1897 – Sonora, CA

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Added to OHD on 11/4/11   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   11 Comments

90 Columbia Way, Sonora, CA 95370

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  • $104,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4502 Sq Ft
  • 0.6 Ac.
Here is your chance to own the Historic Curtain House. This charming victorian is begging for a restoration. This is a Fannie Mae Home Path property. Property data was taken from county records and any potential buyer is to satisfy themselves to the accuracy of said data.
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Shaun Crook,
(209) 532-6993

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11 Comments on 1897 – Sonora, CA

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  1. Tracy says: 91 comments

    Here’s a place that just cries out to be loved again. Don’t know much about this location, but this seems like a heck of a deal for California…

  2. John Shiflet says: 5916 comments

    That little paneled alcove thingy is…sorry, I don’t have a clue, either.
    Kelly, I emphatically agree that any would be buyer MUST read the article you linked to. While I think the article’s claim of having to sink $400,000 into a “money pit” is a bit on the pessimistic side, this is not a mere can-of-paint-and-bit-of-spackle type house. It reminds me somewhat of the 1880’s house in tiny Calvert TX you posted back in July. (2011) That house was was oddly priced a good deal higher than this one and in about the same original condition. (FYI: the Calvert, TX home still is at the same price and remains unsold since my visit to see it a few weeks ago) The local Sonora newspaper article makes it sound like this house is all doom and gloom but truthfully, (unless the photos omit some huge defects) if a restoration contractor type bought the house, he or she could transform it for about $250k (over purchase price) including lots of their sweat equity. However, location is always the main consideration and Sonora is one of those interior CA towns where real estate values have taken major hits in the past few years. The article states this house was once valued at over $500,000 and I don’t doubt it. The surviving period “bones” in the house are very nice but I do see some water staining of woodwork finishes in the foyer. Sonora is a very small town by CA standards (under 5,000 population) but it does have two sawmills (one recently reopened according to Wikipedia) and a Gold Rush heritage tourism base. Unlikely we will see many more 4,500 sq. ft., 4 bdrm, 4 bath, California Victorian homes with nice period details on a generous .6 acre lot for just over $100k again, anytime soon. As recently as 2007, a realtor might have flippantly asked you what room did you want to buy at that price? If you believe the CA real estate market will come back in a few years, this could be a great investment and potential nest egg.

    • John Shiflet says: 5916 comments

      Addendum: a quick streetview tour shows this to be the largest and fanciest house in an otherwise eclectic and modest small town neighborhood. There are two or three other much smaller Victorians nearby as well as a Craftsman and sprinkling of bungalows. A blend of small commercial mom & pop type businesses, parking lots for RV’s. and even a moved-in double-wide are present. But the large lot the house sits on is impressive with a native stone retaining wall, and a rare original ornamental iron fence. It also appears one of the 3 stained glass front stained glass windows has gone missing since the streetview was taken. Nice ornamental fountain in front of the house as well.

  3. toscar says: 46 comments


    A diamond in the rough for sure. Just imagine this restored.

    If only it wasn’t in California….. 🙁


  4. Kevin ONeill says: 160 comments

    I’m thinking HUGE moisture issues here. look what’s evident in some of the pictures. Just think whats under the lathe and plaster, mold! Big money to get this fixed but what a price. I would do it.

  5. Wendy says: 23 comments

    This once was … and still could be …. one fantastic house! Love the huge entrance.

  6. Linda says: 25 comments

    Help me PLEASE!!!!

  7. HarleysmomHarleysmom says: 116 comments
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    Windsor, CA

    Update this house has been restored and looks amazing!


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