1863 Italianate – Halifax, PA

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108 Market St, Halifax, PA

  • $69,000
  • - Sold for $65,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2833 Sq Ft
  • 0.37 Ac.
4 BR 1.5 BA home, formal dining room, first floor living room and family room. Wood floors throughout. Laundry hook-up in kitchen. Full unfinished basement and attic. Covered front and rear porches.

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21 Comments on 1863 Italianate – Halifax, PA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11894 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m way more in love with the exterior than what’s been done to the interior over the years. So-so location, although I think the railroad right next door is cool (yes, I’m the kind of person that still counts the cars!)

  2. RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I would buy the place just for the blue glass over the front doors!

    I also like the kitchen, and how the stove sits framed by the old fireplace mantle.

    The interior looks pretty intact (doors, trim, faboo staircase).

    And a cupola!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, Kelly, I also love trains!

  3. RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The house is also next to the Susquehanna River.

    Cool, but is the house also in a flood zone?

  4. MW says: 904 comments

    I agree on the interior vs. exterior. But, I also think the interior when all fixed up properly could look very nice. The critical trim, doors, etc. still looks mostly intact and decent shape.

    Of course it doens’t have a kitchen as cool as the Kendallville house. I think we might have gotten a bit spoiled now even seeing that! Almost no other normally nice kitchen now will even compare, let alone the usual sad cases like this one has.

    Not sure about a flood zone, but doesn’t appear to have suffered much damage in the past 150 years so far.

    I love trains too! I grew up in an old house right next to an old freight train track, literally right next door. Side yard was maybe about 40-50ft from the house to the tracks. The train often came past in the middle of the night and we lived in town right on a main road to with a crossing, so you know what happens then. THE TRAIN HORN! AT 3AM!! I was so use to it, never even would wake me up. But, it use to scare the crap out of our friends when they stayed over. The train was so close you could feel it go by as it rumbled the ground and into the house itself. The tracks were old and bad so it had a speed limit of about 5mph. After my family moved to our own house and my grandmother was still living there, it derailed once and the cars fell over into the side yard of the house. Growing up, I kept waiting for that to happen, But darn, I go off to college and missed it!

  5. John Shiflet says: 5454 comments

    I love the nice wheel cut blue on clear flashed glass. These windows which were most common before 1880, provided visual interest at a time when stained glass windows were mainly of the very expensive painted variety. In the 1880’s as a richer palette of stained glass colors became available and less expensive, wheel cut colored flash glass declined in popularity. The house is a textbook Italianate in style although the columned divider with knee or pony walls is from the early 1900’s. Seems reasonably priced for what is offered.

  6. JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
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    In 1862 a house at this location was occupied by Dr. Henry O. Witman (1830-1912) and his parents. Dr. Henry was an officer in the local militia that was called into service in the Civil War; one of their assignments was to clean up the battlefield at Gettysburg. Across the street was the J. O. Witman Drug Store built by Henry’s father Dr. John Otto Witman (1802-1884), who came to Halifax in the 1830’s and trained in medicine under a local doctor. The building with the cornice above an old storefront is probably the updated or replacement store: http://goo.gl/maps/QSa4D
    Even for rural Pennsylvania this seems like a good deal, an impressive mostly original house in a pleasant little burg on the Susquehanna for the price of a Lexus.

  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 6651 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Yeah – the interior does look a bit worse for wear; aside from the rad kitchen, which seems to be an island of clean and orderly amongst the schmutz. I’d probably relocate the great range and open up the hearth, maybe a bit of this and that, but otherwise a really great layout. The rooms are disconcertingly narrow for some reason; and the transitional arch separating the parlors is goofy; but as mentioned, great character and remaining original fabric for the moolah. This house has much in common with another in PA of it’s period; and although it has the prettier exterior, that one has a far better layout, location, and really outstanding attic and cupola. It happens to also be one of my VERY favorite old houses EVER, and I notice has (finally) recently sold; https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/03/05/c-1850-italianate-newmanstown-pa/

  8. Paul W says: 467 comments

    Looks like a good candidate for restoration. I would have to think there was door at the end of the entry hall and that would go along way make that room look less dark. Interior looks like an easy one to restore. I would remove that 1900 colonnade ( it would buy one or two nice gasoliers). Some nice ceiling medallions and interior paint would go a long way to make this look more homey.

    Seems priced ell for what you are starting with.

  9. Karen says: 118 comments

    Paint, new light fixtures, and refinished floors would go a long way in making this place beautiful again. With repainted cupboards, removal of wallpaper, and new floors, the kitchen would be quite nice. Bathroom just needs a bit of cleaning and removal of wallpaper. Nice place.

  10. AnnM says: 40 comments

    Other than the house right.next.door, I really like this house.

    And Rosewater, you’re always referring to the most gorgeous places! Glad I’m locked in where we are at or I’d have tried to convince my hubby to move about…oh, probably a dozen times by now. LOL

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6651 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I hear you Ann. My roots run too deep here in Indiana to ever permanently leave. Houses like the one in Newmanstown sure make it hard sometimes though. 🙂

      • AnnM says: 40 comments

        How funny, Rosewater, I didn’t know you were a Hoosier too! I’m a new transplant from the west coast. Coming up on 4 years. We are near Louisville. Ah Old Louisville, now there’s a treasure trove, huh?

        • RosewaterRosewater says: 6651 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          Sure is. The whole state of KY really. You can find great properties of just about every sort somewhere down there. My OHD favorites are packed with Bluegrass beauties. Ann, if you haven’t yet been to Madison, IN, that’d be a fun day trip for you to a really well preserved, early Indiana river town; (in the spring – of course – Hehehe). I love it down there.

  11. Tia P. says: 53 comments

    Lot’s of potential here! Very Nice!

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