Any old-house owner knows that historic homes need lots of attention, maintenance, and TLC. Without that personal touch, it’s only a matter of time before the property falls apart—and that’s exactly what happened to one 1887 home in York, PA.
Once a beautiful Queen Anne style house with intricate brick details and gorgeous decorative details, the 2,879-square-foot abode fell into disrepair over the years, to the point of being uninhabitable.
That is until locals Jim and Jean Leaman stepped in. After watching the home’s condition worsen over the decades, the retired couple’s love for the crumbling abode’s classic architecture inspired them to purchase it in October 2006. While the kitchen and dining room had already been updated when they moved in, the bedroom was “completely trashed,” she told CountryLiving.com, one of the bathrooms barely worked, and vines were inside the house.
After working on the house every day for five years, the couple finally restored the home to its original beauty, bringing it back to how it would have looked in 1887. They also acquired the license to open it as a bed and breakfast. But most significantly, the remodeled home made a memorable mark on the neighborhood. “Since restoring the building and painting to original historic colors, other homes in the neighborhood have reverted to historical paint schemes,” says Jean.
Now, the gorgeous home is back on the market for $350,000. It’s still licensed as a bed and breakfast, but it can also be purchased as a residential or getaway home. As per the listing, the 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom house has wooden floors made from five different types of wood, as well as stained-glass windows, period lighting, and pocket doors. As for the home’s exterior, tidy landscaping and lush perennials and shrubs have replaced the overgrown greenery and vines.
See more photos from the newly restored home below, and get a full tour at HomeSale.com.
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