RISMEDIA, May 4, 2007-Best-selling author Jeanette Fisher, who will soon be featured in an episode of TLC’s?popular series, Flip that House has been asked to stage the home of one of America’s greatest cowboy heroes for three open houses before it is auctioned off on June 2, 2007. Fisher has written two best-selling books on flipping and staging houses, making her uniquely qualified for the task of making William Boyd’s Palm Desert home attractive to potential buyers.
After portraying Hopalong Cassidy in 66 films, 52 television programs, and 104 radio shows, William Boyd became synonymous with the Western hero in the minds of the American public, and Boyd vowed never to do anything that would betray Hoppy’s squeaky-clean image. He stayed true to his vow until his death in 1972, at the age of 77.
Throughout his career, Hoppy was dressed in black and rode a pure white horse, Topper. Boyd’s identification with Cassidy was so complete that when it came to making design decisions for decorating his home, he chose to feature Hoppy’s favorite colors–black and white.
Besides the simple black-and-white color scheme, Hoppy’s home presented Jeanette Fisher with other staging challenges. The first was the fact that even though the home contains a modest 1,892 square feet, it only has two bedrooms and two baths. Also, most resale homes have furnishings, but William Boyd’s personal effects have been moved. The Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia will be sold in a separate auction on June 4, 2007, in Los Angeles.
Once Jeanette has finished staging the home, it will be opened three times for public inspection before the auction: May 19, from 4:07 p.m. to 6:07 p.m.; May 26, from 11:07 a.m. to 1:07 p.m.; and June 1, from 6:07 p.m. to 7:07 p.m. There will also be a bidder’s information seminar on June 1 at 7:07 p.m. on June 1. The auction will then take place at 12:07 p.m. on June 2, with no minimum bid and no reserve.
Jeanette says, “It’s exciting to be involved in helping stage such an important part of America’s Western heritage. Hopalong Cassidy was a wonderful role model for kids in the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, and you can still see his films regularly on television. I’m really looking forward to it.”