Jim and Helen Green had an auction last Saturday, selling decades of the stuff people accumulate when they live in one house without moving.
It was an odd feeling to see so many possessions sold, but Helen called it “cleansing” and noted that a lot of things would find new owners who would get good use from what they bought.
The house is also on the market, and Helen said, “We’re hoping that a family will get it.
“It’s perfect for that,” she said. “But you can’t tell a buyer what to do with it.”
The Greens have lived in the same house for 43 years, but they aim to move on, becoming one more instance of the town’s changing character.
The kind of change that the Greens represent has been evidenced in recent years by turnover and redevelopment in their neighborhood, the Gill Addition, east of downtown. Since the 1950s it has been the place where local professionals lived and raised families.
Jim Green was a CPA, and the family also operated a cabinet business. He arrived in town in the 1970s after he got out of the Army and returned for a while to Ohio. Helen is the granddaughter of a homesteader. They raised two sons while living at 385 East Broadway. They also own the adjacent lot, behind their house, at the corner of North Gros Ventre Street and East Deloney Avenue.
Together the two lots amount to 0.42 acres. The main house has 2,794 square feet and four bedrooms. It was originally a smaller frame house near where the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is now located. It was moved and the house enlarged and the exterior bricked when there was only one mason in the county, Helen Green said.
There’s also a 443-square-foot guest house. The land, house and other improvements have been on the market for a year. They’re priced at $1.895 million.
Greg Prugh, of Prugh Real Estate, called the offering “a great property.”
Though zoning in the area is still being debated as part of a general comp plan re-examination, and there are limiting Gill Addition covenants, the property has attracted not just people looking for a house but some looking for a place to redevelop.
Noting the Green house and several others along that stretch of Broadway, Prugh said it’s difficult not to imagine something new there as the neighboring areas become denser.
“I think that long term it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have six lots between St. John’s hospital and the square zoned as single-family,” he said.
Even if the zoning doesn’t change much, the size of the property might make it eligible for some new housing under the accessory residential units rules being debated by council.
“I don’t think it becomes dense development,” Prugh said. “But it might allow for ARUs, one or two rentals.”
Prugh noted that the house is one of a dwindling number lived in by people who have deep roots in Jackson Hole.
Helen Green’s grandfather was Charles Hedrick, who homesteaded near the Triangle X Ranch in 1892. There’s still a Hedrick Pond up there.
Her parents were Fred and Lila Abercrombie. They ran Warm Springs Ranch, a hotel and resort at the north end of East Gros Ventre Butte. There is still a Warm Springs Road there.
The family would like to see the place change as little as possible.
“It’s a great place and so old-Jackson,” Helen Green said.
Her son, Eric, founded and runs Dust Cutter Beverage Co. He remembers when the two lots were mostly empty and the trees were small. He agreed that he would like to see the place remain someone’s home.
“I’d like it to stay exactly how it is,” he said.