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In Belleville, a charming 125-year-old Victorian asks $279K

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This home from 1885 has retained much of its original warmth and character

A home with two gable roofs over a wide porch. There’s white vinyl and scalloped wood siding. The yard is covered in snow. Photos by Stylish Detroit

Curbed Detroit has never featured a home in Belleville. So you know it’s got to be special when we finally do.

Today we bring you the Smith Pullen Home, built in 1885. This 125-year-old Victorian just hit the market for $279,000.

Back in the late 1800s, according to old newspaper clippings provided by the realtor, this held four generations of family members. Given there’s just four bedrooms, it must have been quite a squeeze.

The exterior has been covered in white vinyl and scalloped siding—though presumably that could be removed, and the original wood stripped and repainted. There’s also a wide front porch emblematic of the style.

But the 2,374-square-foot interior is where the home really shines. There’s still plenty of the lovely, original wood. See the wood-lined staircase with its impressive newels. Or the wood trim around the entryways and windows. Or the ornate fireplace mantel in the sitting room. Or the incredible built-in cabinets and pantries.

Other details: The kitchens and bathrooms are slightly dated (though still charming in their own way) with tiles that look as if they need to be replaced. The bedrooms and upstairs sunroom have some wild wallpaper. The sizable backyard has a four-car garage and workshop.

Want to own a historic home that’s in great shape? 96 E. Columbia Avenue in Belleville is listed with Jeffrey Post of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for $279,000.

A view of the staircase with a tiny room underneath. There’s also hardwood floors and a still-life painting of flowers.
The foyer has some nice wood panelling and detailed newels on the staircase.
A view of the living room with hardwood floors and stained glass windows. A red leather couch sits under the windows.
Like the rest of the house, the living room has great wood trim around the windows.
A view of the fireplace with deep brown tiles and fireplace. Two tiny oval mirrors sit on the mantel and there’s an iron grate.
The fireplace has a gorgeous tiled hearth and wood mantel.
Two huge built-in cabinets on separate walls. One has glass cabinet doors.
The butler’s pantry has original built-in cabinets.
An older white stove and oven in between red-painted cabinets. A small dining table has a gingham tablecloth.
The kitchen with slightly dated (though also charming) cabinets and appliances.
A large bed with a wood bed frame on hardwood floors. There’s cream-colored walls and some wallpaper flower pattern near the crown.
The master bedroom is one of several rooms with attractive wallpaper.