Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Fix: Midwestern Fixers 25K or less

Another week and  its Friday Fix where we feature great Midwestern Fixer priced 25K or less. Some need a little, some need a lot but all are great places to start.

Richmond Indiana never fails to disappoint and this great Craftsman home priced at only 16,500 is a great place to start. Located at 818 10th there is a lot of restoration nearby.

More info:818 S 10th

Evansville is becoming increasingly well known for the many small shotgun cottages there and this fine one deserves attention. We like the detailing and if you are starting out or an empty nester, these homes make sense and priced at only 12,900 with a rare double lot! This one wont last long.

More info:18 E Franklin
1435 S Fountain St in Springfield OH is our Banner home and is priced at 13K. This is a late Victorian home with some free classic influences.

Some good mantles and trim we think this one has lots of potential.

More info: 1435 S Fountain

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Midwest Preservation Bargain: 805 W Jefferson St, Sandusky OH

Today we feature a large Victorian home for very little money. This 5 bedroom home is priced under 100K at 98,837.00.

The home has some lovely stick detailing on the gabling and we love the staircase detail.

The side greenhouse is a nice feature on this house and we could see having morning coffee out there.

More information and photos:805 W Jefferson St

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Midwest Mansions: 600 E Main St , New Albany, Indiana

What can you say Grand Italianate with just about everything. Always wanted to own an Inn? Or maybe just an nice elegant mansion to retire to? It doesn't get any better than this.

Over the top pier mirrors, original details. This was a grand house when built and is equally grand now.

What the realtor says: Welcome to this fabulously restored Italianate mansion beautifully appointed on. 8421 acres, the largest lot on mansion row that has recently undergone a $2 million dollar restoration with new median, roads, trees, plantings, lighting & sidewalk!!! It boasts 7 bdrms., 6 baths and the magnificence of yesteryear throughout! Enter this beauty in the 10 x 30 foyer graced by a winding staircase, stained glass window, soaring ceilings & stunning wood floors! The gourmet kitchen features a 6 burner gas Vulcan range/oven, stainless dbl. door commercial refrigerator, second sink, granite, 8'.5'' x 3' island, 2 sinks, glass front cabinetry & more! Energy efficient w/ 3 zoned HVAC, 2 new A/C units in 2012 & 3 water heaters. In ground pool, putting green, sun porch, covered balcony & winding staircase leading to a cupola w/ views of the river & Louisville skyline are a few bonuses! Has been operated as a very successful Inn for the last decade

What we say: You would be hard to find a house this elegant and this size for 500K, as it would be twice the price across the river in Louisville. A really great value in our opinion.

More info: 600 E Main

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mansion Fixers: 315 W 1st St, Oil City, PA

This is not a major fixer but rather a mansion that needs some sensitive restoration and at 129,500. you can live like a king.

What the realtor says: Recent kitchen, beautiful woodwork and glass windows highlight this beautiful home located on Oil City's historic south side. The 2nd floor has a sunroom (10'11x18'11) & an additional full bath (7'8x11'10) not noted in room sizes above. The 3rd fl. has several add'l bedrooms & 1 full bath in addition not noted in room sizes above. Property contains a security system.

What we say: Fantastic beamed wooden ceilings, stained and leaded glass, huge rooms and large lot make this a great home.

5 Bedrooms, 4 baths and over 5225 sq foot on almost a 1/2 acre lot

More info: 3115 W 1st

Monday, February 23, 2015

History for sale: 7716 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis

Built in 1824 and priced at only 125,000. A rare federal home in Indianapolis

Opportunity to purchase the oldest home in Pike township and one of the oldest homes in the city! Located atop a hill on the northwest side of town sits this brick Federal-style home with many original features.

Conveniently located near shopping and entertainment. The home is currently used as an office -- can continue to be or perfect work from home situation! Original hardwood floors, many unique built-ins. Amazing exposed original timbers in basement.

More info:7716 N. Michigan

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Fix: Great Midwestern Homes 25K or less!

Its Friday Fix! Great Midwestern homes priced at 25K or less! Some need a little some need a lot, all are great place to start.

522 N Johnson is a huge old house in South Bend, priced at 24,500 and over 2000 sq ft, 4 bedrooms is a great value.

More info: 522 N.Johnson

542 Elk Street is located in Freeport IL. This would appear based  o the roofline to be an early Italianate style home. Some 'ghosting' on the brick indicates there was originally a larger porch that wrapped around to the side porch.

More info: 542 W Elk

1111 Church St is in Hannibal MO and appears to have been built as double home. Now advertised as a four bedroom single family this home offers a lot of space in a cottage home and we can see it redone in period colors and quite charming.

More details: 1111 Church St

Todays "Banner Home" is at 2015 Main Street In Richmond. 5376 Sq feet , this substantial Brick mansion is priced at only 25K and sits on a street with restored homes over 300K. In terms of square foot for the location this is a deal in our opinion.

More info: 2015 Main St

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Preservation Bargain: 915 Center St, Hannibal MO

Hannibal MO is treasure trove of Victorian homes and great place to live. Our preservation bargain today is this grand old home on Center street. Priced at an amazing 69,500 it is a great value.

Original etched glass transom window, stained glass on the staircase upper sash, pocket doors, French doors, ornate oak staircase, gorgeous fireplace mantel with original tiled hearth and back, solid wood doors, and hardwood floors have graced the first floor for over a 100 years.

Newer appliances in the kitchen with a convenient eating bar make a nice update to kitchen. Second floor has three bedrooms and the 2nd full bath. Dining room with adjacent full bath could be used a main level bedroom. Deck is nestled around a shade tree with curved steps to wrought iron fenced backyard. Cozy front porch and established trees in the front yard will take you back to the good old days

More info and photos: 915 Center

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Cozy Cottage: 273 Arlington Ave, Springfield OH

Todays "Cozy Cottage' is the period perfect largely unaltered (except for the painted woodwork) Craftsman cottage in Springfield Ohio.

We love the columns, the doors and the built-ins, more impressive is the period kitchen which is rare to find these days and other than a newer copper farm sink looks pretty much like the day it was built.

What the realtor says:  This is an amazing home with loads of charm and history. Formally used as a Doctor's office possibly 50-60 years ago. Roof replaced 2006 or 09' Antique chandeliers original to home. There are pillars, hardwood floors, brass door knobs, large windows. Spacious dining room includes built in glass front credenza. Pocket doors w/beveled glass. Butler pantry w/swinging door, kitchen includes distinctive double copper sink, gas range, marble top kitchen cart, two pantries, original wide baseboards. Red tile kitchen floor! 19 x 21 rec room! Some original wall light sconces. Possible media room plus bedroom 2nd.

Priced at 130K we think this house offers great value for the money. More info: 273 Arlington

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Classic Updated: 831 Cedar Bough Pl, New Albany IN

New Albany Indiana is well known for its great Victorian homes and active preservation efforts. This great home  at 831 Cedar Bough is a classic updated Victorian.

Historic Victorian style home built in 1890. This home has been stripped to the bones and put back together with all new plumbing, electrical, drywall, 2ea. HVAC units, Roof (new in 2010), Wrap around front porch and two covered back porches & large, flat, partially fenced backyard. 8 foot pocket doors, two ornate fireplace mantles & 10 ft ceiling height.

Beautiful switchback staircase features original stained glass window & spills out into the foyer w/inlaid hardwood floor & window seat. Kitchen recently remodeled w/new tile flooring, cabinets, counters, sink. Kitchen appliance stay. Butlers pantry with original cabinetry.

Formal dining room w/bowed window & original fireplace mantle. Half bath on 1st floor. 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor, full bath w/claw foot tub and separate shower. Spacious laundry room with laundry sink. On the 3rd floor you will find another bedroom and full bathroom
More Information and photos: 831 Cedar Bough PL