Wall Street Journal 2016 House of the Year

703 E. Mitchell Street, Kendallville

6 Bedrooms 6 Baths 1 Half Baths 10148 Sq. Feet

Status: Sold Selling Price: $430,000
MLS: 201438481 Sq. Ft: 10148 Lot Size: 1.040 acres
Bedrooms: 6 Full Baths: 6 Half Baths: 1
Stories: 3 Basement: Yes, Finished Daylight Year built: 1928

Property Details:

Address: 703 E. Mitchell Street
Kendallville, Indiana 46755
Garage: Detached 3 Car
Schools: Elementary: South Side
Middle School: East Noble
High School: East Noble
Fence:
Pool: No

We are pleased to announce that this home won The Wall Street Journal 2016 House of the Year

It will appear in print on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.

This estate was the House of the Day and House of the Week winner in Feb., 2015.  WSJ ARTICLE

This video announces The McCray Mansion as the House of the Week  winner WSJ VIDEO

To see a short video of this property, go to: VIDEO

The McCray Mansion, completed in 1928 for the prominent E.E. McCray family (McCray Refrigeration), is one of Indiana’s historic gems. This magnificent Colonial Revival home totals 10,000+ sq. ft. (7,848 above ground, 2,541 below), is unparalleled in authenticity and design, and is in beautiful well-maintained condition throughout. The estate encompasses 1.04 acres (five city lots) and includes a separate three-bay carriage house with chauffer’s residence above (a charming three-room apartment with separate utilities and private entrance — ideal for guests, family or rental income). The park-like grounds feature a variety of trees, perennial gardens, water features, and a split drive leading to both the veranda and the gated motor court.

Exterior features of the home such as beautiful brick, quoined corners, keystones, towering chimneys, a Vermont slate roof, copper guttering and downspouts, elaborate wood and limestone trim, massive columns flanking the slate-floored veranda, and a picturesque raised and set-back elevation, make this home immediately recognized as very special.

Historic integrity and notable features continue throughout the interior, starting with a breathtaking grand circular staircase  — 18 feet in diameter and spanning three levels (basement to the second floor gallery hall).

Other notable elements include the phenomenal, original kitchen with an amazing farm sink and an eight-door built-in McCray refrigerator (restored & fully functional!), six bedrooms (including maid’s and cook’s quarters) — each with a connecting bath, four working fireplaces, additional back staircases, a walnut-paneled library, winter garden (breakfast room), butler and china pantries, plus original chandeliers, sconces, and a working 1928 intercom system.

The third floor (featuring a large room known locally as “the ballroom”) was designed with vaults and drawers for furs, clothing, linens and jewelry.

The basement level has full daylight windows, includes three stairways (one accesses the rear lawn and gardens), and features a theatre/recreation room with an original “silver screen” for movie viewing and has theatre seating for 18. 

Other original details throughout the home’s interior include hand-carved woodwork, Moravian Tile Company and imported Spanish tile work, and plaster finishes that mimic travertine marble. Rooms on all levels flow and function beautifully for everyday life as well as for entertaining.

The McCray Mansion is located in a quaint tree-lined neighborhood in historic Kendallville (30 minutes north of Fort Wayne) and is just a five-minute walk from beautiful Bixler Lake Park (beaches, kayak rentals, trails, etc.), a new public library, and a charming Main Street with a movie theater, shops and eateries. Kendallville is also home to outstanding public and private schools.

Although built as a private residence and used as such for the past 10+ years, the McCray Mansion did operate as a successful Bed & Breakfast for nearly 13 years mostly in the 1990’s. Having drawn guests and visitors from around the country, the potential option exists for this incredible property to once again operate as a thriving Bed & Breakfast and/or special events location.

These links have articles about this historic estate:

KPC ARTICLE

KPC NEWS TOUR ARTICLE

This link has a news story about the home and current owners: INDIANA NEWS CENTER
And this link is a Sept. 27th article from the Fort Wayne NEWS SENTINEL

Lynn Reecer
P: 260.434.5750
inquiry@reecerproperties.com

Get Connected

As we settle into our new home, Michael and I often talk about how grateful we are for each of you and everyone at Reecer Properties for the great job you did of selling our home. From the first time James came to meet with us when we were deciding on a realtor, we felt confident in choosing Reecer Properties. We appreciate so many things about our experience with your company: the research done in pricing our property, the incredible photography by Gail, your willingness to consider and incorporate our input in the write-ups and your beautiful promotional pieces, your "outside the box" approach in utilizing specialty websites and marketing, etc. etc. etc. From the times Lynn thoughtfully listened to us when we were apprehensive about the sometimes unpredictable selling process, to the incredible job James did of filtering through buyers to only bring those qualified through our home (thank you so much for that!), to the amazing/friendly/skillful/accommodating job Cory did of working with us on so many details from beginning to end.........we are so incredibly grateful for you all.

Whenever we called in and talked with anyone in your office, or stopped in with questions, everyone was wonderful to work with. Donna felt like a friend by the end of the process, after so many times of taking our calls and doing anything she could to help us in her enthusiastic and friendly manner - your whole team was like that. In the end, not only did you get the job done, you did so while all the while being incredibly focused on watching out for our financial interest; you are amazing at that.

We could go on and on, really. Thank you all so much for the amazing job you did for us and the wonderful summer we are having now..........in large part because of you ��. We are so very happy that we listed our home with Reecer Properties, and we will never forget you. The work you do is amazing. Your patience, persistence, and many skills benefit your many clients. Thank you all so very much!

PS - and WOW.....The Wall St Journal article......we will always cherish that experience. Thank you ��.

— M. Post & M. Nelaborige, Sellers

703 E. Mitchell Street, Kendallville

6 Bedrooms 6 Baths 1 Half Baths 10148 Sq. Feet

Status: Sold Selling Price: $430,000
MLS: 201438481 Sq. Ft: 10148 Lot Size: 1.040 acres
Bedrooms: 6 Full Baths: 6 Half Baths: 1
Stories: 3 Basement: Yes, Finished Daylight Year built: 1928

Property Details:

Address: 703 E. Mitchell Street
Kendallville, Indiana 46755
Garage: Detached 3 Car
Schools: Elementary: South Side
Middle School: East Noble
High School: East Noble
Fence:
Pool: No

We are pleased to announce that this home won The Wall Street Journal 2016 House of the Year

It will appear in print on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.

This estate was the House of the Day and House of the Week winner in Feb., 2015.  WSJ ARTICLE

This video announces The McCray Mansion as the House of the Week  winner WSJ VIDEO

To see a short video of this property, go to: VIDEO

The McCray Mansion, completed in 1928 for the prominent E.E. McCray family (McCray Refrigeration), is one of Indiana’s historic gems. This magnificent Colonial Revival home totals 10,000+ sq. ft. (7,848 above ground, 2,541 below), is unparalleled in authenticity and design, and is in beautiful well-maintained condition throughout. The estate encompasses 1.04 acres (five city lots) and includes a separate three-bay carriage house with chauffer’s residence above (a charming three-room apartment with separate utilities and private entrance — ideal for guests, family or rental income). The park-like grounds feature a variety of trees, perennial gardens, water features, and a split drive leading to both the veranda and the gated motor court.

Exterior features of the home such as beautiful brick, quoined corners, keystones, towering chimneys, a Vermont slate roof, copper guttering and downspouts, elaborate wood and limestone trim, massive columns flanking the slate-floored veranda, and a picturesque raised and set-back elevation, make this home immediately recognized as very special.

Historic integrity and notable features continue throughout the interior, starting with a breathtaking grand circular staircase  — 18 feet in diameter and spanning three levels (basement to the second floor gallery hall).

Other notable elements include the phenomenal, original kitchen with an amazing farm sink and an eight-door built-in McCray refrigerator (restored & fully functional!), six bedrooms (including maid’s and cook’s quarters) — each with a connecting bath, four working fireplaces, additional back staircases, a walnut-paneled library, winter garden (breakfast room), butler and china pantries, plus original chandeliers, sconces, and a working 1928 intercom system.

The third floor (featuring a large room known locally as “the ballroom”) was designed with vaults and drawers for furs, clothing, linens and jewelry.

The basement level has full daylight windows, includes three stairways (one accesses the rear lawn and gardens), and features a theatre/recreation room with an original “silver screen” for movie viewing and has theatre seating for 18. 

Other original details throughout the home’s interior include hand-carved woodwork, Moravian Tile Company and imported Spanish tile work, and plaster finishes that mimic travertine marble. Rooms on all levels flow and function beautifully for everyday life as well as for entertaining.

The McCray Mansion is located in a quaint tree-lined neighborhood in historic Kendallville (30 minutes north of Fort Wayne) and is just a five-minute walk from beautiful Bixler Lake Park (beaches, kayak rentals, trails, etc.), a new public library, and a charming Main Street with a movie theater, shops and eateries. Kendallville is also home to outstanding public and private schools.

Although built as a private residence and used as such for the past 10+ years, the McCray Mansion did operate as a successful Bed & Breakfast for nearly 13 years mostly in the 1990’s. Having drawn guests and visitors from around the country, the potential option exists for this incredible property to once again operate as a thriving Bed & Breakfast and/or special events location.

These links have articles about this historic estate:

KPC ARTICLE

KPC NEWS TOUR ARTICLE

This link has a news story about the home and current owners: INDIANA NEWS CENTER
And this link is a Sept. 27th article from the Fort Wayne NEWS SENTINEL

Lynn Reecer
P: 260.434.5750
inquiry@reecerproperties.com

Get Connected

As we settle into our new home, Michael and I often talk about how grateful we are for each of you and everyone at Reecer Properties for the great job you did of selling our home. From the first time James came to meet with us when we were deciding on a realtor, we felt confident in choosing Reecer Properties. We appreciate so many things about our experience with your company: the research done in pricing our property, the incredible photography by Gail, your willingness to consider and incorporate our input in the write-ups and your beautiful promotional pieces, your "outside the box" approach in utilizing specialty websites and marketing, etc. etc. etc. From the times Lynn thoughtfully listened to us when we were apprehensive about the sometimes unpredictable selling process, to the incredible job James did of filtering through buyers to only bring those qualified through our home (thank you so much for that!), to the amazing/friendly/skillful/accommodating job Cory did of working with us on so many details from beginning to end.........we are so incredibly grateful for you all.

Whenever we called in and talked with anyone in your office, or stopped in with questions, everyone was wonderful to work with. Donna felt like a friend by the end of the process, after so many times of taking our calls and doing anything she could to help us in her enthusiastic and friendly manner - your whole team was like that. In the end, not only did you get the job done, you did so while all the while being incredibly focused on watching out for our financial interest; you are amazing at that.

We could go on and on, really. Thank you all so much for the amazing job you did for us and the wonderful summer we are having now..........in large part because of you ��. We are so very happy that we listed our home with Reecer Properties, and we will never forget you. The work you do is amazing. Your patience, persistence, and many skills benefit your many clients. Thank you all so very much!

PS - and WOW.....The Wall St Journal article......we will always cherish that experience. Thank you ��.

— M. Post & M. Nelaborige, Sellers