Thomasville, NC

Added to OHD on 11/13/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   40 Comments
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1482 Fuller Mill Rd N, Thomasville, NC 27360

  • 4 Bed
  • 3128 Sq Ft
  • 21 Ac.
REAL ESTATE AUCTION, SATURDAY NOV. 28TH AT 12:00 NOON-ATTENTION HORSE LOVERS! Over 21 +/- acres bordering the beautiful Little Uwharrie River in Randolph County! Overlooking it all, a grand historical Victorian farmhouse perfect for your secluded country getaway! Gently rolling topography gives way to about a quarter of the acreage which remains flat and open, the ideal roaming area for your horses! This is an auction...price listed reflects tax value only via Randolph County Tax website.

Terms of Real Estate: A 5% non-refundable deposit will be due day of sale in the form of cash, certified funds, or check with guaranteeing bank letter; remainder is due within 30 days or upon delivery of deed. Property is being sold SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION, in AS-IS/WHERE-IS condition. Potential buyers are encouraged to have any inspections, surveys, or title searches done prior to auction. Sale is not contingent on buyer?s ability to obtain a loan. Complete terms will be announced day of sale. All announcements made day of auction take precedent over any advertisements. Information contained in this listing reflects tax information from the county website...all information should be verified by prospective buyers before entering into a Purchase Agreement for this property. Real estate being offered by Tiffany Earnhardt Ellis, Sellers Agent, NCREL#196415. To make an appointment to view property, contact her at (336)688-4364. Cooperating Brokers welcome with preregistration! Offers may be considered prior to auction. Bids being called by Ellis Auction Company, George F. Ellis, NCAL#8512, NCAFL#9307.
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date on record is 1850. Not so sure about that so left it off the title.

    The YouTube video shows a few more detailed shots and a photo of the barn, no interior photos. The description on the YT video: 21.7 +/- acres in Randolph County, bordering the beautiful Little Uwharrie River! Historical Victorian farmhouse in need of a little TLC overlooks this gorgeous acreage! Beautiful plank hardwoods, beadboard wainscoting, and decorative Victorian gingerbread and scrollwork brackets! Acreage boasts wide road frontage, pecan trees, large cedars, large open acreage area, gently rolling topography, all overlooking the peaceful river! Is this the perfect spot for your horses or dream home? Make an appointment to view this property! Offers may be considered prior to auction!

  2. RosewaterRosewater says: 6036 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Neat property! Somebody in North Central NC PLEASE get over there and take some photos! Just love these bucolic, pastoral fixers on land Kelly keeps finding. That’s my dream..

  3. JimHJimH says: 4939 comments
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    The lady owner here bought the place in 1980 after starting a local newspaper (at age 31) in Lexington. Looks like she put a lot into the house – very attractive.
    I hope that window got closed!

  4. Laurie W. says: 1758 comments

    It’s a handsome house outside. Wish there were interior photos. Looks like the property is very nice too.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Everything looks good and it’s up for auction but then you start wondering why such a choice looking property would be marketed by auction rather than conventional real estate methods. No interior photos, another question mark. As for the date, 1850 seems unlikely but some period interior details would strengthen that assumption. The present exterior configuration appears to be from around 1870 to the 1890s. Intriguing property overall but short on information to make an informed decision. Buyers should be aware that the auction sale is “as is, where is” so due diligence is needed before bidding.

  6. Barbara says: 23 comments

    Looks like an auction for personal belongings happening at the property:

  7. Whatwillwegetourselvesinto? says: 5 comments

    I just went and toured the property. To say this needs “a little TLC” is a major understatement. I will post some pictures when I get the chance but this house needs a total rehab (yes, there are holes in the floors, some carpet over the ? hardwood is unidentifiable as such, the kitchen is a really bad 80’s remodel that has seen many better days. The porch is crumbling and although updated at some point the mechanicals are in need of a complete replacement. That being said, my husband and I are seriously considering looking into rebuilding the house on a new foundation (yeah, that’s shot too) using the salvageable parts and most of the original floor plan (we would like more than the one full bath that doesn’t even have a shower). The previous post about closing the window-there are some missing so boarding it up would be the logical option. The realtor reports that the roof is solid! Anyone who may have some more insight and wants to share is more than welcome!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Sounds like my kind of house! Can’t wait to see pics too. I cannot give you any insight other than what they say when buying an old house, double times your budget. Let us know if you decide to go for it! 🙂

    • JimHJimH says: 4939 comments
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      You’re not just trying to scare off other bidders now, are you?
      Just kidding 🙂
      I’m not completely surprised that the place needs work. The lack of interior photos says a lot, and there are unattractive backgrounds on some of the auction photos.
      Folks sometimes hire out exterior renovations first and plan to do the interiors themselves or over time. The owner here for 35 years was a busy, award-winning journalist who ran a newspaper and died relatively young; she left no spouse or children. Maybe she just never got around to the interiors besides a quick kitchen job when she moved in. That scenario wouldn’t explain serious structural or foundation issues though, if they exist.
      As others suggest, due diligence is important before an auction (unless the idea is just to throw a low bid in and hope to get lucky). Bring an experienced contractor, inspector or architect.

  8. Brittney George says: 1 comments

    Kelly, I called the number to set up an appointment but no answer and voice mail was full. My and I are very interested in this home. Please contact me. Thank you

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Sorry, I’m not sure I can be of any help other than keep calling and hopefully their voicemail will open up. I didn’t see any other number to call other than the one posted.

  9. Taste Maven says: 1 comments

    What a great opportunity for a gorgeous, historical, country home. Can’t wait to see pictures of the interior!

  10. Amy says: 5 comments

    Kelly, how do I send pictures to post?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Hey, send them to me and I’ll add them. Thanks!

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6036 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ a bunch for sending in some pictures Amy. Everything you mentioned seems fixable to me; but deep, standing water underneath is a MAJOR cause for concern! If it’s just drainage, that’s one thing; but if it’s a high water table, the house is probably a goner. Sure hope someone cares enough to find out that answer. Thanks’ again!

  11. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thank you Amy!! Some interior photos added. My kind of house! Now I’ll be dreaming of this house the rest of the day.

    Thanks again Amy and wish you well if you are able to get it. 🙂

  12. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Thanks as well to Amy. Based on the interior details I feel more confident in dating the house to the 1870-1890’s era. I did not see anything in the major issue category; a sagging porch on a house of this vintage is normal and fixable. The staircase needs a railing. A good cleaning would be a priority followed by a condition assessment. Restoration or renovation should be in the order of first the roof and foundation, then structural, systems updates/replacement, and finally cosmetic and finish work. Since this is an auction property, it might be worthwhile to find out what nearby acreage has sold for in the recent past as well as establish a value for the farmhouse and any outbuildings if they exist. The nearness to the River might make it worthwhile to see if the house is in a flood plain although that seems unlikely without visible levees or dams.

  13. Amy says: 5 comments

    John, I am impressed at your assessment that nothing major seems amiss. My pictures don’t do the condition justice. I will mention that there is a foot of water under the house, floors in several of the rooms have holes (and I mean HOLES of the magnitude of feet, the “dining room” not even having enough floor to safely cross), and the foundation consists of some piles of stones in places and is cracked and crumbling in others. The mechanicals all need replacing (my husband believes that the heating unit/boiler is in the water under the home). The home does have two outbuildings, a small storage building that is in disrepair and a large barn that is also in danger of collapse (I stepped through the floor there in one place). Only a small portion of the property is in the flood plain and is nowhere near the house (that is a major plus). The roof is also newer and in good shape. There is, however, much to be salvaged from the home at least in terms of bead board, moldings, etc. If you are anywhere near North Carolina I’d be interested in an onsite opinion from you. I have heard that some potential buyers are only interested in the land and would bulldoze the home which would be a crime in my eyes. I’ll try to let you know what happens to the home and property (if that information is available).

  14. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Hi Amy,
    Thanks for your additional comments. In the case of the floors with holes, of greater importance is what supports them. In a two story house like this one, there would be 2 x 8 or 2 x 10 inch floor joists spaced either 16 inches on center or perhaps 24 inches on center. (not to code) If these joists are in poor condition, that ramps up the structural work substantially but still does not preclude the possibility of renovation/restoration. I need to ask where does the foot of water under the house come from… plumbings leaks, roof drainage, ground seepage? Each condition has a solution…worst would be ground seepage. I had already assumed the electrical/plumbing/HVAC systems were either absent or obsolete. Of all the issues you mentioned, water under the house is a cause for concern. In this case, that would be priority one to see what would be involved to put the foundation/basement in the dry. I noted the makeshift supports of flat rocks and mortar-from the “git-‘r-done” school of home repair. I’m sorry I’m not near NC (we’re in Texas) otherwise, my spouse and I could probably take a look at it for a more detailed assessment of condition. Based on your report, nearly all of the monetary value is in the land but that still does not necessarily mean the house is hopeless-having a sound roof is a big plus and prevents water infiltration into the house. Here’s wishing you the best as you look into this property.

    • Graham says: 147 comments

      A very thoughtful and concise response based on the information provided.
      I hope that the house is saved, we just lost a great old church from the 1830’s in our area due I think to people not being able to see what could be done.
      Thanks John.

      • John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

        You’re welcome, Graham. Those who support historic preservation have to wear rose colored glasses because more often than not the fate of endangered historic homes and buildings is demolition, not rehab. Time after time almost miraculous stories of bringing badly deteriorated historic structures back to prime condition have been shared yet most of the public remains skeptical of saving deteriorated structures. That pessimistic view seems difficult to explain since many of the TV shows about home improvement involve extensive removal and demolition of existing features only to replace them with new. It doesn’t seem that far of a leap to go from badly deteriorated to bringing a deteriorated old structure back to habitable condition, but skeptics outnumber believers for some reason. I appreciate the Rehab Addict show because it does at least reveal how a badly deteriorated home can be made habitable again with important period features kept intact. I was made aware recently of an HGTV show called HUNTING VINTAGE about buyers seeking period homes but I know so little about it that I don’t know if it promotes historic preservation or not. I’ve speculated several times about a show that would embody the flavor of Old House Dreams but I’m clueless about how that might come about. It also might not be what the general public is interested in these days…

  15. lara janelara jane says: 485 comments
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    Amy, a girl after my own heart! Please keep us posted! And good luck!

  16. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Showing pending sale. Anyone here make an offer prior to auction date (description said you could)?

  17. Amy says: 5 comments

    So…we have signed a contract to buy the property! OMG, what have we gotten ourselves into. Thank goodness my husband is a professional handyman!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11885 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I was really hoping it was you! 🙂

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6036 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      How cool! Good luck to ya! Hope you’ll take lotsa pix and put them up on Flickr or some such, (not farcebook). What does hubby think about the basement water? Drainage – water table? I must say, the idea of water down below scares me more than ANYTHING else – shivers. Hoping you’ll keep us posted with the place. It has that “Green Acres” vibe, but just remember, no matter what happened, the “Douglases” kept on smilin! 🙂

  18. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Congratulations Amy to you and your husband. Addressing the issue of standing water under the house would be a high priority. I’m hoping it turns out not to be ground seepage or a broken plumbing problem but merely a drainage problem from the roof or other water run off that is going under the house and can be channeled away from it. Next would be taking care of any leaks from the roof if they exist but from your earlier description the roof seems sound. As for the foundation, if not level, find the highest point under the house and level everything up to it. You might need new foundation piers but its unclear whether there is a full basement or not. If all the clutter remains, a major cleanup would be appropriate just to make everything accessible inside. There may be some small treasures to be found so it might be worthwhile to take your time. I noticed a nice walnut Victorian parlor chair next to the mantel with the sawtooth trim. Some books, prints, and other artworks but most likely anything of recognizable value was sold in the auction mentioned above.(?) By next summer this house should look very different than it does in the photos above. Take your time and let the house guide you in the restoration. Old House Journal founder Clem Labine made a profound statement back in the 1970’s that still holds true today: “do not destroy good old work.” The key word there is “good” but you will be the judge of that and I wish you and your husband good luck as you meet the challenge of saving a tangible piece of history.

  19. Barbara says: 23 comments

    Congratulations Amy! I am so excited to know this one will be restored!

  20. Graham says: 147 comments

    YAY Amy!!!!!!!!!
    Keep us posted!
    I agree address the water in the basement pronto. Wish it were closer, I would love to help out. The house even in its current state has good lines which is something that no amount of paint and plaster can change. I think you will be very pleased with it.

  21. FritzW says: 1 comments

    A brief update on the house from Fritz, Amy’s husband. The standing water is in a small cellar approx. 10×10 that is underneath the “newest” addition. It is ending up there because the ground around the addition slopes toward the house, and discharge from two downspouts ends up within 10′ of the cellar. Both of these items will be remedied in due time. I have set up a sump pump to handle the issue for now. We are currently in the process of getting quotes from 2 companies to get the house on a solid foundation (piers) with a solid floor (extensive termite damage). We are also talking to a third company that does complete restoration work. In the meantime Amy and I have been cleaning up the property, cutting down growth on and near the house, and discovering all manner of old items buried in the weeds around the house. Based on discussions with an old house expert we know, our current working theory is that the original 1850 house consisted of only 4 rooms and the foyer/stairway (the flat wide front part of the house) with a deep covered porch only on the front of the house. In 1880-1890, 4 more rooms were added on the right side as well as the kitchen/dining room addition extending out of the back of the house and the wrap around porch. This was also when all the Victorian details were added. In 1940-1950 another addition was added again to the right side of the house that contained 4 bathrooms. The kitchen was “updated” sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s. We will post another update once we have more newsworthy progress.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6036 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Thanks’ for the update Fritz. Glad to hear your basement water issue is just drainage, (as most are). I tell people all the time HOW VERY IMPORTANT it is to get that water AWAY FROM THE HOUSE. I’m sure you’ll find that fix pretty easy, (hopefully).

      Such a cool place. Hope you guys value the look. It’s a great one.

      Cheers! Jeff

  22. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Thanks Fritz for the updates. Sounds like you have a very good handle on the work with a renovation plan to work from. Having a house reflecting several phases of changes is always interesting and, as you noted, there’s a story of history to be told. You’ll have a genuine family heirloom when its finished as well as the satisfaction from saving a piece of history. Maybe, if possible in the future, you could share photos as the works progresses towards completion? Best wishes as you folks make progress.

  23. Fritz says: 2 comments

    I’ve started a blog to record our progress and set backs.

  24. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    Hi Fritz,
    Thanks for sharing your initial efforts to understand and prioritize projects on your new/old house. It brings back memories, not necessarily fond ones, of our early days in our old house of 27 years. Like the memory of our first week’s water “supply” consisting of ingeniously running a garden hose from the front yard faucet along the side of the house into the bathroom window. A toilet with a cracked bowl (from freezing during the winter before we owned it) was the first item replaced followed by a week of “belly work” replacing cracked and leaking cold water supply lines in the crawlspace under the house. Some of the galvanized pipes had newspaper insulation wrapped around them dating from the 1930’s. It was fun…
    I have to say, plugging holes in the flooring of your house with carpets is quite novel. But as you say, the rose colored glasses have come off and now reality sets in. But no matter what challenges you encounter in the days ahead always remember the positive things that brought you to this house and make sure they remain for the future. Right now, you are in the “paying your dues” phase of house rehab but with each completed task you are inching closer to your goal of a fully restored home as well as adding value to it via sweat equity. It’s always good to have a blog or diary of your work because as things progress you can look back and see how far you’ve come. When its all said and done, you’ll have a nice house to live in as well as the pride of saving a part of local history. Here’s wishing you the best as you move forward.

  25. Fritz says: 2 comments

    Thanks for your encouragement John. We plan to live in a mobile home on the property while we are restoring the house. We know we’re looking at 1.5 to 2.5 years of restoration work before the house is livable. Hopefully this arrangement will keep us from resenting the house or getting frustrated. The work will take what it takes. In the meantime we have a comfortable place to live.

  26. John Shiflet says: 5363 comments

    A mobile home or RV hooked up to water and electric (propane as well) makes dealing with a long neglected house that needs everything less frustrating. Some brave souls literally camp out in derelict houses undergoing intense restoration without services but that kind of edgy living gets old pretty fast. I suppose one could also say nothing motivates more than hardships but enduring a few freezing mornings without heat is not for most people. Your timeline seems realistic and I suggest to keep your spirits up its worthwhile to stop long enough to celebrate every completed task. Old house restoration is like running a long marathon…pacing yourself steady gets you to the finish line. Those who jump in and quickly gut an entire house to the studs often give up before they make much progress towards finishing it. (a number of old houses in a gutted state have appeared on OHD often priced much less than the disillusioned owners paid for it.) Hang in there!

  27. Teri says: 136 comments

    I just read through the new owner’s blog, up to the last post just four days ago. They’ve gotten a lot done! And I think it’s a great read for any of you really considering a rough home with a lot of floor and foundation issues. He provides a ton of detail on the processes involved. Plus as of the last post they just found a “time capsule” from 1989! Hidden in one of the previously repaired areas I think. If he finds an old Def Leppard tape I hope he’ll send it my way!

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