c. 1890 – Mathews, VA

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Added to OHD on 10/19/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   22 Comments
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Old Garden Creek Rd, Mathews, VA 23109

  • $85,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1380 Sq Ft
  • 20 Ac.
20 acres of forest, cleared areas and marsh, perfect for nature lovers or as a hunting or fishing lodge. Long water frontage along Garden Creek which goes out to Winter Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. This home was built in the late 1800s. The current owner purchased it for use as a getaway from the world. The home is not wired for electricity and has no plumbing or running water. The rooms are heated by wood burning fireplace and wood stoves. There is a septic system installed in the front yard that is not connected. There is a well outside that had a hand pump. Home is being sold AS-IS. New roof with architectural shingles was installed in the last couple of years. Bethel Natural Area is less than 2 miles away, which is an 83-acre Chesapeake Bay front preserve of sandy beach, low dunes and salt marshes. This home and the surrounding area are an absolutely awesome area for walking, biking and birdwatching.
Contact Information
Andrea Holt, Isabell K. Horsely Real Estate,
(804) 435-2644

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22 Comments on c. 1890 – Mathews, VA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Jennifer HT for sharing!

  2. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    This sweet old house AND 20 acres? Bargain! Love it.

  3. Janyan says: 29 comments

    This has got to be the deal of the century! Mathews is a beautiful waterfront community not too far from restaurants and shopping.

  4. dreamin'bout'oldhouse ownership ~Colleen~ says: 1058 comments

    Holy project bargain batman! Wow this is a steal for the right person.

  5. John Price says: 7 comments

    I wish this one was closer to tenn I would buy it in a heartbeat.The 20 acres alone is worth more than 85

  6. chichipox says: 201 comments

    This house is a preservationists dream.

  7. Angela says: 190 comments

    OMG! I lived just across the York River a few years back. I like this one! It is beautiful and hasn’t been marred by “updates”.

  8. KevinB says: 116 comments

    No utilities takes rustic to a new level. someone could move in and start a blog – my rustic life

  9. Mark says: 143 comments

    Seems unusual to find a substantial home with no wiring or plumbing. Non functional wiring or plumbing isn’t uncommon, but no sign of it ever existing is interesting. You’d probably be better off building something new on the 20 acres and using this as a rustic guest house/cabin. You would need to rip out the majority of the house to wire and add plumbing. With everything being new, everything would need to match current code for installation and that could present challenges and prove costly.

    Minus, the water damaged ceiling in a bedroom, this place is oddly intact. The floors and a lot of the finish looks like it just needs cleaned. Even the siding looks to be in reasonable shape compared to what you would normally expect to see.

    • Jackie says: 4 comments

      I agree about it being costly to do the wiring and plumbing. We are currently doing our house in Falls City, Ne. A lot of the plaster has been removed from the walls and ceiling, such a shame, but it is still costly and we can do the work ourselves.

  10. Laurie W. says: 1704 comments

    This is a handsome house. I like its simplicity & symmetry. It would be a pleasure to rescuscitate it. 20 acres alone in Mathews for 85K is incredible — plus this house worth restoring? Yowzers! Mark makes a good point about installing power, etc., but given its location and price, it would be a good project.

  11. earl says: 1 comments

    Probably used as a hunt camp. There’s a lot of waterfowl hunting in this area. I used to hunt and fish near here. Usually several hunters go in together and purchase this type of property. They have self contained camping trailers with sewer and water systems. They make minimal use of the house. When they are no longer interested in hunting the house is sold off and the proceeds divided. Only problem I foresee is the Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas initiative only allows sewer/water hookups within certain areas to avoid runoff pollution of the bay. That’s something to considering before buying. Do your due diligence.

  12. chichipox says: 201 comments

    It’s almost a museum piece.

  13. JimHJimH says: 5265 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Love it! House is here, with the lot running north to the creek:

    Assuming water and septic is permitted, minimal plumbing for a bath and kitchen could be installed without ripping the place up much, and wiring the whole house is unnecessary. As a getaway place, it’s close to ideal though not quite as amazing as the last Onemo dream nearby that went for $20k!

  14. John Shiflet says: 5435 comments

    I can only concur with everyone else that the land alone is worth the price but with the very restorable Victorian era (farm) house its squarely in old house bargain territory.

  15. Jean Spencer says: 124 comments

    We are seriously considering this! Certainly seems earlier than 1890. Any other ideas?

    • John Shiflet says: 5435 comments

      Unless the house is older and received a significant update in the 1870-1880 period, the interior millwork appears to not be older than that period. The staircase balustrade is made up of machine turned balusters. The stair casing is of beaded boards and recessed floating panels in a trapezoid shape, all are pointing to a later 19th century installation. Too bad the newel post isn’t shown as the styles changed rapidly during the 19th century but most folks kept the original newel. Another useful dating element is to examine the old hardware. Often stamped somewhere is a patent date. While less accurate in establishing dates, assuming the hardware is original, its unlikely the house predates the patent date. All in all, with the machine milled woodwork I think its probable the house dates from the post 1870 era and that is my best guesstimate. If heavy framing beams (not regular 2″by milled stock) are in the attic, then it could be from the Antebellum era, later remodeled. The intact exterior shutters are rare survivors and well worth repairing/restoring as part of the period home.

  16. Lin says: 5 comments

    I Love this house !! I would live it just like it is !! Repair basement window any thing major But for the most part I wouldn’t up date it !! That is why these homes don’t find these homes any more every one buys them and then does all the changes and updates !! I love this home

    • Brosia says: 72 comments

      I agree…I wouldn’t touch a thing, besides making what’s there more solid and buttoned up (fixing any water damage and such). The fact that it’s never had plumbing or electric makes it such a gem.

  17. Scott says: 7 comments

    The house looks to be late Federal or early Greek Revival, having a later Victorian renovation. One interior door that I can see dates between 1830 and 1850. The form, fenestration, and general style also support that range. Often the structural members of the house will offer the most clues. Look for hand-planning on boards, chisel marks on sills, and the type of saw marks on the studs and joists. It looks like a wonderful project. Best of luck!

    • Mark says: 143 comments

      I see all the doors as standard Victorian era machine made millwork. There is a random collection of windows-mostly 2 over 2, some 6 over 6, some 6 over 4(?), and the at least one 9 over 6 on the back of the house if that offers any suggestions other than they used what they had access to.

      I haven’t seen anyone mention but the thing I might consider concerning would be the potential for mold in a house with clear evidence of long term water damage and no ventilation system at all.

  18. Jean Spencer says: 124 comments

    We visited this house last weekend and took more pictures. Not sure if I can post here, but it seems clear that there was an earlier house (with the early door and 9/6 windows) and in the late 1800s (original builder/owners died in 1890s, according to the agent)the heirs or new owners did a huge overhaul, adding the left half of the house (with enclosed chimney) and perhaps the second floor. That also explains the offcenter entrance and back door. Lots of beadboard, bullseye trim, 2/2 windows. I tried to take blind pictures under the house and some of them show sawcut joists, others hand hewn. Couldn’t see enough of the attic through the holes to tell much.

    Very interesting place, now under contract. The water access is problematic, mostly marsh and would require a 200 ft. dock. I wish it was closer to Atlanta! But if it was, someone would have ruined it, I suppose.

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