This historic 1896 Victorian home in Gaylord is $425k and is basically grandma’s house on steroids — and we want cookies


If you're anything like us, then one of your life goals is to retire early. No, like really early. We're taking early bird special early. The perfect night? A dinner of soft foods by 4 p.m., followed by a delightful scoop of tapioca pudding. To unwind, we'll plop down on our plastic-covered recliner and catch some syndicated eps of Unsolved Mysteries and maybe, if time allows, tune into the local news for 10 minutes before quickly turning it off because we cannot stand the weather man's shrill laugh. Then comes rubbin' on some rosary beads before taking out the old chompers and climbing under 13 layers of bedding despite the thermostat being set to 79 degrees. OK — so, maybe we're not ready to give up our youth just yet, but settling into this recently listed historic Gaylord home suited for grandmas and grandpas of all ages is a good first step.

Built in 1896 by renowned architect George F. Barber, this house has been preserved and restored by its current owners because, yeah, this beaut is designated on the National Register of Historic Places. The 5,000 square-foot home sits on a 40,075 square-foot lot and boasts four bedrooms and two baths, including a tin bathtub and a clawfoot tub. Did we mention the original millwork, stained glass, maple intricate flooring, and original hardware throughout? But the real treat is this home is made to hold your trinkets, tchotchkes, knickknacks, baubles, whosits, and whatsits galore. Lots of cabinetry.

The worst part about this house is that it doesn't come fully furnished, nor does it include a batch of chewy, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies in the oven. Sigh.

This property is listed by Cindy Clark of Coldwell Banker/Schmidt Realtors