1887 Queen Anne – York, PA – $299,900

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Added to OHD on 4/5/16 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 53 Comments
505 Linden Ave, York, PA 17404

Map: Street View

Price

$299,900

Beds

5

Baths

3

SqFt

2879

Amazingly restored Queen Anne in all of York, no detail has been missed. Once seriously deteriorated & declared uninhabitable now restored w/ many modern amenities. Wood floors consist of 5 types of wood. Pocket doors, period lighting, hardware & door hinges have been added, but true to style of home. Sprinkler system in entire interior & exterior of home. Currently a licensed bed & breakfast. Property is taxed w/ reductions until end of 2018.
Contact Details
Kraig Hursh, Berkshire Hathaway HomeSale Realty      (800) 383-3535
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53 Comments on 1887 Queen Anne – York, PA – $299,900

  1. Lori says: 49 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Yukon, OK

    Unbelievable transformation. a definate labor of love and it shows inside and out. Kudos!

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    • carol theberge says: 1 comments

      Absolutely beautiful!!! My house is 110 years old and would love to be able to do this for my home. Thank you so much for sharing so that others can see what can be done to restore some of our Historical old Homes!!

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    • Tonya says: 1 comments

      I absolutely love this house and have always wanted to live there or just stay there for a couple nights. Its amazing!

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  2. Lindsay G says: 602 comments

    This is in York?! I’ve never heard of it and I usually follow old homes being restored in my area. I’m amazed I missed this one! I’ll have to go find it.

    I’m not a big fan of the color scheme though. I think they should’ve just re-did the white paint. It would’ve looked like a magical princess palace or maybe a wedding cake. Wish I could’ve seen it in it’s heyday!

    • Nathan Davis says: 35 comments

      I suspect that in its heyday it would have looked much like it does here, with the exception of the bedrooms and bathrooms

    • RossRoss says: 2240 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      The new exterior paint scheme is not period correct, but reflective of the “painted lady” look which became popular in the 1970s.

      The house, originally, would have likely had a 3-color paint scheme (one color for the walls, another for the trim, and black sashes), and likely in earth tones.

      That said, I think the current colors are way way way better then white.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4124 comments

        Agreed, Ross. While many of today’s old house owners go crazy with exterior colors (especially on Victorians with ornate exterior ornaments) they often paint the interiors in anemic whites and off whites. Inexpensive wallpapers allowed Victorian interiors to be a riot of colors and patterns so they look stark in monotones. This house has had an almost unimaginable amount of work put into it and does not seem excessively modernized with lovely original details. I personally would not have wanted to have painted the exterior of this one. I bet the prep work alone took months to complete.

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      • Chuck Geouge says: 1 comments

        Actually, the multi colored exteriors of Queen Ann’s are reflective as far back as 1860 and 1870’s … the term “painted lady’ is relatively new only beginning in the 1970’s…. but this house could very well be color period correct in it’s colors… as an all white queen ann simply would have been viewed as to plain and ordinary.

      • Larry D. Rose says: 1 comments

        Hey Ross, is that the Williams Tower in Houston?
        I retired from Williams in 2015 in Manassas VA.

    • Jane says: 1 comments

      In its heyday, it would never have been painted white. Late nineteenth century styles rarely even included white in their schemes.

  3. Michael MackinMichael Mackin says: 1015 comments

    Interesting house! The paint scheme looks as if it could have used a few less colors. I might have reversed the colors of the body with the dark color on the bottom and the lighter on top.

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  4. Julie Rossington says: 31 comments

    Holy cow! I’m in love…

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  5. John Nevitt says: 12 comments

    This is probably one of my favorite homes I’ve ever seen on this site. I’m so glad someone saw past all the peeling paint and decay and saved this old lady. Such a faithful restoration and tasteful use of patterns and colors throughout. Not too little, and not too much. Just right. As far as the paint on the outside of the house goes, I think it’s perfect for showing off the architectural details that might get little notice if painted in a single color.

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  6. KarenZ says: 690 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Wow! I don’t know how someone could leave this beauty after putting so much love into her! She is definitely restored to Queen status now! I love that they have even done the surrounding landscaping so beautifully. If only York weren’t on the entire other side of the state from me!

    • KarenZ says: 690 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I just looked at the street view and the colors are almost EXACTLY like a house almost directly across the street from this house. Another one done in the primarily mustard color of both of these about a block away has me scratching my head, lol! This neighborhood is full of beautiful Queens,though!

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  7. Abaker says: 18 comments

    Uh-may-zing! Thank you, thank you to the lovely people who saw past the deteriorating shell and loved this beauty anyway. She’s got a new lease on life now. Even though I’m not a personal fan of the ornate Queen Anne (I couldn’t ever personally relax around that much pattern), it flows beautifully from room to room here. The kitchen is utterly stunning. I tip my hat to a sensitive restoration and once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving this beautiful old gal for the generations to come.

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  8. JimHJimH says: 3424 comments
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    The colors don’t look quite as brash in the Street View, though it’s great to be able to comment on paint and decor choices on a house that wasn’t so far from demolition a few years back. A real 10 year, stem to stern restoration too, not simply a cosmetic makeover. Bravo to the Leamans!
    A very old photo (it wasn’t white) and the restoration story in local news articles:
    http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/04111e97031d3fd9d0e226b6b2131ceca4504cf0/c=14-0-487-355&r=x404&c=534×401/local/-/media/2015/08/14/YorkDailyRecord/wp-PPYR-YorkTownSquare-40858-7b6da1c.jpg
    http://www.ydr.com/story/news/history/blogs/york-town-square/2008/04/18/leanman-1/31559029/

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  9. Mona says: 19 comments

    WOW, this transformation is simply STUNNING! I can’t believe the price is as low as it is, with the obvious amount of work that it took to bring it up to this state of repair! I LOVE it, inside and out!!! Almost every detail on the exterior was brought back/kept to it’s original!

  10. MW says: 623 comments

    That is a very impressive save on that. How can they sell this for only $350K? Did they get the house for free and do most of the work themselves? Hard to see how this only is worth $350K at this point. I know York doesn’t have the highest real estate values, but still. York is full of great and affordable houses. I like the town and would be willing to move there. But the schools seem to be less than impressive and my wife wasn’t fond of it for some reason, I think maybe because of the schools mostly.

    Regardless, a very nice house for sure. Colors look good to me, and I’m usually a less is more kind of guy. The wallpaper in the bathrooms looks a bit off though compared to the rest of the house and kitchen needs some help I think. But otherwise a nice looking house.

    Another house, same period, bigger, but slightly less $’s. We did a drive by on this one a couple summers back, still for sale apparently.
    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/701-S-George-St-York-PA-17401/82770762_zpid/

    • TabbyCat says: 1 comments

      This house isn’t located in the best school district, York City. That being said if you can afford it I would send your kids to York Catholic which is a good school. If I had the money to buy this house that’s what I would do.

    • MaryC says: 9 comments

      Oh, I love the one you linked here! The wood and the carvings and the porch!

  11. Lori says: 122 comments

    So pleased to see a beautiful house saved from demolition. I think the exterior colors are excellent!

  12. Paul WPaul W says: 573 comments

    Excellent example of a dedicated restoration. I do agree that the body of the house should be darker than the second floor but that’s minor given the excellent work done here. The point here is that neighborhoods, and houses, do not have to stay “bad”. It only take s one or two brave souls to come in and take the risk. Clearly looks like the whole neighborhood is coming back.

    This is why people restore…love of old houses and a desire to try to get it right.

  13. Diane says: 400 comments

    I don’t think anyone who has done a really total restoration, in a neighborhood like this, will ever get back what they’ve put into the home, both labor and materials. “A labor of love” is just that and people who do them are a breed of their own and not in it to flip a house for profit. Whether we love or hate their decorating/paint choices, they deserve a huge praise for saving this beautiful home. Even the landscaping wasn’t inexpensive and has enhanced the overall picture. Whatever the reason they’re selling, it must be with regret.

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  14. Patrick A. Imler says: 262 comments

    All I can say is WoW…..what a beauty! I wouldn’t change a thing! I
    wonder if the roll top desk and the organ come with the home??

  15. Brian) says: 34 comments

    I think the colors on this look great! We’re deciding on colors for the 1900 house we just bought. Right now it’s a yellow/cream body with turquoise line trim, dark red fish scale trim, and black shutters (haha). Losing the shutters. Next door is a similar house with a bright green body and purple and yellow trim–and purple shutters (more haha) That house sort of limits colors for our house though.

    • Donald C. Carleton, Jr. says: 248 comments

      Brian,

      Why are you planning on “losing the shutters?” These were a pretty common exterior accessory for houses of your vintage…

      I realize that properly maintaining louvered shutters is a huge job, but I’d think twice about junking them if they are anything close to an original feature of your house…Of course if what you’ve currently got is tacked-on vinyl, that’s a horse of a different color.

      • BrianO says: 34 comments

        The house is a Queen Anne and I’m pretty sure they’re not original. I think it will look better without them. Some of them even overlap in the bump out parts of the house. Won’t be getting to the outside for a while, and the roof will be first so we’ll see.

  16. Denise1953 says: 33 comments

    In a word “Stunning!” I am stunned. Absolutely my favorite of favorites.

  17. FergusFergus says: 272 comments
    1420 Perpendicular Gothic

    Has anyone else noticed how the house next door looks to be of the exact same design with a slightly different porch: https://goo.gl/maps/y4v8wXV5cc52
    Next door also retains the plain white exterior colour scheme, so it makes for an interesting comparison seeing them side-by-side.

  18. Lori Jo says: 4 comments

    Wow! What a work of love! Someone was lucky enough to have the time, patience, and endless money all at the same time to bring back this beautiful home!

  19. Janet says: 115 comments

    OMG amazing. They have lived my dream.

  20. Ernie says: 133 comments

    I think the only thing I would change would be to paint the exposed plumbing (appears to be a fire suppression system?) to better blend in with the base colors of the walls and ceilings they run against. Otherwise everything else is perfect!

  21. SueSue says: 1188 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape
    ME

    Truly a labor of love. I hope they are moving on to the next house that needs attention and restoring.

  22. ChristainB says: 1 comments

    For those of you who don’t know York Pa, this is in a neighborhood that is very unique and has many amazing Colonial, Victorian, Craftsman, Tudors all in one central location known as “The Avenues”. The owners who are to commended with starting the whole revitalization of this area are sadly looking to downsize while they retire and travel. I only know our neighborhood will miss them terribly. My partner and I have purchased the 1887 Victorian right next door, which happens to be the exact floor plan as this. They were built side by side for 2 businessmen President and Vice President of the York company Hench and Drumgold, a farm equipment manufacturing company which was right down the street, but has been torn down. Our house which was vacant for ten years and turned in to 3 apartments, we are about to restore is in the same sad shape as their “before”, not as far gone as theirs, but all the same really deteriorated. Anyone who knows York knows, the taxes are high, really high and so many cannot afford to buy these gems to fix up,. because the taxes are higher than the average mortgage payment. That being said, we are about to begin our restoration journey and theirs coming to a close, we will never forget what they have inspired us to undertake and will miss them, as well as the entire neighborhood will as well. Thanks Jim and Jean. Also Kelly I love this site. Thanks for all the glorious old houses and stories from those who have bravely took on the impossible ,such as the undertaking we are about to embark on. I hope we do them proud?

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8500 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks ChristianB for your comment. We’d love to know how you progress with your home, any chance you may start a blog or Facebook page with some updates now and then?

  23. Jennifer HT says: 801 comments

    Fantastic update! I am not sure I could have taken on such a project.

  24. Blake Mauney says: 6 comments

    The home is simply lovely and the exterior colors are divine. I have lived in central PA for nearly three decades and this area of York, despite the restoration, does not equate to the asking price. The crime of the York and lower income surrounding properties do nothing to elevate prices even on the most decorated homes. That is the harsh reality.

  25. Arkham says: 73 comments

    Wow, what a beautiful restoration!
    Kudos to those who put in the work, and envy for whomsoever ends up buying it.

  26. Erin says: 14 comments

    Bravo!!!! Not only did they save a house from demolition, they made it amazing! That kitchen is to die for!

  27. Cundiamores says: 1 comments

    The colors don’t seem period-correct. They remind me all of the colors that became popular in the 1970s. The outside in a light gray or lightest butter yellow would’ve been better in my opinion.

  28. Katrina Gauld says: 2 comments

    Kitchen and baths are period correct nicely done I would say. Looks like in the one picture there is a house next door with similar porch and railing. The price seems quite good and the amount of restoration work done here is unbelievable. Nice

  29. Glenn Mckinnon says: 1 comments

    If I lived in the States,I would buy it straight away.What a bargain!! I live in Australia where our house prices are skyhigh ( even regional)This would cost over a million dollars,say over 80 km’s out from the city.Inner city would be over the 2 million mark…Ripped off bad in Australia

    • Sue Howell says: 1 comments

      I’m with you on that Glenn, I absolutely love it, it sure is a beauty..sadly we don’t have too many home like that in Oz.Our houses are so costly here not as beautiful either

  30. Marjorie Horeis says: 1 comments

    This is a bargain. It is beautifully restored. I love what they have done with it.

  31. Connie Farabaugh says: 1 comments

    If this house was in Adams County it would be given an award for Restoration/Preservation. So much research went into it, selection of colors papers and all the work, someone is going to get a deal.

  32. Tony says: 74 comments

    Horray!…Somebody saved this damsel. Nice work.

  33. NannyG says: 1 comments

    Noticed the antique organ in the parlor and wondered what make it is. I have an Estey organ circa 1890 that looks a lot like that. Mine is in perfect working condition and sounds great

  34. James West says: 1 comments

    Can you tell me the origin of the name “RUSHMEAD HOUSE”? I have searched
    everywhere with NO success. Thanks in advance. Chinese Jimmy.

  35. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4124 comments

    James,
    If you are talking about the “Rushmead” (or Rushmeade) house in the pharmaceutical TV commericials, that’s a fake name. The house they show in the commercial is actually in Louisiana and is known as the Ardoyne Plantation and has its own website: http://www.ardoyneplantation.com/ The interior shots in the commercial are of another completely unrelated house-it’s whereabouts are unknown to me but its not the Ardoyne Plantation house interior.

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  36. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8500 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced to $299,900 and added old pic of the home (shown at the bottom of the listing pics above.)

  37. Dawn says: 1 comments

    It’s worth every penny

  38. nancy says: 1 comments

    Restoring homes as I have, I know the time and love that goes into it, not to mention the work. You did a wonderful job I think. What a challenge you had, and you met it head on. I am so happy you kept the radiators as so many people pull them out (which is a huge mistake, they are the best heat their is, expensive to install, but smaller heating bill. You are an inspiration to every other person restoring a home. Love it with all your heart and soul.

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