Colorful Queen Anne Painted Lady in Illinois

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I was excited to find this colorful Queen Anne painted lady on the market in Wheaton, Ilinois, my home town. It is full of updated bells and whistles befitting its elegance.

Drawing room doors with keyhole details let you know this is a historic home. And the bathrooms and kitchen have all the right modern updates.

Stunning Colorful Queen Anne Painted Lady on the market in Wheaton IL

I wonder how they decided what colors to paint the exterior. There are design color guides for old girls like this one.

Listing details: True Vintage Exterior of Cedar & Scalloped Shingles, Clapboard, Hip Knob, 2nd story Bay w/Half Tent Roof & Lattice along porch caves.

Whimsical Queen Anne on the market Wheaton IL

Charming colors make this house eye-catching like the whimsical pink where the owners display a plague dated 1890.

Charming Victorian home on the market in Wheaton IL

My Grandparent’s lived in a painted lady. Here it is in its original form years ago. I remember pocket doors to the living room and sliding down the stairway banister. The upper room on the right was a sewing room. A fond memory was the bathroom. It had floor tiles. The tiles right next to the tub had 4 sets of feet of different sizes like a Mom, Dad, and two kids, as if they stepped into black paint and planted their footprints. Just like footprints in cement but with paint.

Queen Anne painted lady style home

However, later Grandma and Papa (as we called them) remodeled the house into the main home on the lower level and an apartment they rented out on the top floor. New owners have added painted lady colors and changed the porch roof. Today, we hardly recognize it at first glance, but our family memories there are so thick we can never forget.

Queen Anne painted lady style home

Back to our colorful Queen Anne painted lady.

As soon as we step through the double doors we see oak flooring with detailed walnut inlay.

A Queen Anne house in Wheaton IL on the market - entrance

The double front doors actually have decorative frosted glass inserts.

Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market

The Chicago Tribune calls her beautifully preserved and reports the house was originally built in 1890 for hotel owner Braman Loveless. Mark and Elizabeth Sargis have owned the 3,633-square-foot house since 1998 but recently decided to move to downstate Greenville to be closer to family.

They put the house up for sale this month after making a variety of upgrades earlier this year. “Realtors all told us to sell to a developer, but we made the decision to make (the house) lovely so another family could enjoy such a wonderful home,” Elizabeth Sargis said. “And the proximity to downtown Wheaton is one of the first things about the house — it’s so close to downtown, to schools, to the library, and to Wheaton College.”

The house was remade into a boardinghouse after World War I, and it was fully deconverted to a single-family home — with a second kitchen removed — after the previous owner bought it in 1985, Sargis said.

Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market

The oak staircase with hand turned spindles.

Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - Oak staircase

Original Victorian-style keyhole brass hardware, knobs, and locks are wonderful historical details still present in the house.

Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - drawing room doors
Colorful Historic home in Wheaton IL on the market - drawing room doors
Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market

Like a lot of Victorian homes, there are many stained glass windows. A fireplace at the other end of this room with folding glass doors.

Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market has stained glass windows
Circa 1890 Victorian style home in Wheaton IL on the market
Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - stained glass windows

The formal dining room boasts Zebra Flooring of maple and cherry.

Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market has Zebra Flooring

Updated Kitchen and Bathrooms

Kitchen

Victorian house on the market in Wheaton Illinois
Beautiful White Kitchen update in this Queen Anne home on the market in Wheaton IL

Bathrooms on the main floor and upstairs including a separate shower, large double sink vanity, and a clawfoot tub with silver painted feet.

Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - Bathroom
Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market- Bathroom
Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - Shower
White Bathroom with claw foot tub
Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - Bathroom sink
Clawfoot tub - Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market
Circa 1890 Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - Clawfoot bathtub with silver feet.

As listed, there are four bedrooms. It looks like they all have transom windows too.

Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market
Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - transom windows

This Queen Anne painted lady also has an unexpected upper floor laundry room that is all the rage to have in a home today.

Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - 2nd floor laundry room

A spacious playroom

Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market - playroom

The whimsical charm just does not stop. More porches, a colorfully painted matching garage, and a picket fence on a corner lot.

Queen Anne home in Wheaton IL on the market

Our hometown newspaper calls her a dazzling Victorian home. Roseann Stuker appears to have the listing currently asking $880,000.

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Sue - Housekaboodle

 

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