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Impeccably Restored Victorian

321 N. Main Street, Ashland, , 97520 Property Website Dated Posted: June 12, 2017

$749,000

PatieMillen15

Circa 1905

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About This Old House

Impeccably restored Victorian treasure exudes historical elegance. A rare offering, you must experience to appreciate the skill and love that created this restoration. Step back in time with all modern amenities. The original judge’s desk from 1920 is still there as well as the bullet hole in the front window, possibly intended for the dear judge. Period features include lath and plaster walls, inlaid wood floors, box beam and decorative ceilings, plate rails, large pocket doors with original hardware, beveled glass, chair rails, bead board cabinets, wainscoting and more. Please request features and amenity list to understand this property. This property zoning offers large upside for transforming the well-built shop with bath into Traveler’s Accommodation, possibly 2 can be built, check with City. Off street parking at rear of property plus one car garage. Many possibilities to generously supplement your income, request financial pro-forma.

The H. L. Whited House
321 North Main Ashland, Oregon
The History:
This impeccably restored, charming Victorian treasure is a rare offering. The current owners embraced this 5 year restoration with high attention to detail and authenticity. The home is a true step back in time blended with all modern amenities.
Built in 1898, the H. L. Whited House was referred to as Queen Anne/Eastlake marriage of Victorian style and as a Queen Anne/Stick style Victorian. The Stick style, uniquely American, was popular in Oregon, but was not prevalent in Ashland with only 3 other Stick style homes inventoried in the City. This beauty sits centered on its sizable lot of over 13,000 square feet and is well set back from the street by 90’. The home is just a few short blocks to Ashland’s Plaza, Oregon Shakespeare Festival theaters and restaurants.
A white picket fence, lush landscaping, mature trees and expansive lawn areas lead to the entry of this lovely home with projecting bay window, gazebo porch, and the steeply pitched roof with intersecting gables. This home holds much history and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The builder, C. H. Veghte, also built the significant Oregon Guard National Armory in 1913 which has California Mission and Gothic influences. The original owners, the Whited family resided in this home from 1898 through 1919 when they moved from Ashland to Los Angeles. There were only two additional owners until 1997. One was Judge L. A. Roberts who moved to Ashland from Coos Bay in 1928. The original judge’s desk still stands in the office.
The Restoration:
The restoration was completed by the current owners, Mike and Pam Newcombe and was a joyful, patient process with painstaking attention to detail. Period features include lath and plaster walls, inlaid wood floors, box beam and decorative ceilings, plate rails, large pocket doors with original hardware, beveled glass, chair rails, bead board cabinets, Tiger oak wainscoting, true to period traditional Shake roof, half round copper gutters and more.
Zoning and Overnight Lodging:
The R-2 zoning offers large upside for transforming the well-built shop with bath at the rear of the lot into a Traveler’s Accommodation, possibly 2 units can be built, check with City of Ashland. A 2 bedroom, 1bath Traveler’s Accommodation can typically generate income of $30,000 annually. Two units may generate $60,000 annually. The well-built newer shop with ½ bath at the rear of the lot offers an excellent base for creating the new overnight lodging unit(s). There is off street parking for several cars at rear of property plus a one car garage. Many possibilities to generously supplement your income, exist. You could also build a new unit, well separated from the main house, for your own residence and offer overnight lodgers a fabulous historical home just a few blocks to downtown. Many possibilities. For R-2 zoning with overnight accommodations the owner must live on the premises.
Interior:
Entrance Hall – Tiger oak wainscoting from the 1920’s which was first installed by Judge Roberts and inlaid wood floors.
Judge’s Office – Remodeled circa 1920 by the Judge in Arts and Crafts style with beamed ceiling with burlap inserts and high plate rail, also oak inlaid floor. There is a closet off of the Judge’s office.
Front Parlor – This is a beautiful and intimate room. Decorative ceiling, large prominent bay window with Queen Anne style beveled upper lights. The bullet hole from long ago is still visible in the left window. Beautiful hutch is included in the sale. Some original window glass is retained
Dining Room – Large pocket doors with the original hardware open between the dining room and parlor. Lovely sized dining room with gas stove. Chair rails, window seat and decorative ceiling. Decorative wood Spandrel over the windows is believed to be original. Built in china cabinet is believed to be located in the original doorway to the kitchen pantry. The light fixture in the dining room is not included. The window shade is a thermal shade.
Kitchen – The kitchen has an apron sink from the 1930’s but it is not original to the house. All kitchen cabinetry was made by the skilled homeowner. There is in-kitchen dining, wallpapered ceiling, wainscoting, pull out pantry, pull out drawer dishwasher, bead board faced refrigerator and pantry, antique fir floor boards and a china cupboard. The extremely functional center table adds counter space for cooks. The 2010 AGA Legacy 5 burner gas stove has plate warmers and multiple functions.
Laundry Room/Pantry – The laundry room is off of the kitchen. The cabinets are made by the homeowner and they are beautiful. This was originally the bathroom and was extended in 1910. The counters are made of fir flooring. There are bead board cabinets and ceiling.
Bath – Off of the laundry room is a bath with 1910 clawfoot tub which is original to the house, hexagonal tile flooring. A reproduction high tank toilet.
Main level bedroom – Picture rails and a door to the exterior. Douglas fir doors. Thermostat controlled pad heating in floor.
Upper hallway – There is wallpaper that can be painted that is typical of homes in England.
Upper level bedroom – There is a large bedroom with crown molding and built in niches and closet.
Upper level bath – This was converted from a storage room and has an eyebrow window. 1902 peg leg lavatory and 1920’s low tank toilet, not original to the house.
Upper level bedroom – Original triple leaded windows were found in the attic and were restored and replaced. Period heating grates, walk-in closet and crown molding.
Yard – The yard is large, private, has lawn areas, an old brick well house that was moved from elsewhere on the property, many bulbs and plants, fenced garden, privacy hedges, off street parking, single car garage and good sized workshop with blue pine walls and ½ bath.
This is a very special home and property and can be utilized in a variety of ways from a private residence, a main owner’s home and convert the workshop to traveler accommodations, build a small cottage at the rear and use the main home as overnight accommodations. The location is excellent, right near the downtown Plaza, restaurants and theaters.

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