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2858 Perrysville Ave

2858 Perrysville Ave

Home of Regan and Chuck Steinert

This large Craftsman-style home, built in 1920, once featured a doctor's office in the pantry and side porch. The office later became an apartment, and the entire house became a two-family home. When the Steinerts bought the house in 2008, they converted it back to a single-family home that is just perfect for them and their two daughters. Over the years, the house has suffered some less-than-ideal changes—but the extensive woodwork in the entryway, living room, dining room, and parlor is still intact. The bathroom on the second floor is also original.

The Steinerts worked hard to return the house to its original floor plan (with the exception of the loss of the side porch, which became part of the new kitchen). They also fashioned the third floor into a family room and replaced the front door (which had also been a replacement) with a period-correct Craftsman door and sidelights salvaged from a 1930s farmhouse in Texas. They bought the door on eBay, but, before that, they had made another online discovery: "We found the house on Craigslist and purchased it through a short sale," says Regan.

As your tour this home, note the five fireplaces with cast iron inserts and tile surrounds. The beautiful oak wainscoting stretches throughout the foyer, living room, and dining room. The first floor, including the parlor and staircase, retain their original oak flooring. The house still boasts most of its original Craftsman windows along with original stained glass windows in the dining and living rooms. Speaking of the dining and living rooms, check out the 1930s furniture—it's Feudal Oak by Jamestown Lounge.

The kitchen is all new, but the Steinerts were careful to select finishes and furnishings that look original. The black and white tile floor, enamel sink, 1930s Roper stove, and Sellers cabinet all fit nicely with the Craftsman character. Upstairs, four bedrooms and an airy, skylit family room make this house a comfortable place to be.