1890 Shingle Victorian/Queen Anne – Boone, IA

Added to OHD on 8/20/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   39 Comments
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326 Boone St, Boone, IA 50036

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  • $129,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 5.5 Bath
  • 3186 Sq Ft
This home is on the National Register for Historic Homes! Beautiful Victorian home with so many of the original features still in tact. Hardwood floors, Oak woodwork, stained Glass windows, open staircase. Huge home with 5 bedrooms, fully finished attic, large lot with mature trees. You must tour this home in person to truly experience the beauty!
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Emily Graeve, Re/Max Real Estate Concepts-Boone
(515) 433-2004
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39 Comments on 1890 Shingle Victorian/Queen Anne – Boone, IA

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  1. Glenn says: 3 comments

    The house has some great details but all that wallpaper is going to take weeks to steam off. Aside from Bradbury & Bradbury, I don’t see many wallpapers that I’d want in my old house.

  2. Dan says: 30 comments

    Beautiful old home! The price is hard to believe though. That wouldn’t even get you in a 900 sqf starter home that needs work around our neck of the woods.
    I guess location is everything!

  3. Dr. PetersonDr. Peterson says: 105 comments
    Shenzhen & SoCal,

    I’m confused about the layout as evidenced by the stairways. Wonderful honey colored woodwork. Howeever, Photos 3 and 4 both show stairways. Can someone explain what I’m seeing? If the primary stairway is in photo 4, where is the entrance door?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11932 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Not sure what is confusing, the entry door is right by the stairs in photo 3.

      • Dr. PetersonDr. Peterson says: 105 comments
        Shenzhen & SoCal,

        In looking at the front exterior elevation, it appears just to the immediately left of the entrance door (maybe 12 inches or so) is a return. I don’t see a return on the interior. Also, the hinges for the screen door are on the right side, but the entrance door has its hinges on the left. Sorry, but I look at details of such things because details are important. That said, I freely admit I may be completely wrong.

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11932 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Return? If it is what I think it is, perhaps when you enter through the door is a tiny entrance room (that I cannot think of the name of right off), then you go in through the main entrance door.

          If you are looking at the door from the exterior, the hinges will be on the right. If you are inside, the hinges will be on the left.

      • Ron G says: 168 comments

        Looking at the pictures several times to get a clear understanding of the entryway and the orientation of the stairs, there is a small vestibule as mentioned. In modern terms, the vestibule is sometimes referred to an airlock since this area is usually left unheated. Sort of an early version of energy conservation.
        Picture #12, provides the best view of the stairs and these are generally referred to as dogleg stairs, newel post stairs and reverse flight stairs. These descriptions are all used in the designing of the stairs. the dogleg refers to the 90 degree turn in the stairs. The reverse flight term is used in conjunction with the half landing in between the two flights. The newel post term is used because of the number of newels used in the design stage but doesn’t offer a clear description of the intended design.

  4. Linda R. says: 213 comments

    What a fabulous house for so little $$$! Of course the wood work is amazing, but all those ceiling lights! Newel post light! Stained glass! Copper (?) sink, claw foot tub,
    etc. My grandfather grew up in Boone, and always loved it. I spent only one day there, but it seemed like a very nice small city. I remember feeling like it was a city built inside a forest, massive trees everywhere.

  5. SouthwestlovesmommaSouthwestlovesmomma says: 114 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1958 Ranch
    Bartlett, IL

    The woodwork here is so beautiful! Where are the radiators upstairs? or maybe thats baseboard heat I see? Electric? I would have loved to see a period kitchen but alas, no photo at all 🙁

  6. Denise Brown says: 8 comments

    All of the stained/leaded glass intact, plus unpainted woodwork?!??!! Phenomenal for the price.

  7. TaraLynn says: 2 comments

    At least they didn’t wallpaper the ceilings!!! I’ve seen many that did…I don’t know who thought wallpapered ceilings was a good idea…LOL!!!

  8. JP Colter says: 12 comments

    I love the home but I well and truly hate wallpaper so it would be a lot of work to remove it but probably worth it.

  9. MISTERMICELY says: 58 comments

    I only see one staircase, several angles and views but just one. And on the outside view of the house front you see that there is the angle on one side of the front door indicating a small vestibule and an inner door before entering the hall. Lovely house – crazy price!

  10. Denise says: 20 comments

    I currently live in Boone, and have admired this house for a few years. I moved here in 2014 with Mom, who grew up down the street from this property.
    The house is priced very low, even for this area. It sits close to downtown.
    Boone, itself, is around 10,000 people. Ames is 17 miles from here, where Iowa State University resides. About 40 miles to Des Moines.
    The “forest”… well there are a lot of trees, but mostly farmland. A few miles from here are nature areas, with lots of big old trees.
    For those of you looking for good school systems, Boone, at best, is mediocre.

    The town is pretty. There used to be coal mining in the area. Coal is no longer mined. The pace of life is slow.

  11. DaveDave says: 272 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    For those wanting a retro experience, The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad is a short drive away, and it is just great! Try the “Dinner Ride” it’s awesome.

  12. Clint- UK says: 1 comments

    Is the wallpaper in need of replacement or repair as I am OK with it?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11932 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      People that usually comment about tearing down wallpaper is because they don’t like it not that they’ve visited the home and saw the condition of the wallpaper.

  13. janie says: 11 comments

    When all is said and done, this is truly a beautiful home. Thank you sharing it with us, Kelly.

  14. kathy stokes-phillips says: 196 comments

    IT DOESNT need a thing

  15. BethanyBethany says: 3512 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    For the record and because I’m not afraid to own up, I love the wallpaper and I think this house is move-in-ready! I just wish it wasn’t thousands of miles from my life. I love the iron gate you can glimpse in the second picture.

  16. Kim redlin says: 28 comments

    Wallpaper will roll back into style. If one wants white or beige buy a new home. Wallpaper is characteristic of an older home. Love the homes in iowa. And there untouched state. This one is lovely and that town is nice.

  17. Zann says: 540 comments

    This is another gate/fence I can defend with my pitchfork. I love it. It adds something to the home that you really don’t get with new houses.

    Hands down, best sink I’ve seen on the site. I oooooh’d out loud.

    The exterior of this house is stunning. The stained glass, the newel posts, the fireplace, just wow. Love the draped grapes above the stained glass window, I might add. What is there to not love about this house, especially at that price? Deal of the century, and the sleepy town atmosphere adds to it.

    For those who don’t like the wallpaper, I am not a wallpaper person either, but in this case I would move right in and not worry about it. As time went by, I may replace a couple of the rooms with something else, but I can’t see this house with plain Jane walls. Preferences aside.

  18. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5450 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    If Boone were a much larger city, I’d be concerned about commercial encroachment in the vicinity but after looking around in Streetview things look pretty stable. Houses built from published designed sources were very popular in Iowa in the last quarter of the 19th century. Architects like George F. Barber who sold house plans by mail dot the Iowa small town landscape. While I don’t believe this is a Barber design, I do think its likely built from a published plan source but I can’t readily make an attribution or match it with a particular architect. Lovely house overall with fine interior millwork and high end details. I would imagine one of the town’s leading citizens once lived there with his or her family. Some judicious landscaping and tree trimming would enhance the property’s visual appeal. As Gloria H. mentioned, old house lovers often find their money can buy a grand home in the Midwestern states’ smaller communities where as in a larger city it would only buy a modest size cottage or starter home. I consider this house to be very nearly mansion grade for a truly modest price. I hope a fan of Old House Dreams becomes its next owner.

    • Jojobee says: 9 comments

      The house was built by Alonzo Barkley who was an Iowa state legislator as well as the founder of the local bank and a trustee of Cornell College.

  19. KarenZKarenZ says: 1204 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Just the beautiful wood at the entrance and the windows make this worth more than the asking price to me! I would move in right away and live with the wallpaper to see if it fit my style. I actually like the wallpaper in the entrance and the cute pattern on the stairwell carpet! Beautiful home!

  20. Catt says: 48 comments

    Ditto ditto ditto to all the beautiful details. And add that that little wood sink makes ma Gah-gah!

  21. JimHJimH says: 5158 comments
    OHD Supporter

    There’s a floor plan in the NRHP nomination, though bathrooms were added for the former B&B. The apartments behind the house used to be a motel that was part of the property, subdivided since the 90’s (and the nice old neon sign lost). The 1980’s kitchen and the baths don’t bother me much, and any wallpaper or other cosmetic issues are easily fixed.
    With Ames commutable and Des Moines a short ride away, a large old house of this quality in fine condition seems like a bargain at the price!

    The house was built for Alonzo J. Barkley (1842-1922), banker and real estate man, who settled in Boone after his Civil War service. The house was built on the site of the old Baptist Church when a new church was built. “Uncle Lon” had no children with either of his wives, though he had the finest home in town and a pretty cool mustache.

  22. Marjon says: 12 comments

    Are you saying there are apartments behind the house

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