Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I WANNA live there Wednesday # 78

Good morning everyone -

Last week I featured this amazing house - for 39,000 ( I'm still dreaming of the amazing hauntingly gorgeous master bedroom )

AND if you thought last week's price was over the top ridiculous - they're actually GIVING this one away!
You have to have it moved though -

Suzan says - I'd like to move that house here
John says - They'll kill you with duty and taxes at the border

Which struck me as so hilarious - can you imagine showing up at the border with a HOUSE lmho?

Anything to declare M'am ?
No, why?
You appear to have something attached to your car
This old thing?  It's my camper - we can't afford hotels

Price: $0 (must be moved)
Location: Grimesland, North Carolina
Contact: Claudia Deviney, 252-482-7455 

The History: After a fire destroyed the longtime home of tobacco baron Joseph John Laughinghouse in 1903, he and his wife, Eliza, decided to sell their 1,000-acre plantation. The land, which had been in Joseph's family for more than 100 years, contained some of the finest tobacco-growing soil around. Brothers Clarence and William Faucette, tobacconists by trade, bought the parcel for $20,000 and had so much success farming it that William was able to buy out Clarence's share and pay off the bank in only seven years. Around 1910, William built this grand farmhouse on the site of the original house, and he lived there with his wife and daughter, both named Louise. The house stayed in the family until 2011, when the owner of an adjacent property bought the estate for the land. He is now offering the house to anyone willing to move it. 

Shown: The 4,363-square-foot house has six bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. It retains original exterior details, such as Doric columns and the center gable's fish-scale shingles.

Why Save It? The wood clapboard house retains late-Victorian details, including multiple window bays, two patterned brick chimneys, and a 1,086-square-foot porch. Eight mantels and fluted casings around each of the 27 windows are among the elaborate features inside. 

Shown: A balcony is tucked under the center gable.

  •  What it needs: Aside from lacking a permanent plot, the house is in reasonable shape. The kitchen and baths are in working order but should be updated, along with the systems, after the house is moved. Grimesland, 12 miles from Greenville, is a town of fewer than 500 people. Nearby lots start around $20,000—or, for $1.5 million, you can buy an 88-acre parcel down the road and farm an estate all your own. 

    Shown: The staircase has an elaborate balustrade and sunburst-patterned stair scrolls.

French doors fitted with transoms draw light into the dining room.

One of eight decorative mantels found throughout the house.

The home is in remarkably good condition and retains the original baseboards and casings.

And this next one is just across the border from where I live - so....................I'd go down to the river that it sits beside - on the pretense of spending a day fishing - and build a raft - this could simply float across the border - just call me the Canadian version of Huckleberry Finn !  Can't you just see it with a wrap around porch?
I'd take this one for the barn alone !  I'd have to camouflage it somehow first - the red would be too conspicuous floating away....

Price: $24,900
Location: Newport, N.Y.
Contact: Kay Delano, 315-826-7070

The history: After purchasing this circa 1850 farmhouse in 2005, John Slifka made an interesting discovery in the attic: a box of journals belonging to a former occupant named Emily Higgins. A terse entry from the winter of 1887 went like this: "Pleasant, plenty of snow for good sleighing. I have been making a variety (of) cakes today." Not the most riveting stuff—just an account of the simple things that brought joy to a girl in small-town central New York long before PlayStations and iPads. Around 1900, the house was sold to Frank Fitch, who ran Newport's limestone gristmill. And in 1948, it became home to the Sherman family, who remained there for 57 years.

Why save it? The three-bedroom house sits on a hill overlooking the trout-filled West Canada Creek, which is more of a river than its name suggests. The house has a sturdy limestone foundation and retains wainscoting in the upstairs bedrooms, rustic yellow-pine plank flooring, and huge two-over-two windows, which flood the interior with light.

Shown: Also included with the house is this charming red clapboard barn.

What it needs: Exterior restoration, starting with a new front sill to replace the rotted one. The house also requires all new systems as well as updates to its kitchen and only bathroom. The asphalt-shingle roof is in good shape, and the house's water comes from a nearby spring. Once your work is done, you can start chronicling the charms of your own small-town winters, and even bake 
a cake or two.

Shown: The barn windows are crowned with classically styled entablatures.

The stylish barn details abound above the windows, too.

New systems and a kitchen update are necessary for this farmhouse.

Nearly floor-to-ceiling windows make the front parlor bright and cheery.

An original staircase leads to a second-floor landing and three bedrooms.

An original staircase leads to a second-floor landing and three bedrooms.

You all have a wonderful day - 

I'm asking John to build a raft or 2 and I'm going to be scouring Craigs list for a super duper trailer hitch.
I've got some houses to get across the border !!!!!!!!!

Have a good one all

I'll be at these fabulous parties !
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  1. I understand this. Last week I entertained an idea for a mission that was for sale. I'm not kidding. xoxo

  2. And do you think it'll be very expensive to move one of this house to Brittany? French customer officers may not notice a thing ;)

  3. Amazing homes! I wish I could save one of them.

  4. These two homes really need to be saved Suzan. I love the red barn! Just look at all the fancy trim on it. They would be quite the projects for someone to restore.

  5. OR.... have you considered a high powered helicopter and haul it by the lightning rods? I wish you the best because I'd love to see these art pieces get saved.

  6. LOL, that was hilarious...when questioned you could always just say "house? What house?". I do wonder if it's just so outrageously expensive to move these homes. I wonder if they get torn down if they don't get any takers? Sad to think that.

  7. I want someone to come and take our barn away. I'd post a free if you come and get it ad, but hubby likes the big old thing. phft Not really the same, but a little.. ;)

  8. aw man....the first one is close to me (in NC). I wonder if hubby could get it on the trailer? lol

  9. I volunteer to go with you to bring it back! Can you hear me yelling ROAD TRIP! : )

    I adore old houses, which is why we are in our très expensive fixer upper. This place is going to cost us a bomb. It would have felt better if we paid $0 but we didn't. Just call us old house suckers! Patty/NS

  10. I live in NC and I grew up in the 315...a little too cold at my age. But the houses are great!

  11. Hey, I'll come help distract the border patrol. In fact if a bunch of crazy bloggers showed up, we could get them so confused they'd never notice that little 'camper' you were dragging across the border. Go for it! What a great old building.

  12. What a gorgeous house. I could actually see you convincing the border guards to let you through. In fact I am pretty sure you would have a conversation.......

  13. They are both gorgeous. It would be interesting to know what becomes of them. Being able to move your house is not something I can quite get to grips with though.

  14. I have actually seen several homes thus size relocated around here. It is a bit disconcerting to see them sawed in half or even fourths traveling at about 10 mph. They are quite spectacular when finished I just want the red barn. If all your readers got together I bet we could move that thing in a day! Just let John know we are coming.

  15. If I had the time, money and a place to put either of those houses I would do it! I am totally over the moon about the barn that comes with the second property. Darling!

  16. I say everyone who posts a comment chip in and we save them. Move them close to the boarder and with all these great minds rebuild them. Sell them and then start over. We Can Do This. ..

    1. I so agree with you BarbaraAnn lol - we could fix them up and have a blog conference and THEN sell them !

    2. Oh I would so love to do that!

  17. These are truly worth saving.

  18. Oh, all I can do is drool. You are right....someone needs to save them. Lovely and delightful. But living here in CA, there is no way they can be moved here....sigh.....


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