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Beverly Cleary's Childhood Home Hits the Market For $362K


New to market in Portland, Ore., is the childhood home of author and fourth-grade favorite Beverly Cleary. Cleary, whose career spans 50 years and 30-plus books starring Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins, moved into this bungalow in Grant Park in 1925, when she was six, and stayed in the neighborhood until she left for college at 18. When depicting the classically American upbringing of her characters, Cleary supposedly drew a lot from her childhood in this house, which boasts a vegetable garden, wide porch, and picket fence. The brokerbabble calls the place "a piece of Portland history," but, then again, it also says "you might see Ralph S Mouse on his cycle running down the hall," so let's not hold the broker to those promises. The circa-1910 house has 1,222 square feet of space, two—or three? there's some inconsistent listing info—bedrooms, hardwood floors, and a generally easy, cozy feel. Take a tour, above.

· 3340 NE Hancock St, Portland, Ore. [Zillow]
· Beverly Cleary's Literary Inspiration and Childhood Home for Sale [Zillow]