c. 1885 Queen Anne in Muskegon, MI

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452 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

  • $219,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3232 Sq Ft
BEAUTIFUL ONE OF A KIND HISTORICAL HOME! Located in the downtown historic district, this home features 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath and over 3200 finished sq ft of living space that adorns this home rich in detail with carved woodwork, stained glass and winding staircase. Spacious rooms including front parlor with French doors and fireplace, dining room with butlers pantry, a music room/library with fireplace and large kitchen with a back staircase, pantry and doorway to back porch, 10' ceiling on mai n floor. Upstairs are two full baths with footed tubs and showers, marble sinks, hardwood flooring, pocket doors and updated wiring and plumbing. the list goes on & on! Outdoors you will find the gorgeous yard with flowering trees and bushes, 3 porches and a short distance to downtown entertainment.
Contact Information
William Carlston, Nexes Realty Muskegon,
(231) 739-3501

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25 Comments on c. 1885 Queen Anne in Muskegon, MI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks JeSouth for sharing!

  2. Eric says: 387 comments

    This is such a beautiful Victorian. The multi tone green color scheme looks really nice. The stained glass is also stunning but I’d have to strip every wallpaper throughout the whole house.

  3. RosewaterRosewater says: 7156 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Whoever restored this house – nicely done! Sure there are a few little nits to pick, but why bother; the gestalt is outstanding.

  4. Kevin says: 50 comments

    It’s a lovely home, but I think it must be 20 years younger than the stated date.

  5. JimHJimH says: 5265 comments
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    Some research on this one. It was built in the mid 1880’s for John James Howden (1846-1913), who owned the biggest heating and plumbing business in town. Howden and family are first found here in the 1887 directory. He was born in Canada, as was his wife Maria McCann, and they came to Muskegon in the 1870’s. Howden ran the local gas company and continued there after starting his plumbing business, both contracting and selling stoves and fixtures.
    J.J. and Maria had 3 children: Edith, who died young, Frederick, who took over his father’s business, and Helen, who lived in the house unmarried and took in boarders until she was 80 years old.
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~muskegoncounty//Business/Industrial/JJHowdenCompany.htm

    The house design is attributed to architect D.S. Hopkins, whose fabulous Hackley and Hume homes are down the block. Hopkins was based in Grand Rapids, though his house plans were published by his father in Muskegon, and he did a lot of work in town. Obviously, the porch is a later addition.
    One of the best details is the Eastlake inspired front door barely seen in one photo. Its restoration is mentioned as an accomplishment of a local preservation group.
    http://www.lakeshoremuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/HH_Exterior1.jpg
    https://archive.org/details/DSHopkinsHousesandcottagesbookno40001

  6. MonChiChiPox says: 201 comments

    A back staircase always puts a house over the top. The whole house is perfection but I especially love the exterior colors. The lamppost out front too. After all when a house is this good you get to concentrate on the little things.

  7. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 253 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    Absolutely GORGEOUS home! I would buy this grand old home for the
    front porch alone, lol!

  8. Bethany Otto says: 3450 comments

    Love the paint scheme!
    Love the wallpapers and that kitchen is one of the best I’ve seen. Just fabulous!
    Funny that one bathroom is an 80’s remodel but I see four bathrooms or bedroom sinks that are original. I’m always interested in the back stories of how these things come about.

  9. Kerronlt says: 15 comments

    I’ve always wondered what this house looked like inside, I have been by it several times when in Muskegon. It’s a beauty inside and out. Love it.

  10. LauraG says: 36 comments

    It’s a lovely house, but why the sinks in all the bedrooms? That’s rather strange. They look original to me too.

    • Bethany Otto says: 3450 comments

      I don’t have an expert answer, but I have noticed this in many Victorians of a certain period and fanciness. I would guess it replaces the old “bowl and pitcher” that people used to have in their bedrooms for washing up, since there was no indoor plumbing. When they got indoor plumbing, rather than wait for all residents to use the probably single new bathroom, they plumbed in sinks to the bedrooms? I think it’s an idea that should be revived! : When I was growing up in a family of five with just one bathroom, a sink/mirror in the bedrooms would have been great!

    • Ross says: 2417 comments

      Sinks in bathrooms was not unusual for the era.

      In an age when many houses (even large houses) had but a single bathroom, having extra sinks was helpful.

    • Cathy F. says: 2263 comments

      Fairly common in houses of this age, although not so many usually still exist. I would love a sink in the bedrooms, if no en suite bathroom.

  11. Cathy F. says: 2263 comments

    I actually like this house’s unpainted woodwork, since it’s light vs. dark. Pretty stained glass windows, too.

  12. julie A.julie A. says: 146 comments
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    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    This one just got better and better as you ascended that gorgeous staircase! I could happily live here ever after! I just love those little sinks in the bedrooms!

  13. Colleen J says: 1058 comments

    What a fantastic house. I’ve seen sinks in bedrooms a few times in OHD, at first I thought they were weird, but I have thought about it, in a child’s nursery, water handy .. etc… Though I wouldn’t put them in if they weren’t there, these obviously were. Love a lot of things in this house, too many to mention. As for wallpaper I would probably leave it for awhile till I was tired of it. The street view is nice as well with many grand old houses. Great property! Bless the new owners to be, they will have a beauty!

  14. jeklstudio says: 1052 comments

    Simply beautiful! I agree with Bethany that the paint scheme is perfect. And, yes, I know this style home favored wallpaper, but I would need much less of it, and certainly in the ‘wet’ areas like kitchen and baths. But WOW the mill work and stained glass is just incredible. And, there is something about a rounded (rather than 90 deg angle) porch that is so sweet and homey and charming. This is not even my favorite style but sure as heck could manage to ‘make do’ with it, LOL. 🙂

  15. Lissie says: 236 comments

    Love the woodwork and the wallpaper in this incredible home.

  16. Michael Mackin says: 2857 comments

    I can’t stop looking at all those floors! How nice!

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