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David Parr is not a famous name in Cambridge.

But in the late 1800s when he got home from working as a decorative artist in grand houses and churches he used the same skills and techniques to spruce up the walls of his own modest terraced house.

David Parr’s house given Grade II listing Credit: ITV Anglia

It’s now been turned into a museum and has just been given Grade II listed status in recognition of the rarity of the interior designs preserved on its walls.

It gives us a recognition and a quality stamp which will enable us to access funding in the future

Shelley Lockwood, David Parr House

The designs survived because the house was later lived in by his grand-daughter Elsie Palmer, who died in 2013.

A charity was then set up to buy and restore it and David Parr House opened as a museum last year.

Like all musuems and attractions it’s been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions, but its also just received a grant of over £40,000 from Historic England to help them offer a virtual tour of the building.

We were fully booked at the begining of the year and have been looking for alternative ways for people to experience the house

Charlotte Woodley, David Parr House

David Parr didn’t get much recognition for his day job, but his name lives on through the preservation of his home where he spent decades creating his designs in his spare time.

David Parr’s former home given Grade II listing Credit: ITV Anglia

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Film Legend Doris Day’s House in Carmel, CA, Is Listed for $7.4M

The Carmel, CA, home of Doris Day, singer and film icon, is on the market for $7.4 million. It’s available for the first time since it was built in 1960.


The actress and singer Doris Day, star of “The Doris Day Show” from 1968 to 1973, was known for being an activist for animal welfare. The sunny star, who memorably sang “Que Sera Sera” in the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” died last year at the age of 97.

Now, her longtime home is on the market for $7.4 million, and is listed with Doug and Lisa Steiny of Sotheby’s International Realty Carmel Rancho Brokerage. This is the first time it has been sold since it was built in 1960.

The estate in Carmel, CA, includes a three-bedroom, two-story house of 8,382 square feet; a 1,236-square-foot guesthouse; and two caretaker apartments in the bright red gatehouse.

Three “lofts” totaling 909 square feet provide additional space for either guests or extended family members to spread out in comfort.

Fun fact: The property includes a spiral staircase that was featured in Day’s show.

Signs of Day’s love of animals are everywhere. The spread also features a large dog-care area, including a canine-friendly kitchen and a dedicated 100-square-foot space for her cats.

Doris Day’s longtime home

Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty


Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty

Golf course view

Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty

Living space

Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty


Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty


Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty


Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty

Red gatehouse

Wayne Capili for Sotheby’s International Realty

On 8.62 acres, the property’s structures—although built during the 1960s—have been well maintained, and their interiors are awash in light and bright hues and crisp white.

“Everything exudes her lovely demeanor—light, bright and sunny,” says Doug Steiny, “down to the color choice of buttercup yellow.”

The animal-friendly elements are pure Doris. That “dog kitchen [is] pretty unique,” says Lisa Steiny.

Lofted ceilings in many of the rooms coax in natural sunlight. Exposed brick and stone, such as a towering fireplace in the master bedroom and another crafted from Carmel stone in the living room, carve out cozy nooks.

Golf lovers will be enticed by the view of the Quail Lodge and Golf Course. The main house also has two offices, ideal for remote learning or working during the pandemic, plus a library.

The grounds include multiple patios and decks, gardens, and numerous walkways where the animal lover walked her dogs,.

The secluded property is secured with fencing, a gatehouse and gatekeeper. Large live oak trees and

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