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1876 Italianate – Sterling, OH

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Added to OHD on 9/2/15   -   Last OHD Update: 10/26/19   -   13 Comments

7298 Akron Rd, Sterling, OH 44276

  • $128,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2112 Sq Ft
  • 5.15 Ac.
Incredible piece of Wayne County's history with this 4 bedroom, 2 full bath brick Victorian-type home. Many stunning original details including 10 foot ceilings, 9 foot doors, original oak and walnut floors probably made from trees felled on the 5 acre property. The barn on the property is also large, original and built to last with hewn beams and wooden pegs driven into the joints. This home needs some love and attention, but there is a lot to offer here. Great views, great architectural details, tall ceilings, windows and doors and much more. This home not a good fit for a USDA or FHA loan.
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Eric Larson, Bob Miller Realty
(330) 264-7711

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13 Comments on 1876 Italianate – Sterling, OH

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  1. KarenB says: 227 comments

    Another house I like. Looks like a pass through from the kitchen into the dining room. Could be done up really nice!

  2. JimHJimH says: 4919 comments
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    These folks deserve a gold star for bringing back this wonderful unspoiled old house. Some work yet to do but a great start! Five acres too, and not a ceiling fan or vinyl floor in sight.

    • Melody says: 568 comments

      There are ceiling fans. One is visible in the front room, and then all the bedrooms have cords hanging down in the middle of the room. No vinyl though.

      • JimHJimH says: 4919 comments
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        Yup, you’re right but the realtor did a good job hiding them! Mostly I was happy not to see a lot of updated crap except the generic kitchen which doesn’t bother me. I imagine the bath needs work but that’s usually not a biggie. It looks like an old house!
        Agree on the barn and I don’t think they were milling lumber for the floors here either.

  3. Melody says: 568 comments

    I see that the realtor doesn’t really know what they’re talking about when it comes to the barn. Claims that the beams are hand hewn, and then shows a close up of beams that are obviously rough sawn. Mortise and Tenon construction is still used today. I’d bet that that barn is newer than the house is, and it needs a fair bit of work too if it were to be used for livestock and hay storage. Work has obviously been done since the street view images were taken in 2011.
    The house looks well lived in. The wear on the stair treads and landing is considerable, I’m surprised the rest of the house doesn’t look as equally worn. Who knows what kind of shape the bathrooms are in though.
    Great price considering it comes with 5 acres.

  4. Paul W says: 538 comments

    Even though the barn is newer, If you were not a farmer and didn’t need it the value and size of the timbers means it worth some money and there are companies that would buy it and reassemble it as residence. One could likely offset their restoration costs on the house by selling off that barn.

    The house probably needs mechanical updates. I think with a better counter you could make the kitchen work. Especially if you built a big freestanding island unit or found an old commercial store sales counter to use as an island.

    I don’t see ANY fireplaces which tends to mean they had wood stoves. It would be easy enough to do some decorative cast iron fireplaces or slate to bring it up a level. Some rewired gasoliers and medallions and you’d have a town level Italianate. I like the bead board wainscot.

    I like the way this one sets up from the road on a small hill.

    • Julie Rossington says: 28 comments

      Paul,I had the exact same thoughts about the barn. Folks a couple miles from me sold a large barn for nearly 6 figures. It was torn down, shipped out of state for another construction project. It would be worth it to be able to restore this house. LOVE all the unpainted wood!

  5. Bethany says: 3373 comments

    Do the rest of you imagine yourself living in a house with your family and your stuff when you look at it? I can totally see myself and my family here. I love the midwest, and we would so love to live in the country. Each house here takes me to fantasy-land where I literally dream of how it would be to live in the house for real.

  6. Angela says: 2 comments

    This is less than thirty minutes from me, and I love the inside. I wish that I could afford to buy it, and do it up.

  7. Karen says: 134 comments

    oooh — more house porn! Thanks, Kelly.

  8. RosewaterRosewater says: 5723 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Wow. Yes please..

  9. Lyndsey DeMoss says: 1 comments


    I just bought in the the fall and I LOVE it! If you would like to learn more about it and watch the journey unfold, check out my website http://www.legacystudioart.com

    In fact, I just finished painting the living room last night. The house was actually built in 1857 and the barn in 1856. The original house was built in 1831 and the brick were used to build this house. According to what I have learned so far, it was a stagecoach stop. It is a super cool old house and the longer I am there, the more I love it! I was so surprised to see it posted today!

    In reference to the barn…I really hope to save it, but it does obviously need a lot of work. Yes, it has milled beams, but it’s a pretty big old barn. It measures out at 40×80.

    Thanks for the comments!

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