c. 1900 Folk Victorian in Acworth, GA

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Acworth, GA 30101

  • 6 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3053 Sq Ft
  • 0.7 Ac.
One of a very few remaining century homes in the Acworth area. This home has historic import as it was built by the family of Hiram Monroe Adams and is within walking distance of both downtown and Lake Acworth. This home is waiting for the right family with an appreciation of its merits to lovingly restore to its original grandeur. Spacious rooms, numerous fireplaces, gracious entry and porch. Will not last.
Contact Information
Kate H Brown, Solid Source Realty
770-475-1130
OHD Notes
6/9/20 Edit: Back on the market link

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48 Comments on c. 1900 Folk Victorian in Acworth, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Considering the amount of work needed, this is way over priced. Acworth is a pretty cute town, not far from Atlanta. It’s been about 10 years since I visited, recent photos of the downtown shows it’s been livened up since last I saw. I know there’s a group trying to save the depot in Acworth. I hope they are successful, too many old train depots in north Georgia were lost in the 1970’s and ’80s when towns died or progressed.

    • Richard Kennedy says: 21 comments

      Kelly, you took the words right out of my mouth…although I love the house and that huge, wraparound porch. But…for that amount of work, too expensive!

    • Sandra McNichol says: 72 comments

      I also agree Kelly – hoo boy – for the ton of work that this house needs, it’s priced way way too high. But I do love the house, and those stone porch columns and the wraparound front porch. “Will not last”, eh? We’ll see. 🙂

    • Jim says: 5037 comments

      Oh, you guys ruined my dream – I thought this one was “move-in ready”!

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  2. gemma says: 112 comments

    On the mobile, that upstairs hall pic looks creepy.

  3. I like the transom windows looking to the front door, but at any price it will be a total redo. I don’t see much that is salvageable other than the doors that have to be stripped.

  4. Melissa says: 234 comments

    praying that the buyers are fans of “renovation addict”! And yeah, the price.
    I like that this RE Agent at least is pushing the quality and historical importance of the home

  5. Barbara says: 16 comments

    It makes me sad to see a home so neglected and abused and then to see an asking price that is so high for the work needed. I really hope someone who just falls in love and is willing to pay that and do the work to restore it sees it…

  6. Cat says: 5 comments

    This is very close to where I live, but not close enough to where I would make the drive to check it out. I thought that it must be a misprint on the price after seeing the photos (and a couple of them are kind of creepy…), but I suspect the owner of the house has passed and the heirs are hoping to make some money off the old place.

  7. Tia P. says: 54 comments

    I would have thought the price was maybe due to land acreage, but that’s only .07. Maybe they refinanced this home for extra money and are trying to make up the difference. Wow! There really is a lot of work needed indeed. I see such potential through out on the photos shown. I would refurb the sink and tub and reuse them. the 7th photo of the yard is very tranquil. the wrap around porch is really pretty! Maybe they will knock down the price a few times, once it sits for a while.

  8. Hmmm…I live in Woodstock about 15 minutes away. I’m really tempted to check it out. If I do I’ll try to get pics and more info. There’s no way I could seriously consider it due to the price at this point but you never know how much negotiation there is. I’ll try to go by Saturday and scope it out and if it looks pretty solid may set up an appointment. I’ve always wanted a place like this to work on. It may be more work than I want to deal with. I’ll let you guys know.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Cool, please let us know if you go to see it! 🙂

  10. Tracy Miller says: 2 comments

    Interesting house. It does look like a lot of work. What’s with the dining room? Red roses on the table? Was someone living in that room? Maybe for the ghost! 🙂

  11. Bethany says: 3472 comments

    Sorry to expose my ignorance, but can someone tell me the purpose of the miniature door next to the kitchen sink?

  12. John Shiflet says: 5478 comments

    Like Tia, I was expecting to see some acreage with a house in this condition. As others have said, maybe there’s some negotiating room on the price. I’ve seen optimistically priced properties suddenly and drastically drop in price after being on the market for several months. A seller can always negotiate down the price but seldom can raise it and expect a sale. I assume the realtor has done some research on comps to come up with this price. The house has potential but will need some serious TLC to become a pleasant home again.

  13. Bethany says: 3472 comments

    What is the tiny door next to the sink in the kitchen?

    • Richard Kennedy says: 21 comments

      Could the ‘mystery door’ beside the kitchen sink be a dumbwaiter? Otherwise, clueless here.

      • Barbara says: 16 comments

        My husband said dumbwaiter too, but it’s on a downstairs exterior wall. A mystery 🙂 my 12 year old calls the little doors like that “Narnia” doors- because they take you to secret places you would never expect to be there 🙂

    • If the house is old enough, and if the area of the door is attached to the exterior wall, then maybe the space contained an ice box at one time. The ice would have been delivered through the outside wall and placed into the ice box.

      Looks like it’s time for Ross to call another realtor! 🙂

      • John Shiflet says: 5478 comments

        George, I think you hit the nail on the head. It being a delivery door for ice blocks, milk, and groceries makes perfect sense.

    • Christy says: 2 comments

      More than likely an attachment to a root cellar or pantry

      • Christy says: 2 comments

        Now that I say that, it is alot shorter than I thought. The Ice Box scenario seems to be the best bet.

  14. I’ll just note that in addition to all the rather obvious deficiencies the porch as settled on one side, and this has resulted in the lower portion of at least one support column separating from the upper portion. This can be seen in the sixth photograph from the top.

    Sorry, too much needs to be done to bring the ol’ girl back to life! She must have been a pretty sight in her day, though.

  15. Julie says: 107 comments

    This house makes me sad. I found the woman whose name is still on the tax records. She died a year ago. Look how sweet she is! http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Mattie-Crooke&lc=7132&pid=162748082&mid=5403451

    • Jim says: 5037 comments

      Julie, it’s sad that sometimes folks don’t want to let go of the old family house and let it deteriorate like this one – sadder still to think that anyone actually lived here recently.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Julie for sharing.

      She may have not lived here for a number of years. We don’t know the particulars of why it got into the condition it has but I certainly hope it will find a new owner eventually to fix it up.

      • Julie says: 107 comments

        I don’t think she lived here for awhile either. But I sure do love this house. Seeing her makes it more real, somehow, cause I’m always curious about the families who owned these places.

  16. says: 38 comments

    I hope someone saves this sad lady. Needs lots of love.

  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thank you Alan for sending in more exterior photos! He should be along soon to tell us what he saw.

    • Thanks so much for posting the pics! I was hoping they would be good enough to use. Really hope they’ll spark someone to take a look and make an offer.

  18. Hello everyone,

    Let me start off by saying how privileged I feel to be able to contribute to this site in any way. It’s great that I was close enough to check out this house. Kelly, thank you for allowing me to give an update. You do such a wonderful job with this site and I truly appreciate all your hard work.
    I drove to the house last Saturday and was able to wander around and snap some pics. I have sent them to Kelly to post. I really love this house. It is a beautiful structure and has a lot of charm. The porch is wonderful and I really wanted to grab a chair and a cup of coffee and just sit and enjoy the morning. The house has a very welcoming feel to it. I must say, as we can all tell, it needs a lot of work. As I told Kelly, it’s going to take someone with a lot of time, patience, love, and money. I believe it can be saved and brought back but it will take a really big commitment but it will be totally worth it. There are beautiful details in the attic windows, and without knowing the exact architectural term, look like a shamrock design. Under the eaves there are strips of wood rather than solid boards that makes a really nice effect. Even the screens look like shudders so you would open the windows from the inside and then open the screens if you wanted everything completely open. I even loved the roof line as it rambled and had such a nice presence. Even the front walk has a beautiful, natural stone design. On the porch there was a hole in the ceiling and I was able to look straight up to the second floor where you could see the lathe and plaster wall and no insulation. Curiouser George, you mentioned a foundation issue and I saw that as well. The porch floor is concrete and has some severe cracks. I almost think the whole floor would need to be taken out and redone. I think you would pretty much need to strip everything down and rebuild but when it was done it would be a gem! There are pics that Kelly posted of the inside that shows french doors and I have a picture of the front door that actually matches the same window design. The neighborhood is lovely and the house directly across the street is a beautiful, well maintained Victorian. I’m sure they are really hoping someone will buy this grand lady and bring her back. I was able to drive up and down many of the streets and all he homes looked really nice. There were a few newer ones but most were older and native to the neighborhood. The house is close to downtown and close to the lake. A really nice area. Unfortunately, I was not able to see any indication from the outside of where the small door in the kitchen went to. I never went in but I have some pics from the porch where I pressed the phone to the window so there are some shots of the front room.

    My hope is that the seller will be willing to come down on the price and is willing to negotiate. Since the house needs much more work than I am able to do or afford I have not pursued contacting the Realtor. I must say, the place has such a grand, dignified feel to it but all the while just invites you in. It will make a wonderful home for the right person.

    Thanks again for letting me post, Kelly. Thanks everyone.

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  19. John Shiflet says: 5478 comments

    Thanks, Alan. Although the house clearly needs a considerable amount of work it doesn’t seem too far gone to restore. However, as everyone has noted, the selling price is commensurate with a house in better condition. Unless its in a choice, prime location, doubtful many would be interested in paying the asking price for a house needing this much work. It might be worth keeping an eye on this one to see where the pricing goes.

  20. Curiouser George says: 142 comments

    Alan – You obviously went out of your way to report on & explore this house, and I think we all appreciate the added effort required to do so. Well done!

    In that vein, I am hereby suggesting a new forum category be established to be called “Kelly’s Heroes”! It will honor contributors such as yourself who spend extra time, money, and energy to make this site even more enjoyable and informative than it already is. Naturally, I’ll let Kelly be the one to decide who makes her Honor Roll and receives the Kelly Kredits!

  21. John, that is so true. From what I could see with the area, it seemed to have a lot to offer. Nice quiet atmosphere, close to the lake, yet about 40 minutes from Atlanta. Small town living with big town perks. It will be interesting to see if there are any changes in the very near future. We definitely want what’s best for the current owners as well as the new owners.

    Curiouser George, thank you for your kind words. Being only 15 minutes away it was not too much of a burden, and any chance to see a grand place like this is worth it. I really am glad to have been able to contribute in any way. I think you have a great idea, though. I have marveled at the amount of input and information people have put in on the listings and I usually end up learning something from the posts. There are many more that have provided research, links, pics, and so much more and it has enhanced the information provided by the Realtor’s tremendously. I’m simply glad to be a private in this OldHouseDreams army but look forward to checking out any other homes near by in the future. I really enjoy this community.

    And thank you again, Kelly for bringing us all together!

  22. Julie says: 107 comments

    Wow, Alan! Great photos! I am going to try to get by there soon to have a look, too. I wonder if the realtor would let us in if we admitted we really just wanted to take pictures! I love that shamrock window. It’s just a beautiful place! I work with the Georgia Trust sometimes…maybe that would give me some leverage?

  23. Thanks Julie, I really appreciate that! That’s a great idea. I would love to go through it, too. It wouldn’t hurt to ask and be up front. I can call and see what they say. Do weekends work well for you? The worst they can say is no. So what do you do with Georgia Trust (if you don’t mind me asking) I do work with them also with tours and events. What a small world!

    • Julie says: 107 comments

      Alan, I just did a photo show last Wednesday as part of the 2015 Places in Peril announcement event. I hope to work with them on other projects soon. And I’ve got a realtor friend who’s planning to show me the house tomorrow, if you’d like to tag along. It’s not for sure yet, but I’ll keep you posted when I find out from him.

  24. Julie, that is too cool! Places in Peril is such a great arm of Georgia Trust. So glad you were able to help with that. I would love to meet with you both tomorrow if it works out. I have church in the morning until about 12:30 or 1:00. I’ll keep an eye on here in the morning and check for updates. Just let me know what time works out and if I can make it I’ll let you know. So glad you were able to get in touch with a Realtor. Look forward to hearing from you.

  25. Julie says: 107 comments

    I visited Acworth today and HAD to go by and see this place (finally). It has a “sold” sign kind of falling off the for sale sign, but it doesn’t look like a think has been done to the place since these photos were taken. It is truly in bad shape…water dripping over the front steps, the upstairs porch (a later addition) falling off, the back portion of the house obviously slanting a million different ways. And I’ve never loved a house more. It is glorious. I, too, wonder what was paid for it, and what’s going on with it now. In its current condition it will take a lot to fix it up, but I would take it in a New York minute. It’s amazing. I wish I could get inside!

  26. JimHJimH says: 5037 comments
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    Good luck to you Amy! My question would be: Are you going to paint it?

    • GuitarAmy says: 2 comments

      Painting has already happened, but not finished. Lots left to do inside and out, but it is looking better every day.

      • JimHJimH says: 5037 comments
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        That’s great Amy! I admire you for taking on a project that most folks would have shied (or run) away from. It’s quite a house and seems like it has been an important presence in the town for a long time.
        I love the little 2nd floor porch that was added on the main porch roof. I can imagine sitting up there enjoying the view. I hope that survived though I suppose it could be rebuilt easy enough.
        Have you posted any photos yet? We’d love to see this one looking happier than it was a year ago!

  27. says: 2 comments

    How do I post photos?

  28. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11783 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Old photo on FB showing the start of restoration: https://www.facebook.com/CobbLandmarks/photos/a.960269387332138.1073741837.125631484129270/1150747478284327/?type=3&theater

    Hope all is coming along well! 🙂

  29. Update. Look how lovely it’s looking now!

    https://maps.app.goo.gl/QvDgHXFVb7gW3Zi98

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