1895 Classical Revival – Waycross, GA

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901 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA 31503

  • $89,250
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 4384 Sq Ft
  • 0.32 Ac.
1895 Classical Revival offering nearly 4,400 SF of historical home heaven! Located on a double, corner lot in the historic downtown district of Waycross, this beauty offers a gorgeous vestibule entrance, ladies leisure room, grand salon, formal living room with beamed ceiling & fireplace, huge formal dining room w/built-ins, butlers pantry, separate servant staircase, screened and covered porches, upper and lower level sunrooms, separate eat-in kitchen w/serving window, master suite w/dressing parlor and walk-in closet, large 2nd bedroom w/fireplace, and a bonus room that could be a guest bedroom or study! Huge lot also features a one car garage with an unfinished apartment above it, custom cast iron fence, and original landscaping that includes azaleas, live oaks, pine trees, palms and wisteria.
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Robert Sinclair, 100% Real Estate,
(800) 454-3422

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

    Another early 1900’s “Greek Revival-Revival” with a typical interior. I’m not very fond of the abundance of diamond paned leaded glass in such profusion because here it almost looks like chicken wire there is so much of everywhere. Maybe the builder received a quantity discount?

    • lara janelara jane says: 484 comments
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      hahaha, John!!!! I’m sure the builder would be disappointed in your lack of enthusiasm! He probably thought it was snazzy!

      It’s a lovely house. Looks like a sweet little neighborhood and the house has a pretty large lot.

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  2. John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

    In looking at this a little closer, I’m thinking this abundance of diamond paned lattice is just that-a stuck on lattice (lead, zinc, or?) that was applied over solid glass. Maybe it was a decorative-security combo measure? In any case, to me such a profusion of this one decorative element just doesn’t look right and original. The lattices seem to fit the various sized windows perfectly, though, so who knows? Unless I could inspect it personally there’s no way for me to tell. I’d expect a house this impressive would have had art glass (stained, leaded, beveled) windows in a variety of designs, not such bland uniformity. The white painted millwork in the entry is certainly dramatic. (and was likely finished clear originally)

  3. So interesting to find this property on your amazing website. By the way, thank you for what you do here. As for this property, I remember as a child driving past this amazing structure dreaming of a day I could afford it. How I would love to renovate this home. I plan on seeing more of the house in person. The Corinthian Columns about the house make it so very special. Most homes on the street are old and well kept.

    I wrote a song about it and it is my latest single release which can be found on my website. The song is called Sittin On The Corner. It is a simple song written from the view point of the house itself. I am not soliciting. I am just excited to find this home on a site I really appreciate! Thank you again for all your hard work on the website!

    The people in this area (Waycross, Georgia) are very warm and friendly. I wouldn’t mind living there!

  4. Houston Lake says: 1 comments

    Lived next door to this house in the 70s, we rented from the elderly lady who owned both this house and our large Victorian (since burned down). She was kind but reclusive, sometimes she would give my father more time to pay the rent as he had a lot of kids. The house and grounds were of course much better taken care of then, and she was very wealthy. I believe her name was Mrs. Blaylock, and I always connected her in my mind to Miss Haversham in Great Expectations. I distinctly remember walking along that metal fence out front and running a stick along the balustrades, there was lots of Spanish moss on the trees and on the side of the house a huge vine of wysteria which always smelled incredible. This is more than just a house to me, I hope someone buys it who will bring it back to a reflection of its former glory.

  5. says: 8 comments

    I love the ceilings. The home needs some restoration, maybe new paint, carpet removal, and I agree I am not sure I am in love with the glass

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted in 2013 but it is back on the market (never sold), lower price and new photos. They also changed the build date from 1905 to 1895.

  7. PhillipPhillip says: 266 comments
    1910 Tudor/craftsman mix

    I could live with the glass but the beautiful woodwork all painted white would pain me every time i looked at the one room that still had stained wood. Still the house is plenty interesting at this price and even a few mission chandeliers come with it. The exterior could use the addition of a few trim colors and it would really pop.

    • Robertcn says: 67 comments

      The painted trim was the style for this house at this time .

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Painting the interior wood white was becoming a thing but if the dining room was unpainted like it is now I think the entrance and parlor would have also been unpainted.

        • Ross says: 2468 comments

          I agree Kelly.

          I have magazines from the 1890s and all white interiors for Classical-Revival or Colonial-Revival homes was fashionable.

          So…maybe the trim/doors in this house were painted originally.

          Or…maybe not.

          A careful scrap could easily confirm either way.

          That said, the all white staircase makes my eyes hurt.

        • Robertcn says: 67 comments

          Well you could have both. Have your cake and eat it too! Lol !

  8. Carolyn says: 299 comments

    I can’t believe for the price this beauty hasn’t sold. I’d love to see it pre-white paint. Living in Michigan I always think of heating costs on a big old place like this. Is Georgia relatively warm most of the year?

  9. Michael Mackin says: 2530 comments

    Lovely house but I would want to find the real wood under the white paint!

  10. Priacilla says: 38 comments

    The wood. my heart bleeds for the beauty lost. I love the lightness but the loss it to great.

  11. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1017 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    Unlike many here, I favor painted wood; the effect is brighter, and there is historic precedence for it — but I can appreciate those who prefer otherwise. I love the blue room with the green tiled floor. And I am intrigued by the Tudor down the street!

  12. Lissie says: 264 comments

    This is a dream home for me. I even like the windows, and the painted wainscoting. Needs some cosmetic work in the bedrooms and the kitchen. It’s a beautiful home in a great area.

  13. imogeo says: 34 comments

    I LIKE THIS HOUSE A LOT! MANY OF YOU DENIGRATE TRM PAINTED WHITE. BUT THIS HOME CARRIES IT WELL, MAKES IT BRIGHT AND SHARP. CONTRAST IT TO THE COUPLE OF ROOMS WITH DARK WOOD AND YELLOW/GREEN WALL PAINT. DRAPES OR SHEERS OR BLINDS WOULD MAKE SOME DIFFERENCE AS WELL, BUT OVERALL THIS IS A GRAND OLD DAME, AND YES IT IS WARM VIRTUALLY ALL YEAR IN THIS PART OF GEORGIA.

    (admin: remember, no all caps)

  14. Johntique says: 78 comments

    Happy sunday! …. John Shiflet – if you download photo #30 and enlarge it – you will see that the windows are indeed leaded; ……….. so totally inappropriate for the style of the house, as is the woodwork in the dining room. I also find that the dining room mantel is rather awkward – with the mirror below the shelf. I LOVE the Greek Revival – and these “revival revival” interpretations often leave me wanting. Considering the condition of the house, as well as the neighborhood, I think that the price is amazing. I think that just the raw materials to build this house would cost that much in today’s market!

    Judson Foster ….. the columns outside are Ionic; the interior has both Ionic and Doric. Corinthian capitols have “lots of acanthus scrolls” and present a much more “feathery” appearance.

    • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

      Another feature I find odd is the wide Italianate cornice with modillions and next to nothing above it — sort of a shelf cornice. If the box gutter really runs outside the porch columns that could explain why the capitals are still intact.
      Where the interior woodwork is Yellow Pine, it of course has to be painted. I doubt the stair and its panelling was originally white, though.

  15. Angela says: 25 comments

    Seeing the window air conditioner unit leads me to believe this home lacks central air conditioning; which would make for a very long and uncomfortable summer. With the considerable price reduction, one could certainly have central air installed.
    I would love to walk through this house! ?

    • GloriaH says: 81 comments

      When you see those steam or hot water registers, you won’t be finding central air. I live in a 1918 with it’s original heat and I much prefer the window units to central air in an old home like this. Unless you have numerous zones, the cooling can be controlled for where you want and need it, keeping the expense more reasonable.

  16. Betti says: 9 comments

    LOVE THIS! GRAND OLD HOME, just waiting for the right person to come. Seriously thinking of giving up my red brick 2 story in Pennsylvania, and moving to Georgia! I would
    Love to walk thru this fine old home and grounds. I think it’s a wonderful price also.
    Betsey Crocker

  17. Mary says: 36 comments

    Why oh why did anyone paint all the woodwork? And the pale walls? It’s a Greek Revival– not a beach house. That entry would be drop dead stunning if it was stained trim. The only thing that would save the look now is to paint the walls dark, dramatic colors Looking at the one and only room (neon yellow) that has stained trim, I can just picture how it all would look! Beautiful house though! Would love to see it in person.
    Hudson Foster-. Did you really write a song about this? What is your Website? Reminds me of the show “in living color”. There was a character who said to just about anything ” I wrote a little song about it…Like to hear it? Here it goes…”
    Hee hee- showing my age.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Actually it’s a Classical Revival (or Neo-classical) although as John stated it could be called a Greek Revival-Revival. True Greek Revival’s died out in the 1860’s/70’s. You will find some interiors of Classical Revival’s were originally painted white although this particular home I don’t believe was.

      The new owners could go either way, strip the wood work (which is what I would do) or keep it white and it would still be beautiful.

  18. franka says: 21 comments

    Lying on the floor sobbing. I want this house in the worst way. We haven’t put ours up for sale yet, so this will probably be gone when I’m ready to buy.

  19. Ally says: 12 comments

    I toured this home about a year or maybe 2 ago. The entry/downstairs was quite stunning, white paint and all! The area of town was not desirable however.

  20. RonnieH says: 83 comments

    I google drove around the neighborhood and it appears to be quite a nice area. I’m not sure why it would be a “not desirable” area of town. All the lawns are tidy and mowed. There are no broken down vehicles in yards or driveways. Realistically, depends on the persons personal perceptive of “not desirable.”

    • Angela says: 25 comments

      The crime rate for this town is double the national average rate.

      • GloriaH says: 81 comments

        I’m curious as to how much crime that actually means? An average for across the US isn’t telling us much. We recently moved from a little town with lots of unreported drug deals. The crime stats there appeared pretty low, when they really weren’t and people were living a block from crime and didn’t have a clue. This looks like most small towns which have lost population over the last few decades.

        • Angela says: 25 comments

          The crime rate is broken down into categories; murder, rape, robberies etc.
          the crime rate for this town (or any other town) can be found by googling “Waycross GA profile”, then scroll down till you find the crime rate breakdown.
          I do this search for every home that I sm seriously interested in. ?

          • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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            1901 Folk Victorian
            Chestatee, GA

            That’s not a good way to get an accurate idea of a particular neighborhood. If I were to look at the crime stats for my house you’d think it was unsafe yet we are given that particular city address because of the post office not because we actually live in or near the city. Not saying this neighborhood is a good or bad one but you’ll miss out on some great properties by doing it that way.

          • GloriaH says: 81 comments

            That’s interesting. I looked up the little town I was in. It is way more than the national average for things like assault, rape, burglary. The stats would probably be worse if everything was reported, but I can tell you it was a safe little town. I’m now in an urban area (where many of these old houses are located) where the stats look bad and I feel as safe as I did in that little town. I judged it by how many people are walking the streets. Are the kids walking to schools? Is there a ton of trash everywhere? Are there vagrants? While we certainly need to be aware, I think just using online stats eliminates great areas. If I was concerned, I would directly call a police department and get the information from them.

            • Ross says: 2468 comments

              Thank you, Gloria.

              I also suggest talking to the neighbors!

              If you are interested in a home, go knock on the neighbor’s doors.

              What do they think? Do they feel safe?

              If they say yes, that would be all I needed to know!

  21. Mr. Mike says: 3 comments

    People may complain, but it’s a gem! Just needs someone to love it again, and enjoy its many features like the amazing lot! It probably won’t last long!

  22. Kimberley Dudley -Pyett. Known as Kimmie. says: 14 comments

    Well here we go again. I last lived in a 1750 cottage here in England and now live in a 1880 house that looks like a Castle with turrets and stained glass. I love the white paint work and I love the leaded windows too. This is a Cinderella home and I would love to buy it must call the realter to check more about it. My furniture would look perfect in this stunning house. Regards Kimberleyxxoo..

  23. Bigrog says: 174 comments

    What a shame they painted the wood. House does have a lot of potential.

  24. Colleen Johnson says: 1168 comments

    The stark white and light blue caught me off guard on this one, a very grand house.

  25. Graham says: 145 comments

    I am on the fence about the painted wood. Sometimes too much unpainted wood makes a home way too dark. Other times you just say why did they paint it. Sometimes after all the work to strip the wood you find it looked better painted (don’t ask how I know :)).
    For this house I kind of like it painted.

  26. Diane says: 68 comments

    I am seriously considering relocating, as I once mentioned previously. Georgia or Tennessee are at the top of my list. I have to consider acceptance of my medical insurances, etc., as I look at areas and am constantly checking that as one important determiner. It fascinates me that one city will be saturated with providers of my insurance carrier but another has none. But that is my concern.
    Since some of you clearly know some areas of Georgia or Tennessee, are there areas you would suggest as I look at? I am trying to check out areas six ways to Sunday as I look at them, but personal input would be wonderful. Objectively, I am older than the usual retirement age. Right now, I am debating retiring after my birthday this year versus next, with an inclination to do so within the next several months. I would love input from those of you knowledgeable of the areas.
    Thank you

    • Graham says: 145 comments

      You are absolutely on the right track. Getting first hand knowledge of an area is great indicator whether or not to proceed. That being said it is sometimes hard to come by. I usually look at aerial views of the surrounding area to determine if there is any gotchas like factories, landfills, etc. I then “drive” the neighborhood to check out the immediate surroundings. Sometimes just googling the area will reveal a wealth of knowledge. The great thing is that everyone has different likes and dislikes. I have seen several houses on OHD that I have really liked and a few that I have talked to relators about. Best advice is to keep looking and you will find what you want, where you want.

  27. TDC says: 9 comments

    I love this home so i checked it out. The town appears to have a lot of children with cancer from an unknown source. The mall has a JC penneys and a TJ Maxx all of the others are closed, just a bunch of empty stores including the food court which is gone. HUD is listing this home and are taking bids on it but in the paperwork the disclosures part this is what it says
    HUD Case 105-491123
    Utility Activations (after contract execution): Must be approved by HUD’s Field Service Manager, prior to activation. In
    cases where plumbing deficiencies exist, approval for water turn-on may be denied.
    Notice: Repair or escrow amounts are not a credit from the seller to the buyer. Repair or escrow items represent the
    minimum property requirements as required by FHA to bring the property into standards that will allow it to meet FHA
    funding eligibility. All repair costs are financed into the mortgage and are the responsibility of the buyer.
    If the utility service providers have pulled the gas, electric and/or water meter, it is possible that the provider (s) may
    require a permit prior to re-installation. Please defer to the appropriate utility service providers, if needed.
    Repairs may not be approved or performed prior to closing.
    Repair plumbing, Repair HVAC
    Repair exterior peeling paint. The insurance would be hard to secure on such a house as well because it is charged at replacement and that is all custom woodwork. All things to consider.

    • Ed Ferris says: 301 comments

      HUD has a lot of boilerplate they put in their listings. However, the Repair Escrow is for real. It tells you what work needs to be done. Very useful.
      I would appreciate informed comments about insurance. Will they really replace vintage woodwork? Or do they just offer what a modern house of the size would cost?

  28. LGB says: 1 comments

    Very nice, though the bubble gum pink paint would have to go. I grew up in KY where painted trim is the norm for historic houses, so it doesn’t bother me. Those complaining about the glass lack imagination. You could use thin colored plastic to create beautiful Harlequin glass effects.

  29. LUCINDA HOWARD says: 248 comments

    Goodness all your comments are fascinating.

  30. Jimbolaya says: 7 comments

    Maybe it’s just me, but the wood floors in many of the pictures seem too shiny to be original. Anyone know if they’re actually laminate?

  31. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $89,250!

  32. Justin says: 1 comments

    I was just looking the house over last weekend. The neighborhood is a little run down but that’s expected in older neighborhoods in southeast Georgia. There appears to be termite damage on the front of the house but I didn’t crawl underneath to see how extensive it may be.

  33. Justin says: 17 comments

    I live in Folkston, the neighboring town. I drove over to check out this house. It’s in beautiful shape but I noticed termite damage behind the front clapboard siding that was coming down. I’m not sure how extensive it may be. The neighborhood is a little run down with what appears to be rental homes surrounding it.

  34. Bill says: 2 comments

    hello. reading the comments I am not following the HUD part of this. Does this mean house cannot be sold without owner agreeing to repair major issues? Realistically what in dollars would it take to make this livable/safe for a family? 20k-30k? I am about 4 hours away so not easy to just drive down and back.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11832 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      No one here can quote you on repair costs but maybe someone can clear up the HUD part.

      • Bill says: 2 comments

        Kelly, Hello. yes, sorry I did not pay close enough attention to the comment rules before I posted, again, I apologize. Hoping for some guidance from other posters on their experience on the HUD part.

  35. Mary says: 36 comments

    Hi. I will jump in here. We did a hud loan(19 yrs ago) worked out great for us. there was a limit they woukd loan of 30,000. Not sure if that is still standard or not. We brought a contractor to see house first to make sure we could cover repairs with that amount. We did so much ourselves that it was fine. Coat us way over that, but was worth it. The BANK WILL TELL YOU WHAT Has to be fixed in their opinion as far as safety so keep that in mind.
    Feel free to ask anything.

  36. Kashaka Bedeau says: 1 comments

    I wanted to purchase this home but it looks to be sold now.

  37. Owen H. says: 1 comments

    I know this house quite well as I have driven by it and been mesmerized since I was a young child. This area used to be the nicer part of town back in the mid 20th century as it is almost in what is considered downtown Waycross. The surrounding homes are still somewhat nice for a neighborhood in terms of upkeep of property but head not too far west or south and the neighborhood quality and crime gets worse very quickly. Waycross, as someone mentioned before is like many other midsize towns in Southeast Georgia somewhat outdated. The kind of town where the population is made up of lifers, not people that have moved in from elsewhere. I had noticed the town was on a very steady decline over the past twenty years or so in terms of local economy, private businesses closing down overtime and larger companies leaving the area. Alas I have also noticed a slight uptick over the past few years. New restaurants and businesses opening and the town is growing outwards in terms of city limits. I wish the city would promote the upkeep and refurbishing of the older original buildings downtown as it is still very nostalgic and attractive, just empty. I do not know much of Neoclassical architecture but I know the house is simply stunning from the outside, I would give anything to see the inside in person. I hope somebody snatches this up soon otherwise I may just purchase it and let my VA payments pay it off until I’m done here in San Diego. And as for the mall, it has always been a horrible mall, an idea that sparked back in the 70/80’s and never really took hold. If you are passing up on Waycross due to the mall quality, please look East to out neighboring Brunswick and good riddance.

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