- 6 baths
- 6 beds
- 5,672 sq ft
- .5 to 1 acre
About This Old House
We left Keokuk nearly 15 years ago and have kept this property as we knew we would never have another chance to own something like this. Now, we are at the stage of life where we finally need to let it go and have reduced the asking price to $299,000, substantially below our cost of $420,000. This sort of property could never be replicated. The limestone along the base of the home alone would cost $100,000 to purchase today!
A beautiful 20 minute drive along the Mississippi south from Nauvoo, IL, in the middle of a National Historic District, this fully restored Renaissance Revival mansion with over 5,600 finished square sits on a bluff with panoramic river views. This unique property offers the perfect blend of historic elegance and modern convenience and offers significant potential income opportunity for short-term stays.
This classic example of Renaissance Revival architecture was constructed in 1902 by master builder John Young of the finest materials, including tile roof, copper gutters, and brick walls with limestone base. Set on a bluff, 200 feet above the Mississippi River just above the dam and hydroelectric plant at Keokuk, Iowa, the home was designed to take full advantage of the dramatic river views from almost every room. The property extends all the way down the thickly wooded hillside toward the river and is located near the crest of the hill on Keokuk’s famous Grand Avenue, which boasts an impressive collection of stately turn-of-the-century homes. The entire neighborhood was designated a National Historic District in 2003.
After climbing the white stone steps to the large covered front porch with limestone columns, you pass through the impressive carved doorway into a small elegant entry with tiled floor and elaborate original quarter-sawn oak moldings. Immediately to your right is the half bath with reproduction antique vanity, marble counter, brass sink and marble floor. To your left is the impressive grand entry with the original stairway, cut glass windows and exquisite detailing in the moldings. The stairway and trim are all original quarter-sawn oak. The floor is tiger wood with an elaborate border inlay and center medallion of a variety of exotic woods. And, there is a working elevator that is original to the home.
Immediately behind the stairway are the formal living and music rooms with built-in bookcases, bay window overlooking the Mississippi, window seat, original quarter-sawn oaks floors and an intricately carved stone mantel surrounding the wood-burning fireplace. Adjacent to the fireplace is the door leading to the large covered side porch that wraps around the back of the house and extends toward the back hillside offering incredible river views. To your right along the back of the house is the large dining room with quarter-sawn oak flooring and large picture window overlooking the Mississippi.
Further to your right is the modern butler’s pantry and kitchen with extensive oak cabinetry, full pantry, solid surface counter tops and stone floor. The kitchen features a fabulous Thermadore double oven with gas cook top and built-in gas grill, warming lights and exhaust fan. The kitchen is open to the family room with picture windows overlooking the Mississippi on two sides, offering dramatic views 10 miles upstream to the edge of Nauvoo, Illinois and downstream to the nearby historic and impressive lock, dam and powerhouse. A side entry offers convenient access from the driveway to the family room and kitchen. The family room features exposed brick and limestone, oak hardwood flooring, beautiful wide oak moldings and double doors leading to a deck overlooking the backyard and river.
At the top of main staircase is a large hall extending the width of the home with refinished original hardwood flooring, enormous built-in oak bookcase and exposed period elevator that operates between the first and second floors. At the end of the hall to the left is the study or library with extensive oak built-in cabinets, desk and an entire wall of bookcases as well as a closet so it can be used as a 7th bedroom.
Adjacent to the study is the entrance to the the spacious and elegant master suite that stretches across the rear of the home with spectacular views of the Mississippi from five large windows. The suite also features electronic (remote-controlled) gas fireplace, beautiful period mantel, large walk-in closet and full luxury bath, featuring extensive marble, over-sized glass shower and large Jacuzzi tub, dual vanities and separate toilet room.
Turning right from the top of the stairs to the end of the hallway leads to another bedroom suite along the back of the house with river view, electronic gas fireplace and full bath with original tile, built-ins and shower. Opposite this second bedroom are back stairs leading down to the kitchen and the stairs to the third floor.
At the top of the third floor stairs is an open playroom with an adjacent full bath with claw foot tub, separate shower, high-end pedestal sink, marble floors and an unbelievable river view.
Down the hall from the playroom and bath are a small toy room with built-in cupboard and two additional bedrooms, each with large dormer and birds-eye views through triple windows.
From the kitchen, stairs lead down to the fully finished lower level with beautiful exposed limestone walls and lots of windows. The lower level common areas includes another family/recreation room that would be perfect as a home theater, a full bath with top-of-the line fixtures and elaborate tile work reminiscent of the turn of the century, an enormous laundry with original soapstone double sinks, and a large unfinished storage room.
The lower level also features two large bedrooms, one with windows overlooking the river on three sides and an attached bathroom with the same top-of-the-line fixtures and elaborate tile work as the bath off the family/theater room. The second bedroom features lots of exposed limestone and would also make a wonderful home office.
729 Grand Avenue is located in Keokuk, Iowa in the heart of the Grand Avenue/Park Place National Historic District that extends along a bluff 200 feet above the Mississippi River and is often referred to as the “Miracle Mile” for its abundance of beautiful historic homes. A leisurely six-block stroll leads to Rand Park’s gardens, lakes, fountains, beautiful green hills and outdoor amphitheater. Developed in the 1880’s, the part boasts one of the most scenic overlooks of the Mississippi and hosts a variety of activities throughout the year, including the annual “City of Christmas” with nearly 100 displays and over a million lights. Also nearby is plenty of sightseeing, fishing, boating, bicycling, swimming, golf and antiquing. The Midwest’s largest historic preservation site (“Williamsburg of the Midwest”) is a beautiful 20 minute drive (12 miles) north along the Mississippi.
We would love to answer questions or provide more information regarding this unique opportunity to own a beautifully restored historic mansion overlooking the Mississippi River at an incredible price. As a first or second home, this one-of-a-kind residence offers the perfect blend of historic elegance and modern convenience with space for every conceivable need, including 6 bedrooms plus a library/study (or seventh bedroom with closet); 5 1/2 baths; three working fireplaces; formal living, music and dining rooms; first floor family room, third floor game room and basement recreation room (or home theater); an abundance of closets, built-ins and storage and even an elevator!
Kent and Cassie Barrett, Owners