c. 1900 Tudor Revival – Battle Creek, MI

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231 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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  • $125,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 6038 Sq Ft
  • 0.51 Ac.
Turn of the century all brick 3 story northside Victorian with 6,038 square feet of living space. 6 bedrooms and 4 and half baths. Tall ceilings along with some beveled lead glass windows and amazing wood work throughout. Main floor is set up for entertaining with a large receiving room open to the living room. Both Library and dining room have beautiful pocket doors. 2nd floor has 4 bedrooms 2 full baths and laundry. 3rd floor has 2 bedrooms the 2nd kitchen along with a full bath. Lower level has some finished area along with the 4th full bathroom. House is price to sell fast for the amount of restoration needed. Call Jeffrey A Penick for a private showing of this.
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Jeffrey Penick, RE/MAX Perrett Associates
(269) 968-6101
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33 Comments on c. 1900 Tudor Revival – Battle Creek, MI

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  1. Mike says: 68 comments

    This house would be 10x the price in my neighborhood. No hyperbole.

  2. StevenFStevenF says: 791 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    This is really more of a huge craftsman in Tudor drag. I love the stone dogs….

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Maybe it’s got a few Craftsman touches but the window design, the parapeted gables with large chimney’s overwhelm the Craftsman details.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6727 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Don’t forget the little bits of Prairie, Art Nouveau; and many Classical door and window surrounds as well. This house is for sure “eclectic” I totally understand where Kelly sees Tudor influence in that gable, (though could be Dutch or Germanic too); but yeah, it’s mostly Craftsman. Great gas/elec. fixtures! Hope the rest survive in a cubby somewhere.

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1050 comments
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      1947 Ranch

      LOL StevenF! (I was thinking the same thing) 🙂

  3. CarolynCarolyn says: 297 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Wow, that is a lot of really nice house on the cheap. I wish I wanted to live in Battle Creek, I’d snatch it up.

  4. Doreen says: 234 comments

    OMG. Wow. I wouldn’t change a darned thing about this place. Not a thing. I want it, and I want to start putting flowers in the flowerbeds. And we’re expecting snow next week. How insane am I (purely rhetorical question. Don’t answer that!!!)?

  5. julie A.julie A. says: 147 comments
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    1914 foursquare farmhouse
    New Germany, MN

    $125,000???? What? I’d buy it for the leaded glass windows alone, but the stone doggies had me right off. What an awesome deal…i hope she gets the owners that she deserves!

  6. PhillipPhillip says: 265 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    Yeah I agree Kelly definitely tudor but the interior certainly has some strong craftsman character. My house built in 1910 is similar. I like these earlier tudor homes, they are more ornate than the later ones usually. Several awesome mission chandeliers and wow what a deal. Love this one!!

  7. Glenn says: 3 comments

    The comment “Amount of restoration needed” set a rather low expectation when moving to look at the pictures… and now I am wondering why have this comment in at all? The house looks to be in great shape… I wonder why someone would put comments like that in a listing?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11880 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Judging what’s needed via listing photos is not a good idea. You never know what updates it may need. I see a few things here that could stand an update, from wallpaper to paint to kitchen. I don’t see anything wrong with the listing description saying that.

  8. MichaelMichael says: 2671 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the bathroom, untouched for the most part. I see color choices and some things I would address if it was mine but it seems in great shape for the asking price. It looks as if it was used commercially by the looks of the built-in desks and door closer on the front door!

  9. Marja says: 24 comments

    This place is fantastic!!! The built-ins, the fireplaces, love it.

  10. April says: 16 comments

    what a lovely house! The built-ins, the wood, the land, two kitchens, and that PRICE! Even with some low-key updates outstanding, it’s a grand dame of a house. I want it.

  11. Jodi says: 33 comments

    There are several things I would change/bring back to original style, but nothing that would stop me from buying at that price if the neighborhood was still good. (I lived in Battle Creek 25 years ago and the South side of town was getting rough. I don’t know much about the side of town where this house is located)

  12. Eric says: 387 comments

    This is a lot of house for not much money. It has so many wonderful tudor details all around. To me the dogs are cute but I’d prefer dragons for my tudor home. Good that the price is so low because this house hasn’t had a decor update for at lest 20 years and it’s time for one. Love a fireplace on the third floor and all the beveled leaded glass windows.

  13. Kathy T. says: 1 comments

    So much beauty to be conserved and potential for a new life for this grand home. I am not familiar with Battle Creek and wonder about the neighborhood surrounding this house. Hopefully, someone will buy it up and treat it right.

  14. Renee Herron says: 34 comments

    I am absolutely in love with this beautifully eclectic home. I’d gladly relocate to Michigan to live here I do love this house. So many wonderful surprises around every corner. I wouldn’t change a single thing.

  15. jeff myers says: 67 comments

    This place really is an irreplaceable gem, and largely intact. If somebody has the money to get it shipshape – and 6000 sq feet of plumbing, electric, steam, etc, ain’t gonna be cheap – this would be the bargain of the century. I agree about the prairie influence – all that beautiful quarter sawn oak, and the very FL Wright-is leaded glass in the built ins. This was clearly not a cheap home when it was built.

  16. CarolynCarolyn says: 297 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Thank you for posting so many affordable houses today Kelly. While the million dollar houses are fun to look at these are the houses I can truly dream of owning.

  17. kathy stokes-phillips says: 179 comments

    wow, I was born in battle creek, maybe its callin me bk…would love to know the history on this mansion, so big

  18. RobinjnRobinjn says: 240 comments
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    1978 Split level
    Columbia, MO

    Okay experts, please tell me. What is now being used as the laundry room; could that have been the original kitchen with the tile all the way up the wall? It’s a beautiful room.

    Who knows what lies under the surface and I do see water incursion in one room but I can hardly believe the price of this beauty. I hope someone restores it to its glory. And those dogs…. perfect!

    • MichaelMichael says: 2671 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      The laundry room in the picture is on the second floor. While the floor tile may be original to the room, the wall tile is not what I would expect to see in a room like this. The tile you should see in this room, if it were original, would be like the bathroom tile, four pictures before…..a subway tile! With the tile on the floor and the toilet in the room as well as the fact it is on the upper floor, I would guess this was originally a bathroom, converted into a laundry room.

  19. Miss-Apple37 says: 1155 comments

    That leaded glass on the landing is such eye-candy!

  20. Trent says: 3 comments

    I have most of your answers! I almost bought the home 3 years ago for a $230,000! Thank goodness I didn’t! I was in BC working on a restoration project for a friend with a cute home there and I fell in love at first sight with this home ? then I realized it was for sale!!! Ahhaahhh!!!! I just about sold my home in Chicago and moved there. Then reality set in that I had to finish restoring my home in Chicago and sell it first.

    So this beauty was built by one of Kellogg’s lawyers and he was from the Netherlands. May explain the gables and very high door knobs be they are tall people.? The pool had been filled in since I looked at it because it had been rented out to a foster parent with a bunch of kids.. happy to see the wood work wasn’t beat? I wish they had photos of the 3 leaded beveled Windows at the south end of the living room and the keyhole shape one in the master bathroom! Absolutely stunning!!!! That landing window is so huge ! And beautiful view onto what could be gardens in the empty lot to the north.
    The laundry room on the second floor was just a large bathroom where they added the w/d .. I love the cool old toilet but I jumped when I opened the lid because the inside was so dark brown! Never saw that before! I’m told they have a lot of iron in the water?.
    Unfortunately the house has a lot of asbestos in the basement. A shared driveway with the rental property to south. Also the concrete on the front terrace floor is in very poor shape along with a lot of the Stone work around the windows is crumbling so I think someone tried to “protect “ the Stone by just painting it white.
    Also it lost its original slate roof about 20plus years ago. I’d hate to replace that giant roof! The other thing I’d like to see a horseshoe driveway to use that gorgeous front door because the home is technically on a us highway so no street parking and you have a shared drive.. good luck getting that all granted.

  21. I just love it all and the porches!! Looks like in back above what was a porch, is a door or was at one time. Really different design and Tudors usually not my most favorite until this one. Wrong state for me though, Missouri winters are bad enough for me, can’t even imagine. Looks like nice houses around but will check out the street view.

  22. Christine Schulze says: 9 comments

    Wow wow wow..the possibilities ♡♡
    I wish I had an investment partner to turn this into an owner/s occupied Airbnb/event space. Ive been collecting and picking vintage furniture for a decade, id just paint a few of those rooms, most of my stuff would slide right in. Eek! I love it!

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