Andre Norton’s Fantasy House


I’m thinking Andre and I have the same taste in houses for the only thing she didn’t mention would be the very large real-wood library with automatic filing system. The outside really doesn't matter because the inside changes to what you require it to be.

But it would look something like this.

Just an image from the internet.



Andre (herself) took me on a guided tour of her fantasy home.


1) As you can imagine it's a very large old Victorian House.


2) Her house and her cats take care of her instead of people.


3) At mealtimes, she can sit down at the table and the fridge will roll over to her so she could fetch the items she wants out of it.


4) Her cats prepared her meals and served them to her.


5) Her cats and meerkat’s run and frolic on the walls and ceilings.


6) When Andre wants to go upstairs, she will stand on the first step, the hand railing will form around her back like a chair and take her upstairs and gently place her on the top landing.


7) The halls in her home are yellow bricked like the road in her favorite book "Wizard of Oz".


8) She has a “special weather room” that can develop any kind of weather she's in the mood for.... snow, rain, sunny and tropical, etc. It works telepathically.


9) She has a room that can transform into any place on the planet... such as the Grand Canyon, Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, etc. It also works telepathically.


10) She has a special room that she can go into and have conversations with departed famous writers. It's a parlor type setting with a huge, oversized sofa and an elaborate robotic tea cart with tea service. Her cats do the serving!


11) Her office has a massive wooden desk with gryphon carvings. Her pen writes without Andre’s help. It works telepathically. She told me that her pen knows all her thoughts, hopes and dreams. It has been her devoted companion in life.


12) Her bathroom accommodates her by telepathy. She has an oversized claw foot bathtub. When she is ready to get in, the tub will swoop slowly down into a large curve low enough for her to step over and into it. (The water level remains the same!) Once she gets into the tub, the back of the tub forms a small seat around her butt and carefully lowers her into the water. Her cats help bathed her. When her bath is done the back of the tub raises her to her feet, the tub curves and she steps out.


13) Her house always knows if “someone” is plotting to harm her in some way. It will send out an invitation to that person (itself). When that person shows up for the visit, they are shown to the “guest room”. At night, after that person gets snuggled into the bed, thinking about their dirty deeds, the walls will come down and smack them like a fly swatter and that person became part of the “wallpaper motif”. If you looked close enough in the wallpaper, you could see those people’s images!


14) In the mornings, Andre can walk into her closet and come out fully dressed and at bedtime, walk back into her closet and come out with her gown on.


15) Glass doorknobs became a magnifying glass for her whenever and wherever she needs one.


16) The huge majestic oak tree out in front of her house stands guard over the outside and strangles intruders. It’s limbs have the capability to reach anywhere on her property (outside).


17) Her favorite flower, purple & yellow pansies, stay in bloom all year round in her yard.


18) She can open any book brought into her house and they speak to her, instead of her reading them.

At the end of the dream, I told her to take care of herself, she told me “not to worry, my house takes care of me” as she closed the door.



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