1890 Queen Anne – Springfield, MA

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137 Harvard St, Springfield, MA 01109

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  • $95,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2368 Sq Ft
Great opportunity to restore & bring this Victorian back to its original glory! This property is located in the Hill McKnight Historic District and features many original architectural details, pocket doors, butlers pantry, eat-in kitchen, 2 fireplaces, 2 car detached garage, updated circuit breaker, beautiful front porch, balcony and additional living space on the 3rd floor. Property being sold as-is.
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Jennifer Wilson, Real Living Realty Professionals
(877) 207-3559
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14 Comments on 1890 Queen Anne – Springfield, MA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12410 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Did not find a real (the 1913 one given is not correct) build date on this one.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5637 comments
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      1897 Queen Anne Colonial
      Cadiz, OH

      I’m going to guesstimate the age of this Queen Anne style home to be from around 1895, give or take a few years. It is one of the many surviving 19th and early 20th century homes in the (North Hill &) McKnight Historic District: (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKnight,_Springfield,_Massachusetts_(and_Mason_Square) Springfield, Massachusetts, is an old industrial town in western MA. I once bought an 1895 promotional book about Springfield and a couple of years ago scanned it and put it in a Flickr photos album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/albums/72157654835761883 From locals, the information I was given is that Springfield is no longer the booming town as it was a century ago so old house properties sometimes are offered in the bargain category as this house appears to be. With some interior TLC and paint colors sympathetic to the period, this house would instantly become more interesting.

      • Mary Brown says: 46 comments

        Fascinating book about Springfield. Thank you for sharing.

        • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5637 comments
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          1897 Queen Anne Colonial
          Cadiz, OH

          Thanks, Mary. I found it unusual to have found a published “snapshot” of life in Springfield in 1895 even though I have never been to Springfield or even visited Massachusetts. It took me many hours of careful scanning and tweaking of the images for maximum clarity before creating the album. From the written texts, bicycles appear to have been a major mode of transportation in 1895 with several retailers as well as manufacturers mentioned in the town. One of these days, I’ll have to pay a visit to the town just to see what remains.

  2. Clund says: 113 comments

    This house has a huge amount of potential. So many original details. I wish they had included a staircase photo. Seriously realtors, everyone wants to see an awesome staircase, so please take photos. I love the garage. It’s charming, with doors that look like they open out not pull up. Without seeing inside it could be a neat studio space.

  3. zoomey says: 534 comments

    Seems like it’s in very good shape for the price. What’s the catch? The exterior needs work, but inside the unpainted woodwork is in very nice condition as are the floors. I don’t see plaster or water damage. Wish there were more shots of kitchen and bathrooms, attic, basement, and yes, staircase! Very pretty neighborhood too!

    • JimHJimH says: 5528 comments
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      The house needs some work and the price also reflects the neighborhood, between gentrified and restored blocks, and some of the lowest income areas of the city. There are literally thousands of Victorian era homes in Springfield; McKnight alone has over 800.
      The house is remarkably intact, the phantom stairway notwithstanding. Even some of the kitchen cabinetry looks original!

  4. Nancy CNancy C says: 132 comments
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    abuts historic village Old Salem, NC

    This house appeals to me, there is something very welcoming about the front porch and entry — a downstairs more subdued than some Victorians, yet warm with good details (love the fireplace tiles).

    It’s on a pretty tree-lined street with other older homes. What’s not to like with a little cosmetics.

    I, too, am surprised at the price, although more people than not want a new house these days.

  5. JimHJimH says: 5528 comments
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    Known as the Clara Kites house, built in 1890 and documented in the state MACRIS file. The residence of Clara and husband William D. Kites (1836-1900), a retired paper factory foreman.

    House and garage in 1938:

  6. CindyCindy says: 280 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    The house has most of it’s original features. This could be a show house with some paint and sprucing up. And at that price, very affordable.

  7. MichaelMichael says: 3170 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    In looking at the upper porch over the entry, I assumed it was unique to this house, something I’ve seen but not commonly in this configuration……..and then I walked around the neighborhood on the street view. I was stunned to see how many homes in the neighborhood have the same porch above the entry porch! I think I like the open porch better than enclosing it, though.

  8. Rose M. Kotalik says: 72 comments

    Although the neighborhood may not be designated as “gentrified”, it looks like the houses in the neighborhood look well taken care of. Maybe it is on it’s way back to being a jewel of the city. The neighborhood I grew up in went downhill because of the interstate being built and people wanted to move away from the steel mills. Now it is called Ohio City and the houses are pricey. Go figure. My Dad would be in shock.


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