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Realty Check: Trim Dandy

Talk about taking your work home. A plaster craftsman who toiled away on the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s facade and the bygone Claypool Hotel built his own place with such exquisite details that it’s little surprise the home was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places years later.

Masonry blocks on the exterior corners, called quoins, look like they came from an English country cottage. Delicate trimwork outlines the front gable. Inside, one ceiling medallion is in the shape of a dragon. Realtor Joe Everhart has been inside countless old homes in Indy, and even he was blown away by the moldings in this three-bedroom, two-bath charmer. “Nothing prepared me for the jaw-drop when I walked in,” he says. “It’s kind of a Where’s Waldo? house. Find the angel. Find the dragon. Where are the faces?”

After Everhart and his partner spent plenty restoring the plaster, they were happy to find that home values in the near-east side’s Windsor Park have exploded. The openings of Centerpoint Brewing and new townhomes have helped renovated houses sell in the upper $300,000s, he says.

Surely this stunning and soulful space has more style than any other in the neighborhood. Everhart went with a dramatic dark flint gray in some rooms because it “seemed to be the perfect foil to the light-and-white.” The kitchen, one of those dark rooms, has a home professional stove, glass china cabinets, and commercial undercounter refrigerator and freezer. The feedback after it landed on a popular Facebook page called For Love of Old Houses has amounted to an outpouring of affection for a place that has caught many a passerby’s eye. “I think as much as anything else, what makes me happy is that people recognize the house for what it is,” Everhart says.

Want to buy it?

Address: 1454 E. 10th St.

List price: $400,000

Agent: Joe Everhart, Everhart Studio, 317-916-1052

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now an executive editor, she lives downtown.
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