Queen Anne – Waddy, KY

Added to OHD on 7/19/14 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 31 Comments
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Bath
  • 3512 Sq Ft
  • 15 Ac.
Rare Opportunity to purchase an older stately 2 story brick home on 15 acres. This property is surrounded by 197+/- acres of farmland. House sits well back from the road and has been vacant for 20+ years. This house is a project, but could be a showplace. 10' ceilings, great trim and moldings, hardwood floors. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath upstairs. 2 staircases. Huge main entry with living room, family room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. House is not liveable at this time. Will require vision, talent and skill.
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  • Photos from: Robert Dorgan, Century 21 Abbot Realty & Auction
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30 Comments on Queen Anne – Waddy, KY

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  1. Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10345 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thank you agent for bothering with interior photos! Most agents wouldn’t have bothered, this is an agent I’d hire. Very surprised the rest of the wood wasn’t stolen out of this home. I hope it’s saved before it continues to deteriorate or is lost to vandals. One listing site said this was built 1915 but it feels a decade or two earlier than that.

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  3. AvatarKaren says: 230 comments

    hoping someone with a lot of money buys this home and restores it to its original beauty. so sad to see such a potential beautiful and a once beautiful home in such disarray.

  4. AvatarKimN says: 45 comments

    I want to hug this home. What is the structure outside covered in ivy?

  5. Avatarles says: 5 comments

    Love that arched window!! Definitely looks like there were squatters in there for a while. Was expecting the inside to look a lot rougher considering how bad the exterior looks but it is almost like a time capsule. This was absolutely a grand home back in its day. Hope someone can save it 🙂

  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

    The house does have potential despite its deteriorated state. It looks like a stained glass transom, (now covered with plywood) the staircase balustrade and newels, are gone. The absence of mantel photos suggests they are gone too if there were any. There probably was a stained or leaded window in the staircase landing as well. The first task would be to insure a sound roof over the structure followed by a thorough clean-out of the trash and debris. If one were lucky, they might find bits and pieces of original architectural elements scattered around the house and property. Second task would be to secure the structure from intruders and clear out the overgrowth around the perimeter so the house is clearly visible from all sides. If utilities are available, floodlights, a close-circuit security camera and alarm system might be in order although scavengers and vandals usually avoid properties showing clear signs of habitation or recent renovation. One strategy might be to park an RV next to the house and work on making a couple of rooms habitable but a sound roof has to be priority one. I’m assuming the value is in the 15 acres because a house in this condition is essentially of little value as it will require a lot of TLC and investment. Some of the millwork details look older (maybe 1880’s?) but overall the house seems to date from around 1900. Salvage staircase newels and balustrades can be found and either replica or salvage stained glass windows can be sourced; same for missing fireplace mantels suitable for the period (1885-1905) It would be interesting to learn who the last owner was 20 years ago. They might have some of the missing period items unless they sold them to flea market dealers as often happens. Interesting house.

  7. Paul WPaul W says: 562 comments

    I see a lot of this with family farms. No body wants the old homestead and builds a new house or the property gets sold off to a “farm corporation” and just sits. Shame, this one is restorable but the cost will be significant.

  8. JimJim says: 4204 comments

    Kelly, another thing the realtor has done is probably more important than including interior pictures. He’s listed the property both as a House and as Land, which requires twice as much paperwork. There are always more people looking for a building site than a house requiring this much work, so he’s exposed the house to many more buyers. While some agents would do that to give it the best chance of sale, most would mention the house in passing (or not at all) in the Land listing with maybe one bad photo. He’s also included all of the house photos with the following description:
    Rare Opportunity to purchase small farm on 15 acres in the country. Excellent property to build your dream home and bring your animals. Currently the property does have an older stately brick 2 story home that is not in liveable condition. If you have vision, talent and skills, this home could be turned into a showplace. Call listing agent for more details.

  9. AvatarNebride says: 33 comments

    What a beauty – a true diamond in the rough. That circular porch made me drool and I was fascinated by the interior pictures. Such gorgeous wood work. Real potential there!

  10. TimothyTimothy says: 154 comments

    I know this place needs work and lots of it, but can you imagine the end result? Potential is there. I am reluctant to say it but usually anything you want to buy to replace missing items is available at vintage millwork and window stores. Yes, I know where they get their stock.

  11. AvatarShelly says: 99 comments

    I read where this was originally for sale as 195 acres and now reduced down to fifteen. What I worry about is some one wants the land and demolishes the house. Please let me be wrong! Yes I congratulate the realtor for taking the photo shots to show some of the hidden treasures of this house. I love the porch!

    • JimJim says: 4204 comments

      Shelly, I looked this up on the Shelby County tax map and I didn’t see a 15 acre lot but there is a large parcel there that’s mentioned by the realtor and not now listed. Maybe there’s a subdivision involved.

  12. Avatargemma says: 129 comments

    OMGoodness x 15!!!

    The only thing I know about Waddy is that it is below Lexington and near Berea.

  13. AvatarShelly says: 99 comments

    John I think I misread in the link where I thought I had made this big discovery. I have the awful habit of skimming information and jumping to conclusions. However if I find otherwise I will send you all the link.

  14. AvatarShelly says: 99 comments

    This may not be the same place but the address is and they describe a brick house. Anyway here it is. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17502164/452-Scott-Pike-Waddy-KY/

    • JimJim says: 4204 comments

      Shelly, yup it’s the same place – Listing #1357849 for $1,500,000, reduced to $1,200,000 then pulled off the market last year. You can see that barn next to the house. From Hempridge Rd. on Scott Pike, the drive to the left just before the first bend. Clear as day on Bing birds-eye. The owners (Hargadon) are big in the area and own many more large properties.

  15. Avatarlara jane says: 572 comments

    Is the vacuum cleaner included? I think we’re gonna need it…

    There is enough here to sway a true old house lover. Sure, there are windows missing, but most are extant, ditto the doors. The balustrade could be replicated using what’s remaining upstairs. Mantels and stained glass wouldn’t be difficult to restore, via salvage or reproduction. A lot of lovely woodwork is intact, including that beautiful arch and the pocket doors.

    I wouldn’t find this place frightful if not for the asking price. This house has been vacant for so long, it’s the deferred maintenance that worries me. I heartily applaud Robert Dorgan for his exemplary efforts with this listing, but he forgot one word in a list of buyers assets: “vision, talent, and skill.” And money, Bob, probably lots and lots of money.

    I hope someone with OHD comes along with the necessary vision, talent, skill, and money. I really do. But I fear this one may be doomed. 🙁

  16. AvatarShelly says: 99 comments

    I agree lara Jane with the possible pending future of this house but then I remember the house in Vinegrove and I personally went inside this one and I thought no way would someone buy this but to my surprise a wonderful person who had VISION did come to the rescue. Maybe just maybe this can happen here too if the price was dropped.

  17. AvatarBarbara says: 1 comments

    I love the house and see the vision and would buy it in a heart beat if I had the money to fix it up. I want to take it back from when the owners had it with a few minor upgrades.

  18. AvatarShelly says: 99 comments

    I went to see this house the other day and the woodwork was gorgeous and very much intact. The staircase bannister was there but spindles would have to be reproduced. The house was extremely filthy from vagrants and I will not go into detail if you know what I mean. There is two fireplaces intact with another mantle leaning against a wall. Some old pieces of tile was in the dirt around the entrance fireplace. Some furniture was left behind for example a rocker with claw feet. Not a lot of furniture, I will say this again for twenty years of being vacant the woodwork was in such good condition. I think the floors are pretty much protected because there is old carpet in the rooms. Down side is that there has to be foundation work, perhaps a steel beam would do the trick. There is an exterior wall of the house where it shows signs of settling in the formation of cracks along the bricks. The land is absolutely gorgeous and very level. There is a dairy barn with concrete floors which includes the upper floor of the barn. In the back of the dairy barn is a tobacco pole barn. I was told that there is a fireplace on the property thought to be used for forging metal in the civil war days. This house was owned by a lady who was put into a nursing home by her four children. Her clothes still hang in closets in some of the bedrooms. What a horrible story in fact it angers me to even think about it. The land is divided up because of zoning laws so you have to purchase all fifteen acres. Thought this would be a perfect place to talk a friend of mine to buy the land and I could get the house but not a good time for him. The house itself is not really included in the price and I know you could get it at a much lower price. This is a piece of history worth saving. Wonderful upscale location!

  19. AvatarTara says: 2 comments

    First, I love this site! I am ashamed at the hours I have wasted just looking, but I at least admit it. 🙂

    Second, this house is literally right down the road from me. The price, even with the land, coupled with the outrageous amount of work and money that are required to even think about living in this home, is really beyond crazy. Waddy is a great place to live, as it’s between Louisville and Lexington, but the small town itself is just that; quite small. I am always blown away at Kentucky’s house prices, and this is no exception.

    The really sad part about it all, is this is nothing new. I couldn’t count the number of abandoned homes in a ten mile radius of this one. Farms, homes in towns even, seem to be just sitting, rotting here. If owners, who are clearly not interested in the property at all, just like this one, would come down on their ridiculous prices, then maybe someone like myself could afford them. The interest in old homes in this area does not seem to be as peaked as it once was. Those who do have the means, no longer desire the area. And again, there’s the MEs out there who see something like this, would love to own it, but would rather not even consider it at this price.

    Just throwing this out there I suppose. It’s so disheartening sometimes, to see what you could be saving, only to see the price tag. This is true, for most every home I have seen in my area.

    • Avatarvera says: 1 comments

      Tara I am interested in this house only problem is if I work on it how many (good people) will take all new items that I put in out overnight. Look only way to do is to sleep in the house with gun. I did have this problem with my Victoria house in Old Louisville. Is this area safe for saving this house.

  20. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

    For a long vacant property like this one security is important. The first thing I’d recommend is clearing the perimeter around the property so the house is clearly visible from all sides. You’ll need an electrical service utility pole next to the house anyway (to use corded power tools inside) so at the same time, install a high intensity flood light to illuminate the property. One could also install a temporary utility fence and borrow a large barking dog to keep inside the fenced area. Last, put out “No Trespassing!”; “Violators will be shot”; or, “Protected by Smith & Wesson” signs around the property. Those signs that say: “smile, you’re on camera” are also fairly effective (dummy cameras can be bought cheaply, fake security monitoring company signs are also available.) If all of that does not suffice, one should probably skip over this property.

    Of course, before rehab work begins inside, a couple of 40 cubic yard dumpsters might be needed to clean out the trash and debris. The first priority afterwards would be to get a sound roof over it, then repair and replace broken window glass followed by a methodical approach to restoration. I’d start upstairs first because paint and materials would have to be brought up from downstairs. Once the upstairs is finished, begin the downstairs work. By that time the wiring, plumbing, HVAC systems should have been addressed and be operational. Permits will likely have to be pulled for system change-outs. Last would be inside painting, floor refinishing (and repairs if needed) and exterior porch and trim repair and painting. By that time local folks will know its occupied and you should not have security problems. The only reason its been vandalized is because mainly idle youth are drawn to explore abandoned properties. They vandalize to leave evidence they were there. “Souvenirs” are sometimes taken as well but if its clear the house is being rehabbed and it is no longer open to the elements, most will avoid trespassing. This could be a lovely house post-restoration and it would be a good idea to have a before and after rehab album to show how much has been accomplished. An alternative approach would be to park an RV next to the temporary service pole and with someone on the premises at most times, criminal activity is less likely to occur.

  21. AvatarShelly says: 99 comments

    My take on the area is that it would be a lot more safe than old Louisville. If I were you I would talk to neighbors or people in the town. Honestly I feel it is a relatively safe place but there is always the chance of theft anywhere. I was really impressed with the area. I felt it was on the upscale side. Around the horse people community.

  22. AvatarRob G says: 1 comments

    I have lived in Waddy KY for 16 years and this place has been for sale as long as I can remember. Waddy is in Shelby County which is between Louisville and Frankfort KY. This home is off of Scott Pike and the house is very overgrown. Most of the 300+ acre lots for sale in the county have had to be divided to sale. Why this 195+ acre lot has not been dived yet is really surprising. As far as security goes in the area this is a very rural area! Big dog(s) in the yard will deter any local burglary. Yes we have had some but those of us with out door dogs have done pretty well. Waddy is great place to retire or raise a family. Descent public schools, good shopping and close access to interstates. Most job commutes are in 15-30 minute range. Shelby county was not as hit as hard as most counties in KY during the recession. People are friendly and private at the same time. Quite a bit of wild life in the area too. 1.2 million for almost 200 acres and house that needs total rehab isn’t the norm for the area. Most large parcels that have homes in this price range are move in ready.

  23. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10345 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Back on the market but for the full 195 acres including the house. $875,000 link

    I don’t know guys, it’s not looking good.

  24. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10345 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Officially demolished.

  25. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4715 comments

    Pity. But not surprising considering even a few years back this one was looking “iffy” at best. I can only hope that at least some of the fine millwork was salvaged rather than the whole thing being devoured by a bulldozer. If not salvaged, it only makes the story worse and represents a significant waste of money by those responsible for the demolition.


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