c. 1880 – Martinsburg, WV

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1495 Williamsport Pike, Martinsburg, WV 25403

  • $95,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3532 Sq Ft
  • 1.58 Ac.
Commercial or residential. Grand 1880's Victorian farmhouse ready for your restoration or business ideas! 1.58 acres in a country setting, yet close to town and I81. Public water and sewer available. Conventional financing or cash only.

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6 Comments on c. 1880 – Martinsburg, WV

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  1. Mary says: 1 comments

    Looks like a mid-19th-century I-house with Victorian gables added.

  2. Robert says: 351 comments

    Agreed with Mary. It’s mid-19thC with some later bays and cross-gables details grafted onto the facade and the rear ell and a new cornice.

    The fourth photo shows a large and original gable end chimney on the front block whereas it’s twin is 40 or 50 years later and much smaller; on the rear ell, there should be a chimney roughly above the added bay window (in the dining room the fireplace was reworked around the original chimney that dies somewhere in the attic now, and the flanking cupboards are probably mid-19thC.) In that same fourth photo, you can see how the roof was modified at the facade. The internal placement of the dining room bay makes sense only as an afterthought. The little 4-light attic windows are original but now clipped by a later beefed up cornice; the original corbelled brick cornice is seen at the rear which was almost certainly built at the same time as the front. The large hearth in the basement is mid-19thC. In the jackarch above it, you can see where the front door opening was widened — though it looks to have been wide originally, possibly with sidelights and an earlier but similar transom?

    For all the work needed, still a nice house, with nice proportions.

  3. John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

    Mary and Robert are correct…this is a (no later than) mid-19th century house with later additions. The staircase newel and hand railing don’t seem to match well either but who knows? Lots of work awaiting for the next owner(s) but I suppose the seemingly optimistic price is mainly for the one and a half acre plus size lot. Ghost of an original porch outline is visible is visible in the brickwork but maybe some earlier photos exist to show what it looked like. As we all know, in real estate location is EVERYTHING and I don’t know much about Martinsburg. If it were around Wheeling or on down the Ohio River (say to Williamstown, WV) doubtful you could find a buyer at this price.

  4. John C says: 434 comments

    Martinsburg has a wide variety of housing stock, much of it older houses, for sale at a variety of prices. It is the end point or starting point of a commuter train route to Washington DC’s union station. No doubt that will, over the years to come, strengthen the housing market there, but that day seems not to have fully arrived at this point,. http://www.commuterpage.com/rail.htm

  5. Dani says: 4 comments

    How did they install new windows with all those vines growing on them?

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12228 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    From the last Google Street, this home was saved! 🙂


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