c. 1900 Queen Anne in West Farmington, OH

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285 N 3rd St, West Farmington, OH 44491

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  • $69,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 4363 Sq Ft
  • 0.66 Ac.
Unique Victorian in the quaint village of West Farmington. 4 possibly 5 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, many porches and balconies. A true piece of history looking for someone to bring back its former beauty. City sewers are coming. Call today for your private showing!
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Nicole Jacques, Real Living Brokers Rlty Group
(330) 856-7777
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19 Comments on c. 1900 Queen Anne in West Farmington, OH

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  1. MJGMJG says: 2265 comments
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    CT

    Really cool ornamentation on the third floor.

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    • MichaelMichael says: 2841 comments
      1979 That 70's show
      Otis Orchards, WA

      It really does look like someone took some time to do this, a real labor of love and pride in their work. You can see it also extends to the roof with it’s cut slates and patterns and the ornamentation seems to have extended down to the bays and porches at one time, although it’s hard to tell now.

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  2. BethanyBethany says: 3451 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Yummy! How I would love to be the one to restore this old girl.

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  3. Poor sad darling bet she was lovely in her day and could be again.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2265 comments
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      CT

      LOL I keep reading these comments about “old girl” or “she” and wondering who they’re talking about. I have to remind myself that some people assign a sex to houses. I literally think someone is talking about a women in the photo. No kidding, I thought for a second I thought Kelley posted and old photo of a lady here and I missed it.

      For me its because I just never see a house as a girl or a boy.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5426 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        Well, the Queen Anne style suggests femininity. Because the Victorian age was also described as a Romantic Age, I think at least homes from that era can be described as “she”. (like Queen Annes needing repairs sometimes called “damsels in distress”) However, there’s nothing remotely feminine about the ponderous Richardsonian Romanesque style homes, nothing even remotely matronly about them, so describing one as a “she” seems to miss the mark. Sailing ships are often referred to as she and some folks describe automobiles with a specific gender reference. (both feminine and masculine) I think its common for many things to have gender references even plumbing parts and hardware parts are commonly referenced in female or male terms. Personally, so long as I know what is being referenced, doesn’t matter much to me if its referred to as masculine or feminine.

        I love the showy exterior of this house but the interior is a bit of a disappointment. Maybe with better photos it would be more charming. West Farmington is about 50 miles southeast of Cleveland, OH from the maps.

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        • MJGMJG says: 2265 comments
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          CT

          Yeah I get it. And I’m certainly not saying people shouldn’t do it. I just never do it and actually always by default thinking there is a women in the picture that I missed. And I’ve always said if I was to assign a sex to a house, there absolutely some places that would not be she by default. Maybe as well as some languages always assign masculine and feminine to articles like Italian. La tavola is a table but feminine. But if it’s a table undressed and without being set it’s il tavolo masculine. Definitely a unique topic that can be discussed and debated. Especially now in a culture that is seriously questioning gender roles and assumptions.

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  4. CarebearCarebear says: 1184 comments
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    It looks like the electricity is turned off-the photos are pretty dark. Has the water and gas been turned off too? If so, is the cellar dry? Any mold?
    If so…so what. This house is going to need a lot of elbow grease but it’ll be worth it.

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  5. LisaLouLisaLou says: 101 comments

    What a beautiful old house! I hope someone buys it and brings it back to the once beautiful home that it once was. I would love to see it after the transformation.

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  6. JimHJimH says: 5244 comments
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    An 1899 map shows this as the home of Delia Webster, no doubt Adelia Ann Calvin (1850-1918), the widow of Rev. Elisha Bates Webster. As a Methodist minister, Webster had served at different churches and moved to West Farmington to teach Latin at the Western Reserve Seminary before his early death in 1895. A local history said that “Mrs. Webster is a lady of refinement and marked intelligence, she too having received her education at Mount Union College.”
    Originally, the house was right next to the tracks of the Painesville & Youngstown Railroad, and the Seminary was just on the other side. The tracks are gone, the Seminary site is now a baseball field, and the Webster house needs attention to avoid the same fate.

    Older photo:
    https://i1.wp.com/farmingtonohio.relativelycurious.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/FuneralHome.jpg?w=1170

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81181069/adelia-ann-webster

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    • DmflaskDmflask says: 49 comments
      1939 Spanish Eclectic
      KS

      THANK YOU for finding the old photo! I haven’t quite sorted out the inside, but the outside could be wonderful! I noticed the gable ornament was missing from one side and presumed it matched the terrifically ornate one in the other picture. But the photo you found shows that they were different. Fascinating.

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  7. Vecchio82Vecchio82 says: 2 comments
    Cleveland, OH

    My husband and I drove to this property this afternoon. We’ve been unsuccessfully trying to get a realtor to call us back to get inside.

    The exterior of this property is amazing. These pictures do it absolutely no justice! The detail in the woodwork, in the most peculiar places, is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The little town that the home is in is mostly Amish but that gives it even more charm, IMO.

    Hopefully we get inside soon! I’d love to call this place home!

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  8. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5426 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    West Farmington is a small village (Population est. 471 in 2017) so its likely that most agents will have to drive some distance to show the property. If the agent you tried to contact doesn’t return calls or emails, try one of the other agents. There should be at least one who will take the time and make the effort to show the property. My spouse and I looked at a property in tiny Dunkirk, IN. The agent had to drive 20 miles from Muncie, IN to get out to the property and I thanked her profusely for doing so. I also wrote up a very positive review for her online afterwards which most agents appreciate. If all else fails, pop by the listing agent’s office and let them know of your interest. Of course, most agents would like more to show tract homes in the suburbs at multiple times the asking price of this one but the smart agents know small sales can lead to bigger things. That said, most agents are not very fond of “tire kickers” who make it plain they have no intention of buying a property but are merely curious to see it. I sense that you have more than a casual interest in this property so I advise staying persistent until an agent responds to your request. Please let us know what your impressions of this property are if you get to see it. Good Luck!

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    • Vecchio82Vecchio82 says: 2 comments
      Cleveland, OH

      Hello John! The agent did ring us back this afternoon! She’s meeting us at the property on Saturday. She gave us some insight on what to expect and what she personally thinks about the property, all very good information.

      I will update soon. Electric is also turned on now, I’ll definitely snap some more pictures.

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      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5426 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        That’s good news to hear. At least you can get a good idea about the house-and with the period photo, you should be able to restore it back to period perfection should you wish to. The house is crying out for caring new owners and some exterior colors instead of the peeling ghostly white. Here’s wishing you folks good luck!

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      • rhaiza2014rhaiza2014 says: 7 comments
        somewhere in America,

        Vecchio82, did you get a chance to see the property? What were your thoughts about the interior?

  9. One of the problems with this house’s sale could be that it used to be a funeral home. Some people really shun from that. I think this place could be beautiful again and hope someone buys it soon.

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    • AmyBeeAmyBee says: 824 comments
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      1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
      Lockport, NY

      Shirley,
      Ironically, there are folks out there purposely seeking a house that most would shun, such as a funeral home! Macabre as it sounds, there are even those who have no problem an unpleasant death (homocide or suicide) took place in a particular house.
      Me personally? I would have to pass.

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