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Gallery: Stillwater home built in late 1800s on the market for $900K

The home hasn't been for sale in nearly 100 years.
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A Stillwater home that hasn't been on the market in nearly 100 years is for sale for $900,000.

The home at 118 Oak St. W in Stillwater was built between 1860 and 1872 and has only been sold four times — the last time it was on the market was in 1929, so to say this is a rare opportunity is quite an understatement.  

Lynn VanOrsdale of VanOrsdale Group with Edina Realty, who has the listing, says her favorite aspects of the home are the "unobstructed views of the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge and the quick two block walk to downtown Stillwater and all it has to offer."

The nearly 3,200 square foot home is perched above downtown Stillwater, affording views from the property of the historic Lift Bridge, as well as privacy on the nearly 3/4-acre lot that's lined with mature trees, the listing notes.

Related: Gallery: Stillwater's historic Ivory McKusick House on the market for $775K

Despite the fact the nearly 3,200 square foot home was built in the late 1800s, it has a layout suitable for today's standards, the listing notes. The property boasts four bedrooms on one level and three bathrooms, including a private master ensuite and walk-in closet. There's main-level laundry and an oversized two-car garage. 

It does have features that will pull you back to the time it was built, including built-ins, stained-glass windows and original light fixtures. 

Here's a look inside: 

The home's history

A green wooden sign hangs on the property detailing the home's past owners. According to the listing, Seth and Elizabeth Sawyer first owned the home (they're not listed on the sign), selling it to Philomena Potts, who lived there with Phillip Potts for nearly a decade while running a wholesale liquor store nearby. 

They sold the home to lumber merchant Samuel McClure in 1888. And then Reginald "RA" Kilty bought the home in the 1920s after emigrating from Ireland. He and his brother ran an oil and coal distribution business in Stillwater called JJ Kilty Co., the listing says. 

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RA's son Richard and his sister Joan were nearly trampled by runaway horses in the yard of the home, and it's where Joan learned to cook from her mother. She went on to play Betty Crocker in the 1950s at what is now known as the Helen Hayes Theater, with the listing noting General Mills produced live cooking shows in the Oak Street home. However, none were recorded. 

Richard Kilty bought the property. He worked as a civil engineer for Peter Kiewit Co. and lived there until he died in 2017 at age 90. Now the son of JoAnn Kilty, James O'Brien, is ready to sell the home, the listing notes. 

Is there a property we should feature for Minnesota Nice Homes? Share it with us by emailing melissa@bringmethenews.com. 

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