I had my amazing (and admittedly rather unorthodox) bachelor party in this fantastic and fun-filled house; a spectacular weekend with 15.5 of my closest friends, by the end of which the house itself felt like another new friend with just as much to contribute to the experience.
It's got character, is what I'm trying to say. It's also got plenty of history, and, I'm sure, more secrets and surprises than we uncovered during our brief stay. And it's got the most impressive vinyl collection I've ever encountered.
Each of the four massive, intriguingly multi-purpose rooms – the former classrooms – is simultaneously a living room, bedroom and something else besides (kitchen; music studio; pool room), and each one is full of curious objects and artifacts, including some nifty old educational posters. The 4th-5th grade classroom (with the kitchen and the killer record collection), where we spent most of our time, also features aerial fabrics (!) and a majestic "levitating" loft bed. (There's also one smaller sleeping space, with two beds, which was perfect for the couple-with-toddler in our party who needed some more privacy.) The various rooms in the house gave us the inspiration to stage a live-action game of Clue, but I guess that will have to wait until our next visit (or yours.)
Nick is a very neat guy (he'd have to be, to have created a place like this) and was a great, helpful, friendly and accommodating host.
Just a few negatives to note: the kitchen definitely leaves something to be desired if you're planning to do much cooking – the burners on the stove are finicky and needs to be lit each time you use them, and the oven is a "use at your own risk" proposition. The kitchen space is also pretty cramped and got extremely hot (on a late-June weekend, admittedly) in the process of making meals for our large group. Grilling and salads are probably good ways to go, especially if you're there in the summer.
Finally – for better or worse: although the area affords some excellent opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, we were so wrapped up in enjoying the interior of the house that it was often a challenge to leave!