1920 Craftsman – Sealy, TX

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Posted April 2016. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown. Added to OHD on 4/5/16 - Last OHD Update: 2/14/18 - 48 Comments
601 W Front St Sealy, TX 77474

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  • $10,000
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Bath
  • 1880 Sq Ft
For sale TO BE MOVED! Historic 1920's home, in need of TLC, but has a great frame. Cedar wood as the siding, original wood cedar ceiling through out. This home was made to shine when it was built. Come view this property and take a step back in time!
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Jennifer Sutherland, Sutherland Real Estate      979-627-5338
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48 Comments on 1920 Craftsman – Sealy, TX

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Gene for sharing this one!

  2. AvatarKatie says: 1 comments

    Someone send this one to Chip and Joanna Gaines.

    • AvatarWMP says: 2 comments

      I like Chip and Joanna, but they need to be kept away from anything that still has any of its original character. They will rip out the original and make it look like every other house they do (which is exactly like their farmhouse). They are nice, pretty houses, but they all have the same look. It’s a shame really because I like their concept of fixing up old houses, I just wish they focused more on restoration than renovation.

      • AvatarKrystal says: 60 comments

        I agree. They should send it to Nicole Curtis. 🙂

        • AvatarPeter J Haggarty says: 38 comments

          Nicole Curtis would be a bigger disaster for this house!

          • Avatarklarsen1839 says: 60 comments

            Certainly not to start an argument at all, I was just curious about why you would say Nicole Curtis would be so bad. I’m definitely not an expert by any means, but I do have a advanced certificate in Historic Preservation and I’ve always been impressed with the methods and end results of her projects. Just wondered what your opinions were.

            • AvatarDonna says: 1 comments

              We just bought an old house, built in 1880s. Need to remodel and preserve the floors and shiplap. Can I send you some pics of it?

              • AvatarKrystal says: 60 comments

                i would recommend sharing your pics on one of the discussion posts on this site. You’ll get more help from more qualified people than me. 🙂 There are also a variety of great resources online, like http://thecraftsmanblog.com for one. Good luck with your house!

          • BethsterBethster says: 801 comments

            I’m curious, too!

        • AvatarCarol Freeman says: 11 comments

          yes , Nicole ! Chip & Joanna take out the golden era of a home – i guess they keep the good stuff and put other things in it’s place . they ruined that bed & breakfast.

          Nicole is too picky sometimes and it takes a while , but she appreciates the homes so much.

          • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 10321 comments

            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            Yeah, I wonder if anyone had seen the bed & breakfast episode. It was the last episode I ever watched.

            • AvatarCarol Freeman says: 11 comments

              Yes, I saw it and was very disappointed in what they did. There was so much history that old house told and they destroyed it.
              I do like their show, but it seems they take alot out that could stay. But those homes are sold to the client ahead of time. They must want it done that way. They kept the bed & breakfast.

      • AvatarAngela Folmar says: 30 comments

        Idk they seem to love the original floors and shiplap and this has all those features. I like this house but it does need fresh coat of everything and well probably updated bath and kitchen .

      • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 948 comments

        Totally agree, WMP. They’re funny, in fact we watched them last night and Chip ate a cockroach on a dare. Anyhoo… every house the finish rarely retains any of the original. Then they too become cookie cutters with ‘old house’ outsides. Kinda like the Property Bros. Out with the old, in with the new.

      • AvatarRebecky says: 1 comments

        I am in total agreement with the comment about chip and Joanna not restoring. This is why I love love L O V E hometowm. They are into preserving and restoring. My new addiction for sure…

    • AvatarGregg says: 2 comments

      omg I thought of the samething SHIPLAP HEAVEN

  3. AvatarBethany says: 2656 comments

    What an interesting house! Some cool stuff hiding in there too.

  4. Avatarmarefitz says: 1 comments

    I wonder how much it would cost to move this to AZ?

  5. JimHJimH says: 4197 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I imagine the company next door wants to expand because this doesn’t look like a desirable residential location. It’s a shame a nice old place like this can be pushed aside for Progress. A tough project even at a price of $0, but hopefully someone will adopt it and make it work.

  6. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 790 comments

    Is it my imagination, or does the foundation sort of slant outward from the house?

    • Avatarmbhston says: 1 comments

      I can’t see the foundation from the photos, but in the fourth photo I see the skirted siding around the home’s base flares out at the bottom. That was how it was built. Some of the circa-1910 Craftsman homes in our neighborhood have flared skirting like that. We are about an hour’s drive from this home, in an old neighborhood in Houston.

      • Avatarklarsen1839 says: 60 comments

        That’s interesting – is there anything under that flared bit or is it just open space? Seems like it’d just be begging for some critters, lol.

      • AvatarJennifer HT says: 796 comments

        I have noticed those flared sides on local homes before and wondered why they did that. Interesting stuff.

  7. Avatarklarsen1839 says: 60 comments

    Love love love this house. Exactly my style. Much bigger than I would ever realistically need, but who cares. Look at that thing. And some of the furniture pieces inside! Lamps, tables, hutches, that fantastic mid-century TV. Serious drool.

    Daughter of George – I noticed too that the foundation seems to slant outwards. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Makes me rather curious about the underlying structure of this house.

    I wonder what’s going in its place that it needs to be moved. I do hope somebody snaps up this house and gives it the love it deserves! My, what a beauty this house could be.

  8. AvatarDenise1953 says: 31 comments

    I love Joanna Gaines style. The houses she does stays true to the farm house style in Texas. She doesn’t go outside of her own state that, I’ve seen. Love the antique organ at the top of the stairs in this house!

  9. Avatarboog85 says: 7 comments

    ohhhhhhhhhhh… that quilt room with the walls… oh my gosh! This house sure has some charm to it though! Plop it on a nice piece of land and fix er up… would be beautiful!

  10. AvatarPatrick A. Imler says: 266 comments

    I absolutely love these old craftsman homes. It’s a shame they let it go to
    pot like this. If I had the money and know how to bring it back to it’s
    original glory, I would buy it in a heartbeat!

  11. AvatarD Ann says: 19 comments

    I live in TX and was considering buying an old farm house to move to my land, but this looks a little difficult to move. It’s too wide to move in one piece, so might have to be cut in parts. The front brick portion of the porch would be lost and need to be reconstructed. The wiring and plumbing are completely not usable. That being said, the high ceiling and wood construction are a real treasure.

    Do any other readers have experience moving a house? Cost? Restrictions? Successes?

    Is it crazy to even consider it?

  12. SueSue says: 1175 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    Am I crazy to like the spot it is in? (Although the motel does look a bit sketchy.) I love the rusty warehouse across the street and the train tracks. The house is nestled under trees and sits back far enough from the road. It reminds me of the movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’.

    I would happily move it. This house without a lot of changing could be just adorable. Even the pantry is fantastic.

  13. Avatarlara jane says: 572 comments

    Wow, I really hope someone (who plans on changing nothing, or at least nothing original) buys it before they decide to demolish.

  14. LottieLottie says: 403 comments

    This is a beautiful hunk of wooden house! Love the flared skirt around the foundation. Never seen this before but it looks neat! Love the woodwork inside the house! Wonder if possible to move the house by numbering each piece of wood, windows, door, etc. and moving the pieces by truck? That would be a big undertaking, especially putting it all back together again, but definitely worth this beautiful house! Oh, that we were younger and richer. 🙂

    • LottieLottie says: 403 comments

      I was considering moving this house across country, but my husband informed me it would cost a fortune! But I can dream, after all the name of this site is Old House Dreams! Thank you, Kelly, for all you do!

  15. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    Houses of this type to be moved are usually priced at a token amount ($1 to $1,000) because the move and setting up a new site for the house costs more than the value of the house on its original lot. Otherwise, its a good project house but after moving, putting it on a new foundation, and hooking up utilities, a fair amount of work will remain. Might be better in the end to pay more for the house on its original site (if the sellers were willing) than the $10k, moving and hook-up costs, and then the renovation costs.

  16. AvatarJennifer HT says: 796 comments

    I love this house. Moving a home is quite costly, but has its benefits (new stable foundation, basement if you want, updated plumbing or electrical if you haven’t yet).

    We have a pair of local homes they have tried to get sold and moved, but they sit still. They were incredible in their day, but need a LOT of love.




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  17. AvatarPaul Price says: 202 comments

    this is exactly the idea we want to do. We are supposed to close on our home of 15 years tomorrow!! We are renting our farmstead that we will close on in the next 45 days or so. Then we are thinking about moving a house…..to the property. However, my sweet wife is still a bit skittish with the idea. So John, you are saying the maximum to pay on a house to move is about 10k? We have been moving the last 2 weeks so we have not been able to be on line lately, but Boy! I have missed my OHD fix! Now we will have the 35 acres, two shops, an RV storage and are living in a manufactured home which will be a guest house someday. Now we are focused on getting animals, etc. If we can stay on track, we will have the place paid of in 5-7 years. Then look seriously at the next perminant house situation.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

      Hi Paul,
      Sorry I wasn’t clearer. My comments were about the sellers of houses to be moved. Typically, since the house in question is in the way, the house to be moved is offered at a token amount, often one dollar to a thousand dollars. As for moving costs there are too many variables to guesstimate the total amount. A good place to start is to search through the membership rolls (searchable by state) of the International Association of Structural Movers (akin to the AIA for architects) http://www.iasm.org They have a list of movers in the state of Texas and I would get at least two bids because sometimes the estimates are substantially different for the same work. The primary factors for moving costs are distance to be moved; number of utility lines to deal with; (raised or temporarily disconnected) type of structure; (frame or brick/stone) and whether the structure will require cutting into smaller sections or is transportable in one piece. A new foundation for the house will be required and utility services run to the relocated house. Even though your locale is rural, permits (and maybe things like septic tank percolation testing) will be required. County authorities are generally less strict than municipal building code departments but make sure all of the required bureaucratic ducks are lined up before the move so it can go smoothly without delays for bureaucratic issues. I would expect the minimum charges for a short move would be at least $25,000 and for several miles outside of town perhaps double that or more. Good luck with your plans.

  18. AvatarRoman says: 1 comments

    I live in west Houston about 20 miles from Sealy. Reading some of your comments on here got me so excited that I decided to drive there at my lunch break today to see it. Let’s just say I will not be making an offer !

  19. AvatarConnieRae says: 1 comments

    The house is awesome!! Just got back from looking at it. It would be a blast (& a ton of $$) fixing it up. The flared skirt has several doors in it that lead under the house. There is tons of stuff stored under it. Lots of old wood, old doors, old windows, furniture and other stuff. The house is on about 4-5 ft stilts so there is plent of space for all the stuff hidden under it. The inside doors and doorknobs are really cool and the front door with transems are beautiful. It is very structurally sound – no shaking when walking. Too bad it has to be moved, I agree, it probably wouldn’t survive a move. But oh how I wish!!!

  20. AvatarMD80 says: 1 comments

    If it was free instead of the 10,000, I would highly consider moving it and restoring it. The cost of moving ot to Montgomery County though might be a bit pricey.

  21. AvatarAb says: 1 comments

    Does anyone know if this house is still available?

  22. AvatarGlynn says: 35 comments

    There are at least 5 of the flared skirt houses in my hometown of Normangee, TX. The town was incorporated around 1904. These houses were probably built around 1920-30. There is nothing under the flared portion.

  23. AvatarChase says: 1 comments

    Is this house still available?

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