c. 1890 – Eldora, IA – $45,900

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Added to OHD on 5/14/20   -   Last OHD Update: 5/14/20   -   36 Comments
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1003 Edgington Ave, Eldora, IA 50627

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  • $45,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2956 Sq Ft
  • 0.31 Ac.
If you have a love for older homes, this is the property for you. It is located close to schools and downtown. It sits on a raised corner lot and could catch a lot of attention. The dining room is large and features a fireplace and built-in curio cabinet. The living room also has a fireplace. Upstairs houses 4 bedrooms and a full bath. With a little TLC, this home could be brought back to its original character and unique features. Call Eldora Iowa Realty today for a showing.
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Cecil Rooks, Eldora Iowa Realty
(641) 939-3476
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36 Comments on c. 1890 – Eldora, IA – $45,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11877 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    2017 post: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2017/06/27/1890-eldora-ia/

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    • FlaOHDJunkieFlaOHDJunkie says: 153 comments
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      1902 FL

      The parent of the purchaser in the 2017 post said that there was “huge beautiful crown molding still in place” – didn’t see it then or now on the current posting, but doesn’t look like much of anything was done since 2017 except maybe painting the kitchen cabinets red.

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      • SDSD says: 55 comments

        I see what might be drop ceilings. The crown molding may be hiding.

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        • TXJewelTXJewel says: 364 comments
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          1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
          Strawn, TX

          I totally agree, Cardstacker. We live in a small town of 600 people that is 75 miles west of Ft Worth, TX. My husband works on the west side of Ft Worth and it takes him exactly 1 hr to get from our driveway to parking the truck at work. Almost all of the other folks that he works with have a longer commute than that even though they live half the distance away! I will never live in a city again!!!

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      • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

        I’m guessing that they lifted one of those panels and got a look at the preserved molding. That’s the positive about lowered ceilings, what was originally there may still exist.

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

      The realtor’s description in that listing says there are two sets of stairs to the top floor. Sigh. No pics anywhere to be seen.

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  2. RossRoss says: 2481 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Wow!

    A whole house comes with this cresting!

    https://goo.gl/maps/ZNFybMrHu3iQvT86A

    And this finial!

    https://goo.gl/maps/rUtUK5Y22Twpb4nv5

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  3. MichaelMichael says: 2398 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I’m so glad the changes on the inside didn’t migrate to the exterior, save for the porch columns and railings. I’m guessing the porch floor was removed as well. Any thoughts on what the porch may have looked like?

    It is quite a stunning home for it’s size and I’m glad it didn’t lose it’s cresting and filial for the new roof. So many times I see that lost!

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  4. MWMW says: 894 comments

    Looks like the yardwork wasn’t a high priority over the last several years. But that probably would clean up fairly easily. Would help the sale a bit too with a couple weekends of solid work on that to spruce up the curb appeal. I’m not sure about the area, but this seems remarkably cheap for the level of house this is. It obviously needs a fair amount of work, but is seems in relatively decent shape and the entry price seems definitely helpful.

    I’m not too big on the dark brown exterior trim myself. I think a different color on that would be a bit more cheery for this particular house. I like dark browns (my own house is dark brown), just maybe not on this house. I’d live with it though while I worked on the interior first.

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

      I keep coming back for another look at this house. Regarding the area: Google maps has it as very low crime and, in my mind, that usually also means low noise levels although that info was n/a on the map. I also learned that the Eldora Public Library is located 312 ft away, seemingly just a bit around the corner away. Estimated walking time is one minute. Easy to stroll over and chat with the Librarian about both town history and the history of this house.

      I agree with you about the condition of the yard and am impressed that there are a number of mature woody plants, trees and shrubs, that can form the backdrop for the garden I’d want to create. Their existence is a bonus not to be underestimated. And, speaking from experience, a shrub or tree that initially seemed uninteresting can, over the years, become one that is cherished and loved….all the more so because only the person who planted it in the first place would have even known it existed and thought to do so.

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  5. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1117 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    One wonders what treasures await above the drop tile ceilings.

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

      The next owner should be grateful that it’s only tile. I had three rooms with dropped ceiling to deal with but they had used sheet rock and an array of 2x4s. Which were nailed in as if they were fortifying Ft Knox. What a project, what a mess. I hired someone to remove and haul away the sheetrock. Extract the 2x4s and put them in the garage, where they sit to this day waiting for the great something project. I doubt that the person I hired has ever recovered.

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  6. tcmchickietcmchickie says: 142 comments
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    TX

    Oh, how wonderful! The Halloween parties and trick-or-treat extravaganzas I’d throw in that house would be so fun! It’s just begging for a full-yard display of skeletons, jack o lanterns, and ghosties. Really a divine house.

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  7. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 220 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    Wow, this could be spectacular with some work! Looks like maybe college kids have been the most recent tenants.

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  8. OMG!! It reminds me of my first old-house love…The Munsters!!

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    • skelkinsskelkins says: 11 comments
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      Haha! It reminds me of my first old-house love, but in a rather different way. It reminds me of the beautiful old house I lived in as a broke college student…and which looked quite a bit like this one on the inside while we lived there! (Reheating pizzas and baking those ‘special’ brownies in the second oven, indeed!) I always fantasized about coming back one day, buying that house, and fixing it up in a way that as a student with a part-time job and debt rapidly accumulating, I simply had neither the time nor the money to do.

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  9. Why are there now two ranges? Odd change to make (you can see the very corner of it in the kitchen picture).

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

      I thought the range sitting in front of the window has been replaced/unhooked and was awaiting hauling off because my impression is that the one you can only see a portion of is the actual working one. Or maybe the one I think is not being used to cook with was kept for surplus storage. of pots and pans…you never know.

      There are certain, well, idiosyncrasies in this house, aren’t there? The new owner will have fun pondering it all, I am sure.

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    • prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 147 comments
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      It’s possible that the residents keep kosher and have the second oven so they can keep their meat and dairy separate.

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  10. ZooZoo says: 534 comments

    The person who invented the dropped ceiling must be rotting in hell along with the inventor of aluminum siding! This is a gorgeous house that needs a savior! Lovely linen (?) cabinet? I love the romantic look of the house from the outside. The inside needs work, but it will be beautiful with a sensitive restoration.

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    • MJGMJG says: 1760 comments
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      CT

      HAHAHAH I love your disdain for drop ceilings and aluminum siding. Don’t forget to add the flat asbestos siding people loved plastering over which is much more difficult to remove. Lol

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  11. Sarah with a hSarah with a h says: 77 comments
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    1906 Victorian
    West Des Moines, IA

    Oh, please let a young couple that loves old homes buy this and make it what it could be. I’d love to see what is above all those dropped ceilings. Imagine how it would look with the landscape cleaned up and a different color to complement the brick.

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  12. ggrammerggrammer says: 40 comments
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    2005 Generic Traditional
    Lakeland, TN

    I think I need to move to Iowa!!! They have so many great old homes and the price is always SOOOOOO inexpensive!!!!
    They painted the kitchen cabinets red to match the stylish Budweiser clock!

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  13. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

    Regarding the color of the kitchen cabinets. I note that they are being referred to as “red.,” but I believe them to be more nuanced than that. I bet that the name given to that particular paint, by the manufacturer, would be a joy to know. I’m also willing to bet that there is an old can, or possibly even cans, of said paint sitting around somewhere.

    Maybe THAT is what is being stored in the second stove. Ah Ha! Mystery of the second stove is now solved.

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  14. MWMW says: 894 comments

    2nd oven useful for heating up max. # of pizzas asap for parties. 🙂

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

      I think you’re right. That and for baking “Brownies.”

      btw: If laughter truly is the best medicine, and it well may be, whoever buys this house is going to have a good, long and healthy life.

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  15. cardstackercardstacker says: 54 comments
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    There are two huge opportunities here. The first, is the obvious one, which is the privilege of restoring and living in this house. The second, perhaps less obvious one is the amazing life change this house offers to those who have had enough of the overly expensive, overly complicated life that is now many of our major cities. Eldora is a beautiful little town just an hour and fifteen minutes from Des Moines — Des Moines is a wonderful, approachable city — and Eldora is an hour from Ames Iowa, home to ISU. If you need more visual stimulus, just look at the Hardin County courthouse located there in Eldora — teaser — massive clock tower! Iowa has incredible schools, isn’t one way or the other politically, and is AFFORDABLE. But the winters you say? Well, yes, but at this price you could ship out for a long while each winter to the tropics of your choice, which, is something you probably can’t do in your current situation. So, take it from a native Iowan, this is opportunity, just waiting to be seen by some incredibly smart person. Just think, right out the gate, you could paint the upper portion of the house in a way that shows off that incredible woodwork. Amazing! Inspiring! The whole town would be cheering you on.

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    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 166 comments

      I found this interesting:

      https://www.bestplaces.net/city/iowa/eldora

      Best Places is where I often begin my research on a location. Lots of useful specifics.

    • TXJewelTXJewel says: 364 comments
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      1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
      Strawn, TX

      Cardstacker, very compelling reasoning! Have you considered a career in real estate? You’d be rich!!!! 😀

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      • cardstackercardstacker says: 54 comments
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        Ha! TXJewel, It all sounds nuts to move to a town this small but seriously, if you live in a big city, how long does it take you to go to a cultural attraction? An hour? More? And how often do you go? So in Eldora you’d be an hour from Ames and ISU, home of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium and Hilton Coliseum — a regular flow of big names. And you’d be just a bit further from Des Moines, which really is such a wonderful place, loaded with things to do. I’ve lived in NYC and Boston and elsewhere (Des Moines too) and I know the difference, but at a point you really have to take a look at your reasoning and then reevaluate. After this virus thing blows over I think you’re going to see a huge slice of the workforce being allowed to work from home forever, and at that point, people will have options like this house. Iowa is full of beautiful little towns like this and each one has at least a few amazing houses just waiting for someone with vision. Add to that the quality schools, manageable taxes, low crime, and low cost of living……

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  16. LUCINDA HOWARDLUCINDA HOWARD says: 248 comments
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    Marvelous

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