For the owners of 3031 Burlington St., it’s hard to say goodbye to the place they’ve called home for five years.

It was the first house Esma and Clay Holley lived in when they moved to Butte years ago.

“When we walked into this home we knew immediately that this was the home for us,” said Esma Holley in a written statement. “The minute we stepped in, the home was welcoming and exuded a warmth and coziness that we had not been able to find until that moment.”

Later, Holley said by phone that she and her husband, an optometrist, moved to Butte for his residency. Throughout their 17-year marriage, her husband often told her that they’d end up in Montana one day. Originally from Oklahoma, he was driven by his love for the outdoors and the lifestyle that small towns afford.

When they moved into the home, the Holleys had just one daughter. Since then, they’ve had two more children, which makes leaving the home behind bittersweet.

“That house has a lot of really great memories,” said Holley of 3031 Burlington St. “(Because it’s where) we saw our family grow to what it is now.”

With all of its grandeur, it’s hard not to get attached to this two-story home.

Everywhere you look there’s something to marvel at, whether it’s the home’s decorative wooden archway forged in fretwork, pressed leather wainscoting in the dining room, or its many coffered ceilings. The home has original radiators throughout, and one of them is even affixed with an antique bun-warmer.

“It just functions right off the radiator heat,” said Tracy Miller, listing agent and Realtor at ReMax Premier of Butte, noting that the bun warmer is where Holley used to let her bread and pizza dough rise.

Previous owners have kept the historic integrity of the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home intact, so the house has many of its original details, including several original light fixtures and multiple sets of French doors.

But historic integrity doesn’t mean comfort has been sacrificed, as the home has plenty of modern comforts. The kitchen has been updated with stone countertops, custom craftsman-inspired cabinets and tile floors.

Meanwhile, prospective homeowners won’t have to install new wiring, windows and plumbing in the $299,000 home, as those elements have already been updated.

Overall, the 2,569-square foot home has a cozy vibe with buttery, refinished maple floors and a wood fireplace. Off the living room, visitors will find a sunroom – the perfect spot for growing herbs or taking in the warm sunshine with a cup of coffee. The first floor also features a master bedroom and laundry area.

Upstairs prospective homeowners will find a world of the imagination.

A handsome staircase — with, of course, a period-style wooden railing —leads to the upper level, where you’ll find a charming entryway, full bath, and three bedrooms, two of which boast walkout covered balconies.

“It’s just beautiful, I love it,” said Miller of the staircase.

More craftsman-style woodwork can be found throughout the upper level, including curious, hobbit-sized doors that lead to attic space, which can easily be converted into storage areas.

Outside homeowners will find more to love, including a two-car garage for easy off-street parking and a fenced area toward the rear of the home that is suitable for pets.

Adding to the cozy vibe, the home boasts a clinker-brick exterior, where bricks have been meticulously laid at periodic irregular angles, giving the impression of stone. And no matter if you’re inside the home looking through picture windows or on the covered front porch, you’ll always have a view of the yard’s mature landscaping, replete with large coniferous trees, aspens and more.

For Miller, the 1918 house comes from a time when craftsmen took pride in their work and homes were built with attention to detail and a little bit of love.

And what requires a loving touch more than the places where we raise families and build memories?

The Holleys are now bound for a new home they built near Thompson Park.

Holley said the home has been the site of both happy moments and some scary ones, especially when one of the couple’s daughters was born prematurely.

But for Holley, that’s just part of life.

“I guess that’s what makes a home,” she said, noting that the walls of a true home see the highs and the lows of family life and everything in between.

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