1890 – Princess Anne, MD

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27061 Oriole Rd, Princess Anne, MD

  • $36,750
  • Sold for $39,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 2424 Sq Ft
  • 1.14 Ac.
Own a piece of Somerset County History , Rare Opportunity to be the next owner of the William S. Smith House. Historic details still abound in this rare cruciform layout complete with turret. 5 bedroom and 3 Full bathroom begging you to put your stamp on them. come home to 3 fireplaces, Large detached 2 car garage. Property being sold ''AS-IS''
Contact Information
Neda Cox, Long & Foster,
(410) 546-3211
OHD Notes
On the National Register as the William S. Smith House.

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31 Comments on 1890 – Princess Anne, MD

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  1. sheila says: 1 comments

    I would love to own this… Even with all the wasps nest

    • Sheila that just made me laugh!

    • Debbie Webb says: 10 comments

      Wow how could there be that many wasps nests! Infestation !! I love the house though except why do they paint over such beautiful original woodwork ugh …

    • Teri says: 129 comments

      I had no idea what those were til I read your comment. There aren’t enough $600 EpiPens in the world for me to live in that house.

      My current 100 year old rental in which I live has a wasp, bee, and possibly hornet problem as well. Two years ago the owner rebuilt the porches (I’m upstairs so a sleeping porch for me and very high up) and when the guys were dismantling the old porch (the railings were already off, it was just a platform and he was picking away the wood floorboards) they uncovered a hidden yellow jacket nest about 2’x3′. The guy out there was lucky he didn’t fall off the porch. He was stung five times, ran back inside and slammed the door shut. Of course they got rid of the nest when they finished the porch, but those darn stingy kept coming back, for an entire YEAR, looking for their lair. I bought wasp spray by the half dozen for months.

  2. Nurrah says: 3 comments

    Something about this kind of house pulls some serious nostalgia from childhood at my grandfather’s.

  3. MW says: 902 comments

    I grew up in the town of Princess Anne back in the 60’s – early 80’s. This house is quite a ways out of town. I don’t think I have ever been anywhere close to this house, maybe drove by near on the main road a few times I don’t even recall, but even that is somewhat doubtful. We never left town or went anywhere unless there was a real good reason, LOL. I don’t recall we ever had a good reason to head out too far on Deal Island Road much. The fear of massive amounts of mosquitos kept us in town during the summers, not much to do out there during the cooler months. Too far away to ride on my bike as a kid.

  4. sempergeo says: 9 comments

    I wonder if there are photos of the house from when it was in original condition. Looks like a lot of architectural detail was covered up with the siding.

  5. DebP says: 6 comments

    It looks delightfully witchy… Love it!

  6. John Shiflet says: 5356 comments

    This house will need a considerable amount of TLC but at that price with over an acre of land, its a solid bargain. Put into this home the same amount of money as a starter home in the suburbs and you could have a very nice spacious house with more history and character than any starter home would ever have. Seems to have a few “dirt dauber” (mud) wasp nests in the attic but they are the least aggressive of the wasp species and their mud nests are easily removed with a sharp putty knife blade. If the location is Ok, this property seems like a good deal. Wow, I see what others mean…in streetview this one looks way off the beaten path but would be ideal for those seeking a quieter environment.

    • Helen P Baumer says: 1 comments

      The house is not far off the road and it is a good deal for someone who has the time and money to put into it. I lived in this house from the age of 15 to the age of 25. The house was built with old old ship timber. I once told my mother to leave it to me in a will, but she sold and moved. Sorry I can’t afford the place or I would buy it. Loved living in this home.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11873 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Laura on Facebook let me know this is a National Register home and has an sort of old photo (probably not that old) showing when it had shutters. I added links to the “Links” part up top.

  8. JimHJimH says: 5103 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Great old place set back off the road that looks a lot bigger than it really is. I don’t know if it needs shutters but it does need its other porch back.

    Love this 1960’s description from HABS:
    This is a very attractive and unusual Victorian Gothic structure. It is imaginative and is more like a child’s castle or doll house than a real dwelling.

  9. Anne M.Anne M. says: 899 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    I wonder if there might be a Queen Anne available in Princess Anne?

  10. Stephanie Bowman says: 2 comments

    The loss of the other porch must be fairly recent, since Street View shows the porch there… great house with loads of nice details. Thanks to the photographer for doing an above average job of presenting them.

    • Michael Mackin says: 2664 comments

      The missing porch is a little sad. The good part is that there appears to be a template you can use to recreate it since the other side looks intact!

  11. Melody says: 502 comments

    I like it! She could be stunning with a little dressing up.

    That garage is a big selling point. I’d put in a couple of hoists and have myself a nice home garage.
    The location is wonderfully remote, yet you still have neighbours to be friendly with. Lots and lots of woodland to wander through.

    By the way…. did anyone take a look at the old house across the road? 🙂

  12. RossRoss says: 2411 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    The exterior composition is intoxicating.

    Just a whole lot to love here. And a new garage, too? For $36K?

  13. FloridaOHDjunkie says: 28 comments

    wonder what it would cost to remove the asbestos siding in Maryland

    • Michael Mackin says: 2664 comments

      For the price they are asking, it should still be reasonable. The siding they put on may have preserved the original siding underneath in fairly good condition. A fair trade I’d say.

  14. Sapphy says: 377 comments

    I know absolutely nothing about Princess Anne, MD regarding accessibility, crime and other details, but i do recognize a house with great bones. And at that price! One could put another 200,000.00 into it and end up with an amazing house that looks to have a bit of privacy and land around it. I think this place could be wonderful with some TLC and invested $!

    • MW says: 902 comments

      The town and whole area around it is a bit economically challenged, and has been for a long time. Not likely to change any time soon. So, one would definitely want to be careful about how much money you put into an old house as compared to how much you could realistically expect to sell it for in a reasonable amount of time.

      This house, although perhaps maybe a little more interesting than typical, is not the only old house in the area of this period by far. There are a lot of old house like this that are pretty easy to come by. People in the area are a bit boot strappy. So they would probably be more inclined to buy a house like this and fix it up themselves rather than buy one that is already done by someone else. So, the added value of a house already fixed up has only so much appeal for people in the area. A lot of people have a lot more time on their hands than money.

      But obviously there is opportunity for improvement here. But one would best serve themselves if they are pretty careful and frugal about it.

      Real colonial houses are the most desirable for the area. Anything pre-civil war is notable. Anything after seems to be considered just an old house that might need fixing up, or even worse and sadly, just tearing down and not worth the effort and cost. Most people don’t even spend the money to tear stuff down. At a certain point, they just let it sit empty and rot away. There is a lot of that going on around there.

      • Diana says: 3 comments

        This is a great opportunity if you aren’t trying to flip it or sell soon. Young retiree wanting a rural life etc. Just love it and consider it an investment in you.

  15. Debbie says: 1 comments

    Such a beautiful home. One can only imagine the red tape one would have to deal with for the renovations. Not to mention deal with the historical registry to get approval for each and every item.

  16. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    It looks like a princess’ palace! It reminds me of the way “Children’s Palace” looked when it was still open back in the 90’s. That used to be my very favorite toy store, more so than Toys R Us! I have some fond memories of that place.

  17. pamibachpamibach says: 116 comments

    nice house not too much renovating other than wasp evictions and stripping paint off the woodwork(why do people do that?)

  18. Tara ASTROMOVICH says: 1 comments

    I’m the owner and the house will be on the market again soon, if interested before it goes up email taramattjulie at gmail

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