Athens, TN

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Added to OHD on 9/27/17   -   Last OHD Update: 10/14/19   -   21 Comments

409 County Road 669, Athens, TN 37303

  • $42,500
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1702 Sq Ft
  • 8 Ac.
Only minutes from city limits in country setting. Home features 3 bedrooms with fireplace in all bedrooms. 1 bathroom. Also fireplace in Living Room. Vinyl siding and metal roof. All this and located on 8 acres.
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Philip Rodgers, Century 21 Robinson Realty,
(423) 745-4446


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21 Comments on Athens, TN

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date given was 1900, I can’t tell if that’s close enough or if this is older/younger.

    It’s a bit of a mess of updates decades old but 8 acres and this part of Tennessee is great.

    • Ryan says: 562 comments

      I’m gonna guess it’s older. The way the window trim continues down to the floor and the cut stone used in the fireplaces just feel like older features to me. It takes a little imagination to see it, but I think with a little work and patience, this could be a really charming home. Just ripping down all that paneling would be a good start.

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        I was kind of thinking so too about the window trim and doors. I wish I had time tomorrow to go by and see this, I’m going to be in the area.

        • Coqu says: 262 comments

          I’ve done a lot of looking but can’t find anything. It looks circa 1870 to me, but I definitely don’t have experience with that age/location/style of home, so hopefully no one laughs me outta here with my comment 🙂

    • Doug Augustin says: 7 comments

      I think it is much older. Maybe 1850s or 60s even. That is just judging by the interior window treatment, baseboards, and mantles. Of course I could be wrong.

  2. Cora says: 2029 comments

    I like this! With virtually no mortgage payment you would have room to take it back a bit. I wish it were closer to Knoxville.

  3. MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 28 comments
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    1945 Craftsman
    Athens, TN

    I live in Athens, TN!!! I am so excited to see this house here. LOL. Knowing what I know about this area, the house probably was from the late 1800’s. It was probably part of a larger farm and the other acreage has been sold off to family members, etc. Athens is in a beautiful part of the state, 2 hours from Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville. And 45 minutes to Knoxville and Chattanooga. The downtown area needs revitalizing, but they are working on it. One of the most historic downtown shops had a bad fire 2 months ago, but the owner is rebuilding it to look like it used to. The Robert E. Lee Hotel downtown used to be a brothel that the Civil War soldiers frequented. It is now a restaurant, with apartments upstairs. And please look up The Battle of Athens, TN. It is an unbelievable part of the history here. Happened after the soldiers came back from WWII and the government had become corrupt. So many people are retiring here, and we are off I-75. (exit 49). I will google map this and maybe go take a peek!!!!

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  4. MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 28 comments
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    1945 Craftsman
    Athens, TN

    I shared it to the City of Athens FB page, and asked if anyone knew about the house, to please come to this website and let us all know!!!

  5. abevy says: 355 comments

    It is a mixture of old and new parts. Whoever, last lived there did not care about it being historical property. Maggie May, I use to know a Maggie May in Tenn whose relatives were from Michigan. Hope Kelly gets a chance to see it. This house sets up nicely.

  6. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1120 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Is the wood paneling real wood or fake plastic veneer?

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Visited the folks yesterday and we decided to take a ride to see the home. I called the agents office but they were not able to meet us there nor did the man know the lock box code so wasn’t able to go inside.

    My apologies beforehand on the photos, only had my phone with me and now I see all the shots I should have taken! GAH! My phone also handles light horrible.

    Firstly, the home is located on a very small road, if there’s ever a snow event then expect to wait it out kind of small road. There’s a neighbor across the street otherwise it’s private. The acreage is mostly wooded but there’s a space enough for animals (goats, maybe a horse, chickens) after cutting down all the weeds. There’s a walnut tree, completely laden with walnuts at the moment. Next to the home is a cement building/garage, I assume that is included (one should verify, I did not.)

    The cosmetics of the home have been altered but the form itself changed little, except for what is an attachment on the backend which is a kitchen. I’m not an expert on windows (the design yes but telling if they are old or new, no.) The 2nd story looked original to me, 6/6. The 1st level windows were not but still old. All of them need restoration.

    Vinyl siding, underneath we could see clapboard, either weathered or surface mildew(?) (you know what vinyl siding does when over wood, ick) but siding is under there. Vinyl goes all the way down to the ground so impossible to see under the home. I didn’t notice obvious sagging.

    Roof may need replaced or at least major repair. Chimney’s need rebuilt or taken out (blasphemy, I know but they are in need of immediate something.)

    Back addition, eaves are rotted and roof in spots need repair/new roof. If you notice in the kitchen pic above, a leak which is obvious why (I wish I had gotten better photos of the problems, KELLY!)

    Wasn’t able to go inside and the windows we peeked through were already photographed by the agent except the entrance hall. (Yes the photo is horrible but it was a shot through dirty glass.) The jigsaw cut staircase seems out of place if it’s pre-antebellum (I used that word, correctly in this case.) If the home was built 1870+ otherwise they wouldn’t be original…right? lol

    What I call “trailer paneling” covers the entrance hall walls and are wavy either due to humidity or leak, that is my assumption not based on an inspection done.

    My parents thought 8 acres with a home for $42k is a FANTASTIC DEAL even with the condition of the home. “If we were younger or had more money!” they would already be making an offer. LOL

    The agent said they’ve already had calls about it, I don’t believe the home will last long. I just hope someone will buy it to restore and not use as a rental or flip.

    As for age, I still don’t know. The staircase I’d think 1870s-1880s but if they are “new” I could see this being pre-Civil War.

    Edited: Grammar 😛

  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I also realized I did not even get a photo of the newel post! KELLY, SHAME ON YOU! I’m so disappointed in myself as I don’t even remember looking at the darn thing.

  9. Colleen J says: 1211 comments

    I side with your parents Kelly, this would be a steal of a deal for someone who has the time and bank account to bring her back to life!

  10. MaggieMayMaggieMay says: 28 comments
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    1945 Craftsman
    Athens, TN

    I talked to a girl who’s ex used to live there. She said the foundation is bad and it floods around the back. She is going to join the site.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I’m guessing you are referencing the property and not the house as the house sits up high enough to not flood from the nearby creek. Looking at the terrain, I could see some of the wooded areas but not enough to even worry about the house or the lawns being flooded.

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Flood map (house is underneath the text toward the top .)

        If the land is flooded, that’s really not something I’d worry over, not close enough to the house even to worry.

  11. Coqu says: 262 comments

    That’s cool you got to visit this place. The other day I took the full StreetView tour and really liked the view “out the front window”—I pictured great sunsets! Very serene.

  12. bigrog says: 182 comments

    Some serious rehab, and this place could be super nice. Hate when people put up paneling instead of redoing the plaster or drywall. Looks like there may have been a second story porch.

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11712 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reader Scott pointed me to another home that is built similar:

    https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2014/07/22/c-1850-greek-revival-wytheville-va/

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