A Tudor-Revival Bungalow in Montpelier, Idaho

702 Washington Street, Montpelier, Idaho is for sale for $51,500.

While winter may not be my favorite time of year, there’s one thing I do love about it: the excuse to stay inside and sew to my heart’s content! And you can bet that when I saw today’s fixer-upper in Montpelier, Idaho I found the perfect place to do just that (plus, I’m a sucker for small historic bungalows). This modest Tudor Revival cutie is on the market for $51,500 and, according to the listing, has five bedrooms. In Amanda speak that translates to four sewing rooms and one bedroom. Hey, a girl can dream!
As I mentioned, I love, love, love early 20th century bungalows. They’re just so cozy and compact, but they also pack a lot of charm and can be found in lots of great architectural styles. This one dates from 1912 and features some wonderful Tudor details. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

First off, I couldn’t help but notice the corbelled brick chimney sitting in a sea of shingles that (to me, at least) mimic a thatched roof. Hard to tell if those shingles are historic, but it’s a wonderful effect in any case!
The house also sports applied half-timbering at the gables (remember those from CIRCA School?). I’m pretty sure the boxed bay window out front is a later addition or alteration. Even though I might replace it with something more historic, I do like that it has a little “thatched” roof!
You can also just peek a glance at diamond panes at the second floor windows. They add such a quaint touch, as if I’m looking through the glass of some far off Medieval cottage.
Something that I love but didn’t notice at first is the clinker brick used every now and again. Do you see it at some corners and between one of the bay windows? They look like quoins to me. Can’t say I’ve seen them used this way before! That’s what’s great about old houses – they’ve been around, but they’re always finding new ways to surprise you.
How beautiful is this window? I’ll take one for each room, please!
I can’t help but mention the mailbox because it has a little chimney on it. How cute is that?!
Moving inside, I have to say I LOVE this staircase. It’s such a great statement piece! I can’t even begin to articulate how satisfying it would be to dust off those steps and apply a fresh stain on them. Someone bring this beauty back!


Below are a few more interior shots of the house:





Ready to roll up your sleeves? Check out the full listing HERE.


Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.



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