Good morning everyone !!!
This week's IWLT will be taking a twist.
I came across a house in Brunswick, Missouri for 39,000 and I've fallen head over heels with the potential in this home -
THIRTY NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS - we paid 8 times that amount for something that will never have this type of " bones "
All photos and commentary are from THIS OLD HOUSE
Location: Brunswick, Missouri
2200 square feet
Contact: Blake Dankert, 660-815-0381
The History: City Clerk William Finch, who built this Folk Victorian in the 1880s, was known locally for his meticulous attention to detail. In fact, an excerpt from his obituary reads, "His books were the perfection of neatness and accuracy and his work gave the best of satisfaction."
It should come as no surprise, then, that he was equally detail-oriented in designing this home, where he lived most of his life with his wife, Adeline, and where they raised their three children. The Finches sold the house in the 1940s, and it has since been home to five more families. The current owner began a restoration but now needs to move, before it can be completed.
Why Save It? The exterior has a pleasing, symmetrical facade, with stacked window bays topped by hipped gables flanking the center pediment. The interior boasts elaborate walnut millwork and built-ins.
Shown: This elaborate pediment was once the roof of a second-floor balcony over the entry. The balcony has since been replaced with square support columns.
What It Needs: The three-bedroom, one-bath house needs extensive repairs to the plaster walls on the second floor. Most of the first floor has been stripped to the studs, so it's a good time to reconfigure the layout and add a second bathroom. The roof and furnace have been replaced, and the electrical has been updated.
Shown: As evidenced by this window bay, the home's ornate woodwork is intact on the first floor. Most of the walls, however, have since been opened to the studs.
Brunswick is a small town of 850 along the Missouri River, about two hours east of Kansas City. The town is currently undergoing a revitalization, making this the perfect time to invest in it by buying and restoring one of its most charming houses.
Shown: The bright and airy master bedroom has a decorative fireplace surround and bench seating built into the bay window.
One of the home's four mantels.
The front door's original etched-glass sidelights.
The staircase's carved walnut newel.
The house is filled with intricate walnut millwork, which has been well preserved.
Is anyone else as stunned by this hauntingly beautiful home as I am ?
I'm speechless that this can be bought anywhere on the planet for 39,000 dollars and if I lived anywhere near the vicinity of this house I'd buy it up in a heartbeat!
This would be a labor of love - unlike the toil of frustration I'm going through with my renovations lol.........
Have a great Wednesday everyone !
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