1890 Queen Anne – Haverhill, NH (George F. Barber)

SOLD / Archived From 2016
Added to OHD on 4/15/16 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 22 Comments
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  • $99,000
  • Sold for $89,000
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Bath
  • 3100 Sq Ft
  • 0.13 Ac.
Large Victorian with garage within walking distance to the Woodsville business district on Central Avenue. Beautiful hardwood floors and millwork with a wood fireplace on the first floor that includes a kitchen, full bath, dining room, living room, parlor and a small bedroom. Four bedrooms and a full bath on the second floor plus a sitting room that formally served as a kitchen. House is being transferred fully furnished. Abutting 0.3 acre is also available
Sold By
Tom Carstens, Peabody and Smith Realty/Littleton      (603) 444-1294
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22 Comments on 1890 Queen Anne – Haverhill, NH (George F. Barber)

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  1. AvatarBethany says: 2576 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Escondido, CA

    Amazing roof! The staircase and stained glass windows are beautiful. Altogether a place my family of six could move into and enjoy I think!

  2. Avatarlara jane says: 573 comments

    Yes to the roof! Paint this beauty appropriately and it’d be stunning!

  3. AvatarJohn Nevitt says: 12 comments

    This house is simply amazing! They just don’t get much better than this when it comes to having so much of the original character intact

  4. Christopher DiMatteiChristopher DiMattei says: 261 comments

    This home is one of several examples of George Barber designed homes in Haverhill. There is even a D S Hopkins example in this town.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4645 comments

      Chris, Thanks for the David S. Hopkins designed house reference. The Barber house here would be ideal for us but I’m not ready to move to New Hampshire. I’ll have to look around for the Hopkins designed house. (and the other Barber designed houses)
      In the by the way category, a mutual friend of ours in Ohio shared a double page ad for the Foster-Munger millwork firm in Chicago and they were referring to THEIR “Modern Dwellings” planbook as though it were their own; I never realized how cozy a business relationship they once had with George F. Barber. (& Klutz)

  5. AvatarFranka says: 21 comments

    OK. Is the home inhabited by evil spirits? Did an ax murder take place in the attic? Is a toxic waste site nearby or does the drinking water contain lead? This house is being transferred for a sales price of $115K fully furnished? What??? We’re talking five bedrooms, three baths and 3100 square feet of living space with a room upstairs that could be converted back to a 2nd kitchen (potential rental). There even appears to be a sun-room in the back. Hopefully the prior owners struck it rich and they are just abandoning the place for better digs. This is one of the most intriguing homes that has yet been listed. This is just the type of place I’ve been seeking. Wish my home was already sold so I could buy some of the spectacular homes available for sale that are posted on this site.

    • AvatarLadyBelle says: 60 comments

      Doing a quick job search for that area shows there isn’t much open. It could be a case of lower property prices in a bad econ.

      • AvatarCat says: 6 comments

        lol…there’s only about 4800 people living in Haverhill. Might explain why there aren’t many jobs available. Not much there! Reading a little about the town. Unless it has a drug or crime problem they aren’t talking about – seems like it would be a great little place to retire to! (except for the snow!)

        • AvatarWhenIWinTheLottery says: 72 comments

          I was thinking the same thing, Cat. For that price it could be a vacation home. The exterior is screaming… Paint me with color!

      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 920 comments

        LadyBelle, this might be the perfect solution for the old house lover that is self employed! An artist, a writer, a software designer, a palm reader…whatever! Very cute house. Never a fan of wall paper, but I get well and truly stuck on corner/angled fireplaces!

  6. AvatarJimC says: 48 comments

    Wonder what the story is on the first floor of that tower. The design seems awkward and doesn’t fit with the rest of the tower. Large window is obviously a late addition. Wonder if that bottom floor of the tower was rebuilt at some point.

    • Ed FerrisEd Ferris says: 311 comments

      The idea of the angled window is so you can watch down the street. A large picture window is appropriate and probably original. I don’t recall any Barber design with this exact combination, but the tower and angled window are, separately, characteristic.

  7. AvatarDennis Liming says: 25 comments

    I’m surprised no one noticed the Bath-Haverhill covered bridge and mill which is just down the street (Oak Hill). Pretty unique!
    I’m guessing the apartments next door may be some detraction to the price.

  8. AvatarDonna Reynolds says: 1 comments

    Haverhill is pretty rural. Very beautiful town in the White Mountains. Great retirement area or don’t mind a longer commute or maybe you work from home? There is nothing “wrong” with the area. The house does appear to need some work but add that and it’s still a bargain. I’m about 35 min away in Lincoln NH (ski country).

  9. Avatarpamibach says: 119 comments

    I could handle New Hampshire in this house

  10. JimHJimH says: 4105 comments
    OHD Supporter

    According to local info, the house incorporates a Federal style house built by Stephen Adams in 1808. I don’t see it either, so take that for what it’s worth.
    The NRHP Historic District info notes this as the 1890 Westgate House, also mentioning the earlier house. A prominent family of attorneys headed by Nathaniel W. Westgate Sr. had lived for many years around the corner. I think the house was built for eldest son Tyler Westgate (1843-1917), a Probate Court Judge. By 1900 after a 2nd wife had died, Tyler and his 2 young daughters are found back in the old family home on Court St. with his 3 unmarried middle-aged siblings. (Another ghost story in the making?)
    A cool house in any event, and the most modern home noted in the Haverhill Corner Historic District. An old street shot halfway down the page here:
    http://www.nhnorth.us/photoshaverhill.html
    http://www.livingplaces.com/NH/Grafton_County/Haverhill_Town/Haverhill_Corner_Historic_District.html

    • AvatarNigel11 says: 1 comments

      JimH-
      If you’ll allow me, let me just inform you that the house in question is not the one you think it is. The one in the listing is in Woodsville, a bit further north and not part of Haverhill Corner district. My wife and I have toured it, and it is magnificent, apparently stayed in the family since the railroad baron who built it. The grandsons (now in their 70’s-80’s) are selling it. The advantages are that it is mostly original in terms of floorplan, the woodwork is fantastic and even the hardware for the cabinets are incredibly intricate. Spare tin ceiling and crown moulding from its construction is still stored throughout the home. The bad bit is that the house now sits in a less than desirable location, with low income apartments surrounding it. The plot of land is tiny, just enough for the home. The foundation in the middle of the ‘U’ between the main wing and carriage house has been kicked in by a sizable ice dam (not unworkable) and the all original slate roof has leaked and damaged the disused third floor. Knob & tube is still in use. If not for the location, we would have purchased in a heartbeat…

      Now, to truly break your heart, the Victorian in your posted photo. It is indeed on Court St. in Haverhill corner, and your details regarding it being a conversion from an earlier 19th century home are correct. Your linked photo is from happier days, and can be found on an old postcard. Sometime in the early 2000’s, it was purchased by a Brooklynite ostensibly as a summer home. Google currently shows an image from 2009 at street level, painted in shades of pink and with the front hedges needing some trimming. However, the wraparound porch is strangely absent from the newer satellite view.

      A visit in person will show you why. As of winter 2016, the yard is mostly overgrown. The porch is gone, likely collapsed and demolished in a heavy winter. No effort was made to patch the bare structure where it once attached to the house. The paint is peeling. Downstairs windows are open to allow the elements in. The huge carriage house/barn in back has buckled at the ridge and is imploding inward. Another beautiful historic structure ruined by neglect. I’ve debated contacting the owner and trying to see if they’d sell, but saving it at this point is likely a herculean or possibly futile effort. There is a beautiful brick federal across the street for sale, but unless you want to front row seats to view a Queen Anne Victorian deteriorate, it’s probably not worth it.

      Haverhill Corner is an otherwise beautiful area. It’s a terrible shame.

  11. Mickael MackinMickael Mackin says: 1264 comments

    Love the house. The only thing I can say for the paint color is that it has kept the exterior intact. That said, it definitely need a proper paint scheme.

  12. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10061 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $99,000!

  13. AvatarKarenZ says: 916 comments
    OHD Supporter

    What an amazing bargain!

  14. AvatarKevinB says: 133 comments

    New Hampshire is a great state. The only thing that would hold me back is I like to go out to good restaurants etc so it’s a bit too rural for me. but the house is a great old house with lots of original detail.

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