If you drive off the interstate into the lush hill country near Austin and San Antonio, Texas, many delights await: small town diners where you can order vanilla malts; antique shops stocked with paraphernalia from the Republic of Texas; and towns so German you can hear old-timers speaking it on the streets.
There is also a magical house, owned by the painter Craig Turner. This Saturday it will open to the public for the first, and according to Turner, only time as part of a fundraising event for Hurricane Harvey victims. Partnering with Craig is Weird Homes Tour, an organization which showcases eccentric homes in Austin, Houston and New Orleans. Together, they are taking donations for the City of Houston Mayors Fund.
Turner says the house is a multi-decade labor of love, dedicated to his children. "I wanted my kids to grow up in a magical kind of place," said Turner. Turner himself had a difficult childhood, characterized by the constant presence of violence.
I lived in a really poor part of town and I just hated that unsafe feeling. [Building Camelot House] was about creating an environment that was beautiful, pretty, relaxing and inviting, and all those things.
Turner's kids have now left home and he has decided to sell the estate. It is currently priced at $1.8 million dollars. Turner plans on moving to Africa, where he has built a body of work painting safari-scapes. "I want to build a place in the woods, just built around a studio and my easels," said Turner.
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