Monday, October 3, 2011

Showing A Historic Home On Washington Street, Indy

Being married to a Realtor® has its benefits! 
DM Irish has a love, passion....ok, obsession with old homes! 
We've actually never lived in one, but tend to build our new construction homes to look old! 
Renovating old homes is definitely on our bucket list!

We're often seen driving slowly on downtown Indianapolis streets admiring the character features we see.  We came across this great find, saw it was vacant, scheduled an appointment, and took a tour.  Could the Irish six make this our next home?  Probably not, but it was worth the look!

Located near 46th and Washington, this circa 1925 home was once a "Grand Dame Double".  The home fills this large corner lot, and has a 3-car garage in the rear of the home.  Boasting over 5,000 square feet, the hardwoods, trim work, and historical features are in great condition!

Having later been converted to a single family home, the newer main entrance is on the right side of the home.  This gorgeous leaded glass door makes a grand statement!

This is the panoramic view from the entry.  Mirroring sides make it easy to see how the home was once two.  Look right to see all the trim work holding its original stain color.  Look left to see all the trim work painted and adding a totally different historic look!  Dining room, living room, fire place, kitchen spaces....the amount of space is amazing!

Nearing 100 years old, the hardwood stair treads, scroll newel post, and ornate balusters are in excellent condition!  Love the original grate, too.  Stunning!

When this home was two doubles, there was a full bath and 4 spacious bedrooms on each side.  This image reveals two bedrooms opened up to make what is now one large Master suite with two additional former bedrooms transformed into a now master bath and large walk-in closet.

DM Irish LOVES this bathroom.  You're thinking, "It looks so old!"  Exactly!  If we were to design a bath for a new construction or renovation project, it would be modeling these features!  Hexagon tiles with gray grout, pedestal sink, and subway tiles on the walls are just the charm we love!

We found this mysterious feature on both sides on the way up to each third story area.  At first thought, we guessed it a dumbwaiter.  The flash revealed this might quite possibly be just a simple attic access.  Bummer.....dumbwaiter sounds better, though!

This home is currently listed at $285,000.  It has no functioning kitchen and needs a plumbing overhaul.  The gardens out back have wonderful potential, too!  Interested in this or any other Indianapolis-area property, please get in touch with Dan here!

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