1896 Queen Anne – Gaylord, MI – $475,000

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Added to OHD on 2/14/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/14/19   -   29 Comments
221 N Center Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735

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  • $475,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 5100 Sq Ft
  • 0.9 Ac.
An absolute HISTORICAL gem!! Built in 1896, it is the original home of Frank A. Kramer and his wife Rae. This equisite Queen Anne Victorian is on the National Registry of Historical places. The present owners have restored this magnificent 3 story home to exemplify the glory of its conception. Beautifully maintained original wood floors, original doors and hardware, light fixtures, stained glass windows, fireplaces, meticulous built~in cabinetry and the list goes on!! The five bedrooms each have their own character with walls and ceilings decorated in period fashion. The library is a wonderful display of old world craftmanship and features Maple cabinets and Sycamore woodwork. A 3rd Floor loft area makes the ideal gaming and entertainment venue complete with a rustic wet bar. Almost an acre of flower gardens, ponds, fruit trees, a toyhouse and other features turn this setting into a secluded and restful place. Call today for a personalized tour of this wonderful historical home!!!!
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Craig Lively, RE/MAX Lighthouse
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29 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Gaylord, MI – $475,000

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  1. JpJp says: 40 comments

    This is definitely a George F Barber design, and not a modest one by the look of it!

  2. Avatarzoomy says: 501 comments

    What a beautiful, lived-in, well-loved house! It makes me sad to see this house, which looks like it fits its owners like a glove. How sad that they are selling it. Downsizing? Moving to be near grandchildren? I’d love to hear the story. It is so, so beautiful, and I love the exterior paint job. Such a personal, warm, inviting house!

    • AvatarJoe says: 636 comments

      -Don’t be sad, nor should you jump to conclusions with no evidence. I am eager to finish my Federal house so that I can sell it.
      I would then buy and restore the Gothic Revival in Louisville GA, that Kelly brought to our attention about a year ago. It needs everything, which makes sense because the Georgia Trust is only asking $15,000.00 for it. The fact that it is going to take me years to complete my current house, doesn’t mean I don’t long for other houses that really do it for me. I doubt that the Gothic Revival house in Louisville will still be available for me to buy when I am finally ready to buy again, but I can and do dream.
      -My point is that concluding that the owners have regrets about selling makes as much sense as thinking that they can’t wait to get out!

      • Avatarbecky says: 80 comments

        What was the house you were referring to Joe? The one in Louisville? Was just curious.
        This home here is just absolutely beautiful!

        • AvatarJoe says: 636 comments

          Hi Becky,
          -Zoomy had expressed sadness for the owners who were selling this house. I was explaining that many old house owners want to finish the one that they are working on so they can find their next one. This house is beautiful, but done. For me it would be time to move on.
          -I used the one in Louisville GA as an example of the next one I’d buy if I was done here. I fantasize about it regularly because it would be such a challenge. I believe that I could do it justice and would like to find out if I am right.
          -I will be likely to sell and leave my current house, when it is done, because it is done.

          • Avatarbecky says: 80 comments

            I get it. I guess I have just not ever been lucky enough to land a place to turn it back to its original glory. All the painstaking, labor intense, blood sweat and tears, but yes I get it. And most of all I admire the owners for taking such time to do it up right. Thank you.

  3. AvatarKeith Sanders says: 104 comments

    Really nice built-ins.

  4. TGrantTGrant says: 554 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Love the keyhole stained glass window.

  5. AvatarLori says: 18 comments

    All kinds of goodies!

  6. Avatarmontana channing says: 252 comments

    inviting was the word I would use also. every room says “come in and set awhile ” and ditto on the built-ins especially that bookcase. I have 2 pieces of built-in Eastlake bookcases ripped out of a demolished house in Portland maine and these remind me of them. this house has every little Victorian touch in and out. perfect

  7. AvatarShelly Horvath says: 8 comments

    An Ohio State Buckeyes flag hanging in Michigan? That takes guts.

  8. Avatarpeeweebc says: 858 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Warm, fun, colorful, peaceful home. Love lots.

  9. AvatarSusielovesotis says: 13 comments

    Love the library.

  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 4561 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Jeeeeze. Talk about a lot of goodies. Nice. I wonder if the fixtures are the owner’s many years, EXCEEDINGLY appropriate, collection; or maybe if many of them are original to their place, (especially on 3 above the pool table = noice). The lampoliers are enviable; especially in the parlor. The stair is weird IMO; but the rest of the built-ins are super nice; and the hue of it all is heavenly honey.

    • Matt DMatt D says: 54 comments

      I agree on the stairs. That is an odd newel post. It looks like the support post was added at a later time on top of the ball of the original post. But the house is Beautiful!

  11. AvatarMrs. Lidderdale says: 12 comments

    House seems solid and stable. A total clear out of all furnishings and 50 gallons of paint is all that is needed to put this pretty girl in “prom” condition. Well maintained.

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 346 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Fifty gallons of paint sounds kind of scary – inside or out (or both)?

      • 67drake67drake says: 185 comments
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        Racine County, WI

        I wouldn’t touch a thing. Color or clutter wise. I’d move in and be fat and happy. If I got the itch to improve anything, I might clean up the “weedy” looking bushes around the porch and yard.

        • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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          Moving into the house as-is isn’t an option. Once the owners move all their stuff out, you’re left with the Painted Ladies paint job and 90’s wallpaper. I agree with Mrs. L. – a lot of basic cosmetic work, but it must be done!

          I’m hoping somebody develops an app that neutralizes the color and decor in old house photos so folks can see the house itself and not get distracted by all the trash.

          • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

            JimH you make me laugh for reading my mind.
            Though I’m grateful for the 90s for really bringing the Victorian Era back to peoples mind in a more respectful manner, I don’t like the 90’s “Victoriana” with over floral stripe wallpaper and hunter greens everywhere and somewhat grotesque interpretation of exterior color schemes, mimicking the San Fransisco painted ladies instead of the actual period colors. (I have noticed SF houses have been getting toned down in the last decade). And Though there are some homes that had 15 varieties of colors on them (Hackley and Hume mansions for example) with a bright Vermilion Red pickings, they still don’t carry that same 1990’s odd selections of colors.

            • JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
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              Yeah, I didn’t mean to sound harsh about the house or 67’s comment but it reeks of the 90’s B&B craze and Victoriana as you say. I’m amazed at how many big Victorians we see see here that were renovated in that manner. A lot of big old places were saved from worse fates but it’s time to turn the page.

              • AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

                The problem is, there is no real movement to save these homes. I’m seeing people put vinyl replacement windows and siding on them and treating them as you treat any other house.

                The old days of people thinking that Victorian equals, flowers, doilies and dolls everywhere with pink and purple walls have probably stained the reputation the same way that Hollywood has always put this architecture in a bad light attributing ghosts and other nonsense to their appearance.

                I lose my patience with people at the Mark Twain House, or some of the Hudson River Mansions and they make snarky remarks about witches, or ghosts. I wish more people can start appreciating the quality of the architecture and history instead of poking fun. Its really juvenile when you think of it. Seriously. Little kids find ghosts and goblins in things. Adults should be seeing the bigger picture.

                My rant is over.

  12. Avataremmajoy says: 119 comments
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    I love every inch of this house! It’s the kind of home that you know is loved and lived in.
    The current owners have a delightful collection of antiques and other cool stuff! I would live in this house just as it is…gorgeous.

  13. Avataremmajoy says: 119 comments
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    I love every inch of this house! It’s the kind of home that you know is loved and lived in.
    The current owners have a delightful collection of antiques and other cool stuff! Love the oak china cabinet and the kitchen cupboards. I would live in this house just as it is…gorgeous!

  14. AvatarDavid Sweet says: 235 comments

    WOW! What else can I say?


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