fixer upper

Under $75K Thursday ~ c.1873 Illinois German Cottage Fixer Upper $60K ~ Sold

715 S Church St, Belleville, IL 62220   $60,000 ~ Sold for $40,000

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This c.1873 brick fixer upper immediately caught my eye because it reminded me of a house near where I grew up. As children, we would take walks down what my British mother called, “The English Road.” On this narrow, winding road stood lovely brick cottages, which I later was to learn were the outbuildings for the Pepperidge Hall estate, a castle-like Mansion of the Gilded Age built in 1888 and razed in 1941. I have included a couple of photos below of the old dairy barn and the manager’s house.

I’m reminiscing, but growing up where I did is the reason I have such a passion for old houses.

So back to our featured house. Belleville, Illinois, is filled with sweet brick cottages.

After the failure of the German Revolution of 1848, many educated Germans fled their homeland and settled in Belleville. By 1870, about 90% of the Belleville’s residents were either German-born or of German descent.

These simple brick cottages were the first style of houses in the city, known locally as “German street houses.” Did you notice the pocket doors, high ceilings, linoleum rug and the beautiful tiled floor in the bathroom?

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Spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath features tall ceilings. Fixer upper home needs some TLC but is priced to sell. A great opportunity to decorate to with your own taste to bring this home back to its original charm. the family room on the second floor has an unfinished closet but was formerly used as a 4th bedroom. Upon entry in the foyer is a beautiful staircase leading to the 2nd floor. There is also an additional set of stairs to the upstairs for the maids bedroom. Here’s your chance to design your dream home.

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Pepperidge Hall’s old manger’s house. Oakdale, NY.
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Pepperidge Hall’s old dairy barn. Oakdale, NY.

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