George and Jean Hofmann live on 54 acres on Grimes’ northeast edge. The couple moved to the acreage from Granger 25 years ago, after George retired from his career as an educator. Now, Jean and George, 74, live in their 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom split level with a couple of dogs, a dozen or so geese and a hen house full of chickens.
“We have White Rock chickens, some jungle fowl and white geese,” George says. “According to Darwin, wild jungle fowl were the genetic origin of all modern chickens. They are real pretty birds.”
The home sits up on top of a hill at the end of a long, white gravel driveway that separates the home from the nearest paved street. Surrounding the home on all sides are gently rolling grass spaces, bordered by prairie grass, corn and trees. In the rear of the house lie the chicken coops and a fenced-in backyard for the geese and chickens; out the front door are two storage sheds and a dog run for the couple’s two dogs. The home itself features two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and master bath on the main floor with laundry facilities, a third bedroom and a second bath below on the bottom level. The bottom level also contains access to the two-car garage. Despite living in the house for as long as they have, the Hofmanns are still looking for ways to improve the look of their home.
“We just got the house repainted this summer, and we’re looking to add some shrubs to the front of the house, and maybe a small deck coming off the front door,” George says.
The Hofmann children all still live in Grimes and the immediate area, meaning family is never far away, but the Hofmanns value the elbow room that comes from living on the city’s edges.
“The open spaces are the best thing,” George explains. “We own everything out to the tree lines. Lower Beaver runs through the bottom end of our property, and it’s nice to know those views are there.”
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