Blythe, GA

Added to OHD on 4/13/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   34 Comments
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336 Church St, Blythe, GA 30805

  • $48,500
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2497 Sq Ft
  • 2 Ac.
This is an expansive century old home wanting to reclaim its former glory. Good proof and original hardwood floors. Looking for a buyer able to see possibilities in restoration. No sellers disclosure.
Contact Information
Karen Lewis, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate,
706-840-1943

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34 Comments on Blythe, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date given was 1916 but this looked way older than that.

    • KAY WILBANKS says: 64 comments

      My Mother is 93 years old and grew up in Blythe, Ga. I went and looked at this house this summer with my husband. From what I have been told from relatives, this house was built before the Civil War. My great aunt was married in this house in 1948 and I have the pictures. It was a beautiful old place then from the pictures;however I was not born then. At that time it was considered the Sims old house. Just a little information you may want to know.

      • karen Lewis says: 1 comments

        Hi Kay Wilbanks ! THANKS for your comment ! I would so love to see these old photos.
        The house has been sold and will be restored ~ it would be great to see what the original interior looked like ~ can you scan photos ? thanks again ~
        Karen Lewis

  2. Bethany says: 3480 comments

    “No sellers disclosure” is a little scary, but I would be willing to take the risk for such a great place! (if I had deep pockets and lived in GA, that is)

  3. Laurie W. says: 1759 comments

    No seller’s disclosure? Can they do that? I didn’t realize it’s legal in some states. That alone would scare me away — what ain’t they telling? Ghosts I can deal with, but a lot of other things, not.

    It does look much older than 1916. The street view was 2012 & shows it in better shape, seemingly occupied. It is surrounded by some ramshackle-ness but in peaceful country.

  4. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1026 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Bird house at the top of the column — sweet!

  5. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Except for the staircase details which may or may not be original, only a few stylistic clues remain for accurate dating. The floor to ceiling windows, symmetrical layout, centered entry with sidelights, and chimneys at either end, are consistent with a modest Antebellum house nominally in the Greek Revival style. Therefore, I’ll speculate the original house might date from 1840-1860 but its seen many (mainly interior) changes over the years. Some old house detective work is needed if knowing how old the place is makes a difference. Two acres, an indication that this might have been a farmhouse way back when. Certainly the house and two acres sound like a good deal but without the customary sellers disclosure, due diligence and inspections are necessary.

    • says: 485 comments

      Yeah, I agree about the dates, at least from looking at the exterior. It’s got some classic features outside. Looks like the interior has been messed with some. I wonder what’s up with those battens in the hallway. What exactly are the holding up…old paneling or just plywood or something? And I wonder what they’re hiding too.

      • Steve M. says: 34 comments

        Don’t want to sound too repetitive, so will say instead, estoy también de acuerdo con las fechas. Sweet house, wonderful scale. Some states don’t require disclosure, but if there is none, it’s caveat emptor (which means, literally, “cave-like empty house, so be careful”).

        What a grand porch, massive columns, and I’m a sucker for ceiling-to-floor windows. But the piece de resistance–four languages in one post, where else you gonna get that?–is the birdhouse. To die for! (which accounts for the big pile of feathers just beneath it).

  6. RitaB says: 109 comments

    Georgia law allows you ten days from contract acceptance by the seller to back out of the deal for any reason. You don’t even have to write it into the contract that it is subject to inspection. You can have everyone and his dog inspect it for you during that time and if you decide you don’t want it, you just say so (and back it up in a written notice), and the contract goes away; you get your earnest money back and you move on to the next old house.

  7. KarenB says: 242 comments

    Another one I really like! So glad Kelly this site was not available years ago because I would be constantly moving! Would love to see more pictures of the interior but from what I’ve seen I would take a chance on this house. Ghosts would be kinda cool if that is what they aren’t disclosing!

  8. Michael says: 15 comments

    Yes, this house looks older than 1916. That stairway is pretty primitive, and some homes in the early 1800s had stairways like this. I couldn’t tell if the floors were wide planks or more narrow boards like the ones used in Victorian homes — or if they are oak or maybe poplar, which was an early wood used in flooring. The price is right, but I want to live in south Louisiana or near Natchez, Miss. Does anyone know if a house like this could be moved that far, and about how much it would cost? I have no expertise in that area but would consider moving an old home to Louisiana since I haven’t been able to find anything there. I wonder if local historical societies would object to such a move, though. I have seen several of Kelly’s old homes with a low price, but do not know how, how much, or “if” any of them could be moved that far.

  9. Chase Keough says: 1 comments

    This house resembles (to me) nothing built in the 1800s nor the 1860s.. Looks like 1916 is around about the correct dating in my book — Especially telling by not only the Exterior but the Interior, also. It also appears to have been done up over the years — Im seeing a lot of 60s/70s vibe.

  10. augman says: 39 comments

    I wonder what type of activity that large drainage pond serves (about a 1/2 mile to the southwest of this property). Gotta be careful! Have you ever read the expose’ on pig farms? I’m not saying that is what this pond is, but drainage ponds near properties you are considering should always be checked out.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11892 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I don’t see a pond 1/2 mile away but a couple of miles SW. Perhaps it’s a reservoir to water the hay field and orchard next to it?

  11. adam says: 3 comments

    Went and looked at the house today. Definitely has not been lived in for quite sometime now. A lot of work needs to be done due to poor remodeling. A skylight was added above the staircase and looks to have been done incorrectly and the roof sags in the same area. There is a 2×4 that is on the staircase to hold the roof up. The back porch also was jerry rigged as well and would need to be torn down. Vinyl siding is covering the old wood siding. I can say there are no pig farms there and the utilities are all city. We are going tomorrow to do an inspection and hopefully will be making an offer.

  12. adam says: 3 comments

    Will do.

  13. Jason says: 1 comments

    How did it go Adam? Are you a new homeowner or what? Looks like a cool house? Jason

  14. adam says: 3 comments

    Hey sorry I haven’t posted. Been busy with work. The inspection went good. I can say that it was definitely not built in 1916. Price is a little high for the amount of work that it needs. The pictures do not show the hillbilly add on in the back that is completely rotten. Drop tile ceilings throughout due to an added bathroom upstairs, also not done correctly. Skylight above the stairs was added, and again also done incorrectly, if you look close there is a 2×4 that is on the staircase that is holding up the roof. Stairs are original, but were originally open underneath. We are currently working with the Realtor trying to come to an agreement. The house has potential, but will require over 100k easy to restore.

    • Ingrid says: 3 comments

      @Adam I am seriously interested in this house, but I currently live in Europe. Other than the roof, did the house need to be raised up/ lifted? Was the main floor straight or did it slope? Electrical within the last 60 years? If you don’t mind me asking, what stopped you from buying it? Its still active on the MLS. I would appreciate any info before I send family to see it for me!
      Thanks!

  15. Allen says: 2 comments

    What needs to be done to make the house move-in ready? Is there structural damage?

  16. Allen says: 2 comments

    When I talked to the seller’s realtor, she said that it needed all new plumbing and electric wiring throughout the house – what’s there is ancient. That was all she told me.

  17. Ingrid says: 3 comments

    Thanks Allen! I

  18. Saveouroldhouses says: 3 comments

    This house is in an estate ~ seller lives far away ~ does not want the house to go through another winter. Yes ~ it needs a lot of work .
    Plus ~ beautiful heart pine and oak floors
    Plus ~ new windows
    Plus ~ decent roof, rocking chair front porch
    Plus ~ high ceilings, nice floor plan
    Plus ~ 2 acres with a big mulberry tree
    Plus ~ quiet country town only 25 miles from Augusta GA on major highway
    Google Garden and Gun Magazine for info on restoring old Southern homes.

    Plus ~ Saving a Southern Belle.

  19. adam says: 2 comments

    They are wanting $45000. TThehouse is no where near move in ready. The whole back half add on needs to be torn down and replaced. Drop tile ceiling hiding plumbing for make shift bathroom upstairs. The roof is in no way shape or form decent. Foundation needs to be reworked. Electrical and plumbing also need re worked. I did not see new windows in this house unless they have just been put in. I work in the construction field and this house has over $100000 in repairs easy. Unless you plan on living there forever you would lose a lot of money restoring it at $45000 purchase price. I offered $30000 and they turned it down. I still would lose money if I were to restore and sell later down the road. The tax value is only $25000. Even doing the work yourself you would still be spending close to $80000 or better. Also has asbestos ceiling tiles upstairs. Support beam for second floor in the foyer needs to be replaced. Good luck.

    • saveouroldhouses says: 3 comments

      Seller will drastically reduce the selling price of this house to someone wanting
      a restoration project . House is in an estate out west, seller cannot take care of it.
      contact realtor Karen Lewis on listing info

  20. Ingrid says: 3 comments

    @Adam, thank you so much for your professional opinion. I completely agree and thought the same things. As a mom of 2 little ones this DIY project is too big for our pockets… might have to pass. Which is disappointing because I have family in Blythe. Also, I did a little research, it was quite easy… and I am pretty sure this house dates to 1832, built by Samuel Tarver. In my eyes, the date may make the house more special, but, in its current conditions it is not priced correctly; especially in an area of Georgia where you can buy a tax foreclosed home for under 2 grand and restore a piece of Augusta. Another southern belle, one that you can rent out for the masters while staying with family. 🙂

    @saveouroldhouses, I am willing to bet you are the realtor. The realtor also left a comment on Garden and Guns.. 😉 I am a Texan living in France and I love that magazine.

    • Trish @TheOldPostRoad says: 26 comments

      @Ingred – just read this after commenting today (01/16/2016!!) – I am glad to see the 1832 date – that makes me more confident in my assessment! The stairs are typical in this area of earlier than 1840.

  21. saveouroldhouses says: 3 comments

    Thank you all for your insightful comments. Saving an old house is like CPR ~ do you ask the victim about insurance and payback?
    Yes, it will take some money, and be a challenge, but we are Americans and that is what we do. We save, we restore, we respect history, we appreciate great architecture, we preserve our past. I encourage you to read “On a Street Called Easy, in a Cottage Called Joye” by
    G. Smith and S. Naifeh. When the restoration is finished, you can say A Job Well Done, and know this house will live another 100 years.

  22. adam says: 2 comments

    Ingrid, you are correct it was built by Samuel tarver. He was involved with the railroad which was my main interest in it. I currently work for the railroad here in Augusta. I also have two children and if we had bought the house we were going to live in our fifth wheel til we could move in to save money.

    @saveouroldhouses, the house accross the street just sold for $65000 and the electrical, plumbing, and the foundation had just been redone. I talked with the old owner. That house is move in ready with almost the same amount of property. So yes, $45000 is way to much even for a piece of history. Like realtors always say its just business, and regardless of your intentions, no one will restore a house if the value will be way less than the amount spent. And yes I’m not sure the last time you went to the hospital, but insurance and the hospital getting paid is definitely one of their concerns. Been there done that too.

    Again I would love to have it and restore it. I also know that if I did I would lose money due to the value of the area, but I also plan on doing the work myself and wanted it to be my last house. I like the area its quiet, but within driving distance to places to shop.

  23. GinnyH says: 1 comments

    From what I’ve been able to glean from the internet, this the Samuel Tarver house, built ca. 1832.

  24. says: 110 comments

    Just checked this on Google. The yard is huge and really pretty. Couldn’t see the house across the street. It’s really an odd kind of street. Very small, narrow street and with a very odd assortment of houses along the way. Looked like almost all woods on the other side of the street. This is a major highway?

    The house was GORGEOUS in front on the Google map picture. So at least it looks like whoever did those projects that messed the house up, left the front of the house alone!

  25. Trish @TheOldPostRoad says: 26 comments

    Several items in this house made me immediately think 1840-1860 and then I read 1916, which I don’t think is accurate. I live in an 1850’s greek revival home 90 miles from this one. The following items in my town denote Greek revival or possibly earlier:
    1. Stairwell banister and shape of stairs (typical of 1830’s-1840’s around here – or even older)
    2. wide plank floor boards visible in stair picture makes me think older than 1850’s
    3. Greek Revival door-surround on entrance door (barely visible in exterior shot) – 1840 or so
    4. Floor to ceiling windows on front with the shutters to floor. (1840-1860)
    5. Greek Revival facade – I personally think the dormers were added later – at least that style of dormer was added later. Probably changed when the vinyl siding was added beneath the eaves. The columns are great. I just cannot tell if they are original or not.
    6. Chimneys are interior (although close to the outside). Interior chimneys signify a much older home than 1916.

    Just my opinion!

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