Brenham’s Gorgeous House of Atreus Back on the Market

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BrenhamThe beautiful 1883 Folk Victorian farmhouse built by Atreus and Katherine Clay went off the market before we could feature it as a historical shelter, and we were bummed. But it’s back on the market now, and it’s even ready to become a business again if the new buyers wish.

The farmhouse was home to four generations of the Clay family before it went on the market. The first Artreus Clay was a Texas Ranger and built his family home near Independence and Brenham to last.


And the residents of the home have honored that by keeping the home in incredible shape throughout its history. It’s been used as a bed and breakfast and wedding venue called the House of Atreus, and if the new buyer was the entrepreneurial type, it could be again.

Listing agents Savannah Gutierrez and Susan Kiel of Market Realty said it’s a chance to “own a true piece of Texas history.”


The three-bedroom, four-bath home located at 8708 Captain Scott Road in Brenham (which, by the way, is home to a certain ice cream company and lots of other attractions) has high ceilings to keep it light and airy, lots of space in the living and dining areas, plenty of fireplaces for chilly winter nights, and a spacious kitchen.

The downstairs master suite has a fireplace, and the en-suite bathroom is bright and has a to-die-for claw foot tub.

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms with private bathrooms and fireplaces as well.

But this house won’t leave you feeling like you’re completely stuck in the 1800s — finishes and appliances have been updated, and there is an enclosed pool space with a lounge as well.

Gutierrez and Kiel said the original cistern for the home is still in the basement, which is also home to the wine cellar. There is also a 4,840 square foot metal shop and a one-bedroom, one-bath guest quarters on the 3.5-acre property.

Outside the property’s “beautiful, ancient live oaks and pecan trees whisper of its past and beckon you home,” the two Realtors said.

The home is listed for $449,000.