c. 1880 Italianate – Ridge Farm, IL

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Added to OHD on 1/10/17   -   Last OHD Update: 9/19/19   -   60 Comments

13877 Indianola Ridge Farm Rd, Ridge Farm, IL 61870

  • $37,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 4242 Sq Ft
  • 4.3 Ac.
This mansion style home has 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 7 outbuildings and beautiful victorian woodwork throughout. A lot of built-ins, large barn to house horses. All sitting on 4.3 acres. Property sold as-is.
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Marvin Turner, Coldwell Banker,
(217) 443-3211


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60 Comments on c. 1880 Italianate – Ridge Farm, IL

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3324 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    This beautiful home needs a lot of love but so much potential! I lookked at the street view and it’s in “the middle of nowhere” surrounded by cornfields–truly my dream home!!!

  2. Michelle Garvin says: 2 comments

    Oh my God!!!!! <3
    Im dying!
    It's amazing!

  3. Cora says: 2030 comments

    Ohhhh. I love it! What a gem. The barn, the land, that house…for so little $$$.

  4. Deecee Ben says: 1 comments

    This is it! I’m moving… It seems not a lot of money needed – just restore the kitchen to its original cupboards and remove those added-on balconies on the right. And take off that awful wallpaper. I can do that and then plant my apple trees to make my cider. Ah, yes…

    • Sandra says: 324 comments

      It looks like you could live there while restoring the place, that’s always a plus! What a great deal. If I hadn’t just purchased a house I’d have to go look at this one.

  5. Jennifer says: 2 comments

    Very nice old dairy farm. Would be willing to restore that.

  6. Jennifer HT says: 795 comments

    The price seems unreal. Wonder if it needs a complete overhaul- plumbing, electric, etc.

    • Brian E. Mullin says: 11 comments

      More than Likely, Jennifer.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      That number CAN NOT be right!

      • Austin says: 1 comments

        The price on this house is very reasonable. I lived right down the road from this house. To everyone that thinks it’s in the middle of nowhere it’s not it’s right outside Ridge-Farm. It needs a lot of work and I mean A LOT I’ve walked up to this house and the foundation looks like it needs work along with probably electrical and plumbing considering how old it is, also roofing, siding, flooring, the interior walls…

      • Lisa Martin - 1st Choice Realty says: 3 comments

        It was a Fannie Mae Homepath sell.

  7. LouB says: 85 comments

    I see what appear to be registers high up on the wall in a couple of shots but no radiators etc.
    OK, so I give, where’s the heat coming from?
    Nice layout, though.
    Could be a nice hobby farm if the ground water is good.

    • Sandra says: 324 comments

      My new old house has has forced air heat with an odd mix of registers. Some are up high on the wall, some are at the floor. I’m not sure if they did this purposefully, perhaps to allow better furniture placement, or if it was some kind of band-aid fix for plan changes. I’m interested in other opinions. The registers at the floor are the ornate type, the ones on the wall very utilitarian and have been painted the same color as the wall (which makes sense).

    • SLane says: 1 comments

      Our older house we used to live in had cold air returns up high on the wall like that. Those might be cold air returns that someone installed later if/when they put in more modern heating. The heat registers were on the floor and the cold air returns were high on the walls. Our 100 year old house we currently live in that we gutted had only large (2′ x 2′) ornate register covers in the floors of the upstairs bedrooms, they only allowed the rising heat up into the bedrooms. No upstairs heat other than that. They were very pretty and decorative but we had to remove them to install a modern, more efficient heating system.

      • LouB says: 85 comments

        Before we had the current house with steam radiator heat, we had a Georgian with a gravity system as you describe.
        Whatever was cooking in the morning woke all the sleepyheads up!
        I hadn’t noticed the baseboard registers when I first looked at the pics.
        This really would be a fun house for a hobby farm.

  8. Brian E. Mullin says: 11 comments

    Too bad they stripped-off the Floral Wallpaper above the Staircase, it was kind of pretty!~ Nice Place with Lots of Potential!

    • SueSue says: 1160 comments
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      1802 Cape
      ME

      Brian, I like that wall paper too. What I would do would be to hand paint the space it is torn to match the wallpaper.

      • Sandra says: 324 comments

        I like the wallpaper too! You know there are places that can print posters from photos, I wonder if it would be possible to take a photo of the wallpaper, do what’s necessary to fix the image so it’s perfectly straight, and then have it printed on plain white wallpaper. Possible?

      • Dot28 says: 1 comments

        I work with wallpaper and paint everyday. It would be possible to paint but you would have to do alot of prep. Wallpaper adhesive causes paint to blister and peel.

  9. Sunflower & Poppy says: 52 comments

    Really interesting! I’m thinking that double-decker porch is probably a much later addition or adaptation? Looks wrong to my eye. It would be nice if we could discover some old photos to see what the outside looked like previously — I’ll bet it was fabulous! Would make a worthwhile project — price is good and would likely allow an acceptable margin.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5614 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      We are likely looking at the original side view of the house here; and the porch and gallery at the back on the side was service porch down and sleeping porch up. It may have been changed or expanded, but is likely original to some extent. The approach and front of the house may have changed at some point as well; which would make sense considering various factors.

  10. says: 24 comments

    I always thought “gentleman farmer” was a euphemism for city slicker transplanted to the country, but this complex and this incredible house prove that there was at least one real one in Illinois years back. I need to adopt a dozen kids who can help restore the whole complex! Why are so many great houses dying in Illinois?

  11. SueSue says: 1160 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    Beautiful. Once again a realtor that takes horrible pictures of a beautiful old home. Such a disservice to the house and the sellers.
    I think Gentleman farmer is pretty outdated term now a days. What I see the most of are people that are homesteading. You can feed 150 people with only two acres of land so this place is plenty big for an organic farm and homestead. Also there is lot’s of wide open space for solar and wind power. This place has a lot of possibility.

    • Evan says: 1122 comments

      Around here (Oregon) the new vernacular is “Hobby Farm”. I grew up on a farm and I have to say there’s nothing hobby about it. It’s work! I agree this place has a ton of possibility.

  12. JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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    Henry John Cole (1853-1913) was born on this farm, worked it as a young man and built the fine house here after he took over from his father. John Cole was a pioneer settler here from Vermont and had amassed 500 acres of productive farm and woodland. He died at age 95 in San Diego, holding a pile of government bonds.
    Henry married Anna Healy from New York state, and they raised 3 children here. The farm did well and the Coles involved themselves in community work. Anna Cole personally requested $6000 from the Carnegie fund for the Ridge Farm Library, a large amount for a tiny village, and then supported a local tax to maintain it. Impressed, Carnegie sent $9000 in 1909 and the library remains the finest public building there.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridge_Farm%2C_Illinois
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6469135

    Henry and Anna’s grandson farmed the surrounding land of the Cole farm until recently and it’s still owned by descendants. The house is owned by another party who moved out, and recently filed for bankruptcy.

  13. akd1953 says: 198 comments

    I’m glad someone made a comment about the right side front porch. It really doesn’t “go” with the rest of the house. Perhaps copy the left side porch? Some interesting wood work inside. I would like to see this house once it’s repaired and redecorated. I think it would be stunning.

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

    THIS house?

    AND 4.3 acres?

    For $37K????????????

    I will take two!

    The house, its true beauty muffled by later work, could be stunning.

  15. Bri says: 1 comments

    The damage to the celings in some of the rooms, is that from water damage?

    • george says: 1 comments

      It appears that way. Would need physical inspection to tell for sure

    • Lisa Martin - 1st Choice Realty says: 3 comments

      It did not appear to have any roof leaks, the ceiling is just peeling paint from being left empty without heat and it is not like that in all the rooms. It is a beautiful home. I am the realtor representing the buyer and am excited for my client to be the future home owner.

  16. JOE says: 734 comments

    I believe that a “gentleman farmer” is one who lives on an independent income and can live on a farm and farm it without the need to produce any income, or even operate at a loss as a hobby. Not sure, does anyone else know?

  17. pinkladywithcats says: 13 comments

    I noticed the cracked plaster as well. I’m assuming it’s from water damage or from the house not being heated in cold Illinois winters. Or the plaster has simply failed from old age.

  18. Will says: 4 comments

    I expected a wreck inside at that price. Needs work, but you could invest $200k and still come out on the upside. I’d love to tackle this project.

  19. chipperman1931 says: 1 comments

    I probably can solve the heat register question. Growing up in Southern Illinois we had similar heat registers. Our heat source was a coal furnace in the basement. At that time (86 years ago) Il produced a lot of coal. As a boy it was my job to stoke the furnace every morning. The coal was delivered by horsecart, dumped into an outside hatch in the basement and gravity fed down a chute. I turned a manual auger that fed the coal into the furnace. Our registers were helter-skelter, since the house, built in the early 1880’s, had been added onto over time, new registers created and old ones closed off. The “baby’s room” always had the register up high so the hot air didn’t directly blow onto the baby’s face. This was an early central heating system and boy did we get HOT! Sometimes we opened windows in winter to cool the place down.

    • says: 24 comments

      Dang, chipperman. At our old house in Carbondale, I had to shovel the coal in by hand!! My crowning achievement as a high school freshman was finally getting the entire “clinker” out in one solid donut shaped mass!! Ah, the joys of youth!

    • Diane says: 68 comments

      My parent’s home had a coal furnace when I was very young. I got in trouble as a child because right after the coal deliveries, I loved to climb to the top of the coal, smooth a small depression at the very top, and be queen of all I could see (part of the basement)! My father’s job required frequent traveling. How mother hated when he would be home and interfere with her regulating of the coal furnace! And then there was the middle of one night when one side of the coal bin broke. You’ve brought back memories.
      I had to explain what a coal bin was and point out where the coal shoot would have been in one house I looked at because the young real estate agent had no idea houses once had coal furnaces or how the coal was delivered or stored and had no idea we even were looking at a coal bin.

  20. Colleen Johnson says: 1211 comments

    Unreal house for that price too. Wow!

  21. Glenn Hahn says: 57 comments

    As a former realtor i’ve been in quite a few older homes with “interesting” register layouts. As Chipperman commented, most likely this contained at one point a coal fired furnace (we used to call them “Octopuses” because they sat in the middle of the basement and the vents would run out (in this case) to the fancy floor vents and the upstairs was more or less a gravity feed, because hot air rises. At some point the coal was probably switched to oil and now I would suspect propane or natural gas.. The other vents got added as the heating system improved and as owners worked to even the heat through out the house. Can;t tell for sure, but if the system is newer some of the higher ones might be “returns” where the warm air is sucked back down to the furnace for a reheat and redistribution… wish there were interior pictures of th ebarn.

  22. Rhonda@Homer Ridge says: 9 comments

    This is essentially the farmstead proper for the original farm, which is (too) often split off from the tillable farmland and sold separately. Has enough acres for a hobby, homesteader or small farm enterprise. Great old houses like this not uncommon in many farming areas as the house was a sign of prosperity in the countryside as well as the city. Hope someone takes this one on, she’s a gem needing some loving care.

  23. Maureen says: 20 comments

    Quite interesting Satellite view it`s worth checking out to anyone who is interested in the home.

  24. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 238 comments

    This could be stunning and a lot of fun with the acreage .

  25. Carolyn E. says: 68 comments

    Was just writing down particulars until I saw comment, ‘it’s sold!’ Plan to follow up on some others…

  26. Kalan Wyatt says: 1 comments

    This house is right down the road from where I grew up! It’s absolutely beautiful. It was built by the town veterinarian back in 1880.

  27. Allyf says: 6 comments

    Hate to see a beauty like this just sit. Hope someone buys her. LOVE that staircase!

  28. MzB says: 1 comments

    This house is located very close to me. I hope someone buys it and cleans it up to be the beauty it once was. Our home was build in the 1800’s too. All original wood work, what a true beauty.

  29. Michael Mackin says: 2044 comments

    This house would be quite a fun project and the price is amazing! It would still need a bit or research to do it right though, the front porch is completely wrong!

  30. Johnny Case says: 6 comments

    Tried to set up a showing. It is indeed sold. Loved the woodwork especially, hadn’t seen any quite like that before.

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