Ionia, MI – $159,900

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Added to OHD on 6/9/21   -   Last OHD Update: 6/10/21   -   20 Comments

254 E Main St, Ionia, MI 48846

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  • $159,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3308 Sq Ft
Distinguished and desirable Ionia Italianate located in the historic red brick district. 3,000+ sq ft 5 Bed, 2 Full Bath. Original front door opens to Grand Foyer, spiral staircase, and Huge Living/Great room and beautiful gas fireplace. 12' ceilings throughout. Original wood floors, trim, and door throughout. In addition to character in charm this house has a full 3rd story that has very interesting history and could easily be finished into more living space. Home is mechanically sound including new furnace 5 yrs. ago. Main floor Laundry. Detached 2 stall/2 story barn. Brand new 20K roof installed in 2008. This one could easily be brought back to it's Old Glory!
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Darin K Elliott, Greenridge Realty
O:616) 527-3720 C:(616) 902-2235
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20 Comments on Ionia, MI – $159,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12620 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The National Register file mentions an 1895 build as a Queen Anne but it started out as an Italianate, probably had the makeover in 1895.

    +4
    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1110 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Charleston, SC

      Sanborns seem to indicate an expansion and remodel between 1900 and 1907. That staircase is all the evidence you need to indicate the home’s initial style. Glad they didn’t replace that newel. It’s gorgeous.

      +2
      • MJGMJG says: 2725 comments
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        CT

        That seems right. Some of those styles inside have an early 1900s look. Probably that front door came around then too. Who knows when the asbestos siding got added. I’d remove that immediately. This type of siding always gives houses a flat look and messes with the proportions. I also feel that woodwork and doors inside were probably part of the original house. Just a feeling though.

        +3
        • MichaelMichael says: 3370 comments
          1979 That 70's show
          Otis Orchards, WA

          I’d agree about the siding. The one good thing about it, though, is that it most likely preserved what is under it very well. Id’ guess the siding was added in the 1920’s which seemed to be when it became very popular in the US. That staircase is quite stunning and seems to indicate an earlier build date than the 1900 they give.

          +1
          • MJGMJG says: 2725 comments
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            CT

            Agree. I love it.

            I think that can only be partially true sometimes about that siding. Depends on the work that was done and if any moisture got under it. Plus the numerous holes from nails you’re gonna have to fill. I’ve seen some well preserved and some that were actually damaged. Kind of like how people say that wall to wall carpet protects the floor when in fact it sometimes does even more damage.

            +1
  2. KarenZKarenZ says: 1177 comments
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    That staircase is gorgeous!

    +2
  3. jillieDjillieD says: 146 comments
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    1952 Ojai, CA

    Now THAT’S what I call a staircase, people!!! Gee, if I were an army of more than one, I’d be so tempted.

    +2
  4. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1176 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    I’d love to see an old picture of this house when it looked Italianate, before the Queen Ann redo!

    +3
  5. JpedigoJpedigo says: 260 comments

    The staircase of my dreams! How beautiful! A great attic too! Very nice place!

    +2
    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5732 comments
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      1897 Queen Anne Colonial
      Cadiz, OH

      The vast majority of these old laundry basins/sinks were constructed of Soapstone. I’ve seen them offered for sale on Facebook Marketplace as “old concrete” sinks. What some folks don’t know is that dirt encrusted soapstone can be cleaned up and often has an appealing look to it. The firm, Vermont Soapstone, has been making sinks and countertops from native Soapstone since 1856: https://vermontsoapstone.com/ Although the material is soft, as noted, it can be cleaned up fairly easily. Like everyone else, I’m glad the older staircase was retained as it is a beautiful example of Victorian era staircase builder’s craftsmanship.

      +3
    • JScottJScott says: 135 comments
      Bulverde, TX

      I did notice those cool laundry tubs MJG! Love the detail on the legs. Thanks for the peek at the old plumbing catalog.

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  6. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1062 comments
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    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    Right around the corner from us and pending already! Houses are selling like hot cakes here.

    +1
    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5732 comments
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      1897 Queen Anne Colonial
      Cadiz, OH

      I think the frenzy of house sales may be because the historically low mortgage interest rates are believed that they will not last indefinitely. A couple of percentage point increases in mortgage rates might greatly dampen current demand.

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  7. Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 848 comments
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    For sure, that staircase is a work of art. The craftsmanship here and in other homes we see on Old House Dreams is truly phenomenal.

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  8. JScottJScott says: 135 comments
    Bulverde, TX

    I was disappointed when I saw the asbestos siding too and the dropped ceilings in some rooms. But for the asking price in this lovely neighborhood you could rest assured the money you put into this home would be well spent. It could truly be a showplace! Let’s hope the new owners have grand plans. Maybe they’ll come back and share them with us!!

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