McGregor Home Tour: Part 3

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Hallberg Home, 812 Walton St.

The Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages Committee is sponsoring a tour of four unique McGregor homes on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at each participating property. All proceeds will go toward adding a splash pad at Turner Park. Over the past few weeks, North Iowa Times editor Audrey Posten has been featuring each home included in the tour.

Lynn and Gay Hallberg built their “forever home” 15 years ago at 812 Walton St., around the corner from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, after a lot of time spent searching for the perfect location.

“We didn’t want to be right downtown,” Gay said, “but this is close enough you can walk there.”

Additionally, Lynn liked the easy access to the street.

But, during one visit, it was the natural beauty at the rear of the property that really sold them.

“There were Sweet Williams growing along the hill and a baby fawn was laying in the grass,” Gay shared.

Lynn designed the Hallberg home, and it was built by Gay’s brother in law, Wayne Bacon—something the couple now treasures even more because of his recent passing.

The two said their favorite part about the home is its open interior.

They wanted to be able to interact, explained Gay, “while I’m in the kitchen and he’s watching a football game in the living room.”

Light was also a key component. The home has a number of windows, including skylights and three, eight-foot windows in the main living area.

Gay said the best description for the three-bed, three-bath house’s decorating style is “homey.”

“My granddaughter says, ‘I just love your house. It’s so comfortable,’” Gay remarked. “And I’m glad. That’s what we wanted. We didn’t want people to have to tip-toe around.”

Adding to the warmth is the amount of woodworking, from the kitchen cabinets to the paneling on the walls when you enter the home.

“All the woodworking was just rough wood,” said Gay. “I sanded and stained it all.”

Another important wooden piece—a china hutch in the dining room—pre-dates the home. 

“My dad bought it for my mother,” she said. “It’s been in the family a long time.”

Gay has filled it with a collection of Jewel Tea china that also holds a special place in her heart.

“It reminds me of my grandma,” she shared.

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