1904 Queen Anne – Otis, KS

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319 W Ellen St, Otis, KS 67565

  • $10,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3200 Sq Ft
  • 0.32 Ac.
Great fixer-upper home with lots of potential waiting for a fabulous restoration! Sitting on a large corner lot with mature trees, this 2-story turn of the century Sears-Roebuck Victorian home is located in Otis, Kansas. The house features a wrap around veranda with a second floor balcony, high ceilings, 4 bedrooms with deep closets, 1 bathroom, formal dining room with a bay window, family room with a bay window, living room, and office that could be a 5th bedroom if needed. The house has it's original woodwork, hardwood floors, and original wood doors. Large double doors divide the two living rooms. The front entryway has a unique wood divider with ionic columns opening to the right, with a beautiful wood-paneled staircase to the left that has a sizable coat closet underneath. A large built in china cupboard in dining room. Rooms are very spacious. Large attic space that could become living space. Entering into the master bedroom are original five-paneled double pocket doors and the room includes a bay window. There is a concrete slab with curb to street that would be ideal for a garage or carport (approximately 600 sq. ft.) plus an outbuilding (approximately 160 sq. ft). The home needs new electrical service and updates--selling "as is" needs a lot of loving care. Enjoy small town living with great access to Hays and Russell (35 miles), Great Bend (20 miles), La Crosse and Hoisington (14 miles).

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12610 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I emailed the owner to verify the price, it is correct. I hope Rachel (or someone) will let us know if this is a Sears or another kit home.

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    • michele says: 1 comments

      I have always been interested in the Sears catalog kit homes. Do you know if anyone has ever done the research to find out where they all are? I would love to see one in person.

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  2. lewis3265 says: 16 comments

    Why can’t houses like this be so cheap in Oregon? lol

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    • lynsey says: 26 comments

      I agree, except I would say “michigan” since that’s my state. The area around the house is so flat and dead. There’s really no foliage or anything.

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  3. CassC says: 7 comments

    Hmmm….we just had our offer accepted for 20 acres of land yesterday. I wonder how much it would cost to move that from KS to TX??? I love all that woodwork and I just can’t seem to find houses like that around here. 🙁

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  4. AnnM says: 40 comments

    I love that wraparound porch, but love the interior woodwork even more!

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  5. Bethany says: 3467 comments

    I like this realtor/owner, who put a nice description and photos together for a 10K house. Good for them! We see much worse on here for houses that cost a lot more.

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  6. RossRoss says: 2443 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Lovely house.

    TINY town but close to larger towns/cities.

    The exterior would look a ton better with the 1950s siding removed.

    Interior is lovely. Lovely!!!!

    Price seems a steal.

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  7. LydiaO says: 22 comments

    Why oh why is that not in a town close to me? I would beg, borrow or steal the money to buy it.

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  8. Jeff Doyle says: 1 comments

    There is the same basic house (Sears kit home) at the Frisco heritage museum in Frisco, Texas. It was donated to the city and moved and restored. Awesome home!

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  9. Tia P. says: 51 comments

    I love this home! I had to look it over twice. Well preserved. Gosh! Someone’s going to be happy!

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  10. Paul W says: 463 comments

    Current siding was likely 1930’s and likely asbestos laden. Based on my experience either it has done a great job of preserving the wood underneath (Best Case) or the original siding is dry rotted (worse case) but at 10K who would be complaining.

    Note and original simple gas electric light in front parlor (probably original to the house)

    To my eye the house is very ‘exposed’ and needs some thought to landscaping for screening. A 2-3 car garage ( maybe with a higher pitch roof would do wonders to screen what looks to be a ball field behind it.

    Staircase and columns are great as are the pocket doors and built in in dining.

    If you are Ok living in a small town kind in the middle of nowhere its about as good as it gets for that price!

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7559 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That asbestos siding will last FOREVER. It’s really a great product, as long as you leave it alone. You just can’t alter or cut into it; and have fun if you want to remove it. It’s my understanding that once the contractor gets it off and wraps it all up in hermetically sealed containment, they burry it somewhere, but you still own it, (forever), and can be party to litigation if there is ever an issue with the dump. Scarry..

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  11. Karen says: 146 comments

    I lived next door to a Sears home in St. CLoud, Minnesota. You could see the numbers stamped on the beams in the attic. It had been purchased by the owner’s grandfather and always (and still is) lived in by family members.

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  12. Paul W says: 463 comments

    Greg, That company ReSerrections is despised by the preservation community. In fact they got into trouble for advertising homes they didn’t even own for sale:

    http://victorianantiquitiesanddesign.blogspot.com/2009/11/local-cincinnati-demo-firm-sets-site-on.html

    I wouldn’t let them move my trash to the curb.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7559 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Interesting. So moving a house is bad because it’s a loss to the community, or is it because it alters the integrity of the property, or both, or other? Just curious.

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    • Curiouser George says: 142 comments

      Yes, it sounds like ResErections is dysfunctional.

      Clever name, though.

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  13. Jim Bob says: 1 comments

    There are a lot of houses like that in the small towns in Kansas. Most are probably a little better shape but not much more money. As far as the asbestos siding, as long as you don’t grind it up, you can cut it and reuse it or if you remove it they will take it at any landfill without any problems. Lots of house still have that siding.

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  14. KarenB says: 343 comments

    So nice to see natural woodwork has prevailed over the years!

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  15. Paul W says: 463 comments

    Rosewater, generally speaking keeping a historic house in its ‘built environment’ is always preferred. The premise that you move house because you don’t like the neighborhood is short sighted. Neighborhoods change and get better. I am all for moving a house if its going to be torn down. In fact I always encourage someone who has land and is looking to build to check with the big house moving companies who often have several available.

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    • CassC says: 7 comments

      What are some of the companies you would recommend? I had never evwn thought of looking into this as a way to own an old home. It’s not my ideal way to do it, but being limited by job location and what is available around us, this might be at least an option.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7559 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Right on..

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  16. CoraLee says: 2087 comments

    If you look this address up on Google Maps Street View, you can see that it’s on a quiet dirt street in a small prairie town. Nice little main street. You could sit on that big old porch on summer evenings with a glass of lemonade and really enjoy life. What a steal.

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  17. Claudia N says: 1 comments

    With a circa date of 1904, it CANNOT be a Sears Kit house, according to searshomes.org. They are a site that has a listing of known Sears Kit Homes in the USA (a list of houses that owners or others have ID’d, not a complete list of all the Sears Houses built, which is in the 60K-70K range). According to that site, Sears sold homes from 1908-1940. Anything before or after that can’t be a Sears. Harris Homes, Montgomery Ward and other sold kits too, so it may well be a kit. The above website is very fascinating and has tons of info on identifying a real Sears house and pictures of the real things.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12610 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      If you’ve been around this site for any time at all you’ll find build dates given are not entirely reliable. There’s the chance this is another builders kit home.

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      • Lyle Knebel says: 10 comments

        I bought the house in Feb 2015 for $9,000. According to newspapers found in the attic, it was built in 1911. It is definitely a Sears house as I have worked on a few. Otis is a nice town and I am restoring the house and will retire here. Lyle Knebel

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        • RossRoss says: 2443 comments
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          1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
          Emporia, KS

          Congrats!

          Such a wonderful house!

          If you are ever in Emporia, let me know. I will be happy to give you a grand tour of my big ol’ house!

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  18. Anissa says: 1 comments

    Is this still available, I grew up in north central ks, live in Oklahoma on tx border wanting to move back to Kansas

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