c. 1883 Stick Victorian – Astoria, OR

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687 12st St, Astoria, OR 97103

  • $499,950
  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 5661 Sq Ft
  • 0.03 Ac.
This is a beautifully renovated mansion offering 19th century charm and elegance with updated amenities and utilities. The home features 4 parlors, each with a fireplace. It has a outstanding master suite with a dual Jacuzzi tub, a large combination shower and steam room, a huge linen closet a fireplace and dressing room. The mansion has period lighting with chandeliers and Tiffany lights It also features a library and solar room with huge walk in closets. This an an estate sale and offers an outstanding opportunity to purchase this magnificent mansion at a bargain price. Replacement cost would approach $2,000,000.

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10 Comments on c. 1883 Stick Victorian – Astoria, OR

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  1. Lizzy says: 6 comments

    It needs some TLC, but it’s got some amazing pieces!!

  2. James Manista says: 27 comments

    Exterior features and siting seem superb. Interiors, not so much. Could be doubly lovely for a dedicated old housey Astorian with a good plan and several years (or money).

  3. FergusFergus says: 238 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    If you check the Zillow listing for the home you’ll see that they’ve added some more/new pictures which show that the house has been updated and redecorated since the current pictures were taken. That purple paint has (thankfully) moved from the interior to the exterior where it is much more complimentary to the home’s period features.

  4. says: 29 comments

    Pretty house. I checked it out on Zillow and the lighter paint colors improved the look of the interior. Very nice and Astoria is a wonderful city with a cozy climate.

  5. FergusFergus says: 238 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    There’s just something about this house that has me hooked on it. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind recently, so I decided to do a little research on it.
    Firstly, I found some additional listing pictures; http://www.parkplacepdx.com/site/propertydetails.php?lth=110_181581
    Turns out the pink/purple room with the book cases is an upstairs library with a sunroom looking out on to the street, the wall covering of the sunroom is a gorgeous unpainted bead boarding and is worth a look.
    But that wasn’t all I found…
    Thanks to the University of Oregon Digital Library I found a name for the house; The Fisher Ferdinand House and a bunch of diagrams and old pictures, most likely from the 1970s/1980s, showing clearly that the house could have easily met its fate with a wrecking ball. It looked very sorry for itself, in my opinion it looked almost like some sort of crack house/drug den. Luckily its fortunes have turned since then and that purple paint that once drowned the interior really wasn’t a bad alternative to how it could have ended; http://oregondigital.org/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=exact&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/archpnw&CISOBOX1=Ferdinand+Fisher+House+%28Astoria%2C+Oregon%29
    I wish I had the money to buy this grand old home and add the finishing touches to the restoration of a glorious home. But I’m probably going to have to finish University before I even have a hope of earning enough money to buy such a gem of a home. But alas I can always dream of such a day when I can buy this and many other homes I see on this wonderful blog!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Awesome find! It did look like a crack house! To the people that saved this one, amazing restoration! I’ll add the photos to the page. Thanks for finding the info about it.

  6. Judith R says: 2 comments

    Iused to walk past this house 6 days a week in 1974 till 1976. My paper route took me past this house. I aways wanted to go an see the inside. I did deliver the paper there for a year or so. Never did get to go inside tho. The place was practically falling down. This is what happens when you do not take care of a house. It was white in 1974.
    I am so pleased that some one fixed it up.

  7. Slroulette23Slroulette23 says: 166 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Astoria has many MANY homes and buildings in the same condition. For years I was certain that the entire town would decay into nonexistence. Fortunately, a few years ago, Astoria saw a need to start preserving their history.

    I personally believe we can attribute the need to restore or rejuvenate our history (this includes homes) largely to the genealogy and ancestral craze that has swept through us. So many of us are searching for something tangible connecting us to those who came before us.

    In addition, the 20th and 30th anniversaries of the 1980s movie, The Goonies, has revitalized the fan base of the cult classic. The Goonies House draws thousands of tourist to Astoria annually. In June of 2015 alone, about 15,000 people came to see The Goonies house, which is a private residence. The ever growing tourist volume, I am certain, has assisted in the rehabilitation of these homes.

    Presently, Astoria is booming with historical integrity in their downtown district. They have truly delved into the details and the outcome has been spectacular. There is still a lot of work that needs to be accomplished and thankfully, the drive is there!

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