Sparta, TN

Off Market / Archived From 2017
Posted in 2017. Sold status unknown.
Added to OHD on 9/13/17 - Last OHD Update: 4/16/18 - 30 Comments
710 Country Club Rd, Sparta, TN 38583

Map: Street View

Price

$62,500

Beds

4

Baths

2

SqFt

2860

Acres

1.75

Are you Handy? Historic Home on 1.75 Acres needs someone to bring it back to it's glory. Some research says this is a former home of General George Dibrell. No restrictions with all kinds of possibilities including a bed & breakfast, antique shop, VRBO, or a nice plantation era home for a big family. Has possible 6 bedrooms, possible 6 bedrooms and lots of original character and many renovations over the years. Electrical in good shape but home does need some extensive repairs and renovations.
Last Active Agent
Kevin Cummins, First Realty Company      (931) 528-1573
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30 Comments on Sparta, TN

  1. Laurie W. says: 1348 comments

    It’s an attractive house and in a beautiful location.




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  2. JimHJimH says: 3341 comments
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    This one’s not as rural as it looks. It’s right outside a county seat with lots of services, restaurants etc. A bit shabby but pleasant enough, a couple of hours to Nashville or Chattanooga. The area’s becoming more popular for retirement because of the low cost of living.
    Some work to do here but if the price starts low(er) it could be a good project on a nice old place.




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  3. Markgraf says: 4 comments

    I restored this house when I owned it from 2002-2006. The house was built in 1847 (the c 1900 is because tax records don’t go back further)by the Jonathan Scott Family. They sold it to CSA Gen. George Gibbs Dibrell in near the end of the Civil War. He sold it to the Lee family who had the home from the late 1800’s to around 1994. The Kurt Young family had it after that followed by a lady who’s name eludes me now. We then bought it out of foreclosure and mostly restored it. It KILLS me to see the house is this shape. I am half tempted to buy it again just so it is saved.. There is too much history in that house. I still have 2 Minie’ Balls I dug out of the frame during the restoration. They were minor hits as a result of the Battle of Bear Cove, a small skirmish that took place just down the road a few hundred yards.




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  4. Markgraf says: 4 comments

    I have pics from earlier times if anyone would like to see them. Here is a youtube link to a video I shot in the middle of the restoration. This was about 2 years before we finished around christmas.. Excuse the crappy video and messy house. As I said we were still in the middle of projects then.. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR0ObPTIWuY




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    • Cheryl Del says: 1 comments

      The home looks beautiful. Wonderful job. Its a shame what it looks like now. I hope its returned to it’s former glory. Wish I could afford to do it justice.




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    • Kary says: 1 comments

      I am definitely interested in earlier photos of this home. I am tempted to buy it site unseen and just go for it. After looking at your video, my heart screams to just save this house from further decay. The only real thing I am worried about is what are the chances of the foundation needing a huge amount of work between the time you sold it and now? Would it be naive of me to think positive about it and think that there would be a good chance the foundation is okay? If you would email me at mrsblanes@gmail.com so I can further discuss this beautiful home with you, I would definitely appreciate it!




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      • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
        Admin

        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        You need to contact the agent and get an inspection to know how the foundation really is. What one thing looks like may not be as bad or as good as someone thinks it is. Hiring someone that will get into the home and inspect it, to be able to show you photographs of the problems is the most reliable way to determine what a home needs. Thinking positive won’t change what it may or may not need, please don’t ever buy a home without having an inspection done.




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  5. Leslie Boyd says: 2 comments

    Markgraf the house looks beautiful in the video! Have you been in the home recently? We just moved back to TN. What a shame it looks neglected now. I think I need to go see this!




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    • Markgraf says: 4 comments

      We sold it in 2006. The house was a blast. I have tons of history. It is a treasure trove. Many of the fixture are original Gasaleers that were converted to electric. Are you related to Sam Boyd by chance? Or any McMinnville Boyds.




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  6. Leslie Boyd says: 2 comments

    I noticed the fixtures in your video. It looks like you guys had put a ton of work in! I’m not sure about the Boyd’s, I am a Stutts originally. My father’s family is from Waynesville, Tn.




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  7. Stephswans says: 1 comments

    Markgraf….. Just found this feed last night…. Watched your video and it’s apparent that you loved that house the way it should be loved. Took a look at it last night and it needs so much help….. Why did you leave that gorgeous house in the first place?




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  8. Nate says: 2 comments

    Markgraf, I just bought this house and would love to know more about the history and what you did to restore it.




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  9. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Back on the market, $64,900.

    Posted in 2015, sold since but now back on the market. I’ve kept the older comments above.




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  10. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    2015 photos




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  11. EileenM says: 173 comments

    It seems to me that if this house was restored in 2006, it must have taken some serious neglect/abuse to be in the condition it appears to be in now. Hopefully it will have a better future.




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  12. ttess says: 185 comments

    Homes are like children, ignored and neglected they can go bad quickly. Markgraf we feel your pain. Some that we rehabbed are still beautiful, some a mess and some torn down. It hurts your heart.




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  13. Tommy QTommy Q says: 451 comments

    I have my guitar work done at Custom Fretted Instruments in Sparta. Great folks, used to send guitars from Japan all the way there cause I trust them to do great work.




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  14. Richard Bailey says: 4 comments

    I’d like to know more details on this house…. If it had been restored, it must not be far from liveable. What’s the roof like? Plumbing, etc… My wife and I are looking for a place preferably in Tennessee and near the mountains. This could be the one if it didn’t take too much fixin’….???




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    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You need to see the home in person. Kevin Cummins, First Realty Company // (931) 528-1573




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      • Richard Bailey says: 4 comments

        I think you may be right…but don’t keep me in suspense! Tell me what you can. We are in west Atlanta, but are coming up that way fairly soon…. I am old fashioned, and don’t have a cell phone, but will call you after a consultation with my other half (at work). I was a house painter in another life, and painting doesn’t scare me…
        RB




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        • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 8252 comments
          Admin

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I don’t know anything about this home, I’m not the agent nor am I associated with the agency so am unable to tell you anything about it. This site just highlights old house real estate listings, showing readers what’s out there. For those interested they need to contact the agent or a local agent to arrange a viewing. Even if someone were to come along and give you the details you need, I’d still suggest seeing it in person as there’s no way to verify what that person said is true (not to call people liars but some can over or under exaggerate what a house needs.)




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          • mandofanatic says: 4 comments

            Kelly,
            Sorry, I thought the agent had replied….I’m kinda new around here. You have a fantastic website, which I have just discovered. I will be calling the agent on this one, I think.




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    • B says: 1 comments

      I went and looked at the house it isn’t livable at all land it needs a lot of work and a lot of time and money




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  15. Searchingfordreams says: 1 comments

    This house needs A TON of work. Do not travel to visit this house thinking it looks similar to pictures. The WHOLE front of the house is rotten. The realtor has the lock box on the back door because its not even safe to enter through the front.
    So sad, if you have a whole lot of time and money to put into this house:) the lot is beautiful and the view is gorgeous!




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  16. Justin says: 17 comments

    Drove all the way to Tennessee yesterday to see the house and almost the whole porch ceiling has collapsed. The basement is dirt and washed out causing the floors to sink. It broke my heat as I was very serious on this one. There’s no way it was restored recently. All it had was a paint job as there was barely a board on the house that wasn’t rotted. So sad




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    • Chris says: 4 comments

      It had a restoration in 2002 three and four. I put all new insulation inside the walls Tyvek over all and put custom Poplar lapboard, then three coats of primer, and 3 coats of paint. Also had the house lifted and Footers hand-dug and Foundation laid to bring the house six and a half inches up on one side back to true. Then started redoing all the plaster and drywall inside. Unfortunately when we sold the house in 2006, I don’t think anyone actually did a single thing after that. My next project in 2006 would have been a new roof which it was within 2 years of needing. Unfortunately the new owner I don’t believe did a single thing after that. Old houses require lots of daily attention, it’s like a child you have to love them each day, if you’re not willing to do that then your old house will not last. Unfortunately the previous folks just didn’t understand that I guess. It’s a shame because it has tons of History. Kills me to see it.




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  17. Stephanie says: 1 comments

    We were also looking at this home. We live in California and were going to fly back to look at it. It doesn’t surprise me that front porch is falling down – you can tell from the photos its not safe. I would worry more about what Justin said about the basement. I talked to a realtor though a few month back and they said it had a new foundation. If Chris did new footers and had the house lifted and it is sagging again now then there may be some kind of foundational issue. I also have seen room sizes online and I don’t think they are accurate. The living room looks very small… So sad this one. I wish people would take care of nice homes like this. If anyone has any info on this house, I would love to hear it!




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    • Nate says: 2 comments

      I bought this house in 2016 because I fell in love with the history of it. I really wanted to restore it more to it’s original appearance, but I live too far away and have too many other projects going on. This one is going to need a lot of attention! What questions do you have that I can answer?




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