c. 1890 – Howard, KS – $69,500

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444 E Randolph St, Howard, KS 67349

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  • $69,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3506 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Spacious home on 1/2 city block. Lots of updates done...new sunroom, partially finished basement 4 large bedroom and 2 1/2 bathrooms (roughed in). Kitchen ready for your finishing touches.
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17 Comments on c. 1890 – Howard, KS – $69,500

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12405 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    2016 photos (shows a bit more although things may have changed since._
    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2016/07/04/c-1890-howard-ks/

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  2. Belladog1Belladog1 says: 154 comments
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    It seems like the 1970’s had such an adverse affect on older homes. Wall to wall, paneling, drop ceilings. I wonder what treasure is under all that 1970’s stuff? Wonderful lighting in several rooms!

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    • GloriaHGloriaH says: 87 comments

      I think the 60’s-70’s actually helped preserve a lot of these places with the reversible updates you mentioned. Carpet has protected the floors paneling kept decent plaster from just being ripped out. Dropped ceilings helped people be able to live in these places with these high ceilings were crazy hard to heat during the oil embargoes of the late 70’s. The floors would probably be past refinishing if they have been exposed for the past 50 years. I don’t see reversible changes as adverse.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12405 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Yes! That’s the reason I post homes that have had 70s and earlier updates, they just covered over things back then. Today it would all be ripped out.

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        • MichaelMichael says: 3168 comments
          1979 That 70's show
          Otis Orchards, WA

          We complain about things like that but the alternative is worse. It’s like seeing an old home being cut up into apartments, something I saw a lot of in Spokane on the South Hill area. While I cringed every time I saw it, I was thrilled when slowly, people in the area saw the value in these old homes and gradually brought them back to single family homes. I don’t like to see a home chopped up like that but the alternative, being torn down, is a lot worse and there is no coming back from that! Dropped ceiling and paneling aren’t my favorite either but that can be corrected, as Gloria said!

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      • MJGMJG says: 2521 comments
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        CT

        Carpets don’t always protect the floors. I hear it a lot but usually it causes a grotesque amount of nail damage, scratches, dings, sometime glue and water or pet damage that is irreversible and even portions of corner moldings and doors are chopped to accommodate the carpet which is totally irreversible.

        But I do agree with you that so many of these things can be removed. Drop ceilings can sometimes cause horrific damage to decorative plaster or metal ceilings if not installed properly. The alternative is worse though, if people decide to gut the house in the 70s. So i would opt for the 70’s nasty and just pull it out and restore.

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        • ItismeItisme says: 27 comments
          1948 Tudor
          El Dorado, KS

          In our case…in at least 3 homes we’ve redone, the pad basically melted into the floors, leaving black spots all over the room like a leopard. 😒

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          • MJGMJG says: 2521 comments
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            CT

            Oh that’s horrible! The amount of times my floors turned out protected under carpets has been minimal. Usually requires lots of work after carpet and padding is pulled up just to remove all the staples and those horrific strips with tacks in them. Bloody hands party.

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      • Thanks!

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  3. HeidiHeidi says: 162 comments
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    IL

    I never knew I wanted to move to Howard, Ks. but I do!

    The light fixtures are awesome.
    And someone tell me—what are those window boxes called?

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  4. Belladog1Belladog1 says: 154 comments
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    Hi Heidi I think they are Juliette balcony’s more for show than to be used.By the look of what I think is the interior window they do not go all the way to the floor and don’t look like they would open enough to pass through the window.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2521 comments
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      CT

      I guess they could have been used still, as I’ve seen people using these windows even if they didn’t go to the floor. I have also seen photos of people loading these up with plants too in the 19th century. There have been group shots of second story balcony’s that were not floor length windows but people hanging all over them. Not sure if it was just for the picture or personal preference. I’ve even seen some houses had large second floor balconies that had only a regular window to climb out of.

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  5. Adverse as in look and design..But not in restoring..This is a lovely home..And when they said the kitchen was a blank slate, they really meant it!

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  6. LUCINDA HOWARDLUCINDA HOWARD says: 249 comments
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    At least Kelly’s post showed the staircase.
    I ripped out the carpet in my 1920’s home. Luckily no pet damage to the oak floors, but plenty of carpet tacks. One bedroom had indoor outdoor carpet glued to the floor. That has taken a lot of scraping.

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  7. ctmeddctmedd says: 532 comments

    Hopefully there’s enough of the original home left for potential restoration. I compared the earlier post and this one and it doesn’t really even look like the same house. I noticed that the exterior side that has the Juliet balconies has been substantially changed. They added ono it and also built a second story with the add-on. Looks like the addition wasn’t painted. Is the brickwork the basement? I hope that the staircase survived. I noticed it wasn’t pictured. It was gorgeous in the previous post.

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    • MJGMJG says: 2521 comments
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      CT

      I agree with you. These balconies are stunning. To see this house be altered in that way does make me fear for its future.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7392 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Your comment really raised my eyebrow, Cheryl. Had me sayin = whaaaa?

      >compared the earlier post and this one and it doesn’t really even look like the same house
      I didn’t get that at all; so had to go back and have a closer look.

      >I hope that the staircase survived
      This is image number 6 in the thread currently, (may have been added subsequently):
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2-444erandolphst.jpg
      So no worries there.

      >the exterior side that has the Juliet balconies has been substantially changed
      Yeah; it looks like some, (actually quite nice), additions have been made to that elevation; but from what I can see, nothing, aside from possibly a small, bump out (likely bathroom), was lost to the addition. The little balcony details are still there, seemingly unaltered. That’s what really had me worried! Heheheh.

      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/howard-ks-1890-a.jpeg

      The (probably) original back porch remains intact on the other side of the kitchen.
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/444-E-Randolph-St-13.jpg

      >Is the brickwork the basement?
      Sure is! Nice one it is too, all daylight and walkout; and now UBER improved by whoever is selling. Wow! They spent some SERIOUS time and cash on that addition and all of that QUALITY work in the basement. What a huge boon for the buyer! AT under $70K for the whole deal(!) – on a full acre(!) – with all of those great old goodies still intact(!) = a SMOKIN good deal!

      That has to be the COOLEST wood burning furnace installation EVER. RAD! Clipped.
      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/howard-ks-1890-b.jpeg
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      https://www.oldhousedreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/67-444erandolphst.jpg
      The big plus is that it’s only supplementary; with a seemingly new HVAC installation for primary service. Nice!

      Looks like a nice little town in a nice part of KS; and only 1:15 from civilization isn’t too dern bad for under $70K! This one is a serious sleeper! I sure slept through it on first viewing; but seeing again is believing. Heheheh. 🙂

      LUCKY BUYER!!

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