1877 – Peoria, IL – $234,900

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331 NE Perry Ave, Peoria, IL 61603

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  • $234,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 full, 2 half Bath
  • 7108 Sq Ft
  • 0.26 Ac.
This is your opportunity to own a piece of Peoria history rich in architectural elements. Built in 1877, the Wheeler/Woolner House is an eclectic Victorian mansion boasting over 4, 000 sf, a grand staircase with an ornate carved banister, a parlor, a two-story glass solarium and original plaster moldings. This home also has 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 full & 2 half baths, an updated kitchen, a theater room, a walk-up attic and a finished basement complete with an Italian marble tiled floor. This property is in the Peoria River Edge Redevelopment Zone and has a 3 car detached garage.
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Jessica Ball, RE/MAX Traders Unlimited
(309) 687-5000
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28 Comments on 1877 – Peoria, IL – $234,900

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  1. MikeMike says: 346 comments
    1886 Queen Anne Victorian
    IL

    Holy cow…I am drooling on my keyboard! The exterior is nearly perfect, and can you imagine the interior with period paint, paper, and light fixtures?? Taxes are not bad for a brick house this size, I haven’t had time to google the neighborhood but with a house like this I could be very forgiving of the neighbors, LOL…great start to our Friday, Kelly! 🙂

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    • MikeMike says: 346 comments
      1886 Queen Anne Victorian
      IL

      OK, so I have googled the neighborhood now, and I see that there are no real neighbors to worry about…except for the thousands who fly past on the 6-lane freeway in the side yard…I don’t care, I’d still love the house, and ear buds are cheap LOL…
      A few old mansions on the other side of the freeway have been converted to offices, it is amazing that this old beauty has survived the years intact. Another reason why she deserves a new owner that will preserve, protect, and love her.

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      • JimHJimH says: 4990 comments
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        Yeah, probably it’s not real quiet, but the lack of neighbors wouldn’t bother me a bit!
        The house was designed by Chicago architect Cass Chapman (1834-1900), better known for his institutional buildings.

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  2. RivermeadRivermead says: 2 comments
    IL

    I live nearby and yes, this house is indeed the only house left standing between the freeway and a hospital. It is quite a survivor. I have always loved the solarium and wondered what the house was like inside. I hope someone takes it on to preserve for another generation. The nearby Scottish Rite temple just had a major round of investment so that is very encouraging.

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    • GearGirlGearGirl says: 130 comments
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      Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

      Honestly, the appeal of this house for me was 1. OMG THAT EXTERIOR!! and 2. both the listing agent and a gentleman who restored a house a few blocks away said that it had great B&B potential due to proximity of the Scottish Rite temple (which was being renovated into an event space). I was terribly ill when I toured both houses that day, so much of what I wanted to investigate didn’t happen. But I’ll say an old house enthusiast who cherishes things like unpainted woodwork, functional fireplaces, and overall preservation of such a house will be challenged. I don’t like to insult sellers with what may be considered a lowball offer, but I might still throw one out there for this property. I’d want to rip it out of the 1980s and that’s going to take some cash….

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  3. NighthorseNighthorse says: 132 comments
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    It’s creepy and it’s kooky, it’s altogether ooky…the Addams Family! That’s what my partner sang when I showed it to him. Personally I adore it. I wish it had room for horses.

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    • MJGMJG says: 1530 comments
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      CT

      I don’t know why. Doesn’t look spooky at all to me. Looks like a gorgeous house that retains so much of its original Victorian charm. I do hate what Hollywood has done to the reputation of these gems.

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  4. GearGirlGearGirl says: 130 comments
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    Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

    I toured this house last year, PM me if you want any info!

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

    This fine mansion grade home has been posted before (I think?) but that in no way diminishes its appeal. If one could find a 19th century Sanborn map, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn this location was once part of a dense neighborhood but now this house is a sole survivor. Peoria has a legacy of grand homes like the demolished 1884 Greenhut mansion which would compare favorably to the most lavish Victorian mansions in Chicago. Still, a few grand Gilded Age homes remain in Peoria, like this one.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 5856 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      I have no doubt you remember this exquisite specimen just down the street that we all pined for, and lamented, a few years back, John. It was pre-purge so all the comments and researched info are gone; but this Farcebook page still has the WONDROUS original list pix:
      https://www.facebook.com/ForTheLoveOfOldHouses/photos/ms.c.eJxNkUESBCEIA3~_0BcFB~;P~;HtiRjnIMeutqIEZZmmRG2kDbzhxc8BEOgCPwFz7IN3JeAE5QA5l4VAmNgb9coHjmhaUYDAmjDpkB06LxG0giBaiN1xL1DQ7c4COzMUQxdCnVOihKY~;fyPsWjEzWjwnD4SvBZqrLpThzoFWy~_1DrZe18jO8GsUwf0X79GHwOhvsKw~;eG1fLg~-~-.bps.a.2060065797592796/2060065900926119/?type=3&theater
      What was the ask on that – like $50K – or even under – or some such absurd thing.

      Well! Looks like some SMART, (and I really mean that), investor snapped that sucker up – oh yeah. They actually did a remarkably good resto-update, (considering), (of all things), and currently have it listed for lease:
      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/802-NE-Perry-Ave-Peoria-IL-61603/5154394_zpid/

      How exciting! I’m so glad I looked for it. We all thought the place was likely doomed, (or at least the odds weren’t good). Heheheh. Wonderful. I know you’ll be as happy to see it as such as I was. 🙂

      Another Peoria GEM from the more recent past:
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/12/21/1926-tudor-revival-peoria-il/

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

        Jay, I divide interesting old houses into three categories…those that I like, a few that I love, and then only a precious few that I truly LUST over. 802 North Perry was one of those rarest old homes rated solidly in the lust category. I was almost heart broken when I read a post on a blog that a lucky family from California was buying the house almost sight unseen for the unheard of low price. That amazing towered Queen Anne checked off all my wish list boxes. As I recall, even the taxes weren’t bad by Illinois standards. The architectural drama in the entry is still mind-boggling to me every time I look at it. With the beautiful stained glass windows and the upstairs sheltered porches with great views, this was/is perhaps one of my all time favorites featured on OHD. If it were mine, I’d be horrified to rent it out. That said, I’m sure any prospective tenants would be thoroughly screened. There’s a large hospital nearby and I could envision a physician and/or their family living there. I’d still consider the house but not as a lease. No doubt, if the owners put this mansion grade home back on the market the property would be listed at many many times the asking price of several several years ago. Now to find another one like this affordably priced.

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

          Thanks, Jim. These are excellent photos and they just reinforce the belief that this is an exceptional and beautiful home. Looks like the house sold a few years ago for $81,000 and then post restoration increased to around $260,000 and was taken off market, now being offered for rent for $1,600 monthly. As for the renovations/restoration work, I’m comfortable with what was done. I personally would have removed much of the carpeting downstairs because I like antique hardwood floors. Phenomenal home here but the adjacent apartment building adds nothing to the charm and at least in streetview it shows some long neglected neighbors as well as multiple vacant lots where homes used to stand. Perhaps if Peoria grows in the future, some new in-fill housing will bring back the semblance of a neighborhood again.

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          • RosewaterRosewater says: 5856 comments
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            1875 Italianate cottage
            Noblesville, IN

            You’ve got to give them credit for what was done tho. Pretty impressive for a flip / investor. Not a tin ceiling nor a bathtub in front of a fireplace to be seen.

            There’s just so, so much to see in that house. A-ma-zing.

            How exciting,after all these years, to finally see a (near) match to a lockset I’ve had in my (smallish) collection for years and years. Mine has dual skeleton keys.
            https://i1.wp.com/www.captivatinghouses.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_2854.jpg?w=960&ssl=1
            It’s bronze; and the reverse plate and knob are fire gilded. A big old house in Terre Haute burned down years ago; and I was living across the street. One day the heavy equiptment showed up and started wrecking it. That night I climbed into the debris and salvaged it, and one or two other things. I don’t imagine that would happen today without someone picking such a place over before the demo began, considering the values of architectural salvage items these days. I’ll probably trade it someday for something I can use since I’m surely never going to own a house where it would fit. Heheheh. Wouldn’t want something that big; unless it was a multi. maybe.

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 5856 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          You are my hero, Jim. You really are. Thank you.

      • GearGirlGearGirl says: 130 comments
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        Second Empire, Gothic, Tudor... Scottsdale, AZ

        I toured 802 at the same time as 331! I also met the man who restored 802. He did a great job on the house. This past summer, all that was left to do was the front porch. He’s an engineer like I am, so naturally the way he approached the restoration was in line with what I would have done, lol! I’m not a fan of carpet, though. But wow I loved what he did with the kitchen!!

        The properties on either side of the house are vacant.

        If he’d knock 100k off asking price, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

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  6. nailwhacker Petenailwhacker Pete says: 63 comments
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    1935 cape with A&C elements
    Malverne, NY

    https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4104pm.g020881891/?sp=58&r=0.244,0.296,0.585,0.236,0

    Sanborn maplisted as 317 North Perry on the corner with Jackson Ave which became Spalding Ave. Looks like ground plan and location match.

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  7. doesnotsuckwavecable-comdoesnotsuckwavecable-com says: 114 comments
    PORT ORCHARD, WA

    1220 Hamilton Blvd looks like a good one, too.

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  8. JerryJerry says: 70 comments
    1955 Colonial Ranch
    Peoria, IL

    I live in Peoria and have admired this house from the outside. If you have interest, be sure to check out the proximity to the freeway, and get a realistic idea of the property taxes. Based on what I pay, I suspect that the taxes on this house might increase dramatically if the sale price is anywhere near the asking price.

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    • TorgyTorgy says: 95 comments
      1964 Brick Ranch
      Denver, CO

      Jerry. You are right. Il has such high taxes. Currently it says almost $4000 a yr based on $45,000 assessment. WOW… This can’t be right. Beautiful home. Not sure about red carpet squares..lol. Amazing OMGoodness home. Thanks for posting.

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  9. MichaelMichael says: 2298 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    That is quite a glorious exterior! I love the solarium!

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  10. RosewaterRosewater says: 5856 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Stunning design! What presence – on the exterior. It’s a real shame that none of the original mantles, light fixtures, etc. remain, (as shown); because I have no doubt that they were as stunning as the exterior elevations. The front doors, front porch, (at least partially), and all of the front hall trim (along with those mantles), are all significantly later, Edwardian replacements. The wonderful back porch is a strong hint at what’s, (very sadly), missing up front. It blows my mind that the original iron and glass solarium remains; considering. That thing is about as rare a survivor as they come. Let there be no doubt that this house was an exquisite showplace throughout in 1877.

    I sense a strong Furness influence here. A very impressive design indeed.
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4e/eb/a2/4eeba2574efb45f3e0a19bba0f22ce49.jpg

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

    You’d have to have a commitment to a home to put marble floors in the basement. I, too, have often wondered about the inside of this home and it doesn’t disappoint. In a positive spin: The speed limit on this part of the interstate is down to 55 mph. After evening rush hour, the traffic is much less. With some thoughtful landscaping, the feeling of privacy and sound buffering would be increased. I know nothing about the Peoria River Edge Redevelopment Zone but it sounds positive. If a serious buyer, it would be a good place to start researching. Rosewater – there is another home with a glass solarium along downtown Peoria’s interstate – if possible an even more fabulous one.

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    • MJGMJG says: 1530 comments
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      CT

      Really? Do you have a link to it? I’d love to see it. These glass concervatory’s exist on many home plans from the time but most are gone. Seeing an original conservatory is a gem!

  12. OHDdroolerOHDdrooler says: 25 comments
    MI

    I’m more than drooling!
    It looks absolutely perfect for my needs! And, if it had another 3000+ square feet & 8 more bedrooms, I would be buying it in a heartbeat!!

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