1885 Queen Anne – Pittsburgh, PA

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214 Elysian St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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  • $330,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2552 Sq Ft
~Unusual~Architecturally Significant and Pristine Example Of A Queen Anne Victorian~East End Builder's 1885 Model Home~Fine Detail Including All The Original Shutters On Nearly Every Window~Lovely Woodwork Which Was Never Painted~Walnut Staircase~Turned Spindles~Transoms~Marble and Wood Fireplaces~Gas Light Fixtures Converted To Electric~Gorgeous Doors With Intricate Hardware Also Never Painted~Stained Glass Windows~High Ceilings~Huge Basement Largely Above Grade~Needs A Loving Renovation~A Rare Find!
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Catherine McCONNELL, Coldwell Banker
(412) 363-4000

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  1. norma says: 40 comments

    There are no words to describe this house, the marble mantels are so beautiful. The wood trim, the shutters. This is wow just I love this one. The butlers panty the height of the cabinets. The stairway, the steps can you tell I love this house. Thank you for putting up this house.

  2. Bri says: 11 comments

    THAT BED. O.o I call dibs!!!

  3. TimothyTimothy says: 141 comments

    VERY interesting house. I like all the original details that are still intact and the vintage furniture is a nice touch. Looks like a lifetime of memories piled into that home.

  4. Stacey says: 24 comments

    The house is beautiful in its’ own right, but in looking through the pictures, I couldn’t help but miss both sets of my grandparents, who have all passed. It seems the house and it’s contents were truly loved. I wondered how many times the refrigerator door had been opened and closed and how many times they had walked down the front hallway to that beautiful staircase. It made me a little sad in that all of the family’s things and possessions were being sold at auction. A lifetime of memories sold for a price. I guess I am just being nostalgic today. I guess I am wishing for times gone by. Thank you for posting this one, Kelly.

  5. Laurie says: 1705 comments

    A fireplace in the kitchen! I’m officially in love. That is a “must” in my dream house. The built-in pantry is wonderful too, with drawers beneath the shelves — I wouldn’t change a thing about that, including the drawer pulls
    I’m not a fan of Queen Annes usually, but the proportions of the rooms in this house are very nice, with a feeling of space & fluidity. Plenty of windows to let in a lot of light too. Appealing place.

  6. Jack says: 5 comments

    I to think this one is wonderful! It’s always sad to go to a sale like this. Was there any family left? Or no one cares… Makes you wonder

  7. scott says: 58 comments

    wow… blown away.. i wouldn’t change a thing, just paint and clean… wonder why no bathroom pictures…. i just hope who becomes its caretaker doesn’t update it….

  8. Paul w says: 465 comments

    I really like this house but I’m wondering how they got the price? If you are starting at 330K and then looking at restore on top of that. So your at 120-125 a sq ft starting. Looking at the sold comps it looks like the are asking a “restored” price for a house that needs to be redone.

    By the time you do the ‘not pretty stuff’ like the mechanicals and looks like it needs exterior paint, probably a roof work. All the floors need redone, and looks like some plaster work on ceilings needed due to leaks. Not even talking about the Bradbury paper bill. you are easily at 250 a sq ft. price point

    Great house, hope it sells, because its a great house, but I bet the appraisal comes in 75-100K below asking. Curious to see what this actually sells for.

  9. Meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 90 comments

    I didn’t miss the estate sale lol! The estate sale company was very careful to not sell off the windows and doors stored in the basement, and in the off chance the new owners read this, some of the window shutters are being used as paneling in the basement! This house is unbelievable, and the price is because it is in one of the most desirable areas of Pittsburgh. You can walk to everything including the park, Bakery Square etc . . . and many houses in the area have had $$$$ invested in their restorations/remodels. Although there is some water damage in the photos it looks as though any leaks have been repaired – meaning the only work this house needs is some plaster repair and exterior paint (and modernization as desired by the buyers). Catherine, the Real Estate agent has a passion for time capsule houses like this, and will undoubtedly find a buyer who loves this house as much as we all do.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12147 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Sounds like the house is in great agent hands! πŸ™‚

      Do you know if the Mrs. of the house (I hesitate to use her name) passed away? I looked for her obit but didn’t find one.

  10. Ross says: 2417 comments

    Yes, the house is extra special yummy.

  11. Sue S. says: 276 comments

    “Catherine, the Real Estate agent has a passion for time capsule houses like this, and will undoubtedly find a buyer who loves this house as much as we all do.”

    Wonderful to read! I wish there were more agents like this, and fewer ones who tell sellers and buyers to rip out everything old and replace it with vinyl, plastic, and can lights.

  12. Meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 90 comments

    I’m not sure if they passed, from overhearing people talking I think she was a ceramic artist (half the basement is a pottery studio), so that may help to track her down. The bathroom doors were closed, but I peaked in one and it didn’t look promising. For all the bed frame lovers, the big one was in rough shape, and they had the audacity to sell the pieces of the matching bedroom suites off separately which was quite sad. Here’s a link to the estate sale photo gallery for those who are interested -https://plus.google.com/photos/117369410811367438351/albums/5984455327741126481/5984455340628912994?banner=pwa&authkey=COm06OrJw5vruAE&pid=5984455340628912994&oid=117369410811367438351 . I was planning on sending you the link for this house Kelly, but you beat me to it – I wish I had some pictures, but the sale was standing room only and pictures just weren’t feasible.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12147 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I knew her name, her husband died some time ago I believe but wasn’t sure she was still a live. I tend to not post current owners names, if they are still alive. They owned a pottery studio/supply in town, I think she retired in 2010. Thanks for the link to the pictures, I was curious if there were any available online. It looked like an incredible sale, wish I could have been there!

  13. Jim says: 5273 comments

    $275K as-is, with all the stuff – looks like the best is already gone. Scrub it down, fix the plumbing, tune up the furnace. Bring in a few pieces (and maybe a new fridge which would save $100 a month). I’m good to go, for the duration. (Bradbury wallpaper? gmafb).

  14. James R. says: 51 comments

    My first concern out of the gate would be bugs/rodents- not saying they are there, but sometimes old folks with lots of cardboard boxes sitting around end up with uninvited guests. Some of those piles of stuff look like they’ve been in situ since Kennedy took office.

    On the plus side, love the detail shots of the hardware. As a good ol’ Southern boy, you probably couldn’t *bribe* me to live in PA, but if anyone is gonna try to bribe me, they could start with offering me a house like this one…

  15. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 355 comments

    A wonderful house: interesting outside, and quite impressive inside, with great woodwork – handsome in style, remarkably untouched, and with a great dark patina that I like. Agreed that that it’s a prime candidate for a less is more restoration, though think it needs a lot more than just a quick bit of magic with a broom and a mop. A fireplace in the kitchen is great, but it’s a kitchen in name only; the bathrooms?; electrical?; mechanicals?; the cost of painting inside and out?; $7500 for refinishing the wood floors (or even giving them an even dark tone and waxing)… It’s a long list of work and expenses, all entirely worthwhile, but it needs a lot without ever tipping the balance to overdoing.

    As for the furnishings, I’m less sentimental and would the place emptied out to start anew. A comparable factory-made Victorian bed of the style and period can be had –and in better condition– for $200-400 at auctions up and down the East Coast. A whole suite of bedroom furniture of the type and period brings $1000-1500 on a good day (and a good Eastlake suite in the same dark walnut and burl walnut taste as the house for the same price.) The whole house could be filled with very good quality appropriate 1880s furniture for not much money at all. I’d probably skip the Bradbury & Bradbury papers, too; to my eye they work better in loftier, less patinated spaces where everything looks new as a bright copper penny.

  16. RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Looks like a pretty well preserved house to me; if more than a bit rich in deferred maintenance. Probably was hoarded from the looks of it, but a mild hoard, fortunately missing the animal damage and major structural neglect one often sees. Great that all the interior shutters are still there. Wish the agent had shown some of the converted gas fixtures mentioned. Only saw the one sconce upstairs, and other fixtures shown are from the 60’s. Newel post is a work of art. Very stylish; but like all the other wood in the house, has been much neglected and is in bad need of cleaning and nourishment. Colored glass, mullioned windows throughout are delightful. Exterior seems to have retained all of it’s decorative elements, but all are sorely in need of attention as they are only a few years from rotting away. Lot’s of work here, but much reward for the energetic preservationist. As to the fireplace in the kitchen; that room was likely a family dining room or breakfast room originally, with the original kitchen in the English basement below. With the lack of servants, and need for convenience in the modern age, the kitchen was re-located to the first floor. Could be sure of that if images were provided of basement and attics, (my favorites), which they RARELY are. Cool house.. Nice…

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      BTW – Anybody else concerned that we haven’t heard from Shifflet recently? He’s like the sun rising in the East on these posts…

  17. Mark says: 143 comments

    I agree with Robt. W about the furnishings. There are some nice pieces to match the home, but agreed the beds/dressers etc.can all easily be had for a couple hundred dollars at most( I live in PGH and have been attending antique shows/auctions for 20 plus years).

    The house is very nice. The price does seem a little high, but it is a trendy revitalizing neighborhood, and a home with a lot of better non-remodeled features.The only drawback to a lot of PGH trendy city neighborhood areas is that you can often go two or three blocks away, and then you’re somewhere you really don’t want to be out at night. You can check the PGH new websites and then look at a map to see that. Some of the bad neighborhoods are getting pushed out by new development.

    James R.,
    PGH may be too cold for you but you shouldn’t have too be bribed……….
    Most livable city multiple times, Forbes Magazine.
    Top 20 worldwide destination, Natl Geographic.
    Number 2 to buy a home, Forbes.
    Top 5 city for people, CBS moving.com
    #8 fun city-Bizjournals
    #3 US art destination, American Style
    #9 lowest crime
    #10 Cleanest city, Forbes
    #1 Adventure city-Natl Geo.
    Top economic urban area-Brookings Inst.
    Consistently ranked as one of the most affordable cities to live.

    …just to name a few.

  18. James R says: 51 comments

    Mark: no, nothing against Pittsburgh, I don’t even mind cold weather….I just never feel “at home” anywhere that far North! But I’ve visited some “Yankee” cities, and love all the interesting architectural and historic sites up there.

    John S- if you’re still living in the USA it can’t be all that darned warm where you are! Come on in and get on your computer, we miss you!

  19. Meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 90 comments

    There are some comments here that concern me in their tone, so since I’m the one who was inside the home I figured I’d address them. Hoarders? Not even close – things were emptied from the storage and drawers in anticipation of the estate sale. Common practice to make sure they sell as much as possible. Bugs and rodents? Again, a somewhat random assumption – the basement and attic spaces were pristine, and shockingly cobweb free. Woodwork in terrible condition and a few years from rotting away? Again, a strange comment. Interior woodwork was in nice shape, in need of a wipe-down with denatured alcohol and a coat of shellac (some of the painted shutters notwithstanding), while the exterior woodwork was rot free and rock solid. As for the kitchen, with the enormous pantry and no evidence of a dumb waiter or kitchen stairs off the pantry I’d guess the kitchen is in it’s original location, although there is another lovely fireplace in the basement – most basement kitchens around here appear in homes quite a bit older than this from what I’ve seen. ok, I’ll step off my soapbox now….

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12147 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thank you Meg, glad someone has visited the home to let us know the condition. I thought it looked pretty well cared for and lacked a lot of updates that I really hate seeing in old places. I would do very little here, apart from maintenance fixes.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Sorry you misconstrued my comments. Whether the owners were or not, the place looks like it was formerly hoarded; but like I said, not that badly. Boxes piled up floor to floor on the service stair, and random piles, as well as the generally unkempt and faded interiors give that impression.. As to “shellacking” the woodwork; THAT would be a tragedy, as all it needs is a good cleaning, and plenty of buffing with linseed oil.. I would bet my last bippy that the original kitchen is in the basement, especially since there is a fireplace there as you mentioned. My guess is that it is probably a quite large masonry opening which originally was outfitted with a wood / coal built in range as most were. A house of this vintage would not have had a fireplace in the kitchen as the cooking stove would have provided plenty of heat for that and other surrounding service spaces. That the fireplace in the depicted space has a formal marble fire surround is further evidence of the room having a previously non-service function.. Looked at the house on street view, and am quite comfortable with my previous assessment. There are MANY places where the wooden elements are completely exposed to the weather and in immediate need of attention. There is also evidence of existing rot and dry rot. The most concerning is the integrated guttering system, (a generally badly designed system in the first place), which needs nearly CONSTANT attention and maintenance to retain it’s integrity. Left without care, these systems will conduct water down into the eves and then into the wall cavities causing MAJOR damage. In these systems, pigeons, believe it or not, are worse than termites as they will pry away compromised wood in order to nest in the eves further exacerbating an already bad problem.. Brick work looks good, but is in need of immediate tuck-pointing and repair. Nice chimney pots though!
      So don’t get me wrong; I LOVE this house too! Just calling them like I see them from agent pix. Don’t want someone to think this place will be a walk in the park to fix. It will not.. Sure hope somebody will take on the effort though!
      Peace… J πŸ™‚

      • TimothyTimothy says: 141 comments

        I enjoy reading all these comments. I truly feel that this house is a time capsule. It looks like it has been lovingly lived in for decades and as time goes by, yes, some maintenance issues get ignored. You just get used to what ever it is that has gone wrong or you just can’t afford to have it fixed properly. Sometimes the commenters on this site forget that not everyone h
        as buckets and buckets of money to throw at a house and do the best that they can with what they have.

        Box gutters and slate roofs are wonderful features and last for many, many years but when they go bad they are hideously expensive to repair or replace. I am assuming that who ever owned this house, as they got older, simply couldn’t get up on that roof to inspect and maintain those gutters and many Seniors simply don’t have the money to hire professionals to do the work. They may live in a home that is now worth big money but they survive on Social Security and are lucky to just get by with day by day expenses.

        For the right buyer, this house could really shine.

  20. Mark says: 143 comments

    I see the neighbor #212 sold for $275k a little over a year ago.

    I’d think you could literally transform the inside of the place in a week of work. Paint, floor sanding. You might still have a lot of work to do and I don’t know about the mechanicals, but those things aren’t very difficult and would make a huge impact.

  21. says: 6 comments

    I am downright in love. I love how much of the original features are intact… the fact the ceiling was never dropped… you name it. I can’t find a single thing I don’t like!!! I hope whoever ends up with this magnificent girl just gives her some TLC and maybe some color – but doesn’t ruin her with updates and remodels… she is so rare and so beautiful! I would give ANYTHING to be in the situation to be able to own her! She is downright PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing her!

  22. Paul W says: 465 comments

    I talk to John S almost daily via email, They had some very cold temps down south so he had some things to deal with (frozen drain I think).

    At the end of the day with this house (which I like BTW) it really boils down to appraisal, home inspection and comps, that is unless you are paying cash. Houses with deferred maintenance usually get killed in both the appraisal and inspection process. They look at the most similar sq. ft. sold comp nearby and start deducting from there.

    As someone whose a full time preservation/restoration consultant, I know what the bid specs are likely going to be on this and what the banks home inspector is going to “trash” on this house. Most of my world is dealing with homeowners who buy that ‘untouched beauty’ (with cash) and find themselves in “Money Pit the sequel” and cant get a bank loan. Bank is going to likely get back an inspection report showing at least 100K (low side) in repairs to bring it up to code. and they are going to look at sold comps and go no way. Not without a lot of equity position by the new owner.

    Banks have a hard time with large “fixer uppers” (as we all know) and the new mortgage regs make it even more of a mess. They want to see rewiring, new furnaces, likely new plumbing, a roof (new kitchen) and they will price it out based on going contractor costs, not what the ‘handy homeowner’ thinks its going to cost.

    Given these days, appraisers are drawn at random, I would not be at all surprised with an appraisal in the 165-175 range. I have seen so many old house contracts lately fall apart at the appraisal.

    This house needs a “deep pocket” preservationist and I home one comes along because its a great house.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Glad to hear it! Always look for what he has to say, and just got a little worried when several posts went by without a word…

      Agreed. The buyer will likely have a large difference to make up in cost and amount provided in a loan at closing – at best. Hopefully the owner, or estate will be amenable to that fact and work with a buyer who hopefully will preserve the house; instead of the more likely buyer who will strip it and cut it up.. Fingers crossed!!!

  23. Aaron says: 1 comments

    I normally just wander through the website, but I had to say something. I managed to stop by the estate sale as well and I don’t know what you saw on streetview, but the house had nothing obvious suggesting rot or deterioration on the outside, just needs a good scraping and paint. As for the gutter system, I live in a house with built in gutters and they are one of the most effective and long lasting guttering systems, since they require so little maintenance and are integrated with the roof itself. The only issues are the possibility of the lining rusting away, which happens over the course of decades if they’re not painted periodically. I had mine lined with copper so they’ll last until I need to reslate. The interior woodwork was almost Italianate in style and was obviously originally shellacked, so Meg was correct in that suggestion, unless you wanted to veer off of the standard preservation concepts of maintaining original finishes.

  24. Mark says: 143 comments

    I’d have to agree with Paul W. The county has it tax valued at $120k. I doubt a bank would go much over $200k. Your then limited to mostly cash buyers or the dreaded flippers. If you search 15206 on Zillow you’ll find the majority of the more expensive homes have the sort of flipped look. Also by comparison, there’s this home which also retains the original features but looks totally move-in ready and costs less.


  25. Jim says: 5273 comments

    Meg, thanks for adding first-hand info on this home. It’s obvious that the owners were collectors and liked old things and the patina of their 125 year old home, without needing to compulsively coat every surface with paint on a regular basis. A lot of us prefer an old house that feels old, not a re-creation of what it was like when new, or somebody’s notion of what it “could have” looked like.

    Only an idiot would buy a house without professional inspections which would uncover major structural or systems problems – in most areas the basic purchase agreement requires it. I jokingly said “$275K as is”, which is my experienced opinion of what it might go for after an inspection uncovered no major problems. That’s what the house next door on a smaller lot went for in 2012. It needs some work but I don’t see an obvious need for major reconstruction of the kind that would require deep pockets. Benign neglect of cosmetics doesn’t mean the house hasn’t been maintained or that it’s “rotting away”. The roof looks new, which suggests the owners were responsible and had the money to maintain their home. Realtors will always tell owners to fix up their houses before marketing them because it makes them easier to sell, but this place is better for not having a coat of whitewash and some cheap kitchen and bath remodels.

  26. Paul W says: 465 comments

    Interesting because I saw the Amber St house and said to myself that was probably the “active comparable” to start with and then deduct for the things this house needs. Realistically its going to cost 100-125K to get to that level. Its all dependent on the actual solds in the immediate area, and what they have in this price range. If they all have new kitchens and baths and 200 Amp service and upgrades plumbing , baths and electrical and this house doesn’t then its not worth the asking.

    The reality is (in spite of the house flipper types out there) that the market has not come back to old levels and with new banking regs, probably wont for long time. A lot of realtors these days are singing happy days are here again, until, they get to underwriting and appraisals and inspections.

    A house can be ‘very original’ but its only ‘worth what a bank will loan on it. I’ll be real curious to see what the closed price is on this one because I have feeling there area a lot of upside down houses in that area and if it sells for what I think it will, there will be some very disappointed nearby homeowners.

  27. Jim says: 5273 comments

    Paul & Mark, I think the local mortgage companies are probably working with better data than you guys. Amber Street is in a very different neighborhood, overwhelmingly rental with median income under $30K. The house is adjacent to a parking lot and a “special needs” school. Elysian Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood is not comparable; it’s mostly owner-occupied with income over $120K, next to Mellon Park. The Amber Street house would go for more on Elysian, but I won’t try to guess what the appraisal will be from an adjacent state.

    Kelly, if you know her name, try the SSDI: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535

  28. Ross says: 2417 comments

    To expand on what Jim wrote above:

    The house listed here is on Elysian Street, and in the Point Breeze neighborhood.

    The Amber Street house he detailed (and introduced by Mark) is:


  29. Mark says: 143 comments

    I see the Amber St. house is in Friendship, You’re right, that’s a totally different neighborhood and different discussion.

    That doesn’t really change that this is priced high(in regard to getting a mortgage) if it’s needing significant upgrades(which IN PGH is usually indicated by “needs a renovation”). I can’t argue asking the highest price at first to see what happens. That’s what everyone should do.
    I think it’s worth it, but like a lot of people, I might not be able to buy it without a lot of cash up front.

    This house is in a very solid neighborhood section of Point Breeze. I always looked at Penn Ave as the point of drop off in neighborhood quality. Basically all the desirable areas fall to the city side of Point Breeze, and some of the worst areas locally(Wilkinsburg, Homewood) are on the other side.

    Sometimes they overlap. For instance, type Happy Meal and heroine into a search and you’ll find the restaurant down the street.

  30. Carol says: 1 comments

    I am the house historian/rehabber who researched the history of 214 Elysian Street for the real estate agent. When I saw the basement, I thought that it looked like the original kitchen was down there. Because of the mantel, and also because the ceiling (exposed joists) in that part of the basement is painted.

    The house is a gem, and I really hope the right buyer gets it. In that neighborhood, its after-rehab value could be $500,000, or close.

  31. Mark says: 143 comments

    The basement kitchen(or not) is interesting. I think maybe both Carol and Meg could be right in that both locations could have been used as a kitchen depending on season/guests. As Meg suggests, why the large pantry if the kitchen was in the basement?..unless it was added a little later. Was the basement mantle very utilitarian?

    Carol, what’s your experience in finding full proper English basements in PGH city Victorian homes? Along with Meg, those that I have seen were either more decorative than really functional, or in homes that pre-date one like this by 50 or more years and not in the city(what is now suburban PGH). I only know of one house in the area that still uses the English basement kitchen, having no first floor kitchen at all.

  32. Alexandra says: 1 comments

    Kelly, You are a true wonder and an inspiration to all of us “old house freaks”. I too have loved old houses since childhood. I’ve been a huge fan of ” old house dreams” since it’s inception (my # 1 bookmark). I always read all of the comments, but I have not yet commented on a house myself. ( I do love them all!) BUT… this house truly brought tears to my eyes.
    I can not describe how it made me feel. It was like I belonged there, sorting through the 54 yrs. of accumulated treasures and memories she holds. Oh, if the walls could talk ! ( yes…I am a true romantic) I wouldn’t change a thing! Move in ready for me. (after a good cleaning). She seems to have good bones and a lot of life left in her. They left good karma in this old beauty too. There is something good and happy about this house.
    I would love to walk the same halls, turn the same door knobs, light the fires in those magnificent fireplaces and pass the beautiful newel post on my way up the stairs to bed every night…as has been done for the past 129 or 130 years. I love the transoms above the doors. The floors are in great shape considering their age. All the beautiful original Queen Anne doors and windows are lovely!
    I would move in and slowly RESTORE what needed restoring. Otherwise she shows her age gracefully. As for a whole lot of money to fix her up?… I don’t think so. The roof looks good. Besides…why not cross bridges when you get to them? (just sayin). People who think they need 100k or more may as well just build a “new old house”, but they’ll never have the charm or warmth of an old one. Unless some “flipper gets a hold of her, and fills her with plastic and cheap melamine cupboards, quick fixes and other modern conveniences (heaven forbid)! I hope the right people get this house, and is given the respect she deserves.
    Thank you so much for posting this beautiful house/home! It made my day.

    I also miss Shifflet. His comments are always informative and give me something to think about.

  33. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12147 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Zillow is showing this sold for $255,000.

    • Jim says: 5273 comments

      Great deal at that price.

    • Sarah says: 3 comments

      I’ve been meaning to post here for a long time as we’ve realized this house – now our house – kind of has a following. Although it’s a bit late to be contributing, I found myself re-reading all the comments and thoroughly enjoying this afternoon.

      To answer some of the mystery and debate… The previous owner is in long term care out of state with family. The house needed way more than a good cleaning. (siding, porches, windows, bathrooms, and of course mechanicals) It was determined to be in such disrepair that the bank wouldn’t loan traditional dollars, and we had to use the Homestyle Product. It’s certainly not without its problems, but a good option for anyone who wants to restore an old house and doesn’t have cash.

      There were significant renovations to the kitchen in the 1960’s – so any guesses about whether that was the original or not will probably remain a mystery. Doors were moved, walls were added to update/move HVAC, and the pantry was changed and painted.

      We’ve restored as much as possible and although far from finished or perfect, we’re excited to be the new caretakers. If anyone is actually interested in the process/progress, we have loads of details, pics, and enjoy sharing. Thanks for sharing and for all the comments.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12147 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Belated congratulations! πŸ™‚

        I know I’m interested in seeing update photos! Are they viewable online or would you need to send them to me?

        • sarah says: 3 comments

          We’re in process of having them viewable online. I’ll post the link when it’s up.

          • RossRoss says: 2417 comments
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            1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
            Emporia, KS

            Thank you! I am interested, too!

          • RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            Me too Sarah. Can’t wait to see your progress with this gorgeous house! Hope you took lots of basement pictures. I can probably tell if the original kitchen was there or not if so. I feel your pain about the siding. I’m having to remove and replace mine as well. Cheers! Jeff

  34. Sarah says: 3 comments

    Here’s the link to our blog. You can skip all the entries and just look at the galleries at the top for photos. I wish we had taken more along the way – especially in the beginning. We’ve gotten better now though, and have lots of documentation of the disastrous in progress for a second time back porch renovations. Once we’re done with that – and the workshop leaves the basement – I’ll add better basement photos.


    • RossRoss says: 2417 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Hi Sarah!

      Again, congrats on the purchase of your great house!

      And thanks for the link to the blog!!!!!!! Whoee!!!!!!!

      I enjoyed reading this:

      “And then there was the Old House Dreams website I stumbled upon. If you enjoy old homes and haven’t checked out this website you should. By the time we found it, there were about 40 posts on our house. I’ve read through them dozens of times and still find them charming, amusing, and exciting. When we were seriously thinking about walking away from the deal it was helpful to read the excitement other people had for this place and remind us why we jumped down the rabbit hole in the first place. We also just recently went back and re-read all the comments and contributed to the conversation. Although we’ve been meaning to chronicle our journey for a while, this was the spark we needed to finally get it together.”

      And thank you Kelly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12147 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Oh, cool! Love seeing the before/afters!

      Your “Old House Dreams” post put a huge smile on my face!

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