1888 Queen Anne – Brocton, NY

Off Market / Archived
Posted December 2014. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown. Added to OHD on 12/22/14 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 25 Comments
139 W Main St, Brocton, NY 14716

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  • $149,900
  • 6 Beds
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 4125 Sq Ft
  • 2.3 Ac.
This exquisite Queen Anne Victorian home was once owned by a prominent local attorney. Home has six bedrooms and two baths and ten foot ceilings. One of the most striking features is the natural woodwork: from the ornate moldings, to the oak flooring, to the wainscoting with alternating light and dark panels of maple and cherry, in the formal dining room. As you walk from the library to the great room, with its stained glass windows, through the butlers pantry to the kitchen; the charm of this home is evident. It is no wonder this home was listed in the book "Nineteenth-Century Houses in Western New York".Outside there is a lovely gazebo, a large cast iron urn, a small shed and two large barns with new metal roofs.There has been some deferred maintenance. Exterior painting is needed. This is a home for that special person(s) who would appreciate a unique older home and will take the time to maintain it.Call today for an appointment!
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Terry Niebel, Niebel Realty      (716) 673-9629
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25 Comments on 1888 Queen Anne – Brocton, NY

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10360 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I emailed the agent last week and asked for larger photos but did not receive a response. If anyone happens to view the home, take lots of photos and send them to me please!

    • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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      Merry Christmas, Kelly (and all). You’ve given us lots of gifts all year long, and I especially appreciate the upstate New York treasures you’ve posted in the last few weeks.

      If anyone was wondering, Brocton has only received 40 inches of snow so far this season. A few places in this area have gotten near 100 inches from the “lake effect” already!

      • AvatarJbilly70 says: 45 comments

        Happy Holidays everyone! And Kelly I’m sure Santa will be extra nice to you for bringing such joy to us all with such lovely house porn. I am so happy to have found you!

        But seriously Jim H – 3 1/2 feet?!? Ugh. I live on the western shore of Lake Michigan…it is never too hot, never too cold and never too much snow…perfectly lovely. I like my lake effects better then yours but I like your houses and prices better.

        • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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          Jbilly, I don’t live up there but I was curious about all the snow I saw on TV and looked it up – one place got over 5 feet in a day a few weeks ago. I’m sure that big urn has been covered quite a few times over the years.

  2. AvatarDCT61 says: 21 comments

    LOVE that the iron urn remains constant in all exterior pictures…

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4718 comments

    While this house is faded and needs some (mainly cosmetic) TLC, the surviving details are “drop-dead” wonderful! There are some expansive barns/sheds/outbuildings, a rare gazebo, (that looks old) the aforementioned massive iron urn(s), and perhaps best of all, 2.3 acres of land so one can maintain a proper Victorian era “estate”. This house would become an instant showplace with a period appropriate color palette. The rambling Queen Anne style form which is profusely decorated in scroll-sawn “Eastlake” geometric designs, suggests an 1880’s date but the older stagecoach stop barn is claimed to be older so some part or parts of the house could also be from an earlier time. (the large cast iron urns were very popular in the 1860’s and ’70’s made by NY firms like J. W. Fiske or J.L. Mott Iron works of New York City. If they are undamaged, (water freezing inside can cause the iron to crack) antique examples are valuable. I found a rare 1865 J.W. Fiske products catalog on the Internet Archive and with patience, one might find an exact matching pattern: https://archive.org/details/IllustratedCatalogOfIronVasesManufacturedByJ.w.FiskeOrnamentalIron
    For the price, this property offers much for the next owner-I hope no one diminishes this house by modernizing the interior. (tossing out the old windows, lowering ceilings, carpeting the floors, painting in “trendy” colors, etc.) A careful period-sympathetic approach would bring out the best in this house-it has also been noted as significant by local historians so that only adds to the recommendation for keeping it original to the period.

    • AvatarJohn Campbell says: 1 comments

      What a marvelously thoughtful description, John. Many thanks for taking the time to explain so carefully the beautiful possibilities for this elegant property. I live in Manhattan, so the house is too far away to make a suitable country house, etc. But I hope someone like you purchases it and settles happily into it as a gorgeous home.

  4. AvatarKim C. says: 5 comments

    OMG I WANT this house!! Beautiful!

  5. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    Great time capsule house. The pier mirror in the dining room is a 12-15K piece and I assume its staying so even though this house needs a lot of restoration it has amazing potential to be a period showplace. The complete aspects of it, like the interior shutters, built in pantry, this is, relatively speaking, a bargain.

  6. AvatarCalvert says: 10 comments

    I’d like to swipe that gazebo and plant it in my back garden.

  7. RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This INCREDIBLE house is 5 minutes from Lake Erie.

    If one liked sailing….

  8. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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    Beautiful. Clean it, paint it, furnish it, keep the rain out and make sure the heat works good, then enjoy it for what it is, a wonderful relic and a great place to live and maybe run a little business. Not a good location or site for an estate or fancy establishment. It makes no sense to try to make a silk purse out of it, and you’ll lose your money if you do. (If you like the “authentic restoration” of the barns, please don’t buy this house or any nice old house).

  9. AvatarJbilly70 says: 45 comments

    This place is beautiful. I would love to see better pictures of the inside…hopefully the realtor will be forth coming. Not a fan of the huge school across the street…but it still hits my favorite list.

  10. AvatarBetsy says: 168 comments

    Drop dead gorgeous. To die for. Every inch of it. I, Ross, would swoon every time I walked under that porte cochere.

  11. AvatarMW says: 727 comments

    Wow, pretty nice house. But I love those barns!

    The house looks great in that old postcard photo. It is kind of boring in white of course, but the snow isn’t helping that of course. Those urns are pretty crazy.

  12. TommyTommy says: 464 comments

    I wonder how far $100K would go to making this place right?

  13. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    It would be a good start. You need a new roof, probably has some rotted valleys. You will also need someone familiar with your gutter system.

    The real expense on the outside will the labor of paint prep. You can also figure that some of the millwork once you start taking paint off will be toast, so you need to find a good woodworker who can duplicate what you need. Probably need some chimney tuck-pointing and if you plan on using them relining. 4-5 Color paint job on that size house if you hire it will be considerable. If you planned on doing it yourself getting everything scrapped and then two coats of oil based primer (because the wood is probably very dry). Once its all primed you would have some time to do the actual finish coats. Figure every window will eventually need redoing and if you learn how to do it you can save some money.

    You best investment is getting the outside buttoned up and take your time doing whatever the inside needs. I would also do blown in insulation when you do the exterior.

    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Tommy,

      Whatever you do, do not use blown-in insulation.

      With blown-in insulation there is no vapor barrier. As such, there is a strong possibility that the insulation will get moist (from interior vapor), that this moisture will seep to the bottom, and rot out the lower framing and wooden sill. And this will attract termites.

      Even the US Department of the Interior recommends against blown-in insulation for old houses.

      The best way to make sure an old house is comfortable is to seal air leaks. This means peel-away caulk on the windows, bronze weather-stripping on all doors, and caulking around interior trim (like at the top of door trim, and the bottom of base molding) where air can be felt. Small things like those foam pads on all electrical outlets makes a difference.

      Having a TIGHT exterior goes a long way. And if the windows are tight, storm windows are not important.

      A ton of insulation on the attic floor is also good.

      When you are done, have a pressure test. This will reveal leaks you missed.

      When an old house is TIGHT, it does not need wall insulation or storm windows. And a TIGHT house will be far more comfortable (and less expensive to heat/cool) than a non-tight house packed with blown-in insulation and storm windows.

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  14. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    There are a number of new blown in products that are not hi absorption materials. Sealing a home is good, however it does not stop transference of heat and cold in un-insulated walls

    Anyone considering insulation should look at modern options out there. The old cellulose products had serious problems and there are better products out there than just a few years ago.

    The key in an old home, is addressing major contributors of moisture in old houses and that is accomplished by installation of properly sized bath fans as well as fans in the cooking are to properly move not only cooking odors, but moisture as well and these must be properly vented to the outside.

    Another key component is the proper balancing and location of cold air returns throughout the house to keep airflow moving. Far too often there are only a couple of cold air returns and that is not enough for most homes.

    The reality is, old houses need to breath to a certain level and in fact over sealing a structure by eliminating all infiltration can create a new set of problems where moisture is contained in areas of the house. You see this a lot in homes that have been vinyl sided and well meaning builders literally sealed every crevice in the styro insulation (under the siding) to the point that homes need external fresh air handlers.

    There is increasing concern that many of todays new built super-insulated homes are creating health problems.

    Balance is the key and its a “whole house” approach.

    • AvatarMelissa says: 250 comments

      Thanks for this follow up on blown-in insulation, Paul. We had ours done 2 years ago and when I read Ross’ post I nearly died – because it does make sense! I prefer a house that breathes a bit over a house that’s overly tight – when I lived in FL all new construction was overly sealed and I had many friends who dealt with serious mold issues…. ew!

  15. Avatarashz says: 4 comments

    I would happily put every drop of sweat I have into restoring this beauty!

  16. Avatarmonica says: 1 comments

    Wow this house is so beautiful and practically free I am from California the barn alone would probably be the price of the house here in cali. But I do love sunny weather all year round.

  17. AvatarTeri says: 294 comments

    The set of buildings on the grounds are so lovely. I hope the trim is preserved with care. So pretty – Eye Candy!!!

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