1893 Queen Anne – Earlville, NY

Added to OHD on 5/10/16   -   Last OHD Update: 7/2/20   -   29 Comments
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30 W Main St, Earlville, NY 13332

  • $129,000
  • Sold for $124,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3480 Sq Ft
  • 0.65 Ac.
Wonderful transitional Victorian with custom built mahogany cabinets, soapstone & butcher block countertop and stainless steel back splash. Fancy scrolled woodwork is intact. Some of the features are an open staircase in the foyer with stained glass window, pocket doors, hardwood floors, brass ceiling in the dining room, original ball & stick apothecary shelves and inlaid Greek Key oak flooring, stained glass windows. Large yard has nice plantings and a 2-story carriage barn with character. Would make a FABULOUS B&B, only a short drive to Hamilton, Colgate University and many other Central New York points of interest. This is a MUST SEE home!!
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Laura DuBois, All County Property,
(607) 674-2211

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29 Comments on 1893 Queen Anne – Earlville, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12131 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thank you Cora for sharing!

  2. BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    So much to love about this awesome house! I can totally see my family living here.

  3. says: 2848 comments

    Wow! It’s hard to beat, especially at this price! It looks in pretty good shape!

  4. Sherri Surita says: 5 comments

    I look forward to seeing new post of these homes

  5. JimHJimH says: 5257 comments
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    The house was built for Dr. Homer H. White (1850-1927) who studied medicine at Ann Arbor and Columbia Colleges before coming to town in 1876. He married Mary Louise Stuart who lived with her parents in the Greek Revival house to the right of this one. Dr. White did well here, was village president, an officer of the bank, and a trustee of the Baptist church. He was active in the reconstruction of the town center after the disastrous fires of 1886 and 1890.
    Dr. White was famous for a day in the winter of 1895, after a peculiar accident was reported in papers across the country. While on his daily rounds accompanied by his wife, the sleigh in which they rode took a hard knock on the Chenango River bridge north of town. The startled horse reared up and threw the sleigh into the icy river, and the doctor, weighed down by his winter clothes and bearskin coat, narrowly survived. Mrs. White had fallen out and had only a bruise, though the horse was caught in the bridge frame and was drowned.
    Homer and Louise had no children but wanted a big house and reportedly spent $20,000 on this one, including the barn. (Even half of that would still have been a lot!) Dr. White and his wife have the largest monument in Earlville Cemetery, and he is remembered with a local school scholarship for Excellence in American History.

    It’s a wonderful house and for the most part nicely preserved. If only this kind of attention was given to more of the old places in the area, like the one down the street:
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/02/25/1895-queen-anne-earlville-ny/

    • John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

      I think those figures for the cost of the house and carriage house are plausible. The carriage house itself is an architectural jewel but I don’t want to diminish in any way the impressive main house. Were the taxes more reasonable in New York State, I would strongly consider this one.

    • Cora says: 2060 comments

      I seriously look forward to the “house history” comments. So much fun to learn about how these old places came to be. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • lara janelara jane says: 469 comments
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      Wow! Great history!

      I love the home and the carriage house. My name is also White so it’s probably a sign that I should live here. πŸ˜‰

  6. LadyBelle says: 61 comments

    This is amazing. The price is completely confusing.

    • kat says: 1 comments

      Great house. I am a little worried about two of the bathroom photos – the surround of the blue clawfoot tub and the one with the sink apparently sitting on the floor. Those could get expensive to fix, plus the property taxes may account for some of the price.

      • Jared says: 24 comments

        I don’t see a sink sitting on the floor. Which picture? The tub surround just looks like a shower curtain to me. Can’t really see what is behind the curtain.

  7. C.F. says: 37 comments

    Had saved this one in Zillow, really loving it and the area. Calling the realtor in the morning to make an appt to go see it. πŸ™‚

  8. MonicaG says: 155 comments

    Great story Jim. Gorgeous house at an astonishing price. Good luck C.F. Hope you get it and make it shine. One question, what exactly is a transitional Victorian? Looks like a Victorian to me.

    • Cora says: 2060 comments

      I was confused about the transitional term, too.

      I was guessing that maybe they were referring to the restoration process (maybe the current owners were mid-restoration when they decided to sell?) Dunno, though.

      Sure seems like a bargain!

    • Christopher DiMattei says: 268 comments

      I think the “transitional” term is in reference to the stylistic transition of American architecture, from the Victorian influences of the 1890’s to more Colonial Renaissance of the early 1900’s. In my opinion, this house was designed and built during this transitional period, right around the turn of the century. Also, if you consider George Barber as the source of the design, he detested the return of colonial influences to architectural design, but at the same time recognized that it was the new prevailing style demanded by his clients. Therefore, he produced designs like this, that contained as little colonial expressions as possible, to satisfy his clients demand for it, and continued to design in the Victorian style of his preference, for everything else. For example, in this home, note the classical columns and adjacent fretwork, separating the main rooms of the first floor. Inconsistent to say the least.

      Then again, the house description was likely written by the RE agent and they are notorious for making things up as they go along.

  9. Paul W says: 465 comments

    The carriage barn is a big added plus at this price and they typically were torn down. This one looks to have been well maintained. My big problem is the 5700 a yr property taxes. The state ‘pays’ for NYC and I don’t see property taxes headed in any direction but up, shame because NY has some great homes but most people do not want to be a ‘slave’ to property taxes.

    • Don Carleton says: 300 comments

      I really have to jump in here regarding your comment about how New York state overall somehow “subsidizes” NYC.

      First off, any consideration of the depressed economics (and consequently lower real estate values) of upstate versus the NYC metropolitan region ought to be shouting out the fact that this can’t possibly be true.

      Not to mention the fact that property taxes fund LOCAL operations anyway, not state level costs, unless NY has some radically different system than my own home region of NE.

      But anyway, here’s the analysis of the question provided by the Rockefeller institute. http://www.rockinst.org/observations/wardr/2011-12-giving_getting.aspx

      True. its five years old but I doubt the overall picture has changed that much.

  10. JoeyPierpont says: 7 comments

    Definitely the nicest house in that immediate area!

  11. Christopher DiMattei says: 268 comments

    I am nearly certain that this home is another George F. Barber design. I am quite sure it substantially matches a published design, but I don’t have those materials with me at the moment, so i will have to verify this, when I get home tonight. I am also pretty sure that the 1893 YOC is a bit early for this home. It is more likely to have been built between 1901 and 1905. Still, what a great home for an awesome price. I would so snatch this one up, if I could support myself in this part of the country. Someone is really going to luck out here!

  12. Betti says: 8 comments

    Wonderful Home! Love the carriage house also. Betti

  13. C.F. says: 37 comments

    I inquired with a realtor and changed my plane tickets to Albany (with a hefty $300 fee) after receiving a bunch of info in the past couple of days, then today I was just told an offer has been made and it’s in the home inspection state. Seriously? Really irritated. Why doesn’t it say pending offer then??? I have had bad experiences with 90% of the realtors I’ve dealt with, extreme flaketown and can barely get anyone to return a phone call let alone provide correct information. A couple just hung up when I say hello, I’m looking for a realtor, others just never respond. ??????

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12131 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Sorry about your experience.

      “Why doesn’t it say pending offer then???” Are you referring to OHD? There is no possible way for me to know if a house is pending unless they update the status in the MLS. I can imagine me calling agents every day for the 800 or odd so houses currently showing “Active” to inquire about the status, if they won’t return your calls they surely will never return mine! πŸ™‚

      I checked the agents website and get an error when I click on the house for “more details” (link). If the offer was submitted today or even yesterday it takes a while to show up pending or contingent online anyway, it’s never instant.

  14. C.F. says: 37 comments

    No, I meant why doesn’t the listing agent update the house page (I assumed the houses here reflect what was on their sale page). If they’re at the home inspection stage, it doesn’t seem like the offer was placed in the immediate past. The realtor I spoke to said sometimes the agents just never call back. I am really fed up with this whole process. I don’t understand how a commission based business has zero follow through. If anyone has recommendations for good/reliable realtors in New England, I’d love to hear them.

  15. Jared says: 24 comments

    The photos have a 2014 date stamp. I wonder how long its been unoccupied and if it still looks like this. (or possibly the camera just has the wrong date?)

    • C.F. says: 37 comments

      The Zillow listing says it’s been up for 601 days, so the date stamp may be correct. Not sure why it’s been on the market so long, but Earlville has a population of only 800ish people, and while somewhat near Colgate U and Syracuse, it’s still a bit remote. A lot of these houses I’m finding/going to see are very reasonably priced– but in very small towns and they sit vacant for a while because no one local either wants or can afford to keep a house that big. Hard to run a successful b&b when it’s far off the beaten track without any direct tourist attractions nearby.

  16. Denise1953 says: 28 comments

    This house is everything I love. And the carriage house is just beautiful. I was born in Hamilton while my father was attending Colgate University 62 years ago. We lived in Morrisville but the closest hospital was in Hamilton. I was still a baby when they moved back to Oswego, NY and I’m a little disappointed that this house may have sold. I would love to take a drive there to see the house and the area.

  17. Linda R says: 196 comments

    Dear C.F. go ahead and look at it anyway.. contracts fall thru all the time, there maybe something in the inspection to scare off other buyer, but not bother you. You also can make a somewhat higher offer than asking price depending on the contract details for the other potential buyer. Good luck

  18. Jim says: 2 comments

    It was unoccupied for quite a few years. It is a beauty and it also has an enormous third floor, walk-up attic that can be finished. The family that purchased it is lovely and very lucky. We debated too long and as they say, “He who hesitates is lost.” A steal at $124,000 and there is a separate bedroom and bathroom off the front porch that was originally used as the doctor’s office. There is also a nice room/bedroom off the back porch with a big picture window and window seat. You could convert carriage barn to apartments. Apartment rentals or room rentals would help offset property taxes.

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