1906 Colonial Revival in Mason City, IA

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38 11th St NE, Mason City, IA 50401

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  • $110,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 1968 Sq Ft
  • 0.25 Ac.
This home begs you to step back in time. Enter through the south facing front porch and into the grand foyer with open staircase. The character is expressed throughout with the original flooring and woodwork installed by CRAFTSMAN of by gone era. There are unfinished projects that the couple had hired to be completed for them to return home. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PROJECT THIS IS IT. This home is offered below assessed so you may finish those projects and live here HAPPILY EVER AFTER CALL today!
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Donna Eckard, Century 21 Preferred Clear Lake
(641) 357-9400
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12 Comments on 1906 Colonial Revival in Mason City, IA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I recommend the 3D tour linked up top (virtual tour.)

  2. CarolynCarolyn says: 303 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    What a lovely home. So much to love. But what is that in the back? It looks like a bowling alley. That addition and the mirrored walls would have to go and then I could live there happily forever.

  3. PhillipPhillip says: 271 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    all that for barely over 100K, just unreal.

  4. Interesting home, beautiful wood! But the whole kitchen and walkway down to small area, not sure what that is… and the red/black combo not a fan… but love the craftsman style so much.

  5. Ron GRon G says: 161 comments

    I am almost 100% certain that the sunroom over the front porch wasn’t built in 1906. It has to be a few years later. I do congratulate the designer for trying to duplicate the exterior detail with the cornice brackets and dentil trim.
    The one interior picture provides enough detail to know that the framing (studs) were milled, probably after the 1930’s when we started to see a more finished style to the studs. The windows appear to be introduced, possibly in the 30’s, from what the parting stops reveal. No pullies or ropes. It also shows that at sometime it was remodeled from all the OSB sheeting on the exterior. Looking closely at the studs, I don’t see any evidence of lath nailing pattern. The nailing pattern does appear to show that there was some sort of sheeting adhered to the studs. This is apparent from the discoloration from the nail holes. The room has suffered from a lot of water damage over time.
    One other concern I have is the roof rafters. If this is a modern remodel (possibly in the last 25 years) the rafters are lacking joist hangers. Also, the Romex wiring (white) installed in the exterior framing doesn’t meet building codes being use for electrical outlets. This may be the unfinished work the realtor was alluding to in the description of the house.
    I hope the readers don’t find these comments as being to critical but as an building engineer, we are responsible for the safety of the builders and future occupants.

    • I always appreciate your comments, or anyone else’s that show knowledge of safe building. I’m too much of a romantic sometimes myself….LOL I see the house and then step back in time.

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    I’ve enjoyed this site for sometime: The beautiful homes along with the knowledge and opinions shared – Thanks Kelly! I visited this home on Super Bowl Sunday and it is quite lovely – the front windows and door are absolutely stunning and in wonderful condition as are the dining rooms windows. The kitchen is small but efficient with a 6 burner commercial stove and a salamander no less! The family room seems to be some 50s rumpus room that a loving husband and father added to the house so Mom could have her parlor just the way she wanted it. There is an old rough sauna back in the unfinished basement that could probably be rebuilt and the upstairs bathroom has a nice jacuzzi tub but there is no bath on the first floor which is a problem for a lot of people. For me and my oversized 90s furniture I just didn’t think it would work out – I’ve noticed that many realtors add below ground square footage into their calculations which is what I think happened here – otherwise I probably wouldn’t have driven 6 hours to see it but the 3D view is making me think again! Really a unique place for the right purchaser however the outbuildings need work which was a bit of a turn off for me but a solidly well made house all in all.

  7. I saw this house yesterday. I drove 2.5 hours to see it. The yard is very small. I imagine it was a wide angle lense that was used. I will not comment on the house. I left very disappointed. It does photograph well, but in person it looks very different.

    • RichMRichM says: 42 comments

      Do you have any other pictures of the house? My business partner loves this house and the original woodwork. What was disappointing? Was thinking of taking a road trip from Chicago to see it.

  8. DJZDJZ says: 199 comments
    1947 cape cod
    Glen Burnie, MD

    Why must all the houses I fall absolutely in love with be in IOWA??? why???? In all honesty, I would open up the second floor sunroom to be a 3 season screened in porch, and remove the mirrors in the dining room and probably replace the greyish tile flooring in the bathroom with something more period and move the toilet and remove the sliding doors from the shower area. I would definitely update the flooring in the kitchen area, probably find old wood flooring and replace the tile. But other than that I love this whole house.

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