1884 – Madison, GA

Added to OHD on 4/19/13   -   Last OHD Update: 11/29/20   -   16 Comments
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580 S Main St, Madison, GA 30650

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  • $599,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4303 Sq Ft
  • 1.4 Ac.
Historic Hunter House built in 1884. Madison, Georgia-only 40 minutes to Atlanta. The most photographed house in Georgia. 5Bedroom Extensive Frette work. Seven fireplaces, stained glass windows, wrap around porch. Great Main Street Lot. 1.4 Acres. Only owned by one family since 1884.
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Anita Wheeler, Sotheby's Intl. Realty
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16 Comments on 1884 – Madison, GA

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  1. FergusFergus says: 230 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    Wow! This house has been one of the wallpapers on my computer since god knows how long. It’s so nice to see what it looks like on the inside, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Such a gorgeous home, even if there aren’t enough pics of the interior.

  2. Trish @TheOldPostRoad says: 24 comments

    Kelly – that house is a block from my home! Ms. Hunter was over 100 when she passed away a few years ago and was a living angel – so very nice. (I’ve heard that is the most photographed home in Georgia – but that could just be a local tale).

  3. says: 459 comments

    Interesting that it’s the most photographed house in the state because I’ve never seen it before. It’s a pretty place, though.

  4. Bob H says: 76 comments

    Pretty house. I love Madison and looked at a couple houses there. However, half the town is for sale and it seems the sellers still think it is 2006 and not 2013. I wish them well.

  5. Larissa says: 7 comments

    What a beauty! I love the floor plan but the first mission for the new owner would be to strip off all that white paint on the mantels. πŸ˜‰

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12114 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    A reminder to anyone who wants to evaluate the condition of a home by a few photographs, read my comment rules, “Do not assume anything by looking at the pictures, many times it’s not as nice or as bad as it appears in pics. So be careful when evaluating the condition of the home before making a comment about it. If you are seriously interested in the home, contact the agent and visit the house in person or hire a home inspector. Don’t rely on strangers going by fuzzy pictures on what the house may or may not need.”

    • lara janelara jane says: 469 comments
      OHD Supporter

      To add to your comment, Kelly, I — ever the idealist!!! — always hope that the “inconspicuously absent” kitchen & bath photos means those rooms have not been updated and are thus unappealing to the average buyer! πŸ˜‰

      Now I agree that updating the mechanicals alone would be a great investment. And I also agree with Bob H that this asking price seems… optimistic. It worries me that the person with the kind of money they’re wanting for this house will not be as kind to it as someone who could afford it with its first digit knocked off (I know, that is reeeeally reaching, but I’m trying to make a point here!). Repairing cracked plaster and wood refinishing are two basics in old-home restoration. If you’re a true Old House Dreamer, you wouldn’t bat an eye at those types of things, and they don’t cost a whole lot (not in dollars, anyway) when you’re willing to DIY. But again, I don’t think most Old House Dreamers can pay three-quarters of a million dollars for a fixer upper!

      Having rambled far too long, I do have to comment on the house itself. It really is something! The tall ceilings are swoon-worthy, and you can just make out the interesting staircase. Can’t you imagine it all with its wood refinished, some fresh wallpaper, and drapes that weren’t made before I was born? πŸ˜‰ It has so much potential, and the setting is absolutely lovely!

  7. Vicki says: 50 comments

    Not gonna yell, Ryan M. :-}
    Yep, it would cost a shedload to renovate this. It needs someone with deep pockets. We’ve been over this before, but many of us Old House Dreamers aren’t looking at the ROI but rather the beauty and the charm. Hopefully someone will show it the love it deserves, cost be damned.

  8. Timothy says: 141 comments

    Anyone else notice all the locks on the front door? Should that be any indication of the neighborhood? I always hope that when there is just one family owning a home that they would love the woodwork enough to not paint it over but cherish it just the way it is.

    • Trish @TheOldPostRoad says: 24 comments

      Definitely a safe neighborhood – but she lived alone and was elderly, so probably felt safer with lots of locks.

  9. Teri says: 72 comments

    I would take the carpet up first thing …bet there is gorgeous wood floors underneath all that. I can see an inkling of the staircase which looks gorgeous. But yes it is quite pricey to say the least and will never sell for that.

  10. Trish @TheOldPostRoad says: 24 comments

    This home
    is located across the street from that one. $1,250,000

  11. Bob H says: 76 comments

    There are several houses in Madison asking top dollar. They have also been on the market for years and years. Madison is indeed well preserved as a historic town. I encourage folks to come check it out.

    The point I was making about the price was when Atlanta region was booming in the 90s and early 2000s 775 was a realistic price. Now it is far off the mark. It will be along time, if ever, before this is a realistic price again.

    As for the renno cost, a old house lover buys a house BECAUSE of the chance to bring back a BEAUTY like this one te cost be damned. Over 20 or 30 years a project at a time… You get to hold your head high and smile at your part in keeping an old house alive.

  12. Nancy says: 170 comments

    I love this house! It looks like a wedding cake. The outside is just gorgeous and the inside could be as well. Wish I had those “deep pockets”. The house for over a million right by it is move in ready, but this could be fabulous.

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12114 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’ve switched it back to “Active”. Thank you for telling us more about the house. I hope it will get a huge price reduction, make it more attractive in that aspect.

  14. Lynn says: 1 comments

    If I owned it, my first mission would be to take out the vinyl in the entry and the carpeting on the lower floor. I’ll bet the original floors were beautiful.


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