c. 1890 – Gillsville, GA

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6230 Highway 52, Gillsville, GA 30543

  • $129,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2012 Sq Ft
  • 0.54 Ac.
Beautiful Historic Home in Downtown Gillsville! 3 bed/1 bath home that has been well maintained, partially updated with more to offer! Enter the front door from large level front yard & you're welcomed by high ceilings, hardwood floors & large rooms & immediately feel the home's historic nature that has been preserved wonderfully! Over 2,000 sq. ft., Wood floors in Great Room are original & in beautiful condition. Large Front porch & huge level back yard. Includes Barn/Workshop with water & electricity. Newly installed 3 1/2 ton HVAC System. Schedule your showing today!
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Chad Buffington, Keller Williams Realty,
(770) 503-7070

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35 Comments on c. 1890 – Gillsville, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Gillsville is your basic rural pass through kind of town, less than much going on. Great for someone wanting to retire or can find a job in Gainesville (lot of healthcare jobs there), which isn’t far. I love this house and if I could talk my husband into a 45 minute (one way) commute, we’d go for it. But I like him enough to not force him into such a long drive every day so we’ll keep looking.

    I don’t normally think of scraping interior paint in these simpler style homes but would here! And the kitchen space looks huge! Some of the rooms before the kitchen pic are bedrooms, was hard to tell what rooms are what. Price seems a little high for the area especially for a house that needs a kitchen.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Still day dreaming. 10 year plan, adding a brick post and wood fencing around the front of the yard, dog wood trees and lots of plants. And rockers along the front porch! So many I could sit in a different one every other day of the month (well, maybe less.) Watch the trains go by!

      • RossRoss says: 2549 comments
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        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        Kelly, your comments made me smile.

        I was looking at the images and thinking: This house is SO Kelly!

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          lol 🙂

          I’m trying to figure out how to invent insta-travel so my husband wouldn’t mind the distance between home and work.

          A house a couple doors down I posted on the old blog, it was even more fantastic with beadboard/tongue & grove (forget which) EVERYWHERE. Needed way more work though. Think I commented the same about it, would have loved it too.

    • Annabelle says: 93 comments

      My husband and I have 45 to 60 minute commutes (depending on traffic – which is getting worse!) and have been doing it for so long that its second nature. So, maybe you could buy your hubby a new vehicle with lots of extras and talk him into that drive!

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        lol 🙂 It’s an extra 5-6 hours a week on the road for him. I’d rather have him doing something else (relaxing, taking out the trash, etc) than driving all those extra hours.

    • Jean Spencer says: 98 comments

      We have also been looking for an Atlanta-commutable old house that wasn’t torn up in the fifties, with no luck. Or a retirement fixer upper near Athens for the future. More luck there, but haven’t found the right place yet. This site gives us hope, though! And I’m learning alot in the meantime. I’m also thankful today for the very knowledgeable commenters on this site.

  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The little red building comes with the house, the other buildings you see in the background belong to the house next door.

  3. Lori says: 2 comments

    Love the style of this house. Needs to be just a block from a small main street and stores for me though.

  4. chris32chris32 says: 96 comments
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    Canton, GA

    I am totally in love with this house. I see the big, plain, flat yard as a wonderful garden spot, complete with a nice gate, a picket fence, and lots of climbing red roses. Sure, there’s some work to be done, but nothing that couldn’t be accomplished while you lived there and worked at your own pace.
    And Kelly, on this Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for you! For all the time you put into this site every week, so the rest of us can look, and dream, and take Google bus tours in the wee hours of the night, deciding if a neighborhood is “right” for us. Thanks for the “oohs” and “aaahs” and the “what ifs” that go along with every house you post.
    You’re a treasure, and I’m grateful for you. 🙂

  5. John Shiflet says: 5658 comments

    Classic Southern cottage form (Folk style house might be appropriate here because of a lack of stylistic details.) In that one room with the Dearborn heaters in front of each mantel, the mantels themselves seem older than 1905 but in a simple house like this stylistic clues are not that important. There’s also rim locks on the doors but in rural locations rim locks continued to be popular into the 20th century but appeared early in the Antebellum period. Six over six sash windows as also sometimes an indication of an earlier date but I can’t tell if they are original windows or not. The entry with a transom could date from 1905 but could have been older if sidelights were present. The diagonal beaded board was very popular in Southern homes from the 1870’s to the second decade years of the 20th century. It’s use has never ceased and most regional lumberyards still stock 1 x 4″ beaded boards in Southern Yellow Pine. In summary, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn the earliest details pre-date 1905 but in a house of this kind, dates and stylistic purity are not that important. I see potential here and like that everything looks clean and uncluttered with light fixtures and fans that all seem operational. Winters would require space heaters like the Dearborns seen and summers would require window units until and unless central heat/air conditioning is installed. In the case of window units, best to insure a dedicated circuit exists for each appliance. 25 Amps capacity per unit is ideal but 20 Amps would be a minimum. The location here looks picturesque.

    • Don Carleton says: 254 comments

      Dear Mr. Shiflet:

      Your comments are illuminating as always, but I can’t help thinking that you are being too reticent on the dating.

      Would anyone building in 1905 put in those mantels with the flattened “gothick” arches? They really look antebellum to me. And those four-panel doors as well.

      I suppose a rustic builder could have recycled older architectural millwork, but given mantel styles c. 1905 whoever the house was being built for must have been really anti-fashion to be putting elements like that is her or his new house!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I gave it the c. 1905 date since I thought it could be 1895-1910 based on other area homes of similar design being that age (although some go back to the late 1880’s, I don’t see this being any older than 1880.) Circa to me is 10 years forward or backward from the date given. The build date on record is 1930.

      Some history of the town, link.

    • John Shiflet says: 5658 comments

      Dating old houses based on photos showing a few period details is error prone. This “Southern” cottage was a folk house form built over a span of many years from the 1870’s to at least 1910. I agree the vaguely “Gothic” style mantels could be earlier but a local carpenter could have made them sometime after the 1870’s based on older examples. There was a minor “Gothic Revival-Revival” in the 1890’s into the early 1900’s which further creates uncertainties. If the house were truly Antebellum, it might very well have timber frame construction and at least some style affinity with the popular Greek Revival style as Gothic Revival cottages were somewhat less common. Since there is no practical way to carefully inspect the house from afar, its safer to mention the possibility of earlier details without stating with certainty that the published date is wrong. That said, 1930 is clearly off so some digging in the local history archives might narrow down the actual dates. That’s the best way I can explain the reasoning I use to help informally date houses. I have done research for official historic landmark designations but that requires a lot of time and archival exploration. It took me seven months back in 1992 to research a Queen Anne (c. 1898) house in Fort Worth, TX for a State marker (Registered Texas Historic Landmark) and if more time had been available, I could have spent another year tracking down all of the available leads.

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Paul and Mildred made this their home for an undetermined number of years. He passed in 2011 and she passed this year. Paul Obit and Mildred obit. The name of the road changed and I’m not sure what it was way back when so found it hard to find anything beyond when they lived there.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I had no idea! Gillsville Historic District, link PDF but really doesn’t give much info. Pics PDF (page 16, house is far left)

  8. says: 9 comments

    My husband has been offered multiple jobs with Makita in Buford, GA. But it seems like Buford is not the best area (at least from what I’ve read online). This house would be perfect. Only a 30 minute commute!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Buford is okay to work there if you don’t mind traffic. Lots and lots and lots of traffic. Although looking at the map, he wouldn’t have to venture far from 985 so maybe it wouldn’t be so bad for him. Might be worth checking out?

      I wish this home were only a 30 min. commute for my husband! I can’t talk him into a nearly 1 hour drive enough to get him to buy it for me though. 🙂

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I couldn’t help myself, went and saw the house tonight. The sun had set and I was trying to hurry before it got dark so the pics are a little dull. It was a last minute thing so no interior pics (besides, I don’t like wasting agents time on a house I cannot buy.) Added pics above.

    It is well maintained for sure. The lot is smaller and the tracks are closer than I figured from the listing photos. Would not be a deal breaker for myself but you would probably feel a bit of a rumble when a train passes and would hear the whistle since there’s crossings nearby (but I love train whistles!) I don’t think it’s a highly active track so not something to worry over in the middle of the night.

    The driveway is shared with the neighbor on the right. You can see the driveway in one of the pics. For this home the drive splits off behind the little bush and then curves around the tree in front of the red building. Their driveway continues past the red building and goes behind their home. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Unless you want to take up the backyard, a garage is not an option. I did not check out the storage building.

    The porch wraps on the side and faces another neighbor but you have huge bushes between the houses so it gives a bit of privacy on that side. The windows look in great condition. New owners, DO NOT rip them out! The benefit (if there are any) of new windows are not worth losing the eyes of the home.

    The brick things around the yard. I thought they were fence posts but now I wonder if they were just planters?

    It is an incredible and well maintained home. If you can or have a job in Gainesville, Cornelia, Pendergrass, Braselton, Commerce or any of the other nearby towns, would not be a bad drive. My husband works in Cumming and driving down roads with 35-45 MPH limits and 25+ stop signs and red lights is the deal breaker for him, nearly an hour one way and that’s in little traffic. He’s had the job for so long, I can’t talk him into finding another and don’t blame him for not wanting another. So that is why I haven’t called the agent and said “We’ll take it!” It’s going to be a great house for someone (invite me for tea, please!)

    After seeing the home in person, 1880’s seems like the better build date than 1895 as I have it.

    • Ross says: 2549 comments

      I think we should all chip in and buy your husband a teleporter machine.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        LOL 🙂 Yes! On the drive from seeing the home I was wondering the benefits and costs of a helicopter. Too bad the train didn’t run from his job to the house.

        We did look at one property with a 37 minute drive he agreed to but it didn’t make the cut because of really slow internet service (which wasn’t an old house but had a fenced pasture, barn with stalls and multiple out buildings.) Slow internet is becoming a deal breaker with a lot of the homes we look at. The Gillsville home is suppose to be in a fast internet service area. Figures.

        • Ross says: 2549 comments

          I can live anywhere.

          Small town, big city, it don’t matter.

          But because I have an internet-based business, good internet is a must.

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            Lucky you! I”m trying not to think about how much I LOVE this house. That is why the next owners must invite me over! I promise, I’m not too weird. 🙂

  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Adding, peeking in the windows, the rooms look HUGE in person! IMO, they are perfect sized rooms.

    Ok, I need to get my mind off this house or I’ll be sending out my husbands resume for him. Funny enough, his great grandfather (or maybe gg grandfather, I don’t remember) was a preacher in this area around 1900.

  11. John Shiflet says: 5658 comments

    Interesting streetview. As a plus, the house doesn’t seem to need too much work. There’s a Food Mart/gas station literally within walking distance with a next door hair salon and what’s up with the “Sim’s Pottery” building? (my spouse likes to dabble in ceramics) It’s disappointing to hear about the commute for your spouse. It might be manageable for a while but long commutes soon get old. If this house is not THE one, then I hope you find another one that is not so far away from your ideal location.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Not sure about the pottery building. I turned around in front of the gas station, it’s an odd set up to get in/out of but at least there is one close. There’s a Dollar General down the road for those emergency supplies and grocery and every other kind of shopping 20 min away. A huge hospital is only 20 minutes or so away. It’s a great location, rural yet close to things. So many other towns nearby too. Pendergrass is 20 minutes away and has a gigantic indoor flea market. Tanger Outlet is 15 minutes away in Commerce. Interstate 85, 15 minutes away; 985 is 25 minutes away.

  12. John Shiflet says: 5658 comments

    Well, this property does seem to be in a good location and I have no doubt you could magically transform it into your own old house dream. As we all know, location is the most important consideration. I feel that the logistical problem with your husband’s job has a satisfactory solution but might require creativity and resourcefulness to get there. What was his response to this property? Does he like old houses or does he have more contemporary tastes? Whatever the outcome, I wish you and your husband the best and if this house is meant for y’all, a way will be found.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      He likes new houses but is content where ever as long as he has his own space for his “movie theater” (yeah, we have one.) He likes the large rooms, porch and out building. I keep mentioning the other cities that has job potential but he’s starting to give me THAT look so that’s that.

  13. Courtney says: 4 comments

    I love this! Wish it had a kitchen bc it’d be perfect! It actually is only about 25 min from my work and I believe this area may possibly be USDA loan eligible . Now if there was only a finished kitchen!! Love your site Kelly! Hoping one day to find my dream home, in my price range and location on here! The

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12027 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It is located in a USDA loan area, I hadn’t thought of that before.

      25 minutes?! How can you stand not buying this RIGHT THIS MINUTE?!!! Kitchen or not! lol 🙂

      Glad you are enjoying the site, sounds like we don’t live too far from each other. Hope our dream houses aren’t the same, I wouldn’t want to have to fight an OHDreamer in a bidding war! 🙂

  14. akd1953akd1953 says: 198 comments

    Another WOW! I do like this house too. The description says a new 3/5 ton HVAC system. It just needs the outside window frames painted black or green that is almost black to be perfect. I’d just need a stove and refrigerator to consider the kitchen complete. Great house.

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