1912 – Davenport, IA

Off Market / Archived
Posted April 2018. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 4/23/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/5/18   -   30 Comments
709 Brown St, Davenport, IA 52802

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This home has a certain charm that many would appreciate. Five bedrooms and 4.5 baths just begin to describe this 4,288 sqft. home. The large home has spacious rooms that would be great for entertaining. The home has a three car attached garage, a large wrap-around porch and a partial river view. Inside the home you'll find a beautiful staircase, crown molding and wood floors. Lots of built-ins, including a bunk bed in bedroom. Beautiful leaded front door and many leaded windows. The home also has a elevator and a private "servants staircase".
Last Active Agent
Gary Williams, Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors
(309) 743-8040
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30 Comments on 1912 – Davenport, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9647 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    See 2016-ish photos here: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/06/15/1912-davenport-ia/

    • SharonSharon says: 301 comments
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      Sedalia, MO

      At first I thought, “What happened?!” Then I realized it was just a matter of much better photography in the first listing. What a difference.

  2. jeff myers says: 49 comments

    This is an extremely high quality home in excellent condition from the golden manufacturing age of the rust belt!

  3. Alice says: 54 comments

    What a beauty! You’d have your work cut out for you with paint stripping but it would really be worth it. Love the stove!

    • MikeMike says: 171 comments

      Not sure of the age of the house, this listing says 1912 where the first said 188?…if the 1912 date is correct, then it is possible that some of the wood may have been painted from day one; by 1910, the classical revival was building steam.

  4. ddbacker says: 367 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    This is amazing. I keep going back looking for something obviously wrong with it and can’t find anything. Hack back some of the landscaping in the front, pull up some carpets and you’ve got yourself a very impressive mansion. Maybe it needs a new roof, but even if you spring for the red tile, the asking price leaves room for that in my opinion. I don’t think the photography does this house justice. Davenport, like most of the towns on the Mississippi, is lovely.

  5. Anne M. says: 519 comments
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    Hopkinton, MA

    Wow, what a great house! I appreciate its “certain charm” very much (the blue rugs, however, have got to go!)

  6. David Redlands says: 78 comments

    I admired this home before. Davenport has some lovely other older homes.

  7. NonaKNonaK says: 100 comments
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    Austin, TX

    For some reason I don’t even mind the painted woodwork in this one. Beautiful.

  8. Denise Notz says: 3 comments

    Is that an Aga? Wow!!

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 735 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      I don’t think so, it doesn’t have the oval logo on it and no round hotplates on top

    • Daveinqca says: 11 comments
      davenport, IA

      No. It is high quality vintage stove that has been in th house since the stove was brand new.

  9. RossRoss says: 2353 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house is a few block from one of my favorite-ever OHD houses.

    I hope this link works, Kelly!


    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9647 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Yup, everyone is able to see that one. Unfortunately, the owners are having a hard time keeping lookie-loos off their property but they have been restoring it.

      • Greg Richardson says: 2 comments

        What is everyone able to see? What is a lookie-loos? One more thing what is an AGA?

        • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 735 comments
          1875 Limestone house
          Loire Valley, France,

          An AGA is a Sweedish-invented/British kind of stove, that is both for cooking and heating the house (different kinds of fuel: oil, gas, coal for the older ones, electric for the newer ones). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGA_cooker

        • Gregory_K says: 324 comments
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          Chatsworth, CA

          Hello Greg,
          Enough time has passed you probably have answers to your questions, but here goes anyway:

          Lookie-Loos, and everyone spells that differently, are people who are just observers. They stop to look at fires, wrecks, or the restoration of really spectacular homes, without invitations or permission. Realtors who spend time showing homes to people ‘just looking’ often refer to them as ‘Lookie-Loos.’

          They can be a nuisance, but frequently they’re helpful. Example:

          I held an open house trying to save an abandoned 1820’s home on the property of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. Most of those who showed up to see a house that looked like the frozen dacha in Dr. Zhivago, were Lookie-loos. They the ate cookies and warmed up with coffee. By accident, the L.L’s met up later at the Post Office and talked enthusiastically about the house. A man standing in line listening to them raced out to join us for by then cold coffee and the last of the cookies…and adopted the house.

          AGA are kitchen ‘cookers’ whose Swedish designer used the concept of radiant heat from the hot metal frame of a stove that is always ‘on’ as a source for cooking heat. They are very expensive to buy and run, and very popular in Great Britain with the well-to-do country house set.

          The stove in this house is actually an American stove of perhaps 1935-1940.

          • Greg Richardson says: 2 comments

            Thank You Gregory, I really appreciate your response to a novice like myself. You have given me and others some great information.I have been bitten by the idea of someday owning my own historical home and this particular house is a beauty. Thanks again and yours is a name I should not soon forget. Greg

    • Zann says: 501 comments

      It’s also one of my favorites. This site has had some doozies, and the one you linked is one of them.

  10. dkzody says: 271 comments

    An elevator! and the landscaping is just terrific, or it was in the earlier photos.

  11. Tommy QTommy Q says: 460 comments
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    1912 Craftsman
    Fort Bragg, CA

    They want $234,000 for the house and yet the property taxes are a whopping $5700 annually. Wonder why? Is it zoned commercial? I love this place…

    • OurPhillyRowOurPhillyRow says: 93 comments
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      1852 Greek Revival Rowhouse
      Philadelphia, PA

      My guess on the property taxes would be that the lot is nearly half an acre and the house is 4,000 sq ft. That size home on that size lot would have much higher taxes on a lot of places around the country.

  12. Bethany otto says: 2448 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I fell more in love with each picture. I do think my mantra stands, though, that however long it takes the realtor should wait for a sunny day to take listing photos.

  13. OurPhillyRowOurPhillyRow says: 93 comments
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    1852 Greek Revival Rowhouse
    Philadelphia, PA

    What a beautiful home! I love that so much of the detail is not only still intact, but in pretty good condition. I took a look at the previous listing photos, and yes, they are much better. It is amazing what clear photos can convey. It is also amazing how much better a home can look when you turn the lights on for the listing photos. That should be such a no-brainer.

  14. DianeEG says: 460 comments
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    This neighborhood was “the” place back when this home was built and you could still see the Mississippi River. I think the reason it’s been a hard sell and the asking price is so reasonable is many of the huge houses are being used for apartments and not in an especially gentle way. It also appears this home has had people living in it since the 2015 original offering and now that it’s empty it appears worn. I’m pretty amazed that this real estate firm posted such poor pictures; typically they are more respectful and interested in how they present the homes. All that being said: She is a grand old dame and has so much to offer.

  15. Julie says: 49 comments

    The quad cities area has become rundown esp. In the older homes section. You will find in the Midwest that property taxes in cities and towns are much higher than you would guess.

    • Nick says: 2 comments

      That’s patently false. As a lifelong resident of the area and owner of an older home in Davenport, I can tell you we are lucky to have several neighborhoods full of lovely, well kept homes. Davenport is beautiful along the river, and we have great pride in what we have here

  16. Gregory_K says: 324 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    I agree, these photographs are at most family snaps quality, the others appeared very professional.

    Wouldn’t donating an historic preservation easement reduce the taxes?

  17. Cindy says: 125 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    Gorgeous house, I may have to move from the Gothic Revival in Oxford, NY to this lovely home. Love the entryway and staircase.

  18. Karen Sullivan says: 17 comments

    This house reminds me of my favorite house from the movie “Meet Me in St Louis”

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