1890s Queen Anne, Gardner, MA (George F. Barber)

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69 Prospect St, Gardner, MA 01440

  • $99,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2950 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Proud victorian awaits your touches. So much to offer with multiple fireplaces _2 working_ , keyhole stained glass window, and hugh garaage. This needs to be seen! Purchase this property with as little as 3c down with special seller mtg. Property is being sold _as is_. Buyer is responsible to verify all information since it was obtained from 3rd party sources. Any betterments shall be at the buyers expense. Special forms required, prequal/pof strongly encouraged.

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15 Comments on 1890s Queen Anne, Gardner, MA (George F. Barber)

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  1. Tracy says: 92 comments

    With a little lovin’, it would be a beauty.

  2. Ryan says: 458 comments

    Yeah, I’m thinking they should add some gingerbread to the exterior. Right now it doesn’t match the elaborate interior too well. It could be done pretty easily, though.

  3. John Shiflet says: 5547 comments

    The interior says “slam dunk” Barber… especially the signature keyhole stained glass window. Chris can probably nail it down to the exact design number. The interior looks pretty intact but the exterior has seen changes. I recall looking at an area in Springfield, MA in streetview and observed and entire street of towered Queen Annes all covered with vinyl and aluminum and missing most of their original ornament. Thank goodness someone was wise enough to keep the interior “goodies”. Seems to be priced well for the market as Massachusetts homes, especially in the larger cities, seem to bring a premium. The best old house values still seem to be in the Midwest and South.

  4. Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

    John is correct, this house is a spot on match for Barber’s design #36 from his Cottage Souvenir #2 pattern book. The interior seems to have retained much more of the original character than the exterior, as John also points out. Gardner is not that far from me, so I will be checking this house out.

  5. sbailey says: 58 comments

    chris… would like to hear you report back if you do go see the house. Looks like aluminum siding was put on the house at one point. Surely the library or someone would have photograph of the house back in its heyday… what a great house though…although from what i heard about MA…it seems a little on the less expensive side….?????

    • Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

      I just got back from visiting this gem. She is exploding with preservation potential. First the good news. In the interior, she maintains most of the original character elements with much of the woodwork retaining it’s original finish on the first floor. The hideous carpet throughout the house was laid on top of the original hardwood floors, so it will be very easy to remove the new, and restore the old yielding stellar results and a substantial return on your investment. The plaster walls seem plumb and true, however I am not able to determine the condition of the plaster on account of all the wallpaper. Again, simple removal of the new and restoration of the old, along with a few coats of paint, will release the beauty within. The keyhole window is simply a sight to behold. It is over 6′ tall from sill to head and it lights up both floors during the day. Morning sun hits it directly, you just can’t take your eyes off of it. The arrangement of the rooms and the utility of the back stair can’t be beat. The walk up attic contains two finished rooms with heat, and offers loads of potential with no head height issues. Now for the bad news. All the second floor bedrooms have their original woodwork painted over, which, given the beauty of the first floor, is a real disappointment. The current aluminum siding completely covers what is underneath, so I have no idea if any of the original siding is still intact, or in what condition it might be in. The heating and hot water systems in the house need substantial work, to go along with some serious effort to remove the original behemoth coal boiler in the basement. There is also a newer garage/barn (roughly from the 1930’s or 1940’s) that will need to be removed and could easily be replaced with a replica type carriage house. The neighborhood is decent with mostly modern, fairly well kept homes throughout, however the town itself is yet another New England mill town that has long ago since, seen its heyday. There simply isn’t going to be any potential buyers, willing to pay 500K for a fully restored, glistening Barber designed Queen Anne house, in this location. Even if you could get this house for 100K, which I seriously think you can, you will probably have to put about 200K into it to make it nice, and then hold onto it for quite some time while it appreciates in value. Anyway, if I had the cash available, I would pull the trigger on this one in a heartbeat. Anyone interested in more, just let me know.

      • Vickie says: 25 comments

        What a beautiful syopsis Chris..thanks for sharing.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1109 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Thanks for the info. Interesting to hear what the house really needs/looks like from someone who actually visited the home. Maybe someone will fix it up one day and it not fall into unappreciative hands.

      • sbailey says: 58 comments

        chris… it wasn’t uncommon for bedrooms to have painted woodwork. my house is 1880 and only the “public areas” of the house had varnished nat. woodwork. At least with removing the aluminum siding, you can cash in the aluminum and wood has been to known to fare better with aluminum than vinyl siding…

        when you say the heating and hot water need substantial work…are they currently not working? If the coal boiler isn’t currently hooked up i don’t know if it is creating any issues just by sitting there??

        if someone buys this house, they will look at it as a long range commitment. we are on a 20 year restoration plan… hopefully we’ll live long enough to see it completely..

  6. Vickie says: 25 comments

    I love this house….Love the keyhole stained glass and all the natural woodwork. I’d be scraping wallpaper and pulling up carpet though. Is the exterior pink or is that just the lighting? Even so I’d love it pink!!

  7. Aaron says: 43 comments

    It ought to look something like this:

  8. Judy LeBlanc says: 1 comments

    Hi Chris…. We bought the house! So far we have removed carpeting, removed wallpaper, and have started the ‘wall repair’ process. We are having a great time restoring that beautiful GEM! We would love to find out more information on the house. We have your card that was left in the kitchen. We are very excited regarding progress. We’d love to learn more about the history.
    Scott and Judy

  9. Chris DiMattei says: 268 comments

    Judy & Scott,
    This is truely great news. There is much that I would like to share with you, regarding this design, and the man responsible for it. Please email me directly at crdimattei@gmail.com. Thanks.

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

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