1902 Queen Anne – Bonaparte, IA

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Added to OHD on 10/25/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   24 Comments

303 Washington St, Bonaparte, IA 52620

  • $125,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3000 Sq Ft
  • 0.51 Ac.
Classic Victorian home in historic Bonaparte, Iowa. The home has large rooms with downstairs featuring double living room, dining room with built in china cabinet (oak), kitchen, one bedroom, 3/4 bath, and foyer with ornate open staircase. Upstairs are five bedrooms and bath. Two laundry hook up areas; one in bath upstairs as well as one on first level. Walk up attic that could be used as more living area. Back staircase to kitchen. Lots of new wiring, lots of hardwood, new furnace and duct work in 2012 along with a wood burning stove, central air installed 2014, new electric water heater in 2015, back deck added in 2016 with privacy fence. Detached garage with mancave above. All appliances stay. Lots of unique features and stained glass windows!

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24 Comments on 1902 Queen Anne – Bonaparte, IA

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  1. Paulthedreamer says: 35 comments

    Vinyl siding is hideous. I wonder what may lurk beneath – good and bad?

  2. jeklstudio says: 1070 comments

    Wow, this seems like an awful lot of house for the money! Beautiful stairwell, and I love that built in china hutch. It looks like a pass through…maybe to the kitchen? Not wild about what looks like a tile floor in DR nor am I crazy about the kitchen, but over all this is a lovely home. Oh, possibilities!

  3. RossRoss says: 2434 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I am looking for my magic X-ray glasses.

    To see what is under the vinyl siding.

    • Paul Price says: 193 comments

      I have come to view vinyl siding as similar to carpet covering phe·nom·e·nal hardwoods; at least that is my hope. Of course, there is always the reality that exterior trim pieces are often removed when vinyl siding is applied.

    • Ed Ferris says: 298 comments

      Vinyl installers will saw off the ends of the window sill and head casing so they can lay their vinyl flush with the side of the window. Originally, those details always extended past the side casing (in a wood house, of course).

  4. cheryl plato says: 173 comments

    Looks the the biggest fanciest house in town! And, check out the town, it is so interesting, looks quite historic.

  5. marilyn says: 7 comments

    I want an attic like this what fun.

  6. Scott cunningham says: 397 comments

    Lot of house for the price. Looks well cared for

  7. joanT says: 6 comments

    This is such a nice house in spite of the unfortunate “upgrades” along the way, such as the bathrooms and the siding. Hopefully some one who respects the past will snatch it up.

  8. Lissie says: 231 comments

    The outside of the house is beautiful to me siding or not. It needs TLC on the inside I think its a diamond in the rough.

  9. Dallas says: 74 comments

    From the street view the neighbors look a little rough. Thank goodness for Street View – it really helps to get a feel for the area.

  10. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1040 comments

    Love the attic space! Hope the right buyer comes along.

  11. Diane says: 585 comments

    Seems most little Midwest towns have one or two huge homes built by a founder of the town or early business developer. When economic times changed, the homes are fortunate to have owners that keep them from falling down – often big families with modest incomes. I think we see that in this house. They’ve tried to preserve it to the best their incomes, time and talents could afford. The asking price reflects it’s not perfect but I’m always grateful it’s been maintained and enjoyed. Seldom does the deep pocket renovator purist want to live in these small towns – although it sometimes happens and we can hope.

  12. julie A.julie A. says: 144 comments
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    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    I would take it in a heartbeat. look at that stairway! The lighting alone looks original. I’m always a sucker for a cool attic. Maybe it just needs paint under the vinyl, but you could work on the inside and spruce up the outside when it’s finished. I love these old Queen Anne’s! I hope someone scoops it up and loves it like it should be.

  13. Lindsay G says: 522 comments

    Oh I adore the attic! I could do SOO much with that space! The big window brings in a lot of light, I love it. Definitely NOT your typical spooky old attic!

  14. julie says: 9 comments

    The attic is spectacular!

  15. Michael Mackin says: 3261 comments

    When I look at picture #8, I see floors that have either been recently refinished or laminate floors. Hard to tell just from the picture but when I look at picture #9, I can see two patches in front of the fireplace.

    It says new furnace in 2012 but I see baseboard heat. I’m not a fan of baseboard heat…..cheapest to install, most expensive to operate!

    The house has some beautiful details and features and looks loke a good price for the money. Love the attic!

  16. John Shiflet says: 5668 comments

    This house gives me the impression of a plan book design source. (not George Barber but maybe from Frank P. Allen or David S. Hopkins; both of Grand Rapids, MI) I do recall the Meeks mansion being on the market for a long time-glad to hear it finally sold. Bonaparte, Iowa, as noted by others, is the typical small rural remote community of the kind that dots the landscape across the country. Across the Midwest they struggle to survive in the post-industrial, post-family farming era but in some cases through good fortune and hard work a few of these tiny towns remain stable. The Queen Anne style house has many nice period details but the location impacts the selling price. Hope the next owner tries to preserve its period details or even decides to fully restore it.

  17. Rhonda says: 7 comments

    That “baseboard” heat might be hot water heat not electric as they look very similar to what my house has and probably replaced the original hot water radiators at some point. If so, furnace might use propane or could be an electric boiler. I heat with an outdoor wood stove, great if you have lots of woods like we do here in SW Wisconsin.

    • Michael Mackin says: 3261 comments

      After taking a closer look at the pictures, you are probably right. They look a little taller than typical baseboard heaters. Still, I’m a little old school and would change them back to new ‘old style’ radiators.

  18. Beth says: 1 comments

    can you get at least some of the baseboards hooked up on an off-peak meter??

  19. Amy says: 3 comments

    I want!! Love the attic!!

  20. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    The zillow link has more pics and 2 pics of the home being built. Pretty neat!


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