1872 – Stillwater, MN

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1224 3rd St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

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  • $799,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 3770 Sq Ft
  • 0.27 Ac.
Set on a beautifully landscaped, double corner lot, The Castle House is one of the most iconic, homes in Stillwater. Built by city attorney, MN Senator and US Representative James Castle this gothic revival, Second Empire Victorian home was influenced by similar mansions in Washington, DC. Now available after a 4-year, award-winning, historic renovation, the Castle House boasts completely new mechanicals (plumbing, HVAC and a total electrical re-wire in 2016), spray-foam insulation, a new roof (2017) and extensive interior and exterior upgrades. Inspired by the original paint and color scheme the home features refinished original hardwood floors throughout and a large gas fireplace anchors the formal living room. The living space expands outdoors with three covered porches and a large 2nd level deck over the restored front porch. The looming and demonstrative exterior is complete with a 4-story central spired tower above a mansard, dormered roof topping off at 45 feet.
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Josh Zuehlke, Coldwell Banker
(612) 920-5605
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39 Comments on 1872 – Stillwater, MN

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  1. DaisybooDaisyboo says: 17 comments

    This is so beautiful that I could actually cry.

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  2. JenniferJennifer says: 88 comments
    Nashville, TN

    I am hopelessly, completely and forever in love with this house. It makes my gothic heart beat faster!!!

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  3. JonJon says: 131 comments
    TN

    Doo-doo da doo *snap, snap*

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  4. MichaelMichael says: 3393 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Wow! There is so much to love about this house, where do you start. From the subway tile used in the bathrooms to that sink in the kitchen. The kitchen is very nicely done, right down to the hardware on the cabinets. The owners have great taste in their decorating and furnishings used. I love everuy little detial in this house!

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  5. woeismewoeisme says: 174 comments
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    1990 suburban
    Vacaville, CA

    So much to say about this fabulous house. A large porch, a black tile bathroom with a urinal and all that beautiful trim. I also like the current owners occupation with vintage picture and mirror frames.

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  6. BethanyBethany says: 3475 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I can’t wrap my brain around this house. It’s not your usual old house, that’s for sure.

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  7. daisyd90daisyd90 says: 12 comments
    Marietta, GA

    This house is delicious.

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  8. amieledesma@gmail.comamieledesma@gmail.com says: 1 comments
    Torrance, CA

    This is seriously beyond beautiful! I am not a fan of the green interior paint or the green stripped wallpaper, but I LOVE everything else!

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  9. ridetherailsridetherails says: 1 comments
    Centerville, OH

    This house is absolutely perfect!

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  10. CthulhuCthulhu says: 1080 comments
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    1918 Bunkhouse
    R'lyeh,

    Normally I don’t like houses which have been renovated to this degree. But this one really is different; it was actually done tastefully and respectfully. Clearly, there was some very professional design expertise harnessed here… this drop-dead gorgeous renovation was not the result of a DIY effort. Drool…

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  11. roxxxroxxx says: 508 comments
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    I have to say to the owners:
    I am so sorry you are leaving this masterpiece of yours. It is, every inch a work of art. I truly love this.

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  12. LisaSLisaS says: 45 comments
    1950 Craftsman
    OR

    This is so fabulous I cant even!! This, THIS is my fav ever 😀 No words just drool!!

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  13. StevenFStevenF says: 773 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    The best Queen Anne contemporary decorating scheme ever! Deliciously captures the past, but is saved from being too serious by the inclusion of some cool modern light fixtures. Edgy and comfortable. Somebody has some taste and talent.

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  14. mayamaya says: 20 comments
    VA

    goodness me, what a truly stunning home!

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  15. JulieJulie says: 401 comments
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    1997 1 storey contemporary

    I have to admit that the dark grey Addams Family exterior is a bit off putting but I love the interior. Green is my favourite colour and combine that with the decor which reflects the period without being OTT and there is so much to love about this home. If I bought it though, I think I would feel compelled to repaint the exterior though which would be SO costly and kind of a shame since it has probably been done relatively recently.

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  16. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1112 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    This is about as good as it gets concerning a house of this caliber adopted for every day, modern living. Everything is well done, and someone has some serious interior design chops. It’s even perfectly named due to the coincidental surname of the first owner.

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  17. TashaDollTashaDoll says: 11 comments
    1878 Stick Victorian
    MA

    I can’t handle how much I love this house. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g about it!

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  18. JeffJeff says: 147 comments
    1876 Rural Victorian
    OR

    Unquestionably among my top 4 or 5 favorite homes on this site. I’d probably Addams Family up the interior even more and wander the rooms in a velvet smoking jacket whacked out on Laudanum. And it even has a high quality workable kitchen!

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  19. LisaNLisaN says: 69 comments
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    1845 Greek Revival
    Ithaca, NY

    Wow! Love the walls, the woodwork, the floors, the everything and especially the tunnel or cellar.

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  20. JoeJoe says: 773 comments
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    1820 Federal
    Baltimore, MD

    The street view is from Aug 2013 and shows the before view. I don’t remember another house where so much detail that was gone has been restored or reimagined as it should have been. I would have to see an old, old, photo to tell if the detailing was all there when it was built. Amazing!

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    • JimHJimH says: 5672 comments
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      They captured the period but I don’t think the owners/designers were trying to exactly recreate the original. I’d love to see an old photo too!

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      • JoeJoe says: 773 comments
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        1820 Federal
        Baltimore, MD

        Hi Jim H,
        *I agree wholeheartedly. Although I consider myself a purist in many ways, I love what they did to make this nice house extraordinary. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more people took creativity to the point of creating features in house that followed the style, but made it really pop. That is why I said “reimagined as it should have been.” They went over the top and down the other side, but they did it in a way that works better than its original incarnation would have been. Although if I bought it I would be inclined to change the exterior color scheme, even if it is the original colors, to a choice that would appeal to me more. I fervently hope that the area can support their investment plus a good profit so that they have an incentive to do it again and again with other houses.
        You go, Guys

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  21. SeanSean says: 157 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    The owners own a design/contracting company they run out of the house called Old Made Design, LLC. They specialize in restoration projects. They have a page on Facebook showing this house and other restoration projects they’re involved in. I’d love to hear why they’re selling this obvious masterpiece of theirs.

    The current owners are huge Disney Haunted Mansion fans. The font on the sign out front is the same used for the Haunted Mansion at the Disney parks. The wallpaper in the attic closet (you can see it in the far end of one of the photos of the attic rooms) is the same wallpaper the Disney designers created for the beginning of the Haunted Mansion ride. Even the black/slate gray/moldy green palette used all over the property is from the Haunted Mansion. And the use of so many hurricane lamps (usually a “wild west” accessory) is borrowed from Disney’s Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square, the area of the park where the Mansion is located.

    The owners did a brilliant job on the house (you can see the unrestored version on Google Street View) and as an Addams Family/Munsters/Haunted Mansion fan – this house is shear perfection!

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  22. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1065 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    I love the color scheme, any shade of green, blue or green/blue being my favorite. And although never a fan of wallpaper, the green/gold stripe in the upstairs bedroom is very attractive. On the subject of ‘haunted house’ did anyone notice the skull (bottle opener?) on the cabinet across from the range and knives?? If it isn’t a skull, it sure looks like one, lol. Cool!

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  23. RosewaterRosewater says: 7581 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    There is one of these in my town now. Tres Anton!

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  24. KateSheldonKateSheldon says: 47 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    N Hollywood, CA

    What a treat it is to see this house! It is a remarkable house and perfect in every way (other than the deer heads on the walls and bear rug). Unlike some others, I like the outside color as well as all the inside ones. Someone spotted something that looks like a skull in the kitchen near the knives, but I can’t find it. Do you think the beautiful mantel (photo 10) is original to the house? Did anyone notice the cat andirons? I’d like to find out about the brick tunnel.

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    • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 374 comments
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      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      When you asked about whether a specific mantel were original to the house or not, I assumed you meant the one in the front parlor shown most clearly in photo 7–that’s the one I most questioned as not being authentic to the house given its classical lines as well as its height, which seems out of proportion with the size of the room. I think it is far more likely that the one in photo 10 is original if either is. Even that is not entirely clear as that mantel also has classical motifs that do not otherwise appear consistent with the other design elements of the house. However, the opening in that mantel for the fire is decidedly Gothic and that much, at least, fits with the rest of the house.
      The color scheme of the house clearly suggests why this period was the beginning of the era known as “the brown decades.” Dark colors, such as brown, slate gray, slate green, etc., were the hallmark colors of this period. Interior were often not as monochromatic as this one is, and the beginning of the aesthetic movement came at about this time, when there was a great deal of experimentation in the use of colors and new design elements. But undoubtedly there were those whose idea of aesthetic might have been exactly what this house reflect, as monochromatic as it might be.
      The biggest puzzle for me in this house is if there is a door to the first floor covered porch on the left side of the house. This house has a profusion of doors opening onto the outside and to its various porches. While the door opening to the second floor covered porch on the left side of the house is clearly shown, I could find no corresponding door to the first floor of this same two-story porch. The two bays appear to be the windows fronting this porch from the front parlor. Does anyone see if differently?

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    • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 374 comments
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      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      When you asked about whether a specific mantel were original to the house or not, I assumed you meant the one in the front parlor shown most clearly in photo 7–that’s the one I most questioned as not being authentic to the house given its classical lines as well as its height, which seems out of proportion with the size of the room. I think it is far more likely that the one in photo 10 is original if either is. Even that is not entirely clear as that mantel also has classical motifs that do not otherwise appear consistent with the other design elements of the house. However, the opening in that mantel for the fire is decidedly Gothic and that much, at least, fits with the rest of the house.
      The color scheme of the house clearly suggests why this period was the beginning of the era known as “the brown decades.” Dark colors, such as brown, slate gray, slate green, etc., were the hallmark colors of this period. Interior were often not as monochromatic as this one is, and the beginning of the aesthetic movement came at about this time, when there was a great deal of experimentation in the use of colors and new design elements. But undoubtedly there were those whose idea of aesthetic might have been exactly what this house reflect, as monochromatic as it might be.
      The biggest puzzle for me in this house is if there is a door to the first floor covered porch on the left side of the house. This house has a profusion of doors opening onto the outside and to its various porches. While the door opening to the second floor covered porch on the left side of the house is clearly shown, I could find no corresponding door to the first floor of this same two-story porch. The two bays appear to be the windows fronting this porch from the front parlor. Does anyone see if differently?
      I too am very curious about the brick tunnel, wine cellar or whatever it is…

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  25. KateSheldonKateSheldon says: 47 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    N Hollywood, CA

    I am so interested in this house that I spent quite a bit of time looking at the city where it is located. There are some interesting and very well done videos of Stillwater houses here. There are many photos showing what Stillwater looked like in the early days. https://www.ci.stillwater.mn.us/southhilltour

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  26. cardstackercardstacker says: 81 comments
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    My hat is off (and jaw is on the floor) to the owners. I tend to be a purist, but this shows just how amazing it can be when you pick up on the right vibe and follow it. And, yet, the house feels authentic enough to still show respect for what is old. The cat andirons say it all. And, this also shows how powerful “home” can be. Imagine having such a curated existence? And Kelly, well done.

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  27. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1178 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    I like the tilted bottom siding on the exterior, don’t think i’ve ever seen that before! Everything has been said above and it’s even more striking when you see the 2013 Streetview. Amazing!

    Have you seen the gorgeous details on the Queen Anne to its left? https://goo.gl/maps/tCim6Fow2FuMa28x7

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  28. cardstackercardstacker says: 81 comments
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    Ok, I can’t get enough of this house. As for the mantles, regardless of their age or history, they’re beautiful. The one that is new, is a ten out of ten — most people would have struck out on that. And, upon a closer look I see a black urinal. How cool!

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  29. Stephen GriffinStephen Griffin says: 2 comments
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    McKinney, TX

    Beautiful. Perfect, complete, inspiring.

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  30. brigidbrigid says: 623 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    This is one of the most wonderful houses I have seen (well, except I agree with Kate -dont care for the dead animals on the walls and floor). I love the Gothic look of the exterior and dark colors inside. I would love for the owners to decorate my house.
    And I really like when there are night pictures. The whole ‘vibe’ of the house is different with the interior lighting coming through the windows. I wish more agents would do this.

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