Second Empire – Waterville, NY

Added to OHD on 6/26/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   28 Comments
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211 Berrill Ave, Waterville, NY 13480

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  • $129,900
  • 11 Bed
  • 7 Bath
  • 5592 Sq Ft
  • 5 Ac.
Architectural masterpiece!!! This historic treasure has had many lives in the past 184 years, it is currently being used as a single family home but would make a amazing B & B, it is graced with superior craftsmanship which is evident throughout from the staircase, moldings, fireplaces, tower and more, it offers a total of 11 bedrooms, 7 full baths, third floor ballroom, carriage barn and is situated on 5 acres of land. This landmark is in need of TLC but is waiting to be saved...
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Doug and Debbie Lemery, Lemery Realty
(315) 841-8834
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28 Comments on Second Empire – Waterville, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12238 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date given was 1832, it’s always possible this started out smaller but it had one heck of an update prior to the 1880’s.

    John shared this less than 20 minutes ago, I just had to post it right away!

  2. John says: 781 comments

    Awesome,cheap, and on acreage is my favorite kind of share. šŸ™‚

  3. JimHJimH says: 5408 comments
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    This was the mansion of Col. William A. Osborn (1809-1896), who made a fortune building railroads in the Midwest – Osborn, MO is named for him. He was born locally and this was his farm, so an expansion of an earlier house makes sense. A photo from 1910:

    • BethanyBethany says: 3469 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      Oh wow, the house really hasn’t changed much except for that glass porch/atrium on the left in the photo being gone.

  4. Jimmy Hemminger says: 9 comments

    NY state has most historical homes, maybe a plan to start at Victorian style restoration business. Turn all these mansions into B/B, best eating in NY!

  5. Doug says: 1 comments

    First order of business…. strip all the paint off the woodwork.

  6. MichaelMichael says: 2980 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    The columns on the porch have been changed. Definitely more slender. Missing the railing on top as well. Still, the house is fairly intact and has such great curb appeal.

  7. RossRoss says: 2419 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Oh my!

    That slate roof!

    That roof cresting!

    That friggin’ astounding carriage house!

    Oh, what a beauty this could be again if restored properly!

  8. Michele P Pagan says: 69 comments

    Look at all those fabulous fireplaces!!! That alone is worth this price!

  9. TXJewelTXJewel says: 353 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    Kelly, you have out done yourself with all the super postings today! I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.??

  10. says: 1 comments

    Absolutely beautiful. I was sold at “third floor ballroom” lol

  11. Lori ALori A says: 64 comments
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    I dont think I have ever seen an arched marble fireplace like the one in pic 7. Simply gorgeous. It still amazes me the quality and originalness of old houses. Being in the real estate business, I see neighborhoods of cookie cutter houses that take 6 mths to build and there is nothing special that separates them, no pride it seems. This house is something that the builder could be proud to build. Old houses are not just places to live, they are works of art. Guess thats what makes me (US) old house junkie.

  12. Jane Maxwell says: 35 comments

    11 bedrooms and 5 acres? Iā€™m packing right now.

  13. Marc says: 248 comments

    Is that a dovecote at the top of the pointy tower on the carriage mansion? Amazing!

  14. Robin Joplin says: 4 comments

    This one made me cry, made my heart break a little more. Jane Maxwell can I pack my bags and come with you. I’ll start stripping the paint immediately after I lay in the grass, smell the clean air with the scents of the flowers, tees and grasses, looking up at the blue skies and thanking God for letting me finally return to NY. The one place I call Heaven. This house is truly my every wish come true home.

  15. PreservationMattersPreservationMatters says: 97 comments
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    1720 Saltbox>>Greek Revival
    Windham, CT

    Agree Lori A! Plus, older homes were generally built to last. Not like today, build ’em cheap and with “decor of the month” style, then tear it down and re-build in 20 years.

  16. zoomey says: 533 comments

    Lovely lovely house! It makes me cry! But those taxes!! New York must create a program to lower property taxes for people willing to restore such historic beauties as this fabulous house! $6K taxes pre-renovation. Afterwards? For me at least, unaffordable. That’s why so many stunning houses sit around in rural parts of NY falling apart. In most other states, the taxes on this place wouldn’t top $2K. It’s in the middle of nowhere! Why, oh, why are the taxes so high??

  17. GearGirlGearGirl says: 202 comments
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    1909 Arts and Crafts
    Scottsdale, AZ

    I viewed this house in December 2018. It broke my heart. Sadly, creative photo cropping doesn’t show the level of disrepair this poor house suffers. It was poorly converted to multifamily, then sort of unconverted later. Much of the original charm and beauty are gone. The carriage house is a complete shambles. This house will need someone with exceedingly deep pockets, years to dedicate to restoration, and the patience of a saint. I’m a sucker for big projects but I had to walk away. šŸ™

    Hopefully someone fitting the above description will find and buy it!

  18. To all of the hearts that are breaking… My wife Kim and I purchased this home, (not House) in September,2019 and have started the renovation process. We are going to preserve as much of the original detail as possible and restore the rest. We are happy to share that a lot of the original molding,spindles,and flooring were found in the bottom of the carriage house along with the original iron fence that ran along the front of the property . This is a wonderful home and we look forward to saving Her. Such a beauty deserves a name,so after our mothers we have decided to call her; Lady Katheryn Elizabeth. Please let us know if you want update to our progress we would be happy to share. Thank you
    Robert and Kim

  19. GearGirlGearGirl says: 202 comments
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    1909 Arts and Crafts
    Scottsdale, AZ

    Drove by this house last week as I’d viewed it a couple of years ago. Looks like the new owners have done some work to stabilize the carriage house!


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