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1107 N 11th St

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Tucked in the North End on a quiet, slow-traffic street is this charming two-story light green Victorian with a black cedar shingle roof and black and white accents. The houses on the block are all older, and some are as big and architecturally distinguished as this house. A covered front porch with six columns and a wood floor invites visitors to sit and enjoy nature and the neighborhood. The porch opens to an old half-glass wood front door, with a colored glass transom above.

The entryway offers the first taste of the beautiful, original wood that is this house's most striking feature. All the floors are the original wood. There are eight-inch baseboards throughout and the stair railings and banisters are also wood and the doors are also original. There's also plenty of original hardware in the house. To the right of the entry lies the living room which sports another exceptional feature: Two of the three windows in the room are about six feet tall by three feet wide. (There are windows like these throughout the house, often with the original glass.) The wood fireplace is a jewel made of dark wood, and is the centerpiece of the room with a mantel and an over mantel inset with a round mirror and glowing brown tiles that surround the firebox. A pocket door leads to the formal dining room well-lit by two more huge windows. A swinging door hides the kitchen.

Many of the ceilings in this house are 12-feet high and that includes those in the big country kitchen. All the gold-colored cabinets are new, the lower ones faced with opaque glass, the ones above faced with wood doors. There are some original and unusual beadboard shallow cabinets in the kitchen. The countertops are covered in light gray vinyl, the backsplashes in white tile with decorative white strips. The floor is a black and white vinyl design, and all around the room is a chair rail accented below by some striking gray, stamped wallpaper. In the kitchen, there's a big window over the two deep double sinks, and two huge windows at the back of the big room, where a kitchen table would fit beautifully. A door with a transom above leads to a utility room, which presently houses a stacked washer and dryer and a deep utility sink. Several windows light the room.

The glass door leads down steps to a concrete patio and the yard, which is a good size and private, as it is completely fenced. The yard includes a dog run and a single-car garage off the alley. Colorful striped awnings dress up the back windows.

Back in the house, off a short hall in front of the kitchen, is a very nice half-bath, and another room which could be used as many things: a family room, a TV room, an office, etc. This room leads back to the front entry hall. The stairway is lit by several windows and a formal hanging lamp.

Two bedrooms off the upper hall have the very high ceilings of this home and enjoy lots of natural light. The third bedroom is smaller but has a small extra room off it with a skylight at eye level. The room features built-in shelves and could be many things: a study, a child's playroom, etc. The main bathroom off the hall features a white clawfoot tub surrounded by hexagonal white tile accented with black. The same tile covers the floor. The new, large separate shower is tiled in white with clear glass doors. Natural light from the window makes this a bright white room with wood accents.

Pros: This is an elegant house with its original doors, wood floors, big windows and high ceilings. Decorating around these natural advantages will be a treat for any homeowner.

Cons: I would refinish all the floors to their original, gleaming selves.

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