c. 1863 – Lapeer, MI – $279,900

For Sale
Added to OHD on 10/11/17 - Last OHD Update: 10/11/17 - 6 Comments
422 N Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446
  • $279,900
  • Beds: 4
  • Baths: 1.5
  • Sqft: 3100
  • Acres: 0.33
  • Map: Street View
During the 1860's when the Victorian era was gearing up ~ this Italianate style home became the hot new trend ~ low roof lines, wide eves, monumental wood brackets supports ~ Home boasts a romantic cupola with visions of yesteryear ~ Over 3,000 square feet/all hardwood floors (birch and maple) ~ Great room is simply massive with cozy fireplace and leads to oversized screened-in sun room ~ This charmer showcases an explosion of character ~ 10" solid oak base trim ~ solid oak double doors throughout ~ glass/brass original door handles throughout ~ built-in oak bookcases ~ oak mantles ~ wall lite sconces ~ copper plumbing ~ 6" oak trim around windows and doors ~ upper and lower levels offer 10 foot ceilings ~ (4) bedrooms each sizable for a kind and queen all with their own walk-in closet ~ also a private staircase for butler's entry in kitchen ~ Truly a rare find of somewhere in time. Appealing land contract options.
Listing Agent: Ronald Serafini, Morgan and Milzow // (248) 625-1010
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6 Comments on c. 1863 – Lapeer, MI – $279,900

  1. Well written description. I like this place, even the small but vintage kitchen. An appealing listing all around!




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  2. Well the agent does a good job with a basic description of Italianate architecture, especially for a real estate listing. However, what’s described as a cupola appears to me to be a Colonial Revival era center dormer with a Palladian window under a gable roof. There are other 20th century details exterior and interior that suggest a later remodel, which would have been typical of the updates homeowners pursued back then just as they do today.




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    • I agree. Something isn’t right with that small window above the front porch. It looks as if it was downsized from the original feature.




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    • The house you posted a link to is certainly beautiful. It’s a mansion grade Italianate style house that has all of the elements you’d expect in such a property. I’m not quite sure why it’s relevant to the house Kelly posted.

      The posted house is a nice home, but there have been obvious alterations. It may have started as a 1863 Italianate (or maybe a Greek Revival transitional), but there are elements that suggest an early 20th century effort to modernize the home. The interior is missing the arches that you’d expect and the fireplace, oak cabinet, and leaded glass are later changes. On the exterior, the fenestration seems a bit odd. The shape of the windows, the center upstairs bay, and the single centered dormer do not appear consistent with the listed style. Many early 20th century houses had centered dormers, and the Palladian type window in this one indicates a revival of a typical classical Georgian element. The classical front entrance is also inconsistent with the Italianate style and was likely restyled at the same time.

      At any rate, this is how I “read” it. I’d love to know anyone else’s opinions on these details.




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  3. I agree with ChristopherJohn there are too many changes to be the original. Good outdoor light in small kitchen. Some good lighting.




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