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c. 1940 in Jamestown, NY


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Added to OHD on 3/15/23   -   Last OHD Update: 3/15/23

316 Arlington Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701

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  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5+ Bath
  • 2983 Sq Ft
  • 0.37 Ac.
Experience the timeless beauty of Arlington Manor, a classic English Manor house built in the 1940s. This fortress of a home has been lovingly renovated and maintained by its current owners since 1977. Inside, the home has new kitchen flooring, windows, countertops, and appliances. The winding staircase in the grand foyer leads to the upper levels, and the large cedar family room and charming wine cellar are in the basement. Outside, enjoy the lush greenery of Emery Park, located just a stone's throw away, or host unforgettable gatherings in the spacious backyard. This piece of history is perfect for anyone who values a rich history. The home features a stone and wood exterior, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, and 5 bedrooms. With its timeless maroon exterior, Arlington Manor exudes an irresistible blend of grandeur and warmth that will make you fall in love at first sight. The current owners have spared no expense in ensuring that everything is in working order, including the roof, furnaces, and central air conditioning. Don't miss your chance to own a piece of old-world opulence. Showings start March 25th by appointment only.
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Cory Hill, Danahy Real Estate :: (716) 259-9859

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9 days ago

Christmas in Connecticut (in New York)

Reply to  Jon | 144 comments
8 days ago

“Mr Blandings dream home”. Oh this is fabulous!

9 days ago

A very comfortable, livable home. It takes work to make it look like it’s the most welcoming destination in the state and they have certainly achieved their goal.

9 days ago

Wow, what a beautiful, well-maintained home. I don’t see a “maroon” exterior, though. I loved it all….except….the baby blue bathroom tile throughout the kitchen? It’s pretty, I guess, but just seems out of place to me. When I think of Jamestown, the home of Lucille Ball, it is usually a different style of house, mostly the ones in town. This one is beautiful.

Reply to  DeborahH | 165 comments
8 days ago

I agree that the “bathroom tile” in the kitchen is unusual, and odd with the modern cabinetry. It might look OK with period St. Charles cabs, and the layout is progressive for 1940.

If the address hasn’t changed, the house was built for Leonard F. Swanson (1893-1972), wife Lucille Olson and their 2 children. Swanson was president and owner of the company that manufactured Swanco metal tool boxes and shop cabinets.

Reply to  DeborahH | 165 comments
5 days ago

I was wondering about the maroon exterior too!

9 days ago

There was a lengthy period from the 1890s until WWII when anything other than tile in the kitchen and service areas was considered “unhygienic.” Better homes frequently sported ceramic from floor to ceiling, with even better homes wearing lustrous vitriolite to keep the germs at bay.

Reply to  lew | 83 comments
9 days ago

Interesting, as my daughter’s place has tiled walls AND ceilings. Can you shed any light as to why this was the practice?

Reply to  zalewskimm | 44 comments
9 days ago

i’m not lew, but when the germ theory of disease spread was decoded-roughly in 1880s-90s-consumer information followed, specifically in women’s and general interest magazines as well as newspapers. as people came to understand that some viruses & bacterias can live & linger on surfaces, the “hygienic” home became associated with modernity, education & upper middle class status. hospital operating room decor became the basis for bathroom and kitchens. the earliest indoor bathrooms featured lots of wood and carpeting. those early 70s wooden toilet seats and lids gross me out, and everyone seems to have the same reaction to bathroom carpeting 😬 

9 days ago

So charming! Light and bright!

9 days ago

Getting vibes of “Mr Blandings Builds His Dream Home”. Love that movie with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

9 days ago

The first picture looks like a Currier & Ives postcard!

9 days ago

I really love this home, but the description had me expecting something completely different. The first thing I’d do (and, really, one of the only things I would do) is get rid of most of the wallpaper. Then, I’d de-carpet the stairs. Otherwise, it’s perfect.

9 days ago

Oh my heavens, what a stunning home! I wouldn’t change a single thing. This isn’t my preferred style, but the kitchen! The bathrooms! Even in high-tax NY, I’ll bet this lasts about a minute on the market. I keep going back and looking over and over.

9 days ago

Nobody touch those bathrooms or kitchen!!! everything about this house is AWESOME(minus some of the wallpaper)!

7 days ago

For some reason the first thing I thought of when I saw the outside was the Inn from the movie “White Christmas”. Quite lovely covered in snow. There’s another lovely home across the street.

The owners obviously love Tiffany lamps (mainly 1st floor), but I’m not sure that’s period appropriate and it’s throwing me off. Pls let me know if I’m off base, as there are two light fixures on the second floor (landing and crib room) that look more age appropriate for the home.

7 days ago

Pink Bathroom! But it needs to lose that wallpaper quickly.

Reply to  SallyC | 77 comments
4 days ago

I agree. I think that wallpaper matches the bedroom in the next photo. That would have to go as well.

7 days ago

I grew up the next street over from this house. It’s a lovely neighborhood. There is a small wooded park, Emory Park, right next door. Makes me wish I could move back home.

6 days ago

Whenever I see a home like this I’m reminded that the period from the mid-1930s through the early 1950s saw some extraordinarily high quality home construction – including this place. Traditional skills of carpentry, tilesetting, stone and plasterwork, etc. were still in use, and one could still acquire really high quality wood and other materials – while, at the same time, these homes often incorporated more modern design and construction practices, and more efficient and effective newly available materials. Just think of what this home would cost to build today – even if tile and wood of this quality were still available!

Reply to  Jeff | 194 comments
5 days ago

This WAS a veritable “sweet spot” in American homebuilding! Houses of this period have a quite a distinctly cozy and solid feel to them!

4 days ago

“Father of the Bride” vibes.

4 hours ago

Would have liked to have been able to actually see the interior. The exterior is intriguing.

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