1930 – Hiawatha, KS

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Added to OHD on 9/8/15   -   Last OHD Update: 11/3/19   -   24 Comments

1178 320th St, Hiawatha, KS 66434

  • $50,000
  • 2 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2050 Sq Ft
Beautiful sitting, but home is 'AS IS'. Needs HGTV home makeover. Needs new roof and someone who loves older homes or the desire to build new. Barns, out buildings, paved road, rural water. Call 785-742-4599 to schedule a showing. Between 5 and 10 acres (sellers will have surveyed)
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Maxine Simmer, Maximum Realty,

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24 Comments on 1930 – Hiawatha, KS

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

    Want to run away from it all?

    This seems the perfect place.

    Make sure to check the Aerial View. Intoxicating.

    • Melody says: 569 comments

      Intoxicating is right! Rural at it’s finest.

      That circle drive, the cement anchor posts, the old barn, the lovely old tractor hiding in the long grass, the old trees, the whole house and all it’s rural views.

  2. Bethany says: 3324 comments

    oh all my OHDreams come true! I adore this little place! Someone better NOT “build new”!

  3. MW says: 844 comments

    Talk about intoxicating, looking at that kitchen, I’d want to make real sure the previous users weren’t some meth entrepreneurs. Short of that, this place looks scary at first glance, but probably could be fixed up pretty nicely without as much $’s and effort as it first might appear. That barn appears to have some nice potential in and of itself.

  4. natira121natira121 says: 527 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    This place reminds me of mine! Mine is smaller all the way around (it’s only 800 sq ft) but very much the same. I’ve had a ball restoring it and discovering it’s history. It was built in 1877, and I’m the fourth owner.

    Hopefully whoever buys this place will love it as I have mine. And keep the kitchen sink!

  5. JimHJimH says: 4869 comments
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    Victor E. Syster married Nellie Brown in 1906 and built this home for them. The property was part his father’s farm of 440 acres. In 1907 the following was written about Emanuel Syster’s place but might apply to this one also.
    Friday Oct. 25, 1907 Brown County World:
    A mile or so west of Reserve on the main highway is a grand old home. There is a good roomy house well furnished and everything about suggests handiness. Neatness and cleanliness is at once perceived. All around are fruit and shade trees, grass and flowers. Nearby is a fine red barn, one of the best in the county…
    Mr. and Mrs. Syster are good old fashioned people. They are ruddy, plump and healthy; jovial to an unusual degree, full of fun and jokes, and kind to those they meet. Theirs is a beautiful home without, a beautiful home within. Irreproachable in character, square and upright before the world…

    • Leisha Kelly-Terrill says: 5 comments

      What a gorgeous story. Thanks for sharing.

    • JohnC. says: 3 comments

      All listings for the property record the date of the house as 1930, so it seems that this house replaced the earlier one mentioned in the 1907 article. I visited the property today, though, and I’d bet that the largest barn is from the original homestead.

      • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 150 comments
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        1918 Bunkhouse
        WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

        My guess is that the south portion of the house with the steeper roof line is the original house – probably from the 1870’s or ’80’s. The northern portion, with a lower-pitched roof and shed dormers, is likely a 1930 addition. It appears that all original woodwork was replaced in the updating to coordinate with the addition. The aerial view makes this addition easy to see.

  6. KarenB says: 224 comments

    This place has tons of charm and potential to be a comfortable, cozy home for the right person. Love the red wallpaper. The kitchen built in cabinet would definitely need saving and I would pull the enamel farm sink and drop it in a wooden base cabinet. Just tons that could be done here, especially with the land.

  7. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 150 comments
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    1918 Bunkhouse
    WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

    Hiawatha is home to the Davis Memorial – a tribute which, once experienced, can not easily be forgotten:

  8. Mark says: 18 comments

    I can only imagine the snakes while cleaning out all that brush but boy would it be fun to see what one could make of this diamond in the rough.

  9. Laurie W. says: 1771 comments

    The front is just charming, I fell in love. Then saw that gorgeous barn, oh my! Thank you for the Memorial article, Eric — cool story.

  10. Heidi says: 153 comments

    I’m fearful for this little home—at this price someone is very likely to buy it for the property. ): In my opinion this is a fantastic buy– this house is rural but close to a larger city so employment wouldn’t be an issue.

    • Heidi says: 153 comments

      I am an idiot… I thought this was Hiawatha, Iowa. (which is a 10 mile drive to Cedar Rapids) Ignore my comment and carry on.

  11. Dana says: 33 comments

    Lord have mercy! Can I just get that sink in the kitchen??? Its a shame things like these go to waste, no one wants to put effort into homes like this anymore.(well at least not where I am)

  12. JohnC. says: 3 comments

    This is very near me, so imagine my surprise when I saw it pop up! I did a drive by today and this place is to die for. On top of the house and barns, the trees on the property are old growth timber, not just modern brush or windbreak trees. There are some cottonwoods in that grove to the west that are easily 200+ years old. Magnificent. If I had the money I’d buy it in a heartbeat just to preserve it.

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