Once a grand mining hotel called the Little Daisy, this one-of-a-kind property in Jerome, AZ, has been reimagined as a sprawling mansion. If you’d like to pluck it for yourself, it’s now on the market for $6.2 million.
The original 40-room hotel was built in 1919 by Little Daisy Mine owner “Rawhide Jimmy” Douglas and designed by architects Royal Lescher and Leslie J. Mahoney to support the mining operations.
Once the miners moved on from the sleepy mountain town, Little Daisy was purchased and transformed into the private home of scientist William Earl Bell, who most notably invented the atomic clock. The home stayed in the Bell family for decades.
The property eventually fell into disrepair and was later purchased by Walter and Lisa Acker in 1995 for a paltry $190,000.
The couple then spent the next nine years lovingly rebuilding the Little Daisy, and their result surpasses the home’s former glory.
“When Walter and Lisa Acker purchased this historic property, it was a mere shell of a building,” says listing agent Donna Chesler. “Nothing remained. No windows, doors, fixtures, even the roof was removed on the third floor, leaving the building exposed to the elements. Today, it is a true historic masterpiece.”
She adds that the unexpected death of Walter prompted Lisa to sell the spectacular home.
Today, the 12,000-square-foot property has eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It comes with 3.5 acres set amid Arizona’s high mountains, featuring views of Cleopatra Hill, Jerome, and Verde Valley.
In addition to the interior space, the mansion offers 2,900 square feet of porches, a 2,600-square-foot garage and workshop, and 9,000 square feet of rooftop gardens.
The couple lived in a trailer on the property during the renovation, and their personal touches can be found throughout the home.
“My husband made a lot of the furniture in the house, and he made the cabinets in the kitchen,” Acker told Bloomberg. “In the dining room, I can’t see anything he didn’t make, except for the chairs at the dining table.”