1861 – Dallas, GA

SOLD / Archived From 2012
Added to OHD on 3/8/12   -   Last OHD Update: 10/29/18   -   18 Comments
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  • $55,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2519 Sq Ft
  • 1.5 Ac.
Own a piece of history. Located in Historic Dallas this 1861 home was the prior residence of Doctor Foster. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 fireplaces, built-in bookcases, skylight, parlor, great room. Needs restoration to bring it back to full southern charm. Sits on over 1.5 acres in the city of Dallas.
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18 Comments on 1861 – Dallas, GA

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  1. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 449 comments

    Agreed, Kelly. The listing has undergone a remarkable redemption, and many of the interior spaces really are quite spacious and nice. The exterior, while it needs some attention, could be a beauty.

  2. AvatarRyan says: 569 comments

    Wow, you’re right. From the other pics, I had no idea the rooms were so big and the ceilings so high in this house. Although it obviously still needs some work, this place could make a really impressive home.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    I’m wondering if this isn’t one of those regional Southern vernacular “Piano” type houses so called because they closely resemble the form of the square grand pianos of that period. I’ve found a couple in East Texas, (Clarksville, TX) but I believe they are far more common in southeastern states. It’s great to see the period photo because how else would one know about the frilly gingerbread on the porch and ornate gable braces/ornaments? The house has had some modern changes but the form remains true to the period. It comes with a generous one and a half acre lot, an added positive.

  4. JimJim says: 4197 comments

    I can’t recall seeing any wood frame facade surviving for 150 years as unaltered as this.

  5. this home is a diamond in the rough. i would love to own this fine home.

  6. home is beautiful. a diamond in the rough.

  7. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Interesting this started out at $250,000 and is now down to $55,500.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      That drastic of a drop in price always makes me wonder what’s wrong with it but there are several plausible explanations that come to mind. First, if a property was for sale by the owners and then goes into foreclosure, the lender often just wants to get it off the books at whatever quick sale price they can get. A second possibility is a family situation where no one in the family wants to live in it so a consensus is reached to continue dropping the price until it sells. Yet another possibility is a potential buyer backed away from the property after finding something that might have been costly to fix. The sellers may not have been aware of the added expenses so they dropped the price enough to justify it even with needed repairs. And then there are imponderable reasons that only the sellers and a potential buyer would be aware of. $55.5k for a house of this age on a one and a half acre lot makes it a very attractive buy, IMO.

  8. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    In 2000 it sold for $100,000 and in 2005 a loan issued, although don’t know the amount. It went into foreclosure last year with an unpaid balance of $161,100. This all comes from Zillow’s foreclosure information (which can be viewed when logged into Zillow.) My guess is when it was first listed at $250,000 someone expected it to appeal to a commercial buyer. Even with the work needed, this seems like someone is going to get a great deal. If it were nearer to me and I was able, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  9. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    A reader named Chad let me know that an agent (or agents?) with Hometown Realty purchased the home and restored it. I added a photo from their website in the post so you can see the after shot. It’s one of the best exterior restorations I’ve seen in a while (don’t know what they did to the interior.) I believe it’s a residence/office now.

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    The rehabbed property looks great-I like that they even put the ornamental gable braces back. It shows how beautiful some of these neglected old houses can look after some TLC.

  11. Avatarjerry wamsley says: 3 comments

    I want to commend you for a truly lovely restoration.

  12. JimJim says: 4197 comments

    Interesting. The house sold for $57,049 on 1 May 2013 (but was listed 14 May for $55K ?) The roof was redone by the new Streetview in June and now it’s all done, the exterior at least. They kept the old wood siding; I’m always amazed how much more authentic imperfect old siding looks than new (or much worse – aluminum or vinyl). I hope the replaced ornamental work is wood, not the foam stuff available.

  13. AvatarJeff & Rhonda Bowman, Hometown Realty in Dallas, GA says: 2 comments

    We stumbled across this page purely by accident today and were amazed and thrilled to find folks who are interested in our lovely restored home in Dallas, GA. We had been watching this house for a while and were stunned when it listed for sale at only $55k and couldn’t believe our good fortune in being the ones with the highest bid. As some of you have said, it was an amazing price and we were excited and afraid at the same time. What if we had missed something in our assessment of potential restoration costs!! We began working on it immediately after closing and at this point have done the following: New roof, new HVAC, new exterior & interior paint, replaced broken window panes (moved old panes from back windows to front to maintain continuity in appearance for front windows), refinished wood floors, replaced exterior trim to match as closely as possible to old pictures we had been given (wood, not foam), re-wired to current electrical standards, removed aluminum windows from side porch & added ginger bread trim here too, and much more smaller stuff that is hard to remember and list. We purchased this house with a plan to restore and either sell or move our office into. Before the project was complete, we had fallen completely in love with the place and could not bring ourselves to sell it. We opened in October 2013 for our company’s main office and also have a bedroom there so that we can stay whenever we like. It has been an incredible experience thus far and there is still work to be done. There is a detached garage/building that will be restored soon and landscaping galore! Everyone is welcome to come and see the house and see for yourself how beautiful and magnificent the old place turned out. We would be happy to share the inside pictures. Just let me know how to put them on your page. We are the Broker/Owners of Hometown Realty and Jeff is a retired electrician so he did all of the re-wiring. We were very fortunate to know a wonderful carpenter (Will Fortenberry) who had helped us build our home a few years ago and he did an amazing job in bringing this place back to its former beauty. In addition to many, many pieces of trim that he handcut to match as closely as possible, he had to lift the front foundation at the front porch to stop the sagging, replace many rotten boards that included basically re-building the little front porches, and much, much more. Our painters (Covenant Painting) did an incredible job of blasting years of paint off the exterior and repairing and repainting the exterior and interior plaster walls. Not to mention repairing windows and re-glazing as necessary. The floors were a dark brown that you could not imagine would ever come clean or ever look nice again but Roy Rayban (floor refinisher) proved us wrong on that one and they are one of the biggest surprises with the beautiful gloss finish on the heart pine boards. The interior walls are a light green shade which was one of the apparent original colors that we could find evidence of in the house and also seems appropriate for the era in which it was built. One of the most amazing parts of the house is the interior room which was originally a courtyard/atrium. It was closed in in the 1930s and finished with pine walls, floors and a vaulted pine ceiling to a 4′ skylight. With columns and built-in bookshelves at one end this room is unique and pretty amazing. This is a pretty long “reply” but once we get started talking about this house, we have a hard time stopping, LOL. Thank you again for all of your interest and kind words. Sincerely, Rhonda & Jeff Bowman

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    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Hi Rhonda and Jeff! Thanks for restoring this home. When it sold, I was afraid to think of what would happen to it, I was incredibly happy to hear that someone had bought and restored it properly.

      There’s no way to upload pics but you are welcome to email them to me and I can upload them for others to see, kelly@oldhousedreams.com

      Or, if you want to post a link to an album/page with photos, that’s fine too.

      Congratulations and thanks for saving it!

  14. AvatarRhonda & Jeff Bowman says: 2 comments

    Thank you again and we were very happy to save it! I will send you some pictures for posting asap. Thanks!

  15. AvatarGlynn says: 35 comments

    Beautiful renovation!

  16. AvatarKema's Mimi says: 1 comments

    I hope the new owners find a way to remove the “range hood” additions to the window awnings without damaging the siding.

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