Queen Anne Cottage - General Description

This charming and cozy Queen Anne Cottage (1894) is located in the Five Sisters neighborhood in Burlington’s south side. The home resides in the most highly sought-after area in Burlington because of its walkability to downtown, the University of Vermont, the Medical Center, the Arts district, and the Burlington Bike Path.

The Five Sisters neighborhood is recognized as an historic area.  The cottage is not designated as such to retain owner control. This gem has been modernized inside, with an open concept floor plan, while retaining the original historic exterior design.

The home has 1,171 square feet of livable space. The first floor consists of a front porch, an office/study, a living room with dining area, modernized kitchen, full bathroom, and back porch. The staircase ascends from the office/study to the second-floor primary bedroom, guest room, and a full bathroom. The primary bedroom has cherry custom built in dressers that have inlaid images of Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump, which augment the original wood floors.

This house has been well maintained and is move in ready. The major appliances have been replaced in the last eight years. The asphalt parking area was replaced and enlarged to accommodate four vehicles.

The gas furnace, with central air conditioning, was replaced in 2020. A Hearthstone gas parlor stove provides a cozy feel for the living room. The primary bedroom has supplemental electric baseboard heat that is controlled by an individual thermostat.

The oversized corner lot/yard is great for entertaining and gardening, complete with a butternut (white walnut) tree that was voted “My Favorite Tree” in Burlington (2015) by BranchOutBurlington.org.

The Five Sisters neighborhood was voted among the ten best cottage neighborhoods in the country in 2007.  Within walking distance, you can find yoga studios, coffee shops, bakeries, gourmet food markets, breakfast, lunch, dinner places, and much more. You cannot beat the location if you need to get downtown, to Shelburne Road, or the interstate quickly.

Ownership of this property is a rare opportunity.  The owners have elected to accept offers for transfer of this historic property to a new owner, who seeks the charm and coziness’ of a residence in a vibrant city and in a special state!

The data provided on queenannefivesisters.com is designed to provide answers to common questions so that prospective buyers feel comfortable in acting decisively.

Contact: James L Reagan 1-802-503-4545

45 Howard Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 


List Price: $499,950

Queen Anne Cottage Design Elements

This small one-and-half story wood-frame house is a good example of the adaption of a simple vernacular style into popular housing in a more “urban” setting. Here it is oriented gable end to the street to fit an urban lot, a bay window centered in the gable end, two twin windows above, and a small porch on the right side to shelter the main entrance, and it is decorated with elaborate Queen Anne stickwork siding. Dentil lintels top the windows and door openings. Architectural historians not the fish scale shingles, crisscross stickwork, and window brackets.  The front porch has turned posts. Characteristic building materials include balloon frame structures clad in wooden clapboard and covered by a slate roof.  The foundation is made from Redstone, or more precisely Monkton Quartzite, a sedimentary rock with iron oxide giving it’ distinctive color.  It was undoubtedly obtained from the Redstone Quarry on Hoover Street .8 miles away.  Burlington was the third largest lumber port in the country at the time of construction, so lumber for construction was readily available.   

John Roberts- builder, designer, engineer and contractor, added diamond shaped signature panel on each side.  The best guess for year of construction is 1894, one of the last Roberts houses, and noted as one of the best ones.  This home was designed as a more modest “human scale” and meant to fit in with the more walk-able character of the Five Sisters neighborhood.