1897 Queen Anne in Pensacola, FL

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Added to OHD on 1/19/21   -   Last OHD Update: 2/10/21   -   47 Comments
Off Market / Archived
National Register

815 N Baylen St, Pensacola, FL 32501

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  • $299,000
  • 2 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2000 Sq Ft
  • 0.19 Ac.
Queen Anne oozing charm & ready for restoration in North Hill Historic District. Zoned PR2 so single/multi residential and certain commercial possibilities....has been an antique store since the mid '80's. Inviting covered front porch, lots of Gingerbread trim, high ceilings with wonderful original hardwood floors and millwork., transoms, 5 fireplaces, pocket windows, built-in glassfront cabinets. Nice floor plan--back interior staircase walk up to attic space ready for expansion...possibly 2 more bedrooms bath and bonus area. Both bedrooms on main floor have adjoining baths. Master (back) BR has large closet plus perfect area to have walk in closet/dressing area to the bathroom. Kitchen previously used as lamp repair workroom so needs a total renovation. Sprinkler w/ well. Curb cut for driveway to have off street parking or possible add'n of garage in back. Roof 2009, A/C compressor approx. 2 yrs. Beautiful grounds with native plants, camellias, fish pond....just needs lots of TLC. Great potential for renovation and restoration of original features throughout. Both baths and kitchen need renovation, scrape, paint, refinish floors etc. needed. Has been in full operation as store until mid 2020. Has "the bones" and features to be brought back to an adorable Victorian Cottage. Being sold "As Is", Beautiful neighborhood of Historic homes walkable to downtown events and shopping. Active voluntary neighborhood association. Walk or bike to Alabama Square park and meet your neighbors while children play.
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Bobbi Godwin, Connell & Company Realty
(855) 899-5090
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47 Comments on 1897 Queen Anne in Pensacola, FL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12233 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Next door to the one posted last week:
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2021/01/15/1896-queen-anne-in-pensacola-fl/

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  2. p07p07 says: 27 comments

    The attic is ideal and pretty extensive, I would definitely get rid of that paneling though. I’m not a fan of the stairs that overhang the hallway that lead up to the attic.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7277 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >get rid of that paneling though
      Those plank walls are original and have a beautiful patina.

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      • p07p07 says: 27 comments

        Thanks for reminding me about the original plank walls, but when you look closely at the 41st picture it looks more like paneling than original wood planks.

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  3. MichaelMichael says: 2974 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the bathrooms, still vintage for the most part. It looks as if this home has a lot of potential. It already has great curb appeal.

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  4. AlanAlan says: 58 comments
    1948 Cape Cod/Bungalow?
    Davisville, WV

    This house is beautiful on the outsidel. It could do with some restoration but I can see it was a perfect little Florida house. Although I don’t like to see kitchen sinks and/or counters and cupboards installed over windows, I am glad they didn’t take out the window or chop down and put a smaller window in its place. This house could be brought back to its original splendor with some time and money. Love the fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows, and the big porch. Like the attic, too. It’s already partitioned off some to make different rooms and it wouldn’t take much to finish it off for extra living space.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7277 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      >kitchen window.
      Agreed, a blessing it remains intact; as does the room generally.

      The current kitchen has no aesthetic or design value, and little functional value either. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to get in there and create a brilliant, period appropriate resto-mod, or strictly period, kitchen without having to eat the cost of and gut someone’s previous expensive mistake.

      That back service porch with the open attic stair was most likely open originally. I’d for sure take it back to a proper screened, southern porch space. Love those! 🙂

      Gorgeous house, absolutely RIPE for someone with good taste to get in there and make it fabulous! No need to mess about with the exterior, it seems. It’s really pretty as is.
      The color scheme is delightful Floida appropriate – IMO. I like the slightly faded look out there too. You cant buy that kind of gently worn authenticity. So nice and WARM in FL. Sigh…

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      • MichaelMichael says: 2974 comments
        1979 That 70's show
        Otis Orchards, WA

        As someone who designs kitchens, bathrooms and other such spaces every week, I can tell you this is still going to be a very difficult space to deal with. Between the tall windows, the doorways, the mechanical systems and the size of the space in general, it will be a difficult task to design even a period kitchen that could function in this given space.

        It will be interesting how the new owners deal with this space but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it involving moving some doorways, shortening some windows and stealing some adjacent spaces. (picture 28 & 29)

        While some may see this as a bad thing in changing the original details of the house, at the end of the day it still needs to function for today’s needs!

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        • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1229 comments
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          1800 cottage
          Upstate, NY

          Michael, I need to respectfully disagree regarding the kitchen issue. First, I don’t think this little cottage requires an over-the-top bells and whistles kitchen. In fact, but for the window behind the sink, it seems to have the classic U-shaped work space – very functional. Rather than moving doors and windows and altering the footprint, I’d suggest that changing only the window above the sink would accomplish as much or more.

          Anyone confronted with an antique kitchen overloaded with windows and doors might benefit from reading this article discussing inward-focused vs. outward-focused kitchens: http://starcraftcustombuilders.com/Architectural.Styles.VictorianKitchen.htm

          While I am not a big fan of the kitchen “island”, in many applications a center workspace makes a lot of sense – and if done properly, has the advantage of being sympathetic to an antique house, if not actually “period-appropriate”.

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          • MichaelMichael says: 2974 comments
            1979 That 70's show
            Otis Orchards, WA

            My point was they would still have to change the space, even if it’s just shortening the windows. They won’t get much more that what they have already. That’s certainly enough, assuming the new owner can live with it. By the time they put the refrigerator in on the wall in picture 26, probably where it was located originally, any thought of an island has disappeared.

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          • Sandy BSandy B says: 863 comments
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            2001 craftsman farmhouse
            Bainbridge Island, WA

            Thanks for the article Barbara…..maybe explains why we’re back to island kitchens. When I was designing, I always paid attention to kitchen circulation, especially with kids around. The island (or old kitchen table) accomplishes that.

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          • shellbell67shellbell67 says: 147 comments
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            What a fascinating article! Great ideas for a period kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 7277 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          It does seem like it would be a bit of a challenge for someone who wants to put in an expensive contemporary kitchen. My suggestion to the next owner would be to think beyond the common, obvious conclusions about what a desirable kitchen is for an old house specifically, and look to the past for a more custom solution which embraces historic kitchen layouts and flow. I believe that there can often be a happy compromise between today and yesterday; one which we occasionally see done quite beautifully, as in the kitchen found in the house linked below.
          https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2020/05/29/1903-colonial-revival-melrose-park-pa/

          If the owner really feels the need for more square footage; I see no problem removing the wall between kitchen and pantry / larder; and in fact would suggest doing so anyway to enlarge the room and open up more space for design options.
          https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/41-815nbaylenst.jpg
          That space really has no practical function. As it exists now, it’s basically just a long hall of wasted space; and the upper cabinet might be integrated into the new scheme, or removed and used elsewhere.
          https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/46-815nbaylenst.jpg

          Maybe after you have a second look you’ll agree with me that the options here are far from limited. With some minor interior adaptations, I don’t feel that it would be at all necessary to remove or alter any original windows, or change most of the service space in this house.

          Just to clarify though; if someone is committed to a big fancy contemporary kitchen, you are right that they would need to expand outward or inward or both to achieve the sort of kitchen most people today who can afford it believe is desirable; regardless of the age, style, or design of the house they intend it for.

          That being said; I don’t design kitchens, so I politely defer. 🙂

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          • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1170 comments
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            1875 Limestone house
            Langeais, Loire Valley,

            I don’t really understand what the fuss is about this kitchen. I know rooms are bigger in the USA than here in France, but my kitchen is small and super cluttered and I’d dream to have one such as this houses’. There is a MASSIVE stone fireplace in my kitchen, and although it’s beautiful and original, it takes so much space that when we have ppl over, we can’t move around the table. But I can definitely cook every day, my work space is my table.

            https://www.instagram.com/p/BixUhcNgtHP/

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            • prettypaddleprettypaddle says: 195 comments
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              I’m with you Miss Apple! This kitchen seems totally workable to me just the way it is — all the major appliances, plenty of workspace (especially when you add in a table), and I even like the colors! By today’s standards in the US my kitchen is very small (8×10 feet) but I look at those giant kitchens and wonder how on earth people actually cook with everything so spread out. No wonder they need easy chairs and TVs in their kitchens — they’re worn out from walking so far back and forth while preparing dinner and have to collapse from exhaustion!

              Overall this is a very charming home which I sincerely hope is bought by someone who appreciates what a treasure all the original bits are.

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  5. daisyd90daisyd90 says: 12 comments
    Marietta, GA

    I’m confused by all the track lighting.

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  6. CindyHCindyH says: 113 comments

    It’s a pretty house, but I’m amazed at the fluctuation in real estate property based on location!

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  7. beahiverbeahiver says: 17 comments

    I love everything about that house except the track lighting and it’s location.

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  8. Lori ALori A says: 64 comments
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    OK

    Love the floor length windows. One of my “would die for” details.

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  9. JimHJimH says: 5400 comments
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    Addition by subtraction – removal of the ceiling fans, track lighting and kitchen (at least the awful pulls) leaves a fairly authentic interior, though stripped of details and over-painted. Perhaps the perfect restoration project for someone without a big budget or much expertise.

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  10. HeidiHeidi says: 160 comments
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    IL

    I have never wanted a house like I want this one!!!! I want to live in the south and I love Pensacola. The curb appeal is fantastic. The kitchen is a blank canvas. I love the bathrooms. The staircase needs help, I would love to be the girl to help it. All the track lighting has to go. It is so perfect for me! I wish I was ready to move today.

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  11. DoreenDoreen says: 258 comments
    1907 "Classic" Victorian
    Youngstown, OH

    What a sweet house! 10/10 would buy in a New York minute (if I had the cash)!

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  12. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 660 comments
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    Ok. I like the kitchen, maybe because I’m not much of a cook so certain concerns go right over my head. At first look, the colors of the cabinets made me smile. I would keep them just as they are. As for that other cabinet that bumps up against the window, I’d like to find another use, in another place, for it. Maybe in a garage.
    I like this house a lot, even before I saw the attic. The bathrooms are a delight, as is all the natural light.I abhor track lighting but that’s easily solved. This house has excellent curb appeal but is on a very busy street and it is one house away from an equally busy cross street. That would be my deal breaker, along with some other aspects seen on the map provided by the realtor.com link above.

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    • DoreenDoreen says: 258 comments
      1907 "Classic" Victorian
      Youngstown, OH

      My kitchen cabinets (in my 1907 Victorian-style) are exactly the same color as the bottom cabinets in this house. And…go ahead and shoot me, but I painted the walls pale pink. My kitchen is 1940’s and my living room is mid-century modern. This house has been here a long time, and lived through many eras. I celebrate ALL of them.

      My house also has that same style tile (I think it’s called “Old Bridgeton???”) in pictures 18 & 34 around my fireplaces.

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      • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 660 comments
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        If you can’t paint the walls in YOUR house the color YOU want them to be…what can you do in this world? I ask you..what CAN you do?

        PS. Until it finally died, I used to have a pink refrigerator.

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        • DoreenDoreen says: 258 comments
          1907 "Classic" Victorian
          Youngstown, OH

          Indeed, and in the back of my mind I keep hearing this “resale issue” and then remember that I have NO PLANS WHATSOEVER of EVER selling my house! LOL!

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          • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 660 comments
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            Well, there are some real estate agents who would say that you should only paint your walls white and you should never put wallpaper on the walls. I, of course, think they are wrong and are operating on the assumption that every homeowner has lousy taste. Which some certainly do. But I think where people might run into “resale” issues is when they use dark paint and tacky wallpapers. Some markets are so hot that it probably wouldn’t matter if they painted the walls a screaming purple.
            If you have your forever home, and there is some color paint you love and want, then you should have it. I consider that the design principle that outweighs all others.

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            • TGrantTGrant says: 961 comments
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              New Orleans, LA

              Got to agree with you there. It seems ridiculous to live your life with your home decorated for a potential sale in whatever future might come. Sounds like miserable tyranny to me. Especially considering paint can be changed and wallpapers removed. At any rate classic design is classic design. It never really goes out of style. Look at Britain’s stately homes. You’d be hard pressed to find many that have had significant decor changes in a century, much less according to the vagaries of fashion. Personally I’m going to decorate my home as I see fit, according to my tastes. If I choose to sell then I’ll steam off the wallpaper and paint the walls white to give the new owners a blank canvas.

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        • DoreenDoreen says: 258 comments
          1907 "Classic" Victorian
          Youngstown, OH

          Oh, I SO want a pink or green fridge. I love the Smogs, but can’t afford one, plus I really want one with a freezer on the bottom that is NOT a drawer. Well, since it was not “I” that won either of the huge lotto jackpots, I will continue to love my pink and green kitchen, and dream of a pink or green fridge!

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  13. TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 272 comments
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    Coastal Cottage

    So much charm in this wee cottage! This is what caught my eye…
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/28-815nbaylenst.jpg

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 961 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      Isn’t that metal fire grate gorgeous! This house has several just lovely examples.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7277 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Good eye, Gwyneth. That fireplace IS interesting. Mantle, tile, and insert do form a delightful end result, I agree. The insert, curiously, was originally a gas element heater. Looks like it’s had it’s business parts removed, probably because it had become rather natty with age and use, as most have. The effect on the metal of the surround is lovely; even though it likely ended up like that because of excessive heat exposure – of some sort.

      https://bid.hostetterauctioneers.com/lot-details/index/catalog/20090/lot/2860688

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      • TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 272 comments
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        Coastal Cottage

        Thank you J! So, that beautiful peacock opalescent effect wasn’t original to the fireplace or metal but the result of heat exposure? What a beautiful accident!

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        • RosewaterRosewater says: 7277 comments
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          1875 Italianate cottage
          Noblesville, IN

          >opalescent effect wasn’t original
          I really don’t think so. I’ve never seen one like that. They probably had solid fuel fires in it after the gas bit was removed.

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  14. I am about to blow some minds, but I am an avid cook & baker and I love the kitchen. Are those Bakelite door and drawer pulls from the late 40’s/50’s? Again, I actually cook and bake every single day and I dislike big kitchens…too much traveling. I will take a small kitchen with well-placed necessities any day! I would also keep the 2-tone paint scheme, pray those vintage appliances worked, and add a Smeg refrigerator in a fun color. The only change I would make would be to add some spindles to that staircase to keep my little dogs safe. Lots of cleaning, some fresh paint where needed and I would be good to go! I love this place!

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    • TGrantTGrant says: 961 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      My mother and grandmother were the same way. Mom was an extension home economist for the state so she designed lots of kitchens. A small, well planned workspace where everything was in fingertip reach was preferred. That said, they also each had a storage pantry the size of most modern kitchens. Food, drygoods, appliances and a large freezer all were stored there. I can tell you from experience it really does make daily cooking so much easier and pleasant. My grandmother did like a tall “deal” type table as her work surface but then she had a family and over a dozen hands to cook for.

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      • Yes! Bring back the pantry! I love watching those old film reels by home economists suggesting the best layout for an efficient kitchen! I was so happy to see this home still has it’s pantry space and the upper cabinets are still intact. It would be worth the money to have a cabinet maker replicate the lower cabinets in that space. Keeping items not used on a daily basis in the pantry would make the kitchen plenty big enough!

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        • TGrantTGrant says: 961 comments
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          New Orleans, LA

          Oh Lord, I grew up with those film reels. And being the Guinea pig for daring new one pan dishes (you haven’t suffered torture until you’ve had a spam jello mold with mayonnaise sauce inflicted on you) and served as many a tailor’s dummy or pack animal for sewing supplies. But mom could turn out a wedding and reception for 45 people with less than two hours notice and that included the dress and bouquet. She was also brilliant at saving a silly calf that got itself tangled in barbed wire, chasing recalcitrant chickens down from the roof(and turning them into Sunday lunch) or serving tea to the governor’s wife. There wasn’t much those farm wives couldn’t do, and did! All from a kitchen that wasn’t even 10’x10′. Heck, her sewing room was less than half that size but we were always dressed to the height of fashion with clothes so well made they could be worn inside out. Sheesh, I’m not half nostalgic today, lol.

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  15. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2304 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    My favorite part of this house is the blue tiled fp. Sooo pretty!

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  16. DoreenDoreen says: 258 comments
    1907 "Classic" Victorian
    Youngstown, OH

    Oh, I SO want a pink or green fridge. I love the Smegs, but can’t afford one, plus I really want one with a freezer on the bottom that is NOT a drawer. Well, since it was not “I” that won either of the huge lotto jackpots, I will continue to love my pink and green kitchen, and dream of a pink or green fridge!

    I’m really liking this one:

    https://www.wayfair.com/appliances/pdp/unique-classic-retro-22-counter-depth-bottom-freezer-energy-star-7-cu-ft-refrigerator-unqe1022.html?piid=48542077

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