The unique early Victorian home at 416 West Locust Street in Whitewright is hard to miss, painted as it is in bright green. The color is taken through three different shades in an ombre style fade across the original wood siding of one of the rooftop structures. Those same three shades are layered along the shingles and trimwork that decorates the exterior of the home.
Listing agent Robin Phillips with Virginia Cook Realtors explained this is common among Victorian houses.
“Victorians are flashy houses,” Phillips said. “These houses are, considering the way they were crafted by hand, quite ornate. They are pretty showy places.”
Columns line the wraparound front porch that frames the entrance to the home. Welcoming visitors is a hand-carved original door with glass inlay.
The home occupies around a quarter of an acre. The 2,314 square feet of the property spans across two stories with one bedroom and two baths downstairs and two bedrooms with one bathroom upstairs.
Originally built in 1910, the current owners bought the residence to preserve much of its original features while still installing modern conveniences like plumbing and electricity. Among those features that remain original throughout the house are the floors, fireplaces with tile surrounds, doors and windows.
The home sits next door to another home that has been featured by the Herald Democrat for its unique character. In a completely different style, the home adjacent is constructed in a southwest stone style. Phillips explained the neighborhood in Whitewright where both homes can be found is known for having some older and more unique homes.
The two fireplaces, which were originally coal burning, display large proud mantels and ornate tile work.
The kitchen was the site of a big remodel. The large eat-in kitchen was modernized while still preserving the home’s original character. The room displays exposed wood walls and original cupboards. The reclaimed wood countertops and farmhouse sink provide a country feel to the gas range and stainless steel appliances.
Phillips explained the footprint of the home indicates the room was part of the original house and was not added on at a later date. However, it is likely the cooking for the house was originally done outside and the inside would only be the site for preparations.
On the backside of the home, additional space was added on to expand living and functional rooms. As part of the backyard and farmhouse area was enclosed for the addition, the well was left in place and a sunroom was built around it.
The sunroom is lined with antique glass and creates a bright living space. A breezeway leads from the sunroom to the single garage and also serves as a mudroom.
The garage comes complete with an attached workshop space.
The bedroom on the bottom floor serves as the master with on-suite bathroom. As bedrooms from this era were not originally designed to have closets or bathrooms, portions of the porch were enclosed to provide the necessary space.
Glass doorknobs and period appropriate light fixtures add to the character throughout the home. Beadboard can be found on walls and under the stairs, adding to the historic feel.
The original banister runs along the stairs and up to the second floor. Tucked into the eaves of the attic are two large bedrooms and one full bath.
Because the home was not constructed with a second story bathroom in mind, the owners were forced to get creative. A turquoise tub and floor to ceiling subway tiles are tucked behind a narrow archway. A second archway hides the toilet.
Both bedrooms come complete with reading nooks. The recessed spaces have large bright windows.
Phillips mused a specific type of buyer must be found for historic homes.
“House tours are very popular for these types of homes,” Phillips said. “Everyone wants to look at these houses, but it’s a specific buyer that wants to live in and preserve these beautiful old homes.”