Craftsman – Emporia, KS

SOLD / Archived From 2014
Added to OHD on 5/19/14   -   Last OHD Update: 3/30/19   -   31 Comments
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  • $42,500
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1286 Sq Ft
This home has charm but needs to be restored to it's potential grandure. Selling as is except that Seller will put in new heat system with ductwork.
Sold By
Jeffrey Williams, Ek Real Estate
(620) 342-3366
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31 Comments on Craftsman – Emporia, KS

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  1. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I’m no expert on the subject; but I’m thinking this is a kit house, maybe Sears, could be Wardway, or others. From the little I know, I’ll guess Wardway (Montgomery Ward) judging by the look of the doors. After a brief search, I found this example called the “Edenton” which is pretty, pretty, —- pretty close: (scroll down page) http://fieldclubomaha.wordpress.com/history/kit-homes/ Sears were shipped from 1908 to 1940 (roughly)…

  2. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Looks like a Ward’s or Sears kit to me. 1908 – 1940…

  3. Sue S.Sue S. says: 304 comments

    If the green tile in the bathroom is original I’d guess ~1920. Cute place!

  4. RossRoss says: 2406 comments

    Yes, the place is certainly 1920s. Maybe early 1930s.

    The hardware, bathroom, kitchen, and lighting are all late 1920s.

    The house is a few blocks north from my Cross House. Considering the condition, I feel that the price is on the high side. The immediate area is more modest houses, some ugly 1960s apartment blocks (typical for the neighborhood), but no Grand Survivors as can be found just to the south.

    The college is close by, as is downtown. Two pluses.

    For the same money, this is around the block:

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/819-Union-St-Emporia-KS-66801/91196418_zpid/

    For the same money, this is just to the south — a magnificent house, and needing about the same amount of work to restore (although it is much larger):

    http://www.oldhousedreams.com/2014/04/16/c-1900-emporia-ks/

    If one could purchase the house for the right price, and do a really great restoration, one would have a VERY sweet house which retains most of its original features.

    • Avatarlara jane says: 572 comments

      Hey, Ross, what’s the deal with your neighbor at 705? Zillow says an auction is scheduled for next month. The home looks to be in decent shape, exterior paint in good condition, and the yard seems maintained. I’m wondering if it’s an estate auction?

  5. AvatarPatricia Osborn says: 1 comments

    I have always loved these old houses. I have just gotta know, what is the little door used for? My grandmother had a little door in the floor of her closet. I have always wondered what it was once used for?

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Access to the small attic space under the eaves, usually seen in houses with a half story upper, or a finished third floor.. 🙂

  6. AvatarJanet says: 12 comments

    Just got back from looking at the Exchange house. Love it, but needs a lot of tlc. Not sure what to do. Has many of the original fixtures/features left. What would be a reasonable offer?

    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments

      Hi Janet!

      It would be exciting if you purchased this house. We would be neighbors!!

      I am also mad for the green tile bathroom.

      Houses in such original condition (which I like) are usually a hard sell. You can, of course, offer whatever you like, and the owner, of course, can counter. And so on.

      If I make a low offer on a house, I always explain the reasoning for my offer. Politely. I never criticize the house.

      A few years back I made an offer on a house, and for a friend. The offer was 1/3 lower than the ask. I wrote the seller that my friend thought the house was well worth the ask, but she offered what she could.

      To our surprise, the offer was accepted.

      One just never knows.

      • AvatarJanet says: 12 comments

        I have been back in St. Louis for almost 24 hours and can’t stop thinking about this house. Would love to be your neighbor. Looked at some other bungalows, but they had “modernized” them too much for my liking.

  7. AvatarJanet says: 12 comments

    It has been over a month since I looked at this home. I was very disappointed with the response I received in terms of purchasing this unique place. Sorry to say I have decided to pass on investing in this house and town. Will look elsewhere.

  8. RossRoss says: 2406 comments

    Hi Janet,

    I am sorry that your experience did not work out well. I was looking forward to a new neighbor! And the house seems so great, too.

  9. AvatarJanet says: 12 comments

    So, back in town to look at this gem. Definitely considering it. Hope to make some progress this time. Thank you Ross for your encouragement today and spending time showing us your beautiful home.

  10. AvatarJanet says: 12 comments

    To close the deal Ross, we told the seller we would bear the cost of the HVAC. In the last six months, the price had dropped by approximately $2000. Without the HVAC costs included, we got it for the price we had hoped to purchase it for in the beginning. Actually, even a little less.

  11. AvatarJanet says: 12 comments

    Bought a new vanity, medicine cabinet, and toilet for the green bathroom today. Selected pieces that were representative of the time period. Struggled with going with a vanity instead of a pedestal sink, but I need storage in the bathroom. Sometimes you just have to choose necessity over looks. As a friend of mine likes to say, “I will go to restoration hell” for choosing the vanity over the pedestal sink. The medicine cabinet, toilet, and vanity are white. I will use chrome fixtures. Still trying to find exactly what I want for the faucet. The circular shower replacement will be pricey as will the kitchen faucet.

  12. Avatarjanet says: 12 comments

    Wow! My husband and I bought this house last January. A lot has changed. It is fun looking at these old pictures. Will post new ones as soon as it is all done. I hope you all like the changes.

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