"This home is a dreamboat"
The current homeowners of 906 17th Street, a historic home in Plano, are previous Murphy residents, Jeff and Jenni Steele. They have lived in this home since 2016. Jenni said, “I grew up in east Plano and remember driving down the streets in this neighborhood calling “dibs” on which dollhouse I would live in when I grew up. My cousin and I would argue over which one we would get One day, Jeff and I were driving around and I took him over to the neighborhood to show him and reminisce and we came across this house with a for sale sign in the yard. I called a friend of mine who was a realtor and asked her if she could get us in, just for fun. We had no intentions of leaving our new beautiful home in Murphy. Jeff and I walked in and fell in love. We put an offer in the next day. We love this home, we love the history and the stories it carries.” The Steeles say that they have loved everything about living in this house. Jenni said, “When we moved in, I was five months pregnant and unsure of what I had just gotten myself into. Within the first week, we had met all of our neighbors, received help from some of them across the street with unpacking and received two casseroles! The sense of community is strong here. Not to mention the events that are close enough to walk to and far enough to not affect our day to day! From the monthly wine walk, story time at the railroad museum and all the restaurants- we always have something to do.” The house went on the market Apr. 24, 2019. Murphy resident, Colleen Frost, is their listing agent. (Colleen Frost Realtors is located in downtown Plano.) Frost has been a realtor since 2011 and reports that she has never listed a historic home before this one. She did live in a registered historical national landmark that was built in 1811. She said, “I appreciate them very much!”
The general architectural description is “1893 symmetrical Folk Victorian house with turned spindle porch supports on the full-width porch, exposed decorative rafter tails, paired windows, and fish-scale shingles. House rehabilitated between 2001-2003. (Plano.gov) The original owner/builder is listed as Fred Schimelpfenig. The O’Neal Family rehabilitated the home.
The O’Neal Family compiled the following information on this home: “The siding, the wood framed windows, the Queen Anne front door, and nine of the eleven front porch posts were salvaged during renovation. The two that could not be saved were replicated. According
to the restoration consultant, the lumber in the original house was probably milled on site.
The exterior colors and color placement are appropriate for the house as determined by a heritage specialist.” “In its almost 125 years, only three families have owned the house.
Fred Schimelpfenig built many of the houses still standing in Haggard Park, including 906 Harris
Street (later changed to 17th Street). Members of the Schimelpfenig family owned the house until it was sold to Edison Dudley in early 1959. We bought the house from Edison’s son, Dan Dudley in 2001 and immediately started the two year renovation process.” (The Steeles were the fourth owners of the house.)
The front three rooms, upstairs and down, are original to the house with original windows. The Queen Anne front door is original. Frost said, “Their new additions respect the original structure & follows heritage guidelines.” The detached garage was added in the 2000’s during the restoration process.
Jenni provided details on her top five favorite elements of this home, “By far #1 is the huge screened in porch overlooking our beautiful backyard. I will miss this the most. We have spent so many nights sitting out there drinking and relaxing. #2 the close proximity for all the bars, restaurants and shops on 15th street. #3 the beautiful detail and hard work that the O’Neal’s put into this house when they restored it. From the light fixtures, wood trim, preservation of the stained glass and original front door- you can feel the love that was put into this home. Not to mention the claw foot tub in the upstairs bathroom. They didn’t skimp on any of the fixtures through the house either- the kitchen is furnished with stainless steel appliances and the bathrooms are classic style Kohler toilets and sinks. #4 The historical registration - not only does it give you a sense of pride to tell people you live in a protected house that is known for its rich history, you also get a tax abatement that saves you $1,000’s a year. #5 The shockingly huge rooms - at about 3,600 sq ft, the house is large. It’s hard to comprehend when you put a queen size bed in the guest room and the bed looks tiny. Or the media room, after putting our elliptical, couch, love seat, wing back chair and 80” tv - the room still looks empty. We found ourselves antiquing more often to get cool pieces to compliment the house and fill the rooms.”
Frost speculates on what type of person will enjoy being homeowner number five of this historic home, “Who wouldn’t love this home? It’s got all of the modern updates you could need, wrapped up in lovingly restored Victorian beauty and gorgeous landscaping! This home is a dream boat.” She suspects this home will sell quickly, “We had lots of people call about it before it even hit the market! It’s not often you get to see a home like this so there’s been a lot of interest.” Frost agrees that her favorite element of this home is the “…screened in back porch overlooking the backyard. I can just imagine waking up in the morning and drinking a coffee back here!” She adds, “I love all of the details that were saved and restored, the stain glass windows, the original front door, and all of the other little details they included like the labels on the doors to the study, etc.”
Jenni said, “Jeff and I love this home and consider ourselves very lucky to have had time here. We hope the next owners will have the same love we had and take pride in owning a piece of history in the middle of this fast growing neighborhood. It’s a prime location and a front row seat to one of the best shows in town - Downtown Plano!”
The house is listed at $650,000. It is 3,666 sq. ft., has 2.1 baths, 3 bedrooms and is on a half-acre lot. You can view this listing at www.cfragents.com. Frost said, “We’ve had lots of continued interest, but we aren’t sold yet! Come by and see the home while you still can!”