1895 Queen Anne in Galena, IL – $435,000

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Added to OHD on 10/17/19   -   Last OHD Update: 10/16/19   -   9 Comments
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318 Hill St, Galena, IL 61036

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  • $435,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 5.5 Bath
  • 3567 Sq Ft
  • 0.24 Ac.
Queen Anne Victorian located on high bluff known commonly as Quality Hill. Currently operating as Bed and Breakfast under the name "Hellman House." Guests enjoy the lifestyle of long ago when it was a private residence. Also, not far from Main St. Galena to visit shops and restaurants. Broad vistas from the home such as city of Galena, Grant Park and the surrounding countryside, the front porch is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy afternoon hours and a great place to view fireworks. At present there are 4 guest rooms on the upper level, all have private baths. Home can also be purchased as a single family residence or as a present Bed and Breakfast. See the brochure called "Hellman House" on line. The owner's suite and office is located in the lower level but there is egress from there to to exterior. The home has been well maintained over the years and has been approved for occupancy by the city of Galena. The house will be sold furnished with the exception of some items. 4 original fireplaces at main level are blocked off and have not been used by current owners. Unfinished attic area could be remodeled as an owner's area. All items such as early pictures of the home, as well as, pictures by the former owner will remain with the house since they are part of Hellman House history,
Contact Information
Jon Checker, Coldwell Banker Network Realty
(815) 777-6500 / 815-541-1295
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9 Comments on 1895 Queen Anne in Galena, IL – $435,000

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  1. ALAL says: 253 comments

    So beautiful! She just needs a little sprucing up, and props the realtor for taking pictures of the attic. What an attic it is!

  2. 67drake67drake says: 256 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    Galena=beautiful town and area! One of my favorite day trips here in the Driftless area. Nice looking home. I also have a soft spot for houses on a hill.

    • JimHJimH says: 4990 comments
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      When I used to visit Galena back in the day you could have bought most houses in town for $50k. The B&B wave of the 90’s changed the place, mostly for the better but the earlier funkiness is gone.

  3. MJGMJG says: 1526 comments
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    What an amazing house inside. I didn’t look too closely but it appears to have an original burglar alarm and/or servants call bell. It does appear its missing the front cover sadly. But what a gem. I wonder if any of the buttons are still on the walls.

    People often don’t understand these systems. There is a common misconception that this would have been installed when the house was electrified. I often hear this even by museums. That’s incorrect. The fact is, these systems were battery operated. Glass cell batteries were install in the house. Even middle class could afford a domestic servant and many had this new technology installed in their homes. Unfortunately most were ripped out over the years as domestic help was not something people did anymore. One of the most misunderstood subjects of the time. You didn’t need to be wealthy to have this system or even a servant. Just like now, even people of limited means have the latest technology.

    The exterior is beautiful. Front porch looks like a replacement but it’s done nicely.

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5659 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Thanks MJG for the early technology information. I knew from an acquaintance who was an early electric clock collector that the use of dry cell batteries went back at least to the 1880’s. I found a very old dry cell battery in our attic (it had been disconnected and replaced with a 110 Volt transformer) that operated our front doorbell so I readily accept your information as accurate. I too like this fine home with its nice details like the wheel cut/”zipper” cut entry door panes and stained glass. Galena is a relatively small town at about 3,300 population but it known as a picturesque tourist destination. Real estate prices there appear to be much firmer than those in Quincy (250 miles to the south but also along the Mississippi River) where prices there are sometimes shockingly low. But then again, Quincy is a city of of about 40,600 and I noticed during my brief visit last month that there are blocks and blocks of sparsely populated old Victorian era neighborhoods. Not so for Galena, which is a good thing.

  5. KevinONeillKevinONeill says: 156 comments
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    1884 Victorian Cottage
    St Paul, MN

    I visited Galena this summer. I owned 603 S Bench street years ago. Galena has changed and not for the better. It used to be very vibrant and now it seems a little run down. A lot of the shops were closed and most of the restaurants were understaffed. One of the problems with Galena real estate is the crazy Illinois property tax. This house has taxes of over 10k per year. It cancels out the “affordable” part of living in Galena. Although this house is what I would call a higher price point for Galena, even cheaper homes see pretty high tax rates.

  6. DianeEGDianeEG says: 553 comments
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    1896 Farmhouse W/Swedish roots
    Rural, IL

    I stayed in Galena last week and was pleasantly surprised by the impression it had changed for the better. Granted one of my favorite book stores has gone out but most store fronts were filled. The restaurants were busy and food and service were good. I’ve been going to Galena for years and years and it does have it’s ups and downs but the town was full on this average weekday. The one change I noticed was there was less vintage/junk/antique stores and more upscale woman’s clothing stores. If you’re a B&B traveler, there are loads with differing ambiance, history, upkeep and amenities. Check out their web pages and real estate sites if you want an overall average idea of what is what. I try to stay at a different B&B every time I go (or the DeSoto House Hotel right down town.) I sound like their economic director but I do love the town.

  7. CindyCindy says: 262 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    Is it just me or does the tower look like it was added later? Seems like the gable was sliced in half and the tower inserted. The 1st & 2nd stories don’t look too out of place. The maid’s staircase has a Civil War era newel post, which leads me to believe the house is older than 1895. I’m no expert though. But it really is a beautiful house, nice fireplaces, stained glass and woodwork.


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