A nearly 117-year-old Victorian house for sale is steeped in Sherman history, and it takes visitors back to a time before the Model T was in production but a new Interurban rail line ran past the house to connect Sherman and Denison.
The 4,480-square-foot house at 506 N. Grand Avenue is located a block from Austin College, and the price is listed at $325,000. The two-story house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and seven fireplaces — all converted to burn gas. Elta Rumpff bought the house in 2003, and she said just the history alone makes the property something special.
“There’s not a room you can walk in that you’re not aware of how old this house is and how much effort it took to build it,” Rumpff said.
Stepping inside the front door, past the wraparound patio featuring a porch swing, visitors are greeted by a grand staircase and intricate, handcrafted wood floors. Annie Kremer, the listing real estate agent with the Ebby Halliday office in Sherman, said the home is currently decorated with antiques and pieces that take one back to the early 1900s.
“Having lived in (Sherman) most of my life, it’s kind of neat to hear about the things your parents talked about and actually experience a place that was part of that time period,” Kremer said.
When walking inside, off to the left of the front door is a bedroom that was once an office, and to the right is a hallway leading past the front parlor and the formal dining room to the back parlor and kitchen. The front parlor is almost like stepping into a museum as the furniture, lamps and wallpaper all seem to be of the time when the house was constructed.
Off the front parlor is a spacious formal dining room with a table that seats eight running nearly the length of the room. A circa 1890 organ rests underneath a stain-glass window at the end of the room next to an extravagant fireplace, which makes the space seem almost like a cathedral. A built-in China cabinet is opposite the fireplace on the back corner, which Rumpff said demonstrates the craftsmanship of the house.
For about five years Rumpff operated a bed-and-breakfast under the moniker the Three Sisters Victorian Inn. She noted that many of her guests were from the Dallas Metroplex area but occasionally she hosted guest speakers of Austin College.
“One of the best things I did was open up the bed-and-breakfast,” Rumpff said. “I met so many interesting people and they loved Sherman.”
The back parlor is a comfortable living space that flows into the up-to-date kitchen. A breakfast nook is one side, and the kitchen has a door to the driveway on the north side, and door to the back patio is off the entrance hallway.
Four sizable bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the second floor, and a small sitting area is situated between the bedrooms. A balcony is located facing Grand Avenue and a second balcony overlooks the backyard. Both are accessible from the main hallway upstairs.
The master bedroom is by far the largest bedroom and has its own bathroom. Kremer noted it’s spacious, and it’s her favorite room of the house. The master bedroom also has a couple of window seats and it has a closet, uncommon for houses of that time.
“It’s on the side of the house away from traffic and you don’t have people wandering through your room,” Kremer said of the master bedroom.
Kremer said the house was restored in the late 1990s, so for a 117-year-old house, it’s in good shape. Wood floors cover most of the house, and Rumpff said the house is peppered with about 162 clocks she has collected from across the world.
The backyard, which rests on multiple lots, is encompassed by a white fence. A deck leads from the back porch to a gazebo, a perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or hide from the summer sun while sipping ice tea.
In the dining room a set of China plates is hung on the wall. Rumpff said they belonged to Ms. Vernon Brown, the original owner of the house who moved to Texas in 1867 from Missouri. The plates stay with house and remind the owners of its lengthy history.
“You’re reminded all the time of the historical value of the house,” Rumpff said. “If nothing else all you have to do is look up on that wall and see a plate.”