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Listing No. 8638

1870 Italianate
Edge of city limits
Centerville, IA


Pinecrest Autumn 2012

Pinecrest SW view

Front entry


Pinecrest - 1870 “Vermilion Estate” Italianate Victorian Estate/Farm

This entire estate was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It was designed by noted architect Charles A. Dunham of Dunham & Jordan who designed many Iowa courthouses. It was built for Civil War Captain William Vermilion, and described in the book “Love Amid The Turmoil” as his “dream house”.

This property includes 23 acres of prime Iowa pasture and timber with a 6 acre yard, 2 acre pond with 3 bridges and large pond gazebo. There is a large 1871 updated Iowa historic barn repainted and reroofed 2014, large two car garage/workshop, granary repainted 2014, bunkhouse, playhouse, garden gazebo, orchard, and large garden. Most authentic Victorian in the area.

The Victorian exterior decor features ornate dentils and brackets, tall arched and hooded windows, hipped multilevel roof with wide ornate eaves and “widows walk”, tall original doors, ornate porches and a large bay window. Plus updated efficient heat/central air and updated appliances and electrical. Updated recently inspected septic system, 6 color exterior paint, 300 foot entry driveway, good insulation, ornate 40 year Victorian roofing. Large recently redone Victorian-styled veranda in back.

Interior features include a quarter turn black walnut staircase in front entry, etched and stained glass, tall windows with cornices, ornate W.F. Norman “tin” ceilings throughout, paneled and pocket doors, 1870 parlor stove, original updated fireplace converted to gas, Bradbury & Bradbury Victorian wallpapers. Kitchen is updated Victorian décor with modern appliances. There are six bedrooms upstairs. There are two updated bathrooms. The downstairs rooms include a formal parlor and dining room, living or family room, office and game rooms and kitchen.

Beautiful location with a commanding view at edge of city limits In a charming historically authentic county seat town.

This family home has been our labor of love for 38 years! .
Bedrooms: 6
Full Bath(s): 2
Heated Sq. Ft.: 3,100
Stories: 2

Lot Size: 6 acres front yard
Acres: 23.000


  • A Painted Lady
  • 1st Floor Bath
  • 1st Floor Laundry Room
  • Basement
  • Bonus Room
  • Entry Hall
  • Foyer
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Library
  • Living room
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Automatic outside lights
  • Barn
  • Circular driveway
  • Garden
  • Gazebo
  • Patio
  • Pond
  • Porch
  • Rear Deck
  • Restored exterior
  • Storage Building
  • Workshop
  • 2nd Staircase
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • Carpet
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplaces
  • Gas Logs
  • Grand staircase
  • High Ceilings
  • Natural gas fireplace
  • Wood floors
  • Shingle Roof
  • Central air
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Gas heating
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Septic Tank
  • Water Heater - Electric
  • 10-foot Ceilings
  • Plaster Walls
  • Pocket Doors
  • Ripple Glass
  • Servant's Staircase
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Tin Ceiling(s)
  • Transoms
  • Widow's Walk
  • 1870 parlor stove
  • Bunkhouse
  • etched glass windows
  • Formal parlor and stove
  • garden gazebo
  • good septic system
  • High efficiency furnace
  • Historic barn
  • Natural gas heat
  • playhouse
  • pocket doors
  • pond gazebo
  • stained glass windows
  • Vegetable garden/orchard

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