This is an interesting Amish home. The outside looks like the home of a family in a plain or plain-ish community — but the inside suggests otherwise. The place is Bonaparte, Iowa (Van Buren County), a settlement of two church districts.
The exterior design of the home is a very simple boxy architectural look, which would coincide with plainer churches. Not too many design frills and details. Contrast this with the design of this Kentucky Amish home we looked at previously.
One note on the photo above: you can see on the left that the electricity meter is missing from the box on the telephone pole. This is a tell-tale sign of an Amish family living in a property that was once English.
However the home looks like it was built in an Amish style. Perhaps the property originally had a different home on it, which was then demolished to build something larger.
Going inside, the mud room when you enter looks rather plain. I’m not sure what the white appliance thing on the wall is. Some type of lantern hangs from the ceiling.
Further inside, the place reveals a simple but more “modern”, at least for the Amish, look. Here’s a view of the dining table and kitchen.
What do you think about this kitchen, especially compared to others we’ve seen recently? Pretty modern look, particularly the counter, sink fixture, and cabinets.
Nice view out the kitchen sink window of the barn. We’ll return to that in a minute.
Wall-mounted china cabinet.
Children’s play area.
This sitting room does have a classic item seen in the plainest homes – the hickory rocker.
But the room also has an upholstered chair, which would not be found in homes like the very plain Seymour, MO home or this Amish home in New York. The second rocker looks to be of a more sophisticated design as well.
Next, a bedroom with crib. Looks pretty cozy. The home has an unfinished look in places though, as you can see by the window here. This home was built in 2015, but listed less than two years later, so they might have never gotten around to the final touches.
Another angle in the same room, we can see the edge of what is probably an LED-type lamp with classic glass shade in a wolf motif. This home has four bedrooms. Is that another we see through the door?
Let’s take a look at the basement before heading outside. Here we can see benches in the basement for church. Also notice the retractable laundry lines.
I would guess the family timed the realtor photos to coincide with when their home would be looking its best — in other words following the traditional big cleaning before hosting church.
The clock on the wall will give the preachers a sense of timing as they progress through the typically three-hour Sunday service. Looks like an antler mount next to it.
Now outside for a look around. Here’s the porch, with a diesel engine to generate power. Easy access right outside the door. Though you probably wouldn’t want to plop down and try to relax next to it while it’s running.
This appears to be the entrance to the mud room we saw earlier. I’m guessing those are solar-powered lights on either side of the walkway.
Looking at the barn, we can just barely catch a glimpse of the buggy tucked away inside. Looks like an Indiana-style buggy.
And a flat wagon in the background of a small garden.
And here’s a small flower or herb garden and some sort of shed.
The listing says that this home was sold for $130,000 in 2018.
Looking at these photos of Amish homes, we can make some educated guesses about the people who live(d) in them. But of course we don’t get the whole story.
Why did this family decide to sell a freshly-built home? They couldn’t have outgrown it so quickly. What was their reason to move? A touch of mystery lingers around these listings.