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Quiet Elegance on Norwood, $400K

This Elmwood Village beauty at 246 Norwood Ave has pretty much everything you could ask for in a Buffalo Victorian.  It is loaded with highly refined details, inside and out, giving it a quiet sophisticated elegance.  Its beautifully crafted cornice, along with several projecting bay windows, and delicate scroll work on the dormer hint at what is to be expected inside.

Step inside via an unusual inset front porch to be greeted with and gorgeous paneled entry hall.  A spectacular stair leads your gaze up to a dramatic stained glass window that spans wall to wall. Adjoining rooms are equally gorgeous, also loaded with paneling, fireplaces, and fine stained glass.  The kitchen boasts original cabinets and fixtures including a full butler’s pantry with glass front cabinets—all in near mint condition. In fact the entire house is loaded with original features all in like-new condition. Check out the bath room with “frost” patterned glass (have you ever seen this kind of glass-it looks like frost)

Here is the realtor’s pitch:

Splendor, elegance & exceptional workmanship fill this beautiful Victorian. Orig. fixtures & hardware are joined with rich architectural detail. The 1st flr is replete w/ curly maple, 1/4 sawn oak & stained glass. A lrg Foyer, spacious Living & Dining rooms, a charming Kitchen, 2 Pantries and a 1/2 bath fill the 1st floor. A grand staircase leads to 2nd flr w/ 5 Bedrooms and full bath. The Attic is partially finished with potential for a great space! Updates include roof (05), copper-lined gutters, plumbing, electrical, furnace (08), full insulation, and ext. paint. Come discover this gem.

The 3244 square foot house was built in 1898.  It has five bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, several fireplaces, and lots of Victorian built-ins.  Taxes are $4,044 per year.

Surprisingly, the house has been on the market for  almost a year.  This may have to do with the upper tier (for Buffalo) price combined with absence of parking.  Unfortunately, gorgeous houses like this are often victims of the car-centric urban design favored by Buffalo planners over the last 60 years.  In highly walkable cities this house would be more valuable precisely because you could own it without needing a car.  (Exactly where is that Green Code anyway?)

In any event, this is one of Buffalo’s finest houses waiting for the right offer.  Perhaps it is primed for a bargain offer?

 

 

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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