Tryon Toy House

$ 225,000
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Contact Agent
MLS #3498861
Contact nameRoberta Heinrich
Contact phone828-817-5080
Year built1923
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area1,300 sqft
Lot Area0.24 acres


Rare offering of an iconic property, Tryon’s historic Toy House and Workshop. Both of the cottages are currently set up for residence, but the property is in the central business district and can be returned to use as a business or short or long term rentals. The Toy House retains it’s original fireplace with Mother Goose Tiles and carved walnut mantle along with carved beams in the living room’s cathedral ceiling. There are many intricate touches throughout the house that are unique to the fairy tale image it was meant to present. There are hardwood floors in most of the living area, with the kitchen and sun room floors being tile. The sun room was added in the 80’s. The workshop was built in 1935 for the purpose of having a separate place to create toys and other woodwork. It is now the guest house and has it’s own address, #51, and it’s own independent utilities and has 728 SF of living space including a kitchen, bedroom, bath and living/dining room along with a deck. The original stone steps and walkways remain, plus city water and sewer and it is an easy walk to anywhere in down town Tryon in just minutes! Miss Elenore Vance and Miss Charlotte Yale both had a passion for wood carving as well as other crafts and their paths crossed in Chicago, where they met and eventually moved to North Carolina to work for the Vanderbilts, developing and directing Biltmore Industries for 13 years. After the death of George Vanderbilt, they moved to Tryon to teach weaving, pottery and woodcarving. In 1923, they built the Toy House, a copy of Anne Hathoway’s home in Stratford-On-Avon to be their display area for the Tryon Toy Makers and Woodcarvers. The Toy House first became a private residence in 1949 and has been used as one till the present.


Additional Buildings / Amenities

  • Barn/Stable
  • Carriage House
  • Dock/Pier
  • Finished Basement
  • Gazebo
  • Greenhouse
  • Guest Cottage