1903 – Swan Quarter, NC

Added to OHD on 6/25/14   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   11 Comments
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1976 Nc Hwy 45, Swan Quarter, NC 27885

  • $42,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2526 Sq Ft
  • 0.75 Ac.
Amazing opportunity! Investment could easily become an income producing property as a lodge or inn. Situated on almost an acre, this older home has lots of character; high ceilings, intricate wood detailing, original locks/hardware, tall windows - it takes you back in time! Walk in this home and let your imagination run wild with possibilities! Minutes from town and the Ferry Dock.
Contact Information
Stella Mayo, Lake Landing Realty,
(252) 489-1181

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11 Comments on 1903 – Swan Quarter, NC

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is more my style! I wish it came with more than .75 acres but for the price it’s not like I should complain too much.

    It annoys me when photos of the kitchen and bathrooms are not included. You’re there anyway why not take some shots? It’s obvious it’s a fixer upper, show us what needs fixin’!

  2. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    The bones look pretty good but as others have stated, we need to see more. I don’t see any vents coming out of the roof which makes me wonder if it lacks plumbing? A few more photos would answer these questions. Interesting house with a fairly formal staircase and “store bought” mantels.

  3. Kerrie says: 10 comments

    Is it me or does it look like the house is leaning a little? It’s definitely got great restoration potential but….foundation issues…maybe?

  4. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    The house has a brick pier foundation as seen in the photos. One problem with pre-1910 houses is that mortar mixes from that period and earlier often were a mixture of hydrated lime and sand without the addition of Portland cement for added strength. This soft mortar tends to break down over time and can cause brick pier failure. Type “N” modern mortar mix is a softer formula that often works acceptably with later Victorian era bricks but is still too hard for the softer bricks from earlier in the Victorian period. Even when working with very old soft bricks a small amount of Portland cement admixture is usually acceptable to the traditional hydrated lime and sand mortar mix. It’s also possible the ground under some of the piers have subsided over the years causing the floors to become out of level. To level a house, one needs to determine the highest point on the floors and raise the rest of the house leveled to that point. Once can make a room floor schematic and take level measurements in several areas while making notations-when examined with a broader view you can usually determine areas that are uneven and where the floor(s) needs to be jacked up. If the slope is extreme, trying to jack an old floor back to level at once can cause long bowed joists and floorboards to split and crack-best to slowly jack the floor back up to level over time-weeks or even months rather than all at once. A preliminary check around the sills of the main house would be in order to determine out of level areas. If off less than half of an inch, I would probably leave it provided the piers were sound. Plaster cracks can often indicate slopes in walls as can sticking doors and windows.

    • Kerrie says: 10 comments

      If I ever have another question about foundations, mortar or cement I shall just address my questions to you! You are quite a wealth of information and I thank you.

    • Paul says: 1 comments

      Too late folks! I bought it July of last year! The floors are all totally level and the brick piers are in good shape. I am eventually going to replace the piers with footers and block. I replumbed, added new electric service and installed a high efficiency heat pump. Many plans for this home! Probably an Inn in the future!

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5450 comments
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        1889 Eastlake Cottage
        Fort Worth, TX

        Belated Congratulations! Sounds like you are doing everything right and the house has found a caring owner. Even better to hear it may become an Inn in the future; wishing you good luck with the Inn project and thanks for the update.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11931 comments

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Congrats! Let us know if you open it as an inn, we’d love to see the results of your hard work.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5450 comments

    More information about the use of appropriate mortar mixes for historic structures: http://www.myoldhouseonline.com/forum/topics/an-appropriate-lime-mortar-mix

  6. Jared Sanderson says: 1 comments

    Driving to Kill Devil Hills in a few weeks – I will definitely be detouring to do a quick drive-by. This could be a real gem!

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