1937 Colonial Revival – Nichols, SC

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403 S Nichols St, Nichols, SC 29581

  • $100,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 5560 Sq Ft
  • 1.3 Ac.
Potential to spare! This is a rare opportunity to own a one of a kind piece of property built in 1937 as a showplace for the town of Nichols. This home comes with cedar lined closets, 2 fireplaces, hardwood floors, a winding staircase, arches, sunrooms, and porches. It sits on 1.3 acres of land with walking paths, magnolias, camellias. The 4 car garage has a bonus room above and a water closet downstairs for cookouts or family gatherings. Yes this home needs some TLC but it is a true diamond in the rough. Sold as is!
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Kevin McDowell, CENTURY 21 McAlpine Associates,
843-248-4314


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62 Comments on 1937 Colonial Revival – Nichols, SC

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  1. RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    $110K for THIS?

    For THIS knock-out?

    For THIS amazing house?

    Zounds!

    Expansive property!

    Multiple cool outbuildings!

    Trees!

    Sweeping staircase!

    1937 build date (I love this era)!

    What looks like an original kitchen!!!!!!

    So, I thought the place must be next door to a nuclear waste dump or something. But…no. It just sits kinda lonely in a tiny town.

    Be still my heart!

  2. Scully63 says: 53 comments

    Amazing! This would be such a great place for a big family, and the price is right! I wonder if there are plumbing or electrical issues since it is being sold as is. However, with that price, unless both need a complete redo, it would be a fabulous buy.

    • afticker says: 2 comments

      If this house was indeed built in 1937 you can count on redoing all electrical and all plumbing without a doubt. I saw what appeared to be water damage on the main floor ceiling around the light fixture which says. OOOOPS something leaked and when it’s on the main floor it spells trouble for sure. I’ve done a few of these old houses and unless you have a lot of money or are extremely skilled at doing renovations, RUN from this house as fast as you can and find a house that doesn’t need the work as this one is advertised as needing. Examples are no pictures of the kitchen, the bath etc should give you a clue also words like “needs TLC, diamond in the rough, are key words for RE folks that it will take a lot of money to fix.

      (admin: clarifying this person has not seen this house in person)

      • RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        I, too, have done a few houses in my time.

        The 1937 build date does not guarantee that all the plumbing and electrical needs to be replaced.

        You have no idea of the condition of this house or its systems. Perhaps all the plumbing/electrical was redone 20 years ago. Perhaps it is all original, but of high-quality, well-maintained, and might be good for decades more.

        And, as has been revealed in the comments below, the kitchen and baths have been recently torn out. So, yes, these need to be redone. But the house retains so many outstanding qualities that I would not hesitate to snap it up if I were in the area.

        • afticker says: 2 comments

          Today at 5:55 PM
          Given the fact that many pictures are not shown in this house it an indication that no work was done on electrical or plumbing. I’ve done more than a few of these actually and as a former Broker had a load of experience with houses of this age in rural areas and this is indeed a rural area with only a 400+ population and a very low income per capita. Snap up but at maybe $65K or less since the median value of a house in that area is only $83K. I’ve done a bit more homework as well and it has not been updated. Believe me. If not call the realtor. I contacted one who knows the area and the property but is not the realtor.

          • RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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            1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
            Emporia, KS

            You wrote: “…RUN from this house as fast as you can…”

            You are a new commenter. I do not know how long you have been reading the site. But, there have been previous LONG discussions about how much does it cost to restore an old house. And they ALL need work! And the work never ends!

            What is obvious is that one can spend XXXXXX or XXX or X. It all depends on many factors.

            Such as, do you want to sit on the front porch drinking martinis while teams of burly men work all around you? If so, this would be the XXXXXX cost.

            Do you intend to dive right in, but still want/need to retain help? This would be XXX.

            Do you have a lot of skills and the time to do a lot of the work yourself? This would be X.

            Location also matters (carpenters are WAY more $$$ in NYC than rural Kansas, for example).

            But…none of this is my point. Old House Dreams is not a site for figuring out the How Much question.

            It is a site for dreaming, and statements like RUN FROM THIS HOUSE rather kills the dream.

            I think it is fine if YOU wish to run from this house. But to proclaim that everybody should follow your lead? Golly.

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      • Vicki says: 63 comments

        Run TO this house, you mean. I’ve done a few — love the ’20s in particular — and it is not always necessary to re-do plumbing and electrical. Houses like this were built to last many decades, and I’ve often found the copper plumbing and wiring to be sufficient for modern-day needs. This is a gem, and someone with deep-ish pockets will have a true prize if they buy it.

  3. Mary Beth says: 43 comments

    Ross is correct! The gardens and ponds would be simple enough restorations and the house, oh that house, is deserves an owner who will cherish it!

    • april says: 1 comments

      i love this HOME! Can’t you see children all over with their buddies, running around this place. Oh the games of hide & seek, it must have seen. Even if you updated electrical & plumbing for $110K . You could have THIS FOR $220k. Beautiful.

  4. Amy says: 3 comments

    Oh my! Love this house.

  5. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 85 comments
    1929 Spanish Revival
    Glendale, CA

    Wow! What potential, even if it needed all new plumbing and electrical it would still be worth it. The surrounding area looks OK and the grounds are beautiful plus the huge garage. How about a restored 1937 Cadillac in the garage to match the house?

  6. JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
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    They were asking $240k for this 2 years ago, so I’d guess they just need to move it now. The biggest issue here is probably local economics. The house needs maintenance and cosmetic repairs that are going to cost quite a bit because the place is huge, and there just aren’t many folks in the area that can justify the ongoing expense of a very large older home.

  7. David Osborne says: 1 comments

    Would love to come check this one out

  8. Kelli says: 7 comments

    It is only 40 miles from Myrtle Beach

  9. KarenB says: 224 comments

    Truly a wonderful find and for such a good price! With TLC, era appropriate, this is an elegant house and would be so rewarding. Love the nooks, crannies, staircase and multiple other things about this house.

  10. Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

    Zounds it is!!! Holy smokes! Every inch of the place is beautiful, inside and out. And 40 minutes from the beach?? Did anybody say Paradise? Someone please please buy it and dress it up as it deserves. The ’30s produced some of the loveliest & best-built houses in the country — this one is the pinnacle, to my mind. The staircase makes me sigh. Mantels ditto. Outbuildings cool. Little pools. Oh heck, all of it.

  11. Sapphy says: 411 comments

    There’s a ton of potential here, and look at those twin pools and landscaping! That being said, this house just isn’t speaking to me like a lot of the other ones i’ve seen on this site. It’s a great property, but just not for me.

  12. lbbjr says: 52 comments

    The people who are selling it have ripped out the kitchen and bathrooms!!! all those lovely tiles and original woodwork – gone!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You’ve seen this one in person then?

      • lbbjr says: 52 comments

        Hi Kelly (best site on the net – THANK YOU!!!)
        I was sooo excited when I saw the photos that I rang the agent. We had a really good conversation and she told me that the current owner “has stripped the house” – that is why it is so cheap….. someone will have to put back all the bathrooms and a new kitchen.
        My heart sank….

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Well that freaking stinks! I loved the kitchen and bathrooms, shame on them! Thanks for the update though.

    • Mary Beth says: 43 comments

      I will bite my tongue to prevent myself from saying unladylike things but cannot keep my mind from echoing with wrathful thoughts upon reading of the destruction wrought upon this lovely home. It is a likelihood that the owners mistakenly applied the “kitchens and bathrooms sell” theory and felt that a the original fixtures were dating their property. What a pity that a ration mind did not inform the owners as to the true value of these rooms! It’s most tempting to telephone, express interest, and then abject horror at the fact the kitchen and baths were demolished. (Little voice in my head is chanting, “Mama raised me to be a lady.Mama raised me to be a lady!”)

  13. Lauren Goodson says: 2 comments

    Beautiful home..such a shame to hear about the kitchen and baths. My husband and I are going down to SC tomorrow to look at this home..

    • RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      If you meet the person who tore out the kitchen and baths….please spank them for me.

      I thank you in advance.

    • DogRescuer says: 16 comments

      Lauren, did you ever get to see the house?

    • lbbjr says: 52 comments

      Lauren, did you see the house on 13th? Any updates, desperate to hear….

      • Lauren Goodson says: 1 comments

        We were unable to go that day but will be reschuedling and will update when we see it…I am anxious to see it…

  14. Lauren Goodson says: 2 comments

    My heart is crushed over the destruction of this home. Let’s hope the current owners aren’t around tomorrow when we see the home…

  15. Kathie M. says: 9 comments

    Heart breaks a little upon hearing it was ‘renovated’ by the owners AFTER the photos. That just …. blows.

  16. Doug GreenDoug Green says: 85 comments
    1929 Spanish Revival
    Glendale, CA

    Hate to hear that the kitchen and bathrooms are gone. Did anybody else notice that the sink in the pictured bathroom is two toned with a black base and white sink? How cool is that? I hope they saved that sink and, maybe some of the other fixtures.
    As far as cost, I always figure for the worst and then I’m still disappointed because I didn’t fathom anything could be that bad. Also making sure your blood pressure medication prescription are up to date won’t hurt.

  17. Joy Louters says: 120 comments

    I really love that kitchen! I can’t believe they tore it out. What a terrible shame.
    The land mesmerizes me. Never been to South Carolina but 40 miles from Myrtle Beach entices me. Wow, what a find! Than you, Kelly.

  18. JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
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    Homeowners sometimes latch onto a quick fix to sell their homes on the advice of foolish realtors, or after watching inane TV house flip shows. In a competitive market a house with updated kitchen and baths will sell before one without, but in a small or slow market it makes ZERO sense to invest a substantial percentage of the house value if the kitchen and baths work and aren’t unsightly. Clean it up and let the buyer spend the money; maybe put in a new floor or countertop if it’s really ugly. I can’t even believe this actually happened but I guess we’ll find out.

  19. says: 23 comments

    My family home in VA was built in 1740, electrified in 1920, heat put in 1989. And in great condition. I love this house. I’d buy it in a heartbeat if I had work in SC.

  20. Augman says: 39 comments

    If you put the address into a mapping program, you will see what appears to be a lagoon of some sort at the end of E. Lumber St., just two blocks from this house. I wonder what that is? It’s pretty close. Also just about two blocks away is a very large factory of some kind, about 4 blocks long. I wonder what that is? As you zoom out, about a mile up Route 9 to the west there is a commercial pig farm (long white buildings next to a waste lagoon). Then about 5 miles north on Route 9 just over the border you start to see quite a few commercial poultry farms on both sides of Route 9 (long “narrow” white buildings, no waste lagoon) From what I’ve been reading, I wouldn’t want to be too close to any commercial pig or poultry farm. And North Carolina is full of them. South Carolina not as many, but this is near the border. Just something to be aware of. I wouldn’t rule out this house because of it, but I would certainly take a very close look at what is going on right up the street and I would make sure those commercial farms were far enough away not to create a nuisance when the wind blows from the north. If everything checked out ok, this house looks like a winner, even if it needs some help!It’s a beautiful house complete with outbuildings and landscape features!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m not seeing any pig farms. That big building you see was (or is?) some kind of ProBuild building that does something with building materials. I think there was also a furniture place there too. And all I see are a few chicken houses but many miles away. I’m not sure what the water treatment thing is, maybe just that.

      • Augman says: 39 comments

        Sorry, I didn’t meant to imply that the pig farm was right up the street. But if you go up Route 9 about a mile and look west, there is one there. The key is to thoroughly check out the locations in areas that seem rural, because you just never know. Maybe it’s because I’m from NJ. LOL!

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I guess I must be blind, still am not seeing a pig farm on 9. Never mind I see some buildings 4 miles away on Kemper Rd. Pig or chickens? I don’t think that would impact anything to do with this house.

  21. says: 23 comments

    I wouldn’t mind being near any farm. One of the problems with suburbanization is that the new residents want to close down farms. I manage a horse farm that has been a farm for 250 years, but neighbors get into hysterical fits because their experience with animals is limited to Disney movies. Most of the pig farms in the US are around Smithfield, VA.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I live in a growing area that once was mostly farmland. Developers would build subdivisions, folks would move in and then complain about the farms they knowingly moved next to or the tractors on the road that would slow them down. (This is where I roll my eyes, lol.)

  22. Dr. O says: 41 comments

    Smashing! This is a beautiful house, so much like the one in Tallulah LA that was snapped up after debuting on this site. Thanks so much, Kelly, for maintaining this forum for us. Old House Dreams is like an architectural Adopt-a-Pet, or “Have you seen this child?” flyer. The visibility it brings to the Love-Old-Houses community is invaluable.

    As to the condition concerns, my 1926 house had post & tube wiring that the inspector said was no problem as long as it was intact & untampered with, as long as I didn’t overload it. I left it and used it as is. The utility systems are usually made of good materials as long as you don’t push them beyond their capacity. Whoever buys this house ought to have a farm. It would serve the “I hate livestock” people right. Can’t you just picture this place as the setting for a mid-century Deep South thriller like “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte?”

    Maybe the stuff the current owners tore out of the kitchen & baths is still around. They may have stored it, sold it to a local antique dealer, or donated it to a Habitat Restore. Anyway, stuff from the 1930s was mass-produced, and a little sleuthing on Craigslist or Ebay ought to turn up comparable fixtures if that’s what the new owners want. Looking through old magazines & catalogues, or the sets of films from the era, will show what’s appropriate. The tear-out might not be as bad as it sounds, but I agree that the “flipper shows” on TV where “renovators” rip the interiors to the studs & tell people they need a $70k kitchen are APPALLING.” Sometimes I feel like if I see one more wet-behind-the-ears yuppie couple turning up their noses at perfectly nice wallpaper, tile, & formica, I will explode.

  23. lois phillips says: 2 comments

    I did a walk thru of this house about 2 weeks ago. They were having an estate sale. They were trying to sale everything including the light fixtures. The house needs a ton of work. We were led out to a workshop where they were selling more items.. the shop was in pathetic condition. This property hasnt been maintained in a very long time and had a foul odor.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I hope they didn’t have any buyers for the lights and they are still there?! (If they were original that is.) Poor, poor house.

    • DogRescuer says: 16 comments

      Such a shame! 🙁

  24. Kelli says: 7 comments

    This house has seriously made me think of snatching it up! It makes me so sad to hear what Lois says above! Lois are you close to this site? I would be interested in more information.

  25. lois says: 2 comments

    I got the impression the family came in from up north to sale everything they could as if the owner was no longer around. Judging by the mattresses in the floor, coolers and such Im guessing they were camping out. No electricity. The house Im sure was beautiful in its time but someone didnt maintain it. The town is a GHOST town. Businesses are all closed down. The factory is no longer running. Its on the main hwy in the town limits so its not near a farm. The only grocery store has even closed down. There is a small family owned pharmacy on the main st, a convenience store and churches. Its neighboring towns are the GO TO for everything.. There are many homes for sale in the area. Thats about all I know.. Its on the route to the beach for me so I pass thru a good bit.

  26. Sapphy says: 411 comments

    Lois; That’s the situation with the town i’m presently living in. It’s slowly becoming a ghost town due to the last mill in the area shutting down. We have a lot to offer the tourist trade, but the people in this town would rather see the town shut down, than cater to tourists. Ridiculous, i might add…. there’s so much potential here! Thankfully we still have a few grocery stores and a Rite-Aid though.

  27. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 988 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    As a South Carolinian familiar with this part of the state, I too can confirm about the local pig-farming industry.

    But what bothers me is that the seller would remove the kitchen and baths!

    Those are the very features that attract many old-house aficionados!

    The 1930s were an era that captured the perfect balance of efficiency and charm in these rooms, and for many of us, modern kitchens are sadly lacking in these attributes, as well as in quality.

    We were interested in the house — but now, stripped of the period kitchen and baths, it is pointless.

  28. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 988 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    The realtor just told me it is sold.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks, I’ll update the status. So, who has bought it? Speak up! 🙂

  29. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Status shows as active and was reduced to $100,000.

    • lbbjr says: 52 comments

      did the condition of the interior get any confirmation by any viewers?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Not sure what you mean?

        Showing as pending sale again, so hopefully the sale goes through this time for someone.

  30. tess moore says: 3 comments

    This is an ideal place for my family. What a beautiful place it could be. Imagine…..

    • tess moore says: 3 comments

      Oh!!!!just a tad bit too late. Hope the deal go through. what a blessing!!!!

  31. Kate says: 1 comments

    We pass through Nichols every summer on the way to North Myrtle Beach. This is one of the houses that we have often admired. It’s a nice, small, quiet town. There are several nice older homes along the main road. Yes it would probably require some work but it would be a good investment.

  32. Rich Inhead says: 1 comments

    My family owned this house years ago. I am so sad to see and hear what has happened with it recently. The building was structurally sound and truly built to last many generations. It seems some previous owners managed to maintain the property and stay ahead of any major repairs until the most recent aquisition. However you MUST have a stockpile of resources as mentioned above by those have actual experience with restoration of homes of this age. There is no financial gain to be had in Nichols and the closest big box hardware store is over an hour trip…. every single time. Even a small project becomes challenging when you consider the time, materials, and qualifications needed to deal with the very REAL problems of plaster repair, lead paint abatement, asbestos removal, aluminium wiring solution, cast iron plumbing repair and general ventilation. And that is just for a “simple” toilet replacement. This property could and would be a show stopper IF someone could make a massive investment and expect to maintain it for another 80 years.

  33. says: 11 comments

    This is just a fantastic property. The house is a gem, or at least was before being stripped 🙁 The grounds could be beautiful and I would love to have all that garage space!

  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11723 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This was pending sale, now off market so may have sold.

    I’m going to close comments on this house but if the new owners would like to say hi or anyone knows what happens to the house wants to let us know, contact me and I’ll open them back up.

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