1896 Queen Anne – Brookhaven, MS

Added to OHD on 11/1/11   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   24 Comments
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417 S Railroad Ave, Brookhaven, MS 39601

  • $99,500
  • 6 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4775 Sq Ft
  • 1.05 Ac.
The Sherck-Jones House is located at 417 S. Railroad Avenue in Brookhaven, MS 39601. The Victorian home was built in 1896 and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers appr 4,775 square feet, 6 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, (16 rooms total). The home also showcases beautiful mirrored mantels and fireplaces and there is an elevator access as well.
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24 Comments on 1896 Queen Anne – Brookhaven, MS

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    The interior looks quite austere compared to the ornate exterior. Might have been more ornate inside originally or the photos do not show all the details.

  2. Alicia says: 5 comments

    Does anyone know why its priced as it is?! Gorgeous house!

    • Karen says: 73 comments

      My husband saw this house today and said the train practically runs through the front yard!

      • john c says: 435 comments

        Karen, is this on-market again? I thought the trains, btw, might be daunting. After seeing the house on OHD, I did some research into sound-baffling houses and lots. Not an easy process!

        • Karen says: 73 comments

          I just asked the husband if he recalls a for sale sign at the house. He does not recall—says he gawks at so many old houses in all the little towns he goes through he can’t remember about this one. He will look the next time he goes through Brookhaven.
          John C, I see that you know your way around finding info about old houses, auctions, foreclosures, etc. I’d like to enlist your help—can you help me learn how to find a great deal in Mississippi??? You can email me @ kclongogirl@bellsouth.net.

          • john c says: 435 comments

            How flattering. However, I suspect I can help you most by posting something that may spur others to reply.

            Karen, until my place sells, all “knowledge” on my part is theoritical and not much use. I have had a lot of fun using realtor.com — what I do is go to each county seat in a state, such as Mississippi, and then going to the realtor.com listings for that town. Then I expand the selection by using the 20 mile radius function.

            This gives you the counties and county seats. http://geology.com/county-map/mississippi.shtml

            Cautions and caveats:
            1) Realtor.com does not include all listings, because sometimes realtors do not multi-list, because for one reason or another the multi-list does not pick up a particular house and put it on realtor.com, etc. You will see that Kelly uses Zillow as her primary search vehicle, or gives the impression of doing so, and I admit Zillow should be checked — but it doesn’t have the wonderful radius-increasing function. Zillow does have a wonderful feature of allowing you to filter by excluding houses after a certain year, so that is very helpful.

            (2 While cyber house hunting is a wonderful mental exercise, nothing beats someone going there. Congrats on having a spouse that travels!
            3) To check up on a town, always see what is on-line. I find Topix forum for the town useful, but I often google other sources about the town.

            4) Kelly or others on this forum may have many wonderful suggestions. My own interests are limited by health and age concerns, so I suspect a variety of ideas from a variety of people would allow you to form your own special search paramaters. For example, I look for multi-family homes along the Amtrak routes (or within 20 miles or so) or else what I would term “bungalow” (one story or story and a half homes) in the south, by preference. Moreover, I am looking for places for living during only part of the year — soemthing that impacts HVAC requirements, standards of finish, etc.

            5) Overall I think the greatest deals for me are to be found in Jackson. Jackson has reputedly high crime rates, but to me, living in Chicago with a murder or so within three blocks every year, the crime rates there in Jackson are not bad. See if you can use the different search functions on the different sites to look at a neighborhood called Fondren. (As a matter of fact, see if you can google just that neighborhood.) On the other hand, if you have children, want a compact small town, etc., then look elsewhere at the many small towns in Mississippi.

  3. John C says: 435 comments

    This is now no longer listed on realtor.com, but it is still on Zillow. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/417-S-Railroad-Ave-Brookhaven-MS-39601/2123548600_zpid/ As has been on listing services for less than 80 days, I suspect that the home has been sold, although I certainly may be incorrect.

    As to reasons for the price, one consideration may be location. Railroad Avenue is, as one might expect, directly fronting on one of the railroad lines going through town. Amtrak’s City of New Orleans passenger train goes through both going north and south, and some 15-17 other, freight trains go through a day. Most go through during the day, although a few at night. (I called the local Chamber several months ago.)

    If you use the Street view function on realtor.com or here, you will see that a few blocks away this railroad track emerges from a cut or draw. Homes around that cut or draw are somewhat sheltered from teh train noise, of course, but for the same reaon I suspect that one would find noise channeled out from the draw or cut towards this and the house at 427 S. Railroad as trains approached from that direction.

    Yet another reason — at least as shown by the street photos composing the street view — may be neighbors: to the one side of 417 S Railroad is a derilict or quite decayed structure hidden in dense trees.

    For all that, I suspect that this could be a wonderful home to renovate and restore.

  4. Karen says: 73 comments

    What color(s) would YOU paint the outside of this house??

    • John c says: 435 comments

      There are a couple of variables. I don’t know the condition of the paint that is on it, the wood underneath, etc. I burned -torched — and then sanded off the paint on one huge old house. It is an awful process. However, if it had to be done on this house (because the paint was in bad shape, etc), I’d feel as though I could at that point do whatever seemed period appropriate or perhaps indicated by the layers of paint I discovered.

      Next, another variable is what you intend to do within the exterior walls. If one plans to blow in insulation, etc, that effects the water and moisture retention within. Here in the North that means that (to use my method), you have to take thin walled copper pipe, cut them to about 4 inch lengths, “crimp” or bend them, and then put one in the wall for about every 20 square feet. You do so by pulling out one piece of clapboard slightly and gently pushing one end of the bent piece of copper up over the top of the clapboard underneath/ These whistles allow the walls to breath and lose humidity, something important given our present day silicone caulks, etc., Even so, one might assume more moisture problems. In theory then I would choose a darker/more light abosbing paint than otherwise, in order to lessen the condensation within the wall by making it warmer. One factor to consider is that the old oil paints breathed better than the present day plastic/vinyl paints. YOu can’t get the oil paints, so nowadays you have to consider moisture more than otherwise.

      (I am not sure how applicable that is to homes in the South, but I can see where the dew point being very high on a humid hot night, the same principles might apply — check with others.)

      I have mentioned both paint removal and moisture problems as to oil and plastic paints. When I sanded off the building I mentioned, I thought about the matter for a long time and then used a Sherwin-Williams Woodscapes solid stain. That allows the wood to breath better than a paint. IT does not peel like paint from moisture and thus one can avoid scraping as one has to do with paint. However, that restricts your choices to what is available in solid stains, of course, and, also, means that you can’t get glosses or semi-glosses to add to the effects. (You will need to use enamels, etc. for porch floors.)

      Finally, what kind of landscaping are you going to have around the house? As to this particular house, as I mentioned before, I would consider massive peremter plantings/berms to lessen railroad noise. That impacts choices. A. J. Downing (admittedly several generations before this house) inveighed against the American habit of painting houses staik white, but then admitted that if a house were surrounded by mature trees and so on, the use of white then became a restful color-choice that was in effect tinted by the plantings and the shade.

      Personally I am never offended by all-white or the drab olive/gray that resembles so many oil primer coats. I grew up in an era when people did that. White will reflect light and hence pick up less heat, something also to consider.

      Others who follow this site are very good at historic period restorations, and can give you better advice on that end. Wait for a house with the same sort of gee-gaws etc to appear and then ask them about that house and also mention this one (and paste in the link). They can give you a lot of ideas. Also, Kelly, has listed other sites and some of those are excellent places to get advice.

  5. Virginia says: 2 comments

    Found out from realtor today that this house sold for taxes after taken off market. Unknown how much. Looks much worse now with windows missing and front door open. Grass waist high. Pitiful. House next door at 427 is inhabited and looks loved.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Windows missing? Front door open? What is someone doing to it?

      • Karen says: 73 comments

        Virginia, do you live near by??? Can you tell me what is going on with the house? I have seen it and love it, and my husband likes Brookhaven. That side of Railroad Street becomes less desirable to me. The other side of the tracks is a beautiful historic neighborhood with a wonderful feel to it.

  6. VIRGINIA says: 2 comments

    Kelly and Karen,

    No, I don’t live in Brookhaven. I live about 25 miles west of New Orleans. I was up in that area specifically to check on that house and the one next door at 427. According to the last listing agent, the family could not agree on the sale of the house. Apparently they do not live in the area either. The agent said they are scattered, too far away to stay on top of caring for the house. And either no one was willing to pay the taxes or they forgot about it because the agent said “it got away from them”.

    As for the condition of the house, I noticed two windows missing from the upstairs, one from the turret. And one of the double front doors was wide open. The grass appeared to be nearly as high as the front porch. Hopefully it is not turning into a crack house. There was no sign of life around the house that I could see from the road. No sign of work in progress either.

    The agent did not indicate how much the tax bill was. However, I have noticed that large old houses in city limits in Mississippi usually carry hefty taxes. Guess property taxes make up for the income tax base Mississippi doesn’t have. The taxes on the house at 427 were $2200. This old house is much bigger, not sure about lot size. Still, somebody got a jewel!

    My husband and I are old house shopping for our retirement, so I am sure I will be back to Brookhaven soon. I’ll post updates, because I intend to check for progress!

    Have you checked out the house at 576 Harriston Road, in Lorman, MS? It’s on Trulia. Magnificant old Lady, sitting regally on a hill, desparately in need of someone to rescue her. Youth is SO wasted on the young!

  7. john c says: 435 comments

    Another old home is for sale at http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/539-S-Jackson-St-Brookhaven-MS-39601/112253601_zpid/ That appears to be magnificent on the interior. in terms of what appears to be a central hall somehow squeezed into a Queen Anne.

    Nearer to Railroad is house presently for sale, at a much more modest price, on Whitworth. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/617-N-Whitworth-Ave-Brookhaven-MS-39601/2118800383_zpid/ as well as one on Georgia Street.http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/319-Georgia-Ave-Brookhaven-MS-39601/2118693382_zpid/

  8. chris says: 1 comments

    Dear Virgina, I live next door to this house you are mistaken… no busted windows, no waist high grass??? This house is in fine shape. If any of you all have questions ill be glad to tell you what i know thanks!

  9. Darla says: 3 comments

    The house has been sold, my parents own this home.

  10. anita says: 1 comments

    thanks everyone for the comments yes I did purchase the house last year and it is coming along just beautifully.my house is just gorgeous and I am so thankful everyday that I was able to purchase itI will try to post some new pictures I’m restoring it right now and it is looking beautifulplease let me know if you would like some pictures.

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