Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Midwest Mansions: Henning House, Fourth Street, Louisville KY

Many of the "grand mansions" in Old Louisville have been converted to luxury condos over the last few years so its a rare event to see a single family mansion on Fourth street come up for sale.

Fabulous renovations to this Old Louisville "Grande Dame" brick Mansion featuring Olmstead's Central Park as its front view! Also known as the "Henning House", this home is thought to be one of the first steel beam constructed homes in Louisville and offers wonderful entertaining possibilities with grand size and flow of all main level rooms, a working elevator servicing all 3 levels, updated Trane HVAC systems, updated foam insulation, upgrades to electrical and plumbing system, refurbished chimneys and much more!!

Elegance, grace and style greet you in the front vestibule with marble flooring and leaded glass doors and windows with entrance to the formal foyer with hardwood floors, fireplace and columned entry to a formal living room with bayed sitting area and views of Central Park.

This home is 6 bedrooms, 3 full, 2 1/2 baths and over 7500 square ft. At 950K the price of admission to own this grand mansion is high but its a rare occasion to acquire a single family mansion of this size and detail in historic Old Louisville.

More information and photos: Henning House

Monday, April 20, 2015

Historic Peter Martin House, 955 Cherry St, Huntington Indiana

"The Peter Martin House" is a high Victorian/Italianate all brick home built in 1875 by Peter Martin, a German immigrant and stone mason whose skill quickly helped him rise to wealth and prominence in Huntington. This home has been loved and cared for over the years and updated to accommodate living practices of today. The wood floors have ornate designs and all the rooms are large with 10 foot ceilings on both the main level and the upstairs. Five Bedroom, over 3000 sq ft, and priced at 138,900.00

Recent updates include newer roof, windows, gutters, new paint, and tank-less water heater. There are also two HVAC units working efficiently to heat and cool this 3000 square foot home. The kitchen has been updated with new counters and is extremely functional!

There are three living areas, a stunning formal dining room with beautiful plaster work and functional pocket doors, and a main level office with a closet that can double as a 5th bedroom! The double lot is awesome and there is a huge 3 car heated garage! The bedrooms are all very large and there is ample storage with large closets and a third floor walk up. This is a great opportunity to own a beautiful historic home in the great city of Huntington. Seller is offering a one year home warranty.

More info: Martin House

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Victorian: 844 Forest, South Bend Indiana

Often we look at Victorian homes that were re-muddled in the 1950 or 1960's. Far too often today we see homes that are what I call "HGTV modern" on the inside. Preservation minded people often have to look beyond 'unfortunate improvements' of the moment to look at the more historical aspects of a home. This house is one of those cases. great house, priced at 179K.

This house has a great deal of character on the outside. In lovely historic Chapin Park neighborhood. It is rare to find a home in this area with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths home. This home  is close to downtown, the River and Leeper Park, Bike/Running Trails, Universities, Hospitals and Arts & Entertainment. The home also has a nice sized fenced yard and detached garage.

We see some opportunity here to take this house back in time. A little paint, some wallpaper, historic lighting and this house can return back to its 1890's roots and be ready for another century of living.

More info: 844 Forest

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Midwest Bargain Mansion: Free Classic 2081 North Street , Logansport IN

As you know I rarely put homes on here without interior photos but this one is so unique on the outside I couldn't resist. This is late Victorian homes in the Free Classic Style with a  heavy dose of Colonial Revival thrown in.

I have never seen a two story Porch on the corner of a structure like this. Almost 6886  square feet,1600 plus sq ft in attic  and sitting on almost 1/2 an acre, this will be that one of a kind Victorian and its priced at only 75,000.00 ! Did I mention it has a 800 Sq Foot historic barn!

WHAT THE REALTOR SAYS:One of a kind home! Ideal for the person who values historic homes and the integrity and character they offer. We have hardwood floors, lots of woodwork, some stained glass windows, tall ceilings, built in cabinet in DR, 2 fireplaces, open stairway plus a 2nd stairway, wrap around porch and a carriage barn that needs restored. Tons of history with this property. Lots of work finished...lots of work needing finished. Home selling as is.
More info here and if anyone looks at this one please share any interior photos you take. 2018 North

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Midwest Preservation Bargains: 1122 Kentucky St, Quincy IL

We keep an eye out on Quincy Illinois real estate because there is always something interesting coming on the market. This home priced at 139,900 is a great value for a brick Victorian.

This home has some great stained glass, original woodwork and nice staircase.

We love the  Kitchen Pantry Unit and it provides lots of storage.

More info and photos: 1122 Kentucky St

Monday, April 6, 2015

Midwest Victorians: Late Victorian, South Bend Indiana

Large comfortable late Victorians that have nor be re-muddled are hard to find and that's why this one is such a treat and priced affordably at 245K.

Amazing staircase and built ins
Remarkable sitting room
WHAT THE REALTOR SAYS:Historic West Washington area property. Amazing woodwork and stairway. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double butlers pantry and formal dining room with natural wood trim and beams. Office on main floor with closet. This 3 story turn of the century home is one of the most charming properties in town. The richness of the natural woodwork and grand staircase is reminiscent of Tippecanoe Place. Lead glass, high ceilings, pocket doors and multiple fireplaces. A parlor, a den, a large front porch all remind you of a time and a place. Well planned updates in the kitchen and bathrooms. A nanny's staircase. The third floor billiards and game room is perfect for office art studios or craft room. Ample lot with garage too. Close to downtown.

Great Landing
WHAT WE SAY: The landing space on this house is wonderful, period woodwork and good room sizes are all huge pluses here. It is hard to find this much house at this price.
Great fireplace and beamed ceiling in dining room

More Information and Photos: 627 W Cofax

Friday, April 3, 2015

Midwest Bargain Mansion: Burlington Iowa

Well good things may actually come to those who wait. This is a situation where a grand house in a small town went on the market at a fair price to start with and time went by and by with no takers. This home has been reduced numerous times and really falls into the "bargain category". So if you have been waiting for that dream mansion this may well be it.

In fact we haven't seen this size home over 3700 sq feet, with this level of restoration and fine details on the market at this low 199,900 price.

This house literally has everything one looks for in a Victorian home, impressive inlaid floors, grand mantles, fine built-ins.

In fact everywhere you look their is the grandeur of the Victorian age.

Not to mention almost and acre a huge carriage barn and great views.

More info and tons of photos: 2131 Main

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Midwest Preservation Bargains: Italianate, Galion Ohio

We don't normally have "by owner' homes on here but this one rises to the super bargain level and I thought we would feature it. A special thanks to John S who found this one and brought it to my attention.

Yes this Classic Italianate is a little rough around this edges but is Bargain priced at 11,500, and I can not think of when I've seen this much house in a preservation friendly town at this price.

This house has great woodwork and I especially love the arched pocket doors in this house. This house will need some work to undo the double conversion and I would recommend removing some of the rear additions done over the years but I am amazed at the completeness of this house and the rather unique raised cupola which is somewhat unique in Galion architecture

More information here: 133 South Riblet

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Preservation Envy: Vermillion House, Greencastle Indiana

This is a wonderful period piece house at a very reasonable 124,900. We are envious of whomever snaps this one up!

This home was built by the first general store owner of Greencastle in 1887. Features include lavishly detailed woodwork, spacious rooms, hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and a park-like setting all within a block of DePauw University and the city park.

2 full baths, 4 bedrooms, kitchen appliances, and carport. Property features 2 city lots, mature trees, perennial flowers, fruit trees, berries and room for a sunny garden.

We love the entry, the detailed woodwork, the fireplace..this is one great house!

More information and photos: 513 Anderson St