1887 Queen Anne in Coldwater, MI

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161 E Chicago St, Coldwater, MI 49036

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  • $229,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 4891 Sq Ft
  • 1.99 Ac.
One of Coldwaters finest Victorian manors with its architectural character preserved. This large home features natural woodwork nearly throughout the home with several sets of pocket doors. This unique house has a butler pantry, 3 fireplaces, classic open stairwell and ornate colorful stained glass. There is much added living space with a finished attic area . Outside features nice 2 car detached garage, inground pool enclosed with decorative fencing overlooked by a huge deck for entertaining. This yard is a fenced paradise with mature trees and plenty of natural landscaping. All this sets on almost 2 acres.
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John Ulrich, Hauska Home And Farm
(517) 279-9500
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19 Comments on 1887 Queen Anne in Coldwater, MI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    From JimH:
    “Designed by local architect Asbury W. Buckley and built for $9000. The clients were John Thompson Starr (1861-1908) and his wife Belle, who raised their sons John and Rex here. Starr was a merchant and banker, the son of the founder of the Coldwater National Bank, and captain of the local bicycle club.
    After his early death, their sons moved away, Belle sold the house and moved in with her parents.

    An 1889 book about Coldwater has illustrations of the house and Starr’s hardware store:
    https://books.google.com/books?id=R7fhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA31
    https://books.google.com/books?id=R7fhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA56

    link to 2017 post (OHD Supporters only.)

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1021 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Thank you Kelly and Jim for the historic details. This house is just lovely, and the gorgeous interior woodwork deserves much better photos, particularly that staircase – it is just breathtaking!

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  2. MJGMJG says: 2077 comments
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    CT

    This house has almost everything I’m looking for, except wrong location 🙁

    Ornamental chimneys, stained glass windows and transoms, beautiful staircase, back stairs, picture rails, fretwork, built ins, butlers closet with nice built in cabinets etc etc etc. Appears, though its dark that has an original bathroom sink in picture 32 (new faucets)

    Thanks for the post of old drawing and history!

    Minus paint, paper and stenciling, I’d only invest in a new period appropriate kitchen, and demo the back deck and maybe change some of the modern applications on the third floor.

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    • ggrammerggrammer says: 36 comments
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      2005 Generic Traditional
      Lakeland, TN

      Ditto MJG! This one has close to everything that I want and is such great condition. Besides what you mentioned – it also has some nice pocket doors (which are on my personal must have dream list). Too far to move though.

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      • MJGMJG says: 2077 comments
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        CT

        Right!!! I grew up in a house where we discovered pocket doors in the walls and reworked them. I’ve been unfortunate in my home purchases. My last house had amazing woodwork but none of the doors were built for pocket doors and only were divided by curtains or “portieres”. Now I’ve sold that house and I’m renting a house built in 1890 which has big doorways and Even some fretwork but no pocket doors. I love being able to close them in winter. Really helps keep the room less chilly or drafty. But I do find portiere does a good job too.

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  3. Jen11Jen11 says: 5 comments

    Time to move up north! Now I just have to convince my husband!

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    • MJGMJG says: 2077 comments
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      CT

      Ugh, I live alone, but I have to convince myself, that to uproot my life and leave all my family and job. LOL … this house might be worth it.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Regarding climate, I’d say it’s about a lateral move for you. I’d advise you seek warmer climes, like down in Maysville. Sure temp(t)s me! 😉

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        • MJGMJG says: 2077 comments
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          CT

          You know me well even though you don’t know me. I HATE being cold. I am happy when it’s 90 degrees. Except when I sleep. I love cold and lots of blankets. Lol

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          • Randy CRandy C says: 445 comments
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            2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
            Olathe, KS

            I’m with you MJG. I returned to Kansas after living in Houston for 27 years. Although I dreaded the cold winters, family and long time friends triumphed when I decided to retire. I’m very happy here, but was unable to find a nice old house to retire to, so I’m now in a reverse ranch and a half. It’s nice, but nothing like I would have preferred.

            • MJGMJG says: 2077 comments
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              CT

              Yeah I hear you. Yikes man. You need to seek that and get an old house!!! 🙂
              Well I’m many years from retirement but hopefully I’ll find a house to retire in now that can be ready for retirement. But then again life always has changes.

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              • Randy CRandy C says: 445 comments
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                2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
                Olathe, KS

                I truly wish you the very best. I grew up in a 100 year old house that was a family project until after I left for college. It was truly a labor of love for all of us.

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  4. MichaelMichael says: 2655 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    What a great looking house! It looks as if it has survived all these years and managed to keep most of it’s incredible details intact! I agree with MJG on a more period appropriate kitchen. I might have framed around that beautiful eyebrow window in the attic when the room was finished to highlight it better. The more I look at this house the more stunning details I see and appreciate!

    Seriously, did you see the size of the backyard?

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  5. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Oh yeah! Who could forget this amazing place. Top-shelf. T O P – S H E L F. Still needs a full compliment of antique lighting fixtures to ice the cake; but that’s just about it.

    Suuuuper cool pebble dash! Didn’t see that the last time around.
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/131-161echicagost0508.jpg

    Such an ellllegant chimney. Wow. Looks like the center stack has been somewhat artlessly re-capped; but wow, that side chimney is a real beaut!
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/11-161echicagost0508.jpg

    This home is an absolutely BRILLIANT survivor! Outstanding. One of the very best of this sort that anyone could ever hope to see.

    Somebody get in there and LOVE this house like it deserves! When you do, and hopefully you’ll see this thread; PLEASE say hello! I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to tell you how lucky you are. 🙂

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  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 6676 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Hey, new owner; check this out!
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/12-3209mulberryst0326.jpg
    ——
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/03/26/1893-queen-anne-in-riverside-ca/
    I can not imagine having the time or patience to make that happen: but just imagine the possibilities! I want to see this house SHINE. 🙂

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  7. I’ve been in this Mansion and tried to buy it years ago. The pictures do not do it justice! The woodwork is Beautiful, many details are not seen in the current pics. I hope its lightly restored, and respected as a real survivor with many original details in tact!

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  8. PhillipPhillip says: 276 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    That fenced back yard is an afghan hound’s dream. Gosh this place just has so much going for it. The exterior is beautiful and the interior is just stunning. That woodwork!! and the staircase is pure art. That one mission fixture in the bedroom is sweet. More antique lighting would put this one over the top. A winner here and whoever buys this hopefully appreciates what they have.

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