1898 – Joliet, IL

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Added to OHD on 10/31/16   -   Last OHD Update: 10/9/19   -   8 Comments

903 Western Ave, Joliet, IL 60435

  • $209,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 4334 Sq Ft
  • 0.57 Ac.
one of joliets most historic homes! this three story home is loaded with features including; 3 enclosed porches, 4 fireplaces, parlor/family room, main floor office, large dining room, breakfast room, 2 pantrys, coach house, wrought iron fence, wraparound front porch and walk-up attic. being sold as-is. seller disclosures available as as a download at mls. 2nd tax number; 07084060060000.
Contact Information
Jim Conway, Regional Realty Group,
(815) 744-656


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8 Comments on 1898 – Joliet, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks JoeD and anyone else that shared this home!

    • AndyD says: 39 comments

      I really wanted to get this house. Just to much work. The carriage house is cool, but again it needs work.

      A somewhat famous boxer in the early 1900s named Patrick “Packey” McFarland lived there. I’ve got a picture of the house in my email before the small addition to the side of the house was made, but I can’t find the link.

  2. I covet the blue tile fireplace.

  3. Lindsay G says: 582 comments

    What a hidden beauty. All it needs is a little elbow grease and she could really shine!

    • AndyD says: 39 comments

      I wish that was all it needs. They didn’t winterize the house. The dining room ceiling caved in and there is water damage on the first floor. I’ve gotten mold abatement estimates. Paint is peeling more than what the pictures show. The roof leaks. The boiler has sheet metal strapped to the side. Would need to get the boiler pipes tested. Many windows are painted shut. But at least they are still the original Windows. There is another full bath in the basement, in which the thick ceramic tub had been moved about the basement. Not sure how you’d get it out of the house. Some original light fixtures remain. Once you get the pocket doors working, they’d be really neat. The front door is gorgeous, just needs the stained glass repaired. With the carriage house it’s close to an acre lot. I hope someone has the money and love for the house to fix it up and love there a long time.

  4. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    Someone please save this home from the dreaded Ivy monster trying to eat it.

  5. RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    I see three original marble sinks! Zounds!

    I would also like to see all that painted trim stripped!

    Oh, and I love the main facade and the twin pointy roofs!

  6. Mary Beth says: 17 comments

    I live on the same street as this house and have gone through it 3 times since it went up for sale. There is black MOLD on the walls of all three floors. Local mold removal company quoted me 10-15k per floor to do it. Several of the walls are wet and soft to the touch. There are asbestos tiles in at least 3 rooms, dining room ceiling completely fell in due to lack of winterizing mentioned in prior post. All the plumbing needs to be replaced(local contractor told me a minimum of 20k), there are multiple leaks throughout the house, so walls will need to be gutted to get at the piping. Boiler needs to be replaced and needs new piping (contractor told me 45k). All the radiators are shot and I was quoted a price of 1000 each times 22. Roof needs replacing, another 20k. My husband and I added up the repairs just to make the home bare bones livable/up to code and it’s 300k plus purchase price of home. Taxes are 11k a year too. I found out the house will not qualify for a traditional mortgage because the house will NOT pass inspection. I was also told it will not qualify for a FHA either because of water damage. You have to have the cash to buy it and they won’t budge on the price.

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