Atchison, KS

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Added to OHD on 5/31/19   -   Last OHD Update: 7/2/19   -   8 Comments

945 Parallel St, Atchison, KS 66002

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  • $20,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2014 Sq Ft
  • 0.18 Ac.
This home is a wonderful opportunity as it has lots of very nice possibilities. It features large rooms, formal dining room, eat in kitchen, master bedroom & bath down, 3 bedroom's and bath up. New bathroom fixtures some still in boxes plus water heater & dishwasher new in box. It's being sold "AS IS".
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Vicky VanWey, United Country Gateway RE
(913) 426-3214 / 913-367-3116
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8 Comments on Atchison, KS

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11802 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Of course it’s on a brick paved street! 🙂

    Build date on record is 1900 but this is probably more 1880’s.

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  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5494 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    When I moved to nearby St. Joseph, MO back in 2004, there were scores of old houses both in Atchison and St. Joe in this price range and condition category. House prices in both towns have steadily climbed in more recent years so such finds are less common than they once were. The walnut staircase here is definitely pre-1900, maybe as early as the 1870’s although I agree the early 1880’s are more likely. Over the years of following this blog I have noticed “1900” is often a date of convenience because its the first year of the new century and as good a place as any for a cut off point. In the past, I’ve mentioned that for insurance purposes dating an old house as much forward as possible (since I don’t believe insurance companies look at Sanborn maps as much as they used) in some cases allows the house to be insured as a number of policy writers will not insure homes past a certain age.

    That fireplace in photo # 3 is crying out for a period mantel and much could be done to bring back some of the historic flavor of this home. I’m sure old wood floors are waiting to be found under the dated carpets. In the incomplete bathroom, I believe the shower enclosure may sit too close to the toilet and since the dividing wall is new and incomplete, I’d want to move it a number of inches further back. Not sure what the headroom is where the toilet is placed, it might need to be reconfigured as well. All potential projects for the next owner to consider. Next to the minimal fireplace, is a bumpout or angular bay that could be a real focal point for this room which was probably the original parlor. I’d be tempted to create a narrow transom above with salvaged stained glass so the parlor would again look from the period. Floor grates indicate a central heating system which may or may not be serviceable. The kitchen is solid 1970’s so the next owner would need to decide what to do there. In my mind’s eye, I could do a lot to transform this back into an appealing Queen Anne style home and could use the existing porch millwork to complete the exterior look of the house so that everything was in architectural harmony again. In summary, this could be a real fun project for someone that would surprise the whole neighborhood if they could see what had been hiding in plain sight for so long. Two thumbs up on this one.

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  3. DaveDave says: 288 comments
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    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    I agree with John about “insurance dating”; Several companies turned me down before I found someone to insure my 1875 project house. Curiously 2 of them turned me down because they “didn’t do stone foundations” of any age!

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3373 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    I love this so much. I find it utterly charming and filled with potential to be such a great little home. It’s my dream to restore something like this. And I could practically just put it on my Visa card!

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  5. CoraCora says: 2039 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    What a fantastic bargain! Wow.

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  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11802 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Architectural Observer had a great write up on this one. I hadn’t even noticed those arched exterior windows before, cool!
    http://architecturalobserver.com/reading-an-old-house/

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