A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

House for Sale

I don't usually list homes for sale on my blog, but this one might be of interest.
Beds: 8
Baths: 2.5
Square Feet: 6,912
Property Type: Residential Single Family
Status: Active

The John Browning Mansion - complete with turrets, dormers, grand staircases, amazing hardwood floors, original windows & moulding, new commerical-grade kitchen with corian counters, potential new baths for bed and breakfast use. A definite must see!
closeThe John Browning Mansion - complete with turrets, dormers, grand staircases, amazing hardwood floors, original windows & moulding, new commerical-grade kitchen with corian counters, potential new baths for bed and breakfast use. A definite must see!

The NY Times even gave it a nice write up!

Ogden, Utah
WHAT: An eight-bedroom two-bath mansion with two half baths
HOW MUCH: $374,900
SETTING: This mansion, formerly used as a Y.W.C.A., was originally built in 1900 for John Browning — of Browning firearms — on a corner lot in Ogden, population 83,000, a city between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. According to the listing agent, Ogden was a railroad hub that fell into disrepair by the 1950s but picked back up in recent years with the influx of outdoor types and sporting-goods manufacturers, including Amer Sports (parent company of Salomon and Atomic), and Rossignol. There are three ski resorts within 25 miles: Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain.

This house is in a neighborhood of older homes within two miles of big-box shopping and one mile of boutique shopping in a district along 25th Street, near Wall Avenue. Ogden is about 40 miles from Salt Lake City, which has an international airport. The Wasatch Mountains are visible from nearly everywhere in town.

COMMON SPACES: Most of the house is original, including a banister stretching from the entry to the attic, beveled windows, hardwood floors and fireplaces. There are built-in cupboards in the dining room and storage drawers on each of the house’s three floors.

PERSONAL SPACES: There are two bedrooms in the finished basement, one on the main level and four on the second level. An eighth bedroom is in the attic suite, which includes a living room that, according to the listing agent, served as a workshop for John Browning (and includes remnants of a wiring system used to buzz his maids). Most bedrooms have views of the yard and neighboring historic houses; the attic has treetop and mountain views.

OUTDOOR SPACE: A fenced-in, fully landscaped yard on two sides of the house, facing the street.

TAXES: $2,400 a year (estimated, if owner-occupied); around $4,500 a year if home is converted to apartments or used as a rental

CONTACT: Sue Wilkerson, Terra Venture Real Estate, (801) 393-1188; www.suewilkerson.com


Blogger Nate said...

I know where Wall Ave & 25th St are, right across from the Union Station museum- where JMB's personal workshop now resides. But I don't know where this house is anywhere near that corner. I'm actually thinking it must be over about 25th and Adams or Jefferson Ave. But I didn't know there was a house where JMB lived still in town. I'm gonna have to check it out.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Lokidude said...

And, according to this native, Ogden's a pit. I'd still love to go home, and this house would be a great one at a great price. And they weren't lying about it being a historical town.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Jarubla said...

Right on! My Father in Law is a descendant of JMB, and has family in this area.

If I had a billion dollars this place would be made into a museum, filled with his inventions.


7:50 AM  
Blogger janir said...

HOLY CRAP! The TAXES are 1/2 what I pay for a measly 1600 sq ft ranch in Milwaukee suburbs!!!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once was interested in purchasing an historic older house similar to this one. A contractor friend looked it over and told me it was a great buy, in a terrific neighborhood, if I had barrels full of $100 bills for repair of electrical and plumbing systems. I didn't and still don't.

But the JMB house,,,hmmm.

By the way, it is great to have you back. Hope you and yours are well.


4:54 PM  
Anonymous Avenger29 said...

Do want. Don't have the money, nor could I legally obtain it, though.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Ross said...

One wonders if there are many folks coming to genuflect at the site... I mean, it's a gunnie's Mecca!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

I took a look at the listing and also at googlemaps of the address. The area around the home is rather less than stellar to say the best about it, and more honestly looks somewhat run down and a mix of residential and commercial. That is the sad state of affairs for most turn of the last century mansions in US cities in my experience. too bad. Of course the house itself could be a steal if one were to convert it to a live in museum.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

Ross- go to the museum and you can genuflect of JMB's protoypes of several of his inventions, his actual workshop and his daddy's original barrel rifling lathe.

Glenn- that corner has the Union Pacific museum- and a great restaraunt, and the start of Historic 25th St. There's shops, more good eateries and a decent farmer's market on Saturdays.

9:46 PM  
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