c. 1850 Greek Revival – Smyrna, NY

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630 County Route 14, Smyrna, NY 13332

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  • $99,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3261 Sq Ft
  • 2.5 Ac.
This home has over 3000 sq. ft. of living space with 4 to 5 bedrooms and a Brand new KITCHEN fully updated with new Kraft Cabinets, granite counter tops, all new stainless steel appliances. New insulated windows have been added. It boasts an oversized combination dining and living room with a new wood stove. The cobble stone house can use some TLC and updates. It has some original wood work, pocket doors and all wide plank floors throughout. One first floor bath is all new and modern. Taxes to be determined upon completion of the allowed amount of the subdivision of acreage. Priced to sell!
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Lee Stewart, Eagle River Realty
(315) 824-8989
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12 Comments on c. 1850 Greek Revival – Smyrna, NY

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    What an interesting house! My heart gave a little skip when I saw the house as this is my very favorite kind–abandoned-looking Greek Revival. Someone did a great job on the kitchen and then, just, stopped. Weird. One of my favorite houses.

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  2. RossRoss says: 2469 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This house has SCRUMPTIOUS written all over it.

    One of the most unusual houses I have ever seen. L O V E it!

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  3. Debbie says: 15 comments

    Love this old house! There are so many cobblestone houses in this area. I don’t know who the architect was who did all the work. I stay in the Land Mark Inn, Bouckville, NY when I’m in the area which is an historic round cobblestone inn.

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  4. Cody H says: 133 comments

    Greek revival+natural unpainted woodwork=swoon. I died when I saw those chunky moldings!!

  5. Emily says: 5 comments

    Does anyone else instantly think of the Notebook when they see this? Is Ryan Gosling hiding somewhere?

  6. “Taxes to be determined upon completion of the allowed amount of the subdivision of acreage. ”
    So does this mean the land surrounding this house will be subdivided? Wonder how much they’ll live around the house?

  7. JimH says: 5121 comments

    A wonderful historic artifact! The house was built by John F. Billings (1800-1879) who was born and lived his entire life on this farm. His father was an early settler here after buying 1000 acres from the government and moving from Connecticut in 1798. The Billings operated a mill on the adjacent stream that produced flour of only fair quality but had a sweet flavor that the locals felt could not be matched by larger mills. The history books say John built this house around 1850 and that it was the finest home in the county at the time; maybe true though it looks a decade or so earlier.
    The house is on 32 acres currently being subdivided. Although the house doesn’t need all of that, a buffer of at least 5-10 acres would allow the new owners to create a nice rural mini-estate without feeling like they’re on a small island in a sea of crops.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Jim, I knew you (or someone) would find more info about this. I wonder what the intention of the 30 acres will be for, I’d hate to buy it and then the farmland sold to a developer, although the area doesn’t really look like prime real estate. Maybe it would remain farmland. In any case, interesting history.

      • JimH says: 5121 comments

        Kelly, my guess is the owner can get a quick $75-100k for the cropland and thought 2.5 acres was enough for the house. It’s a shame because he’s lost the potential buyers that would make an investment in the house and restoration if it was on an “estate lot”. Unfortunately that kind of short-sighted thinking has doomed many fine old houses.

  8. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    Oh, pretty old place. Scrumptious is a great word for it, Ross. Cobblestone houses are so so special. I grew up near Phelps NY, where there were several beauties like this. What a shame the seller is only leaving it 2.5 acres. So much could be made of this house.

  9. Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

    I love those short sections of curved walls, if only because they can’t be done in sheetrock.
    Is that metal-roof monstrosity attached to the original house?

  10. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Rare to find one this intact. Rarer still to find cobblestone construction although apparently there are other examples nearby suggesting either a regional variant or a specific builder. Someone with a little creative talent could do a lot with this place.

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