c. 1900 – Mason City, IA

Added to OHD on 6/19/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   15 Comments
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132 4th St NW, Mason City, IA 50401

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  • $69,902
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3777 Sq Ft
THE CHARM AND BEAUTY OF YESTERYEAR!! THIS QUEEN ANNE VICTORIAN is ready for you! Amazing features from a tower/turret will make you feel like royalty, Murphy bed, antique in wall ironing board! This 5 bdrm 2 bath home has spacious room sizes! Gorgeous front porch to relax and sip lemonade! PRICED BELOW ASSESSED VALUE! Such a great opportunity! Kitchen a blank slate and ready for your tasteful addition to this historic home! Cheerful and AFFORDABLE! Call today and make this ONE OF A KIND property YOUR new HOME! :)
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Dodie Wilkins, Century 21
(641) 424-9400
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15 Comments on c. 1900 – Mason City, IA

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  1. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 244 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Wow! What a beauty❤️ I love the stairway, they fireplace and especially the huge windows and the curved walls … be still my heart!

  2. Jeanette says: 17 comments

    This is where my husband was born and raised and his mom still lives. Nice town, nice people! I wish there were kitchen photos.

  3. ddbacker says: 507 comments

    I don’t understand the why the price is so low. Even if it needs a new kitchen as the listing says, the exterior has been freshly painted based on the streetview, the rest of the house seems solid, and Mason City is nice – right next to Clear Lake. And it has a turret!

    • Dante A. Ludwig says: 28 comments

      I would love to buy this house to live in it!! My only question is could I use my VA to purchase?? Is the house haunted?? I am seriously asking, but makes no difference if it is.

      • retied SFC. says: 1 comments

        You should check the rules and restrictions for using your VA benefits. The VA can be very strict. I wanted to use mine, but a bathroom off the dinning room was a no go…..off the kitchen is okay, but dinning room.

  4. Joe says: 750 comments

    Its a shame that the kitchen is a blank slate. i bet a lot of us who follow OHD would have liked at least some of what was in the kitchen before they blanked it.

  5. RbykrkRbykrk says: 11 comments

    beautiful house, love the windows

  6. JimHJimH says: 5156 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I imagine some systems work is needed here, but this place is very impressive and could be quite beautiful without costing an arm and a leg.

  7. Paul says: 32 comments

    I grew up in this town and I knew the man who owned this house. He kept about a dozen cats in the house – he joked that each cat had its own room. He bought the house many, many years ago for almost nothing, but the job he had didn’t pay enough for him to maintain or keep the house up. So, he just lived in it and let it go. He was a borderline hoarder, but he was one of the nicest, kindest people you ever wanted to meet. It’s good to see this house getting some attention. It’s surrounded by similar sized houses in about the same condition. They were once really grand mansions, but the town is struggling and this neighborhood in particular has suffered. But for those who are interested in Prairie School architecture, Mason City also has some amazing Prairie School style houses which are beautifully maintained in an area of town called Rock Glen. Worth checking out.

  8. abevyabevy says: 327 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    I am also a kitchen and pantry lover. See nothing of them in these pictures. Floors are good, and Paul’s comments were very friendly. Too, top it off you have the very nice tall windows.

  9. Christopher DiMattei says: 270 comments

    Yet another George Barber design, albeit one that is rather loosely similar to a published design. Perhaps this is one of those examples that was built by a builder who loosely followed the published sketches, rather than procuring actual plans from Barber? Lots of potential here. I hope someone continues to restore her.

  10. MichaelMichael says: 2653 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    So much to love here. The house has great curb appeal.

  11. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5452 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    It seems that old houses in the smaller Iowa towns have been bargain priced for ages while those in other Midwestern states like Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, have shown a steady increase in property prices since the end of the 2008-2011 “Great Recession”. Thus, Iowa (and you could probably also add small-town Kansas and Missouri) remains a good place to search for bargain priced, sound old houses. Thanks to Chris DiMattei for the George F. Barber attribution.
    Looking at the interior, I see a largely blank slate where the next owner could go in several different directions with decor choices. A lot of the original historic details remain, but this house was built at a time when late Queen Anne style houses were being simplified and less effusive with ornamental details than those built before the turn of the last century. As with many Queen Anne homes of this period, Colonial/Classical Revival stylistic details are prominent inside and out like the oval “Cameo” window with the Fleur de Lis leaded glass design. In summary, I think this could become a very nice future home for someone without spending a fortune to acquire it.

  12. Amy P. says: 236 comments

    Great house! with a little work this one could be a dream.

  13. David Browning says: 4 comments

    The Google street view pics are from 2013 show the paint in disrepair and the roof completely trashed. Someone’s put some money into it to get it to this point.


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