1869 – Parker, PA

Added to OHD on 3/16/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   30 Comments
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211 N Cooper Ave, Parker, PA 16049

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  • $33,000
  • Foreclosure
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2401 Sq Ft
  • 0.26 Ac.
Great investment opportunity to restore this grand Victorian farmhouse back to luster! Offersing so much charm and original character with high ceilings, transom doors, stained glass windows, wood and ceramic fireplaces, beautiful leaded beveled front door and so much more. Situated on a corner lot with a detached 1 car garage with a 2nd story loft.
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Kelli Bargerstock, CENTURY 21 / American Heritage Realty
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  1. Wendi Sue says: 65 comments

    Would definitely pull up the green carpet but would keep the wall paper specially in the pink room. Love the tiles in the tub area of the bathroom. Needs some kitchen updating but all n all a really cute house.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      To each her own . . . My first thought was “Save that kitchen!!!!!” Those metal cabinets are so awesome! It’s very desirable to find an un-updated kitchen. I would just tear up the green carpet and with some spit-and-polish she’s ready to occupy!

      • JimHJimH says: 5261 comments
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        Love that you’re so hardcore, BO!

        The cabinets (Youngstown probably) will last forever, and can be restored and repainted any color, if desired. Check these out:

        Cool house that looks to be in VG condition for the price. Allegheny River boating right down the street.

        • MazamaGrammy says: 344 comments

          We had these cabinets in my childhood home. They are utilitarian though not aesthetically appealing. However, I’ve only seen them in white. No other colors available for kitchens back then. :))

          • JimHJimH says: 5261 comments
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            White was the cheapest and most popular by far but other colors were available from the 1940’s on, maybe earlier. I grew up with white ones also. I saw some in fire engine red that were amazing, on their way to the dump.?

        • HappawHappaw says: 12 comments
          Big Beaver, PA

          Nice time capsule kitchen.

      • Wendy s says: 1 comments

        Totally AGREE!!!!!!!

      • MJGMJG says: 2275 comments
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        Bethany Otto, I’m assuming you mean UN-updated kitchen to the year those were put in. Its certainly not the original kitchen to when the house was built but more like the 40s or 50s I’m thinking. 🙂 I’m sure that’s what you meant. This style kitchen is becoming big again I’m finding. Is it part of the mid-century modern style? I’m totally ignorant to this era so my apologies to those who love Mid-century modern if I’ve spoken wrong.
        For me, I’d actually tear out all the carpet, paper, kitchens and bathrooms. But certainly someone would buy them.

        • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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          1983 White elephant
          Escondido, CA

          Yes, of course I’m aware the kitchen is not original. But it is not generically updated either and reflects the story and progression of the house. I guess a new big-box kitchen would reflect the person who put it in just as much. I know from your comments on here that you would do a thoughtful job on the kitchen but not everyone would.

  2. Linda Cutler says: 4 comments

    I love this home , all carpet has to go but i hope there is hard wood below! Not usually a fan of wallpaper but this is nice and the light fixtures are keepers.

  3. Handymam says: 55 comments

    And that bathroom window! I love this house!

  4. says: 118 comments

    Wow! What a blast from the past. I could not see any detail due to the green shag. I kept looking for ceramic frogs and flower-power wallpaper. I’m going to look again. Ok. Nice small village, near a small river, priced well, some woodwork very nice. Transom windows, which I love. A good fireplace surround. What was I thinking? It’s just carpet!

  5. David Sweet says: 258 comments

    I love the wallpaper as well, but the green carpet reminds me of my parents house in 1975. Gotta go, 1st thing!

  6. Cynthia says: 2 comments

    Lovely old house, carpet gone n wow.
    So much space, what I would give to decorate it. The kitchen cabinets do have possibility, just maybe not in the kitchen.

  7. Eric says: 387 comments

    It looks like they really got their money’s worth out of the carpet purchased 1950. Some cosmetic updates will totally change this house.

  8. Does anyone know what type of wood is in this house? My grandparents home had dark wood like this only the chair railing if that’s what’ it’s called was higher. Of course that might be the optical illusion since I was a short squirt!

    • Dan Raneiri says: 3 comments

      The woodwork in my 1873 Victorian has the same appearance. The wood is pine, and they finished it with some kind of finish with a thick body stain. I once had a door refinished that had been painted. He stained it dark to match the color of the others, but the grain of the wood is clearer since the process was different.

  9. Leilani Worrell says: 1 comments

    Is it merely a coincidence that this house is featured on St. Patrick’s Day??!! All sentiment aside, I agree: that carpet has to go! Other than that, it seems like a lovely house.

  10. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    Notice the corner guards on the plaster are the modern kind. Were they used back then? The 1912 Sears catalog doesn’t offer them.
    That kitchen is a time capsule. I would keep the metal cabinetry and that double-wide stove with all the knobs, assuming it’s not too grimy to clean.

  11. Melody says: 502 comments

    What an emerald in the rough!

    I would snap this up in a heartbeat. That kitchen would stay for sure, especially with that amazing drainboard sink!!
    The carpet would have to go, but if there was not great hardwood under it in every room, I might just be tempted to install some new green shag in one room. 🙂
    I would do everything I could to save that pink bathroom, it’s so happy.
    I wish we could see the round window.
    Some of the wallpaper might be allowed to stay, depending on it’s condition and how I liked it in person.

    I wish this place was close enough to go see.

  12. KarenZKarenZ says: 1152 comments
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    I swear that we had that patterned shag in my bedroom (when I was a kid)! It didn’t even reach wall-to-wall! I really love this house and wish that it wasn’t in my area of the State!

  13. Julieanne says: 30 comments

    Call me weird, but I actually like the green carpet. This is a sweet beauty of a house. Lots of amazing things to love.

  14. Patrick says: 21 comments

    I would clean that very familiar carpet of the 60’s/70’s.put some fresh duct tape on it and furnish in mod ’70’s style. Of course it would have a huge vintage component stereo system and lots of parties.

  15. Wm mann says: 7 comments

    Why oh why would someone paint lovely carved marble surrounds black?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12131 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      They may not be all marble but it was common for them to paint whatever type of stone (marble, slate) to look like a more expensive or fancier stone than it was.

    • Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

      Those are marbleized slate fireplaces. The effect can be seen best in the green-carpeted room. What they’ve done wrong is to paint one of them white, in the next picture.

  16. AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 379 comments
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    1850 Italianate, classical
    New Haven, CT

    A few thought in reference to things others have or have not brought up:
    I don’t think the windows in pictures 3, 6 and 8, as well as the stain-glassed windows or the glass in the front door, are original to 1869. Those seem to be changes from the 1900’s or so. The original windows are all the tall windows, usually presented in joining pairs (a common Italianate stylistic design element), or the larger sized two over twos. These can be seen in photos 14 and 15.
    I’d really be curious to know what the woodwork trim is. I know pine has been suggested, treated with a special finish that darkened the wood. Relatively upscale furniture of that period (consistent with that which would go in a house like this one) was usually walnut finished with a substance that greatly darkened the wood, which was then called “black walnut.” The darkening substance and finish readily comes off just by refinishing the wood. I’d always thought the same was true of the woodwork in more upscale houses like this one where such furniture matched the woodwork so well, but I could be wrong. I’d appreciate it if anyone else knowledgeable about relatively upscale interior woodwork from c 1870 would weigh in on what wood they think this likely is. Perhaps pine, previously unbeknownst to me, used in interior trim was treated in the same fashion as walnut used in furniture-making.
    Finally, this was definitely the time period when slate replaced more expensive marble as the stone of choice for fireplace mantels, which were often “marbelized” by various faux painting methods. A big part of the reason simply had to do with the fact that white marble was going out of style as everything became darker in color with the onset of “the brown decades,” mantels and woodwork trim included.

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