Captain Bell House B&B: Lake Erie House of the Week

Buy a piece of Vermilion history in the Captain Bell House, a 3,500-square-foot Italianate home divided into three suites, with a cottage on the property.

The 1876 home priced at $595,000 sits at 5770 Liberty Avenue, the charming town’s main drag, about a 7-minute walk from Main Street Beach. The house was built by a grocer and sold in 1899 to Captain George Bell.

The Captain Bell House bed and breakfast is up for sale. (Phil Laurien)

Bell, one of more than 50 Great Lakes ship captains who lived in Vermilion, remained in the house until his death in 1925. It served many purposes before being restored as a bed and breakfast in 2011.

The house atop locally quarried sandstone blocks and features ornate millwork, restored in a $500,000 renovation between 2011 and 2014. The former garage, built in 1920 from terra cotta, is now a 500-square-foot cottage.

The driveway, trim, paint, carpet and appliances were updated this year and last.

The property is zoned for commercial or residential use. The owner will consider selling furnishings and the B&B business.

Here’s what’s in the house:

  • 3 kitchens, all new in 2013
  • 3 ½ baths, all new in 2013
  • 3 complete suites on 2 floors
  • All modern systems (Heat, AC, WiFi, Cable TV, lighting, plumbing, electric, Internet)
  • Restored walnut stairs, leaded glass transom, arch-top 6’ windows, tri-color 5-rib corbels
  • Original green soapstone fireplace and mantel, marble hearth and brass and iron surrounds
  • Restored original hardwood floors
  • 4 electric fireplaces
  • 2- 12’ x 20’ (dry) basements for workshop and laundry area;
  • (3) 4’ tall crawl spaces, total access
  • Laundry hookups on each floor in main house (3): 2 sets new washers and dryers

Here’s what’s in the cottage

  • kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave oven and sink (new in 2012)
  • full bath (new in 2012)
  • gorgeous tray ceiling with extensive cherry stained oak trim, crown molding and baseboards
  • electric fireplace

The home is for sale by owner. For more information, call Phil Laurien at 440-714-5082 or email [email protected]

 

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