

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tomhealdsburg

And we should thank Kate MacMurray for giving back to Healdsburg so often. I've seen recently that the Raymond Burr property here in Healdsburg is listed for sale. Maybe Houzz could do a feature on that before it gets all gussied up!...

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vlford
Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse into the MacMurry family. Like many of the other readers, I grew up watching Fred MacMurry, on both the big screen, and television. He seemed like such a warm, affable, and happy human being.

As far as his work goes, I think my favorites were "Flubber" and "My Three Sons." I was about 5 or 6 when "Flubber" came out, and the notion of Flubber still captures my imagination, and makes me smile. What can you say about "My Three Sons." We watched it religiously. It was a regular part of our week.

Sharing the family home through this story, gave me a small glimpse of the real guy, and his family. I am grateful.
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Leslie Morley

Thank you Kate, and thanks to your parents. Your dad was wonderful on the screen and always seemed authentic. Seems like he gave his family a very grounded wonderful life. I loved seeing your home. I, also, have old creaky stairs.

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Belinda Cary Home Transformations

How beautiful , i so enjoyed watching this story, thank you for sharing, in this fast paced life,seems too many people , too busy rushing around doing meaningless things in the greater scheme of life, no one stops to appreciate the charm of life gone by and the vintage things that hold special memories.

   
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Rosa Dest Interiors
A delightful article and wonderful pictures of a "living museum". Although today we would interpret the design as outdated it is a testament to classic design.
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tanyakilp

that was lovely !

   
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msikes513

Thank you for sharing this most wonderful story..Marilyn, Willow Park Texas


   
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lynentrikin

What a beautiful remembrance and a wonderful story. The house and its decor and surroundings are all lovely! Thank you so much for sharing the film.

   
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mmwp

Those were the good old days......

   
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doreenpyoung

How wonderful to have the memories of your family in this cozy warm home. I love all the old appliances, furniture, and beautiful pamorama of the area. I love old movies and must have seen them all because my father was a projectionist at the local theatres around Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland. I used to get in for free to the Alameda Drive-In and Alameda Theatre and love old movies to this day. My father used to take me on excursions to Healdburg and Sebastpool for wine, and apples, and cider, and to the local fruit stands. We only used to go on day trips with a family of 7, and packed picnic lunches to take with us and would add fruit along the way. We used to go to the Russian River to swim once and a while. I loved those days and was one of the lucky last child that could share the hours and back roads with my dad. We did not have a summer house but if we had one I would want one like this. Growing up and living in Alameda I have lived in many old homes with aged bathrooms and kitchens and still do. It is wonderful to have old memories of our families so glad you shared yours! Your dad always reminded me of mine. My dad wore grey work pants and plaid shirts and smoked a pipe and his mother family was from scotland and his middle name was Kelton which was his mother's maiden name. My father was a train buff and used to know all the train routes thru the backroads so we would always follow them along our outtings. The good ole days, now I am the last one of the family left in Alameda! I will have to visit this ranch someday, again thank you for sharing! Doreen in Alameda


   
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Christina Comer

Lovely article and home! So happy I got to see it! I too wish our home could have been saved like that.

Who didn't love watching your father! He was a natural! I especially enjoyed "My Three Sons" Thank you for sharing with the world!

   
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kellieee

what a beautiful poetic journey into the history of the house and your family. Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

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Elan Evans

This lovely story inspired me to go searching through my old samples and stencils, hoping I still had this. Years ago, when the folks at Gallo were renovating the ranch, I was hired to recreate some of the original kitchen wallpaper. It was then installed in the back of the built in in the pantry, I believe. I just loved that they wanted to try and retain these bits of the house and it's character. A very special job and a very special place. Thanks for the story.



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joigrl77

Beautiful home and wonderful memories. As a kid, I wished that Fred McMurray was my dad!

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ackrup28
The video was beautiful. You could feel the love that the MacMurray family shared in that old house. Remembering Fred in his various movie and TV roles, and listening to his daughter recount the joy she experienced growing up with her dad, brought a tear to my eyes.
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susan kimel

What a family tribute! A reminder to us all to talk and ask our parents questions. Knowing their past gives us insight into the person they became.

   
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callonor

Does anyone know the model of the range in the kitchen?


   
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cowgirldiva

callonor......I did some research and the stove appears to be 1950s Wedgewood. Hope this helps you. You can go online and actually find some just like this one in great shape if you are interested in getting one for yourself........! I love those old stoves...!!! Happy Cooking...! ;D

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cowgirldiva

Does anyone know where to buy the MacMurray wine?

   
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callonor
Oh that is great! Thanks Cowgirl! !
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cowgirldiva

You are SO welcome..! ;D

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hmm139

I look at this article from time to time and enjoy it more and more. I notice something different each time I watch the video. Do you know who makes/made the dishes mounted on the kitchen walls?

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doreenpyoung

They still sell that pattern of dishes, although right now the pattern escapes me. I see them often in antique stores but you can also buy them new.

   
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cowgirldiva

hmm139 ....... I did some research on the dishes and the vintage pattern looks a lot like Blue Ridge/Southern Pottery in the crab apple or autumn apple pattern. You can google this name and see what you think. :D

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Mac Lumber

Ones own true feelings are reflected in their surroundings. Fred MacMurray's early nineteen twenty farm house and the old song K-K-Katie fits so well white Fred's close association to Walt Disney with his political and other views of things through Hollywood. Actors act so well with the characters they know well. Paul Douglas, I mean Steve Douglas and his three degrees and a movie part that opened right on schedule. Masonic "G"old surrounded "O" by a Square "L" and "D" divider.I know what gold does to men's souls. Ashes to ashes dust to dust, just don't leave any evidence on the fireplace mantle. I have the treasure. Contact me Kate.

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modlodgeluv
How cool is it, when a great and kind entertainment persona is an actual reflection of the person and subsequently his family, life and home. We too honor collecting from a standpoint of practicality and everyday heritage - from the original things we keep as is to the rag rug affinity we share. Ours were custom made by an artist who uses upcycled old clothing for strips and weaves in a 200 yr old+ loom.
The McMurray ranch is now a hoped for travel destination!
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dlundynana20

My husband and I lived on the MacMurray ranch back in the 70s when the MacMurrays mainly raised black angus cattle. We rented one of the homes by the main road between 2 creeks - beautiful place and we so enjoyed our lives there. We met Mr. & Mrs. MacMurray several times when they would come up to relax. They were very kind to us. I have beautiful memories of our time up there.

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Caroline Connor
The charm of the home is only second to the well spoken charm of your recollection and ode to your family story. Thank you so very much, it brought true joy to my heart. Your father was a favorite actor of mine and I grew up watching so many of his movies and the Three Son's series.
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janryantx

What a beautiful story and inspiring remembrance of a beloved actor. I especially love how the land has been honored these several generations! You are blessed to have this legacy. I hope to see the house one day when I’m in the area and enjoy some Gallo wine!

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donnaatgs

I absolutely loved watching this. My favourite story ever on Houzz.

   
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dhliggett

Love, love, love this!


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kellieee

as the tears rolled down my face I listened to this woman’s beautiful voice speak about her life she shared with this home. I was moved by the love and respect she showed for her family and the place she calls home My very favorite piece from house. thank you for sharing.

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Lynne

This story makes me smile!! I loved My Three Sons......it brings back such wonderful nostalgia for me! Such a wonderful home....thanks for sharing!

   
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mitsy13

The actors of old had so much character and weren't full of themselves as they are today. They struggled in their careers and were appreciative to have been recognized as good actors. And despite being such a great actor, he enjoyed his ranch and the simple things in life. How charming. Quite different from what we have today. I recall when watching Fred McMurray whom I adored as an actor how fortunate it must have been to have a father such as him as you could detect the man from his demeanour. You can definitely see his character in his daughter in the video illustration, with her own calm appreciative demeanour. You can only think what a fortunate person to have had such a special life with such a special man. So wonderful that the family purposed to find a way to carefully have someone assume the property to preserve and maintain the respect for it that her father had. Nice to see that not everything gets destroyed by dastardly developers.

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jpp221
THIS is a house! There is a lesson here for everyone on Houzz, everyone who sees a kitchen that is (*gasp*) 15 or even just 5 years old and proclaims it to be a candidate for gutting because it is “dated”. Note that this house has no granite, no finish du jour (first it was chrome, then polished nickel, and I think we’re allowed to do copper and maybe even brass this year, but wait, next year it will be different).