The Vermilyea Estate

13501 Redding Drive, Fort Wayne

5 Bedrooms 3 Baths 2 Half Baths 8573 Sq. Feet

Status: Sold Selling Price: $660,000
MLS: 201442118 Sq. Ft: 8573 Lot Size: 12.24 acres
Bedrooms: 5 Full Baths: 3 Half Baths: 2
Stories: 2 Basement: No Year built: 1839

Property Details:

Address: 13501 Redding Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814
Garage: Attached 5 Car
Schools: Elementary: Lafayette
Middle School: Summit
High School: Homestead
Fence: No
Pool: No

There is nothing quite like the Vermilyea Estate.  A drive off Redding Road winds up the gentle hill and under a canopy of trees with the potting shed/studio and barn to the right and the incredible home to the left.  It’s easy to consider this to be the front of the house until approaching the home from the entry off US24.  This north entrance is easy to miss as it’s protected by a grassy berm and the trees.  The winding drive passes the ice rink to the right (vegetation thrives in this perfectly level area), beautiful grassy areas, a pond to the right and beautiful gardens surrounding this classic covered entry set off by 2 story pillars. The drive then joins the other at the oversized, heated garage.    

This home is an incredible mix of historic features and modern conveniences. The beautifully aged stone, brick, hardware, fireplaces and wood work give insight to the history of the home.  The freshly milled floors and cabinets set the backdrop for the high end kitchen appliances and the conveniences of todays’ word (as seen in the placement of multiple laundry rooms, new windows, noteworthy mechanicals and the latest wiring for lighting and technology).  The mix of old and new makes the home a real treasure.

The foyer, spanning the depth of the home, is accessed by both the north and south “front doors”, with the beautiful staircase featured in this room. The living room and parlor each have a fireplace (accounting for two of the seven fireplaces in this home).  Large, double, solid walnut doors provide the options for closing these mirror-imaged rooms off from each other. The historically replicated portraits of Jesse Vermilyea and his wife, Maria, hang over each fireplace, telling more of the story of this 1839 home. The layout and features of these two rooms is also found directly above with the rooms upstairs. The dining room has a stunning walnut mantel while the extra-deep window set-backs tell stories of this room’s rumored use as a speak-easy.  The curved walls of the powder room host a mural based on multiple historic photos of the estate.  The family room marks the end of the original home yet the freshness of this space provides a beautiful transition to the new construction. It’s no surprise the home won the ARCH award for outstanding restoration and appropriate new construction.  The kitchen is beautifully bright, with an island designed for function and meals. Every space of this area has been designed with function and aesthetics in mind. The Viking ovens plus a specialty griddle and burners, Sub Zero, Scottsman ice machine, two sinks, granite counters, wrap-around and deep set windows spanning the width of the kitchen and hand scraped/custom milled floors. The kitchen is incredible.  The adjacent walk-in pantry has shelves and pull-outs and is well placed next to the laundry room and half bath.  Cabinetry and a bench in a breezeway lead toward the large, bright mudroom that provides access to one of the 3 north facing covered patios, the south facing stoned patio and to the heated garage.

The back staircase leads to the breathtaking master bath with a great tile shower, footed tub, dual vanities with concealed plugs and row of windows overlooking the large covered south facing grounds.  The view from the mast suite’s private deck is amazing. Master bedroom has an enormous walk-in closet with beautiful cabinetry and its own laundry room. The two-room master bedroom has a fireplace and all windows have remote control shades.  The landing area off the stairs is adjacent to the master suite. From the landing, a concealed staircase leads to the 3rd floor room that has beautifully created (new) plaster ceilings, a wall of exposed lathe and a small sink area. Perfect for a study, studio or family area. The historic rooms that mirror the rooms below are incredible, and when combined with the two bonus rooms and large closets, these rooms have the space and storage capabilities of the newer homes. 

The original cellar, with exterior hatch access as well, has been vented for a cigar room. This cellar tells the story of old construction, structurally updated. A staircase near the kitchen leads to the walk-out lower level which is home to the theater room. Crafted by Audio-Visual Lifestyles, this theater room has the best sound barrier available, projection TV and has been historically recreated in the likeness of an old theater. Full bathroom is adjacent to the large mother-in-law suite with sliders to the lower patio facing south.  The mechanicals are easily accessed through custom cabinet faced doors.

The historic barn has an upper level with the original beams and trolleys. With a Pinterest-type vision, this barn is the perfect site for weddings and parties. From a farm/mechanical point of view, it can’t be beat for equipment, storage and projects. The barn’s lower level has a dirt floor, perfect for the horse stables, the large hen pen and a great deal of space.  The studio/potting shed is rumored to be the original summer kitchen, moved and preserved when the new construction was done.  

This is simply an amazing listing.  Take the time to study the photos, read the history and enjoy Allen County’s second oldest home.  The owners have gone to great lengths to put this home on the historic registry - a designation that protects the property but is not limiting to the function, design or style of the home.

These links have more information about this historic estate:

vermilyeahouse1839.com

http://www.terrypepper.com/w&e/vermilyea.htm

http://www.vermilyeafamilyreunion.com/files/historical/VermilyeaPlaces.pdf

http://www.archfw.org/resources_services.htm

http://books.google.com/books?id=muBtFTkFH_EC&pg=PA129&lpg=PA129&dq=vermilyea+house+fort+wayne+indiana&source=bl&ots=4XPmo_erop&sig=9wtUfAnG5rMv-jDvaWADm52GWko&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KcscVMz0EIqoyASf2oHACg&ved=0CFoQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=vermilyea%20house%20fort%20wayne%20indiana&f=false

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

James Reecer
P: 260.415.7386
james@reecerproperties.com

Get Connected

Lynn Reecer
P: 260.434.5750
inquiry@reecerproperties.com

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We tried to sell our house for about four years. It was a very difficult listing, as it was a historic home with a substantial addition. We worked with four other realtors, some of which are quite good, and went all that time with very few showing and no offers. Then we listed to James Reecer. The house sold in under a month. James and Lynn Reecer have built a great company with all of the right people in all of the right places. Everyone in the organization has very specific roles and they all flow together flawlessly.

— Todd & Angie Freeland

13501 Redding Drive, Fort Wayne

5 Bedrooms 3 Baths 2 Half Baths 8573 Sq. Feet

Status: Sold Selling Price: $660,000
MLS: 201442118 Sq. Ft: 8573 Lot Size: 12.24 acres
Bedrooms: 5 Full Baths: 3 Half Baths: 2
Stories: 2 Basement: No Year built: 1839

Property Details:

Address: 13501 Redding Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814
Garage: Attached 5 Car
Schools: Elementary: Lafayette
Middle School: Summit
High School: Homestead
Fence: No
Pool: No

There is nothing quite like the Vermilyea Estate.  A drive off Redding Road winds up the gentle hill and under a canopy of trees with the potting shed/studio and barn to the right and the incredible home to the left.  It’s easy to consider this to be the front of the house until approaching the home from the entry off US24.  This north entrance is easy to miss as it’s protected by a grassy berm and the trees.  The winding drive passes the ice rink to the right (vegetation thrives in this perfectly level area), beautiful grassy areas, a pond to the right and beautiful gardens surrounding this classic covered entry set off by 2 story pillars. The drive then joins the other at the oversized, heated garage.    

This home is an incredible mix of historic features and modern conveniences. The beautifully aged stone, brick, hardware, fireplaces and wood work give insight to the history of the home.  The freshly milled floors and cabinets set the backdrop for the high end kitchen appliances and the conveniences of todays’ word (as seen in the placement of multiple laundry rooms, new windows, noteworthy mechanicals and the latest wiring for lighting and technology).  The mix of old and new makes the home a real treasure.

The foyer, spanning the depth of the home, is accessed by both the north and south “front doors”, with the beautiful staircase featured in this room. The living room and parlor each have a fireplace (accounting for two of the seven fireplaces in this home).  Large, double, solid walnut doors provide the options for closing these mirror-imaged rooms off from each other. The historically replicated portraits of Jesse Vermilyea and his wife, Maria, hang over each fireplace, telling more of the story of this 1839 home. The layout and features of these two rooms is also found directly above with the rooms upstairs. The dining room has a stunning walnut mantel while the extra-deep window set-backs tell stories of this room’s rumored use as a speak-easy.  The curved walls of the powder room host a mural based on multiple historic photos of the estate.  The family room marks the end of the original home yet the freshness of this space provides a beautiful transition to the new construction. It’s no surprise the home won the ARCH award for outstanding restoration and appropriate new construction.  The kitchen is beautifully bright, with an island designed for function and meals. Every space of this area has been designed with function and aesthetics in mind. The Viking ovens plus a specialty griddle and burners, Sub Zero, Scottsman ice machine, two sinks, granite counters, wrap-around and deep set windows spanning the width of the kitchen and hand scraped/custom milled floors. The kitchen is incredible.  The adjacent walk-in pantry has shelves and pull-outs and is well placed next to the laundry room and half bath.  Cabinetry and a bench in a breezeway lead toward the large, bright mudroom that provides access to one of the 3 north facing covered patios, the south facing stoned patio and to the heated garage.

The back staircase leads to the breathtaking master bath with a great tile shower, footed tub, dual vanities with concealed plugs and row of windows overlooking the large covered south facing grounds.  The view from the mast suite’s private deck is amazing. Master bedroom has an enormous walk-in closet with beautiful cabinetry and its own laundry room. The two-room master bedroom has a fireplace and all windows have remote control shades.  The landing area off the stairs is adjacent to the master suite. From the landing, a concealed staircase leads to the 3rd floor room that has beautifully created (new) plaster ceilings, a wall of exposed lathe and a small sink area. Perfect for a study, studio or family area. The historic rooms that mirror the rooms below are incredible, and when combined with the two bonus rooms and large closets, these rooms have the space and storage capabilities of the newer homes. 

The original cellar, with exterior hatch access as well, has been vented for a cigar room. This cellar tells the story of old construction, structurally updated. A staircase near the kitchen leads to the walk-out lower level which is home to the theater room. Crafted by Audio-Visual Lifestyles, this theater room has the best sound barrier available, projection TV and has been historically recreated in the likeness of an old theater. Full bathroom is adjacent to the large mother-in-law suite with sliders to the lower patio facing south.  The mechanicals are easily accessed through custom cabinet faced doors.

The historic barn has an upper level with the original beams and trolleys. With a Pinterest-type vision, this barn is the perfect site for weddings and parties. From a farm/mechanical point of view, it can’t be beat for equipment, storage and projects. The barn’s lower level has a dirt floor, perfect for the horse stables, the large hen pen and a great deal of space.  The studio/potting shed is rumored to be the original summer kitchen, moved and preserved when the new construction was done.  

This is simply an amazing listing.  Take the time to study the photos, read the history and enjoy Allen County’s second oldest home.  The owners have gone to great lengths to put this home on the historic registry - a designation that protects the property but is not limiting to the function, design or style of the home.

These links have more information about this historic estate:

vermilyeahouse1839.com

http://www.terrypepper.com/w&e/vermilyea.htm

http://www.vermilyeafamilyreunion.com/files/historical/VermilyeaPlaces.pdf

http://www.archfw.org/resources_services.htm

http://books.google.com/books?id=muBtFTkFH_EC&pg=PA129&lpg=PA129&dq=vermilyea+house+fort+wayne+indiana&source=bl&ots=4XPmo_erop&sig=9wtUfAnG5rMv-jDvaWADm52GWko&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KcscVMz0EIqoyASf2oHACg&ved=0CFoQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=vermilyea%20house%20fort%20wayne%20indiana&f=false

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

James Reecer
P: 260.415.7386
james@reecerproperties.com

Get Connected

Lynn Reecer
P: 260.434.5750
inquiry@reecerproperties.com

Get Connected

We tried to sell our house for about four years. It was a very difficult listing, as it was a historic home with a substantial addition. We worked with four other realtors, some of which are quite good, and went all that time with very few showing and no offers. Then we listed to James Reecer. The house sold in under a month. James and Lynn Reecer have built a great company with all of the right people in all of the right places. Everyone in the organization has very specific roles and they all flow together flawlessly.

— Todd & Angie Freeland