c. 1885 Stick Victorian – Piqua, OH

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804 W Ash St, Piqua, OH 45356

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  • $49,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2790 Sq Ft
Welcome to 804 W. Ash St. Piqua,*AMAZING VALUE!!*Character galore!*This home was the former residence of Dr. J. C. Fahnestock* Offering approx. 2800 square feet of living space*Large foyer w/open staircase*The living room measures 33x13 and offers a fireplace and built in bench with large mirror.**Approx. 10 foot ceilings**Pocket doors**Comfortable study/office off the foyer*Wonderful big front porch and brick paver walkway*Large kitchen w/pantry and built inns**Formal dining room w/fireplace**12x11 screened in porch w/ceiling fan**Hardwood floors*Natural woodwork**4 generous sized bedrooms**Owners bedroom with private bath and fireplace*Added insulation**Amazing large walk up attic great to finish off or storage**Tremendous curb appeal*HOME WARRANTY INCLUDED!!PRICED FOR QUICK SALE, HOME IS BEING SOLD IN "AS IS" CONDITION.
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Robert Arnold, Berkshire Hathaway Professional Realty
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19 Comments on c. 1885 Stick Victorian – Piqua, OH

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  1. Ernie says: 115 comments

    That white on white exterior is crying out for at least a four color paint scheme with a dark earthtone colored roof with warm brick colored terracotta accent trim applied to all the those rare and original gable crests that are still amazingly intact and present!. I see months worth of hand stripping that needs to be done on the interior millwork and time faded walpapers but it would be well worth the effort. Am I guessing or is that a secondary layer of brown paint on the newel post and stair rail?? Those chimneys are certainly the work of master masons but the interior mantlepieces are a bit disappointing.

  2. Jim R. says: 51 comments

    On the market since 2008- I wonder why it’s taking so long to find a buyer?

  3. says: 28 comments

    I agree with at least stripping that stair post. I don’t know why it’s taking so long but maybe it has structural/foundation issues. Home is “warrantied” but also being sold “as is”. ??? I also don’t see any back yard and it is tight against another house.

  4. John Shiflet says: 5533 comments

    Nice to see an old favorite come back. I don’t know why it hasn’t sold but it may be just that there aren’t that many old house lovers around Piqua or that the supply of old houses exceeds the demand. I totally agree that painting the house in colors would transform it as countless owners of ghostly white houses have discovered once they cured their homes of anemia with color. Landscaping and interior show pride of ownership so the lack of a sale is somewhat puzzling. Maybe an OHD reader will take a closer look and can determine any hidden issues. Otherwise, it looks pretty good to me.

  5. says: 38 comments

    This house deserves to be a Painted Lady! Why the painted staircase and fireplace?! Also with the lovely original pantry in the kitchen, how can you place stock cabinets next to it?! So frustrating.

  6. Dolly says: 2 comments

    I want this house!!!!

  7. Michael G says: 21 comments

    OMG, that house is a dream. ICK WHITE!!!! I can’t even beleive how cheap it is. All that origiinal wood detail still there.

  8. Georgann P says: 7 comments

    There is no back yard; just a side yard. It is extremely close to the house next door.

  9. Tia P. says: 52 comments

    I would love to walk through this home.

  10. Paul W says: 464 comments

    This one is now listed as SOLD.

    I don’t know who bought it but I do not envy the task ahead. We took a look at it and it needs considerable work. The roof needs immediate replacement..like yesterday. The shingle roof is at least 30 years old and missing shingles.

    There is a structural issue in the kitchen area. The wiring is 80 percent Knob & Tube including an active secondary fuse box on the second floor. The biggest issue however is the furnace which I an old 1920’s era gravity feed coal furnace converted to gas which aside from having welded cracks, all the ductwork was covered with asbestos which got wet at some point and will have to be professionally removed and the old coal bin has about 1/2 ton of coal still in it. The side porch has structural issues with the piers and will need to have a new foundation. House has no insulation either.

    While it has a great interior (I took over 70 photos) some of the interior changes were done without the long term thought as to how they impact structural integrity. This house has been a single family rental for over 20 years and there was little maintenance other than slapping multiple coats of white paint on the outside which will require a great deal of time to get into a condition to properly paint the house and EVERY window needed reglazing.

    I hope someone bought it with intent to restore but the realtor indicated almost everyone was looking at how many apartments they could get out of it. Its a great neighborhood with some incredible homes in it, and this was one of the best in the day.

    Lets keep our preservation fingers crossed on this one!

  11. Bill & Christy says: 2 comments

    I would like to alleviate any worries about this house not being cared for and restored in appropriate fashion.

    My fiancee and I bought the house in January because we want to live there for the rest of our lives. It is truly the house of her dreams for my fiancee who has delighted in decorating Victorian homes in minature since she was a young girl. This also happens to be a house that my mother wanted to buy after World War II, but Dad opted for the more practical option of a smaller house with lower heating costs. I have always admired it walking by when I visited my hometown, especially knowing that I came close to growing-up in it.

    As many of you have here commented, the house has many charming features that we intend to fully restore to as close to historical accuracy as is practical. Obviously we first need to attend to the roof, gutter, and sagging sun porch issues that the last commenter mentioned. Then we plan to tackle the restoration of the interior with help from an experienced decorator.

    We would be grateful for any helpful suggestions on accomplishing these objectives, as I intend to do as much myself as I can without risk of attenuating the quality of the outcome.

    • Paul W says: 464 comments

      Congrats!! I am so glad it is in the hands of people with good intentions. You have a long road ahead but the house itself has great potential. Seems like you have good grasp of what it needs. I would suggest checking out OHPO: Ohio Historic Preservation Office and keep an key out for workshops on how to restore windows. You will save a TON of money once you learn how, doing it yourself. Just get multiple bids on everything and it helps to know what you need, rather than have a contractor ‘tell’ you what they think it needs.

      • Bill & Christy says: 2 comments


        Thanks for the very helpful suggestions. I have registered for an Ohio Historic Preservation Building Doctor Clinic to be held in nearby Troy in August. Hopefully I will qualify for a site consultation.

        Now I have to deal with contractors for the roof, gutters, and structural repair. Replacing the original slate roof is of course cost prohibitive. What alternatives are preferred for ‘restoration’? Does anyone on this site sanction the use of simulated slate in metal or polymer shingles?

        Are there any resources that describe the levels of authenticity regarding historic preservation? Obviously, trying to restore a house to its original condition could cost a fortune. What are acceptable alternative concessions to affordability and practicality? For instance, at some point we will have to deal with he ultimate dilemma of how to handle bathroom renovation, striking a balance between modern amenities and period atmosphere.

    • Niki says: 1 comments

      I am so completely THRILLED that someone is saving it!!! I was OBSESSED with it for quite a while… And wanted it BAD. If inly my husband’s past tax issues were in order earlier- we would have bought it. I only live 2 blocks away. We drive by frequently and see the roof wrapped, etc. I’d LOVE to see it when you’re done! We’ve been praying that youd be “flipping” it. Lol.

  12. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12209 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Congratulations Bill & Christy! 🙂

  13. says: 16 comments

    So very happy for you!

  14. Paul W says: 464 comments

    For all intents and purpose a good “Architectural Tab Roof” is going to the most cost effective way to go, Metal is noisy and the repro slates are still expensive. Of course EPDM on the flat roofs makes sense (with proper redeck). Those savings will make it possible to find a good craftsman that can properly rebuild your roof gutters. Any roofer that tells you to scrap your roof gutters for “continuous gutters” should be shown the door. The amount of water you have to take off far exceeds the typical gutter downspout systems. I am glad to see you are starting with the roof as a roof is pretty much required BEFORE you restore.

  15. RosewaterRosewater says: 7266 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Why am I not in this thread?

    Such a great house – and that price – – . Sheesh. I’ll never forget it.

    Hopefully Bill & Christy will pop back in some day and give us an update. 🙂

  16. MJGMJG says: 2383 comments
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    WOW. I’d move to PICK WAH as folks say its pronounced just to own this stunner. Jeeze 50K????? I’ll buy it and spend the money to dismantle and move it. With that kind of money, I would pay for someone to professionally strip, clean and re-varnish or shellac the woodwork!!


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