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2401 West Ellis


A golden October day is perfect for visiting a Tudor revival house on the corner of 24th and Ellis in the North End. The streets are tree lined, and the houses--bungalows, Tudor revivals, Spanish revivals and more--are perfectly maintained.

The entry to this green and white house, with green shutters and a steep red roof, is accented with clinker brick and black beams. The front door includes a speak-easy opening, and leads to a small entry into a surprisingly large living room with coved ceilings, shelves inset into the walls and a stucco tile wrapped gas fireplace with mantel. An arch matching the one at the entry leads to a dining room with two built-in Philippine mahogany corner cupboards, a phone niche and French doors to the back yard.

Off the living room is a hall leading to two bedrooms, one of which is quite large and is surrounded by an eye-catching crown molding. The owners added a new white pedestal sink with glass and stainless steel shelves for storage in the bathroom. There are built in linen closets in the bathroom and in the hallway.

Most of the floors are beautiful oak wood, except for the kitchen, which has a shining red fir floor and a window over the sink. The owners recently redid the countertops in a tan corian, and the cabinets and hardware are original to the house. There is room for a side-by-side refrigerator, while the stove is new and the microwave is built in over the stove.

Down a few stairs is a side door more and red fir steps to the basement. Here the floors are painted cream and covered with off-white and navy runners, which offer a wonderful contrast. To the right is a sizeable, Berber-carpeted bedroom with an 8-foot by 10-foot walk-in closet and bead board wainscoting. Across the hall is a large pantry room lined with shelves and storage cabinets.

At the end of the corridor is a bright utility room/exercise room/bathroom floored in tile. The bathroom has an all-white shower and new sink. The utility room is outsized and fits the washer and drier as well as an Exercycle with room to spare. The furnace room is located off of this area. The house is heated by gas and is air conditioned.

Back upstairs off the dining room is a door that opens to wide brick stoop with green awning and a view of the back yard. Beyond that is a brick patio which connects to a wooden deck. On one side of the garage is an area which could be used for RV parking. The two-car garage has openers and storage above. Two notable seven-foot rounded gates lead out of the yard. There are numerous mature bushes and trees--a Poplar, a Catalpa, a Jasmine bush and a Lilac just to name a few--that screen the five-foot wrought-iron fenced yard from the street. There are flower beds on either side of the lawn, and automatic sprinklers water the property. There is also a mature silver maple on the property's parking strip.

Pros: The present owners worked hard to remodel this house. It is a wonderful residence with all the charm of its era with coved ceilings, hardwood floors and original door knobs, yet with large rooms and modern amenities. The big master bedroom is unusual for a house this old. The yard is remarkable. The owner can show plans for a future 1100 sq. ft. second floor remodel. The steep roof allows for 15 feet of headroom in the attic. The garage could also be added on to in order to build a carriage house off the alley.

Cons: The big downstairs bedroom is great, but the new owners will need to add an egress window.