280 Spanish Street – Owners: Judy & Don Steger

The home at 280 Spanish Street was once the home of the Postmaster, Mervin Shephard, and his wife Audrey. In fact Audrey Deluchi Shephard lived in the home her entire life of 103 years. The original home was built around 1871, then was torn down and rebuilt in 1901. It underwent an extensive remodel over a year ago by Kyle and Andre McClay. In March 2016, Judy and Don Steger bought the home. The Stegers owned the Amador Lumber Yard before it became Meeks Lumber.

Facing the front of the home, the size is deceptively modest. Once you enter the front door, you realize the home is actually very large. The living room is grand and spacious. Large bay windows let in lots of light. A marble tiled fireplace is the focus of one wall. The opposite wall is framed to display photos of the family’s history. At the back of the room is an impressive Hoosier cabinet that is 100 years old. The cabinet is from Don Steger’s grandmother, who bought it for $100. A closer look reveals a built-in flour sifter.

Next to the living room is the master bedroom, furnished in soothing shades of grays and blues. The bed’s headboard is antique wicker, and the bed faces an elegant armoire. A wall of mirrored doors conceals the closet. The en suite master bath has been extensively renovated. Classic marble tiles line the floor and glass-enclosed shower. Marble also tops the classic white vanity, lending a spa feel to the space.

An office and guest bedroom are also on the first floor and share a Jack and Jill bathroom. The guest bedroom has a charming peony wallpaper and antique furnishings. The bathroom features an original claw foot bathtub that has been refinished. White subway tiles surround the walls and marble tops the vanity.

A set of stairs leads to a suite of rooms that include a large sewing room, bedroom and sitting area. Judy’s collection of antique quilts add character to the sewing room. Along one wall is a long work top for sewing projects or hobbies. Judy’s mother’s antique Singer sewing machine is on display, a government gift during the Roosevelt era. A white and green azalea print wallpaper decorates this room and the adjacent bedroom. The bedroom also has a lovely antique quilt and furnishings to make the room cheery and relaxing.

Back downstairs, you enter a combination kitchen, dining and family room.  This is the heart of the home. Like the living room, it is also grand and spacious. White kitchen cabinets extend to the high ceiling. Modern high-end appliances include a commercial grade stove and refrigerator. A generous work island divides the kitchen from the dining area. The family room sitting area completes the space. One can envision large family gatherings in this great room.

A side door leads outdoors to a cozy sitting porch. The porch overlooks an enormous backyard with many garden spaces for fun and play. Do not miss the lower level BBQ patio with its outdoor fireplace or the nearby fish pond and mini waterfall. As you meander back uphill, admire the orchard of trees and plantings. You will leave the Steger home with admiration and maybe even a wistful desire to linger.