1895 Queen Anne in Creston, IA

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919 W Mills St, Creston, IA 50801

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  • $35,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 1752 Sq Ft
  • 0.43 Ac.
TLC will bring the living area blessed with original fancy stained glass windows galore back to life. Fireplace in the living room is flanked by bookcases. Original fancy insert. Enclosed wrap around porch on front of house with heat/air vents. 1/2 bath by back door. Kitchen needs remodel (1970s avacado tile counters + more). The foyer has an open staircase. Upstairs you will find the original pedestal sink and tub with a shower. There is also an original built-in dresser with a glass top and wooden medicine cabinet. Has a door to the hall and one to a bedroom. Another bedroom has a large walk-in closet/storage room. Bedrooms have nice hardwood floors. A sleeping porch adjoins the front bedroom. Electric updates by Luther Electric with breaker box 1970s. The east basement wall has been replaced. Attic has insulation. A cistern/well works with a hand pump. The detached 2 car garage is very usable and has stairs to loft storage.
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Retta Ripperger, R Realty
(641) 782-9408
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8 Comments on 1895 Queen Anne in Creston, IA

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  1. DaveDave says: 257 comments
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    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    Wow, the stained glass is probably worth close to the sales price! That being said, My younger brother lives in Creston and it is a very hard place to find employment. The closest place I know of where one could make a suitable living would be Des Moines. Quite a long drive; Otherwise, you’re working at Walmart.

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  2. MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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    CT

    This is my favorite type of stained glass as well. Especially the longer transom window picture 9.

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  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12224 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year, went off market for a very short time, back on, moved to the front page. The order may be a little off due to two new exterior photos (one was deleted), MJG comment refers to 10 (or #11?)

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    • MJGMJG says: 2397 comments
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      CT

      Ah, I forgot about this house. 10. The wider transom window is beautiful. Thanks Kelly.

      I’d take on this project because there does appear to have a lot of the bones left. It’s just too far from me. This house has great potential. I fantasize about what I’d do with this house if I purchased it to restore it to 1890s.
      Looks like the dividing wall between front and back parlors was removed I’d reconstruct. Front porch I would love to pen back up and discard all the modern doors.

      I think the wood is really dark and probably why someone painted it. It was either stained that dark or the varnishes darkened extensively overtime. I’d have it all paint removed.

      I dislike all of those french doors which I assume invaded the house at the same time that fireplace and book cases went in. I’d pull that all out. I can’t tell if those wide doorways had pockets, were solid doors at once, or were just openings to be divided by portiere. Especially by 1890 I see that in books where door curtain is considered softer and sufficient for keeping away drafts.

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  4. BethanyBethany says: 3466 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Well here’s my future in this house: I take one look at it from the outside, tell my husband I want it before even going in, still want it after going in, buy it, and then spend the next 20 years resenting my husband’s snail paced restoration when I bought it based on my vision of what it could be (immediately, not in 20 years). Prediction based on experience . . .

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  5. 67drake67drake says: 288 comments
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    1993, hey Iā€™m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    Hey, take it easy on us husbands! I understand his pain
    My wife told me over the weekend that she changed her mind and wants an open concept room in a house to now be a bedroom. This is AFTER I put in a 10ā€™ laminated beam to make it an open concept room!

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