c. 1900 Queen Anne – Villisca, IA

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119 N 3rd Ave, Villisca, IA 50864

  • $150,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2308 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
This remarkable property has beautiful woodwork and hardwood floors, original stained glass windows, built-ins, pocket doors and hand carved detailing on the stairway newel posts. Updates include new windows, vinyl siding, main floor laundry, new water heater, block foundation and wiring. With 4 bedrooms and 1-1/2 baths, plus generous room sizes throughout, this home is all ready for your family to start making memories!
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Dan Bullington, Your Real Estate Choice
(712) 623-9000

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19 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne – Villisca, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11884 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Elaine for sharing this.

  2. AudreyAudrey says: 105 comments

    Love the newel post!!! Exquisite design. Really pretty woodwork. Vinyl siding & new with does aren’t something toboast over. I just don’t get how the owners thought with all that gorgeous stained wood, that white plastic windows would look good.

    • Aquila says: 24 comments

      I suspect they did it because it was easier than repairing the old windows and was more “energy efficient”. The vinyl siding and ceiling tile could be dealt with. They didn’t paint the woodwork, the floors look okay and it almost looks like there might’ve been more of a front porch originally. Nice to see the built-ins are still there and the stained glass.

  3. RossRoss says: 2480 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Y U M M Y

  4. BillTheWelder says: 1 comments

    Beautiful house and lot but with the small size of the town and lack of a decent income potential the house is priced at a level more consistent with a large metropolitan area as opposed to a small farming village.

    • says: 110 comments

      Bill, that doesn’t matter! I keep thinking small towns should have good prices on their homes, but they don’t! I’m looking in Georgia and can’t afford anything! Not even the teeny little farm towns. I’m looking now in the Rust Belt (mainly Youngstown). Cuz you can get a nice sized house there for the price of a car! That ain’t happenin’ in rural Georgia!

  5. Tia P. says: 55 comments

    This home is beautiful! I love everything about it! I enjoyed all the woodwork!

  6. Paul W says: 471 comments

    Looks like a Barber ..Chris?

    This house has lot going for it, but not sure the asking price is realistic for where its at. At least they didn’t yank out the stained glass and replace those! FYI: I recently faux grained some vinyl windows , so you can make them less evident.

    You have a lot of unknown ceiling work under those acoustic tiles (asbestos)? The house shows well but for the typical old house person needs a lot more work but its livable while you do it. Look more like a 95-110K house given what it needs and small town location.

  7. Frank Mc says: 23 comments

    Isn’t this the town where those multiple murders were committed back in 1912 ??

    • says: 110 comments

      That’s how I found it. That last house that was on here in Villisca got me really curious, with all the talk of the axe murders. I just put Villisca in Trulia and found this beauty.

      And not only that! There were other murders in a 4 state area, and that got me interested in Kansas (where one of my grandmothers is from), and she lived in a TEENY (130 people now) town in Kansas where the James brothers had a hideout, which got me interested in them, and now I’ve gotten interested in the Kansas Missouri Border wars (which I had never heard of before), and now I’m just slammed with new things to research!

  8. Chris DiMattei says: 270 comments

    From the moment I saw this one, I too thought it was a Barber design, but at the same time, it also features some aspects of the the design, that are very a-typical of Barber’s work. I have done some research into this one, and not found a smoking gun, so it remains with me as a “possible” Barber design. One aspect in favor of a Barber attribution is the fact that Villisca has several confirmed Barber house examples.

  9. Frank D. Myers says: 58 comments

    Yes, in answer to Frank Mc. Looks like a home taken care of by only a few families during a relatively long history, updated now and then according to tastes of the time. Nothing there I couldn’t live with. In many cases ceiling tile was installed just because homeowners got tired of repapering ceilings; the convenience of removing these would depend upon how they were installed.

  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 6268 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    An absolute jewel box. Fantastic! I love a sleeping porch. It’s rare to see one which hasn’t been cut up into baths and closets. Perfect spot for plants in wintertime. What a great newel post! Gorgeous carving. It reminded me of the one in Henderson, (one of my faves); https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2012/10/10/1898-queen-anne-henderson-ky/

    • Elaine says: 110 comments

      Is the sleeping porch the one I called The Window Room? That is just SUPERB! Do you think that’s the computer room, in there by the washer and dryer, and next to the file cabinet? At least it would keep the ambiance intact!

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