Steve Braunias finds his family home listed in the real estate section.

The family home is for sale. End of a private era, the real estate sign on the front lawn giving notice that it will no longer serve as Fortress Braunias, a house passed down from generation to generation, 70 years of mail addressed to the same strange and ungainly Austrian name. My father built it with his bare hands, which explained some of its eccentric features. But he was a gifted housepainter and as a wallpaperer he was without parallel. He put up a sign above the garage