You may have noticed that House Crazy Sarah has been posting less this summer. That’s because she has been out road-tripping!
In her recent travels, House Crazy Sarah landed in the delightful historic town of Dubuque, Iowa.
Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city and is one of the oldest settlements on the west side of the Mississippi River. So Dubuque has a lot of wonderful old homes that date from the early to mid-1800s.
House Crazy Sarah was completely charmed by the Victorian homes and cottages that lined the steep, lush hills of Dubuque that rise up from the river. Of course, she hit to the web to see what the prices were like for these old homes.
And yes, my friends – Dubuque is fantastically affordable when it comes to real estate!
On West 17th Street you will find this gorgeous brick Queen Anne Victorian that dates back to 1848. It is currently listed for sale at $245,000.
Let’s see what $245,000 gets you in the oldest city in Iowa!
This well-maintained home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 3,052 square feet.
Original features include: leaded glass doors, curved staircase, extensive hardwood floors throughout, inlaid parquet, ceiling medallions, intricate moldings, and Italianate majolica mosaic tiles, and a maple mantlepiece in the front parlor.
It’s gorgeous but the jury is still out on the ultra-modern light fixture.
There are some modern touches in this home, but overall, the original character and the spirit of the house remain intact.
The main floor includes two parlors, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom along with a utility room, and a second living room for an in-law suite/apartment.
The kitchen is nothing fancy – more utilitarian than anything. But the cabinets look vintage!
Upstairs, you have the master bedroom and bathroom, with three additional bedrooms, PLUS a four-seasons porch-room along with a laundry area and two additional bathrooms.
Below is the four-seasons porch room:
And have a look at the charming bathrooms…
Here is part of the in-law apartment:
Besides the main staircase, there are also two additional smaller staircases – presumably what functioned as the servants’ staircases in this large home.
Outside, there is a patio area with a firepit for those warm Iowa summer evenings.
This gorgeous home is within walking distance to the historic Millwork District, and, of course, the mighty Mississippi River!
So if you are looking for a grand historic home in a quaint river town at an affordable price, Dubuque is your place!