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Cheapish c.1895 George F. Barber House For Sale in Iowa $189K
January 18, 2024
OHU50K Notes $189,000
Presenting the Olive Biddle Strickler Estate, a renovated Queen Anne Victorian. The George F. Barber house for sale is a five bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 3-story house with walk-out basement, fenced in front yard, with amazing original features mixed with new. To see the Before pics, click here.
The large covered, curved front porch leads into a grand entry with elaborate fretwork. Take a step back in time to view leaded glass windows, bay window with steam-bent bench seating, original hardwood floors throughout, tiled kitchen, baths, and oversized porcelain tiled sunroom. The large dining room with original built-in, spacious front parlor, and reception hall entry is the perfect space for family, or business. Kitchen has new Italian, Spanish, & Brazilian tile; a nod to world travel influences of the Victorian era. Enjoy the enclosed side porch, fireside patio with accent lighting, perfect for entertaining. Modern upgrades include all new mechanicals, new HVAC with central air, updated electrical panel, new PEX plumbing throughout. Too many updates to list!
A decade after marrying, this home was built for liveryman George B. Steele and his wife Harriet Geneva Dale Steele, who held the deed. Hattie, as she was known, was the daughter of James M. Dale, a very successful local farmer who owned over 1300 acres. Hattie and George married in 1885 and they raised two daughters, Jessie Opal and Charlotte Dale.
Sometime before 1910, Hattie built a large Roller Skating Rink at the edge of town which her husband ran for a while. By 1920, she and George ran an Automobile Garage. Apparently, business and marriage did not work out, because the couple were subsequently divorced. After her daughters left the nest, Hattie rented out a portion of the house to a bank cashier who paid $30 rent. The house in 1930 was valued at $8000.
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