1894 – Rabun Gap, GA – $298,000

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Added to OHD on 10/11/17 - Last OHD Update: 10/11/17 - 27 Comments
1940 Bettys Creek Rd, Rabun Gap, GA 30568
Betty's Creek Road - Restore This Landmark! An 1894 home of one of the original 6 families who settled Betty's Creek Valley. Picture in your mind the residents rocking on the porch and waving to the neighbors going by in their horse and buggy. The barn with stone foundation garaged Norman Coleman's First Bought School Bus, a 1937 Chevrolet chassis with the wooden body built by the people of Wolffork. Original two story home with massive stone chimney. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, kitchen, front porch, 2 stone root cellars. Portions of the stone walls, steps and plantings remain. Garden spot, spring branch and one of the largest China fir trees I've ever seen. 7.87+- acres in one of the most beautiful mountain valley settings in the region. Sold As-Is.
Listing Agent: Scott Poss, RE/MAX of Rabun // (706) 782-7133
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27 Comments on 1894 – Rabun Gap, GA – $298,000

      • Hardly cost that much to repair the Fairmount home. Just showing that not all homes are too far gone. If one has the knowledge and ability OR the money, no house is too far gone. Even if it has to be rebuilt with new materials, it can be recreated as it was once.




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    • I saw the video reconstruction of this house last year and recently tried to find it again to show someone a house is never too far gone to save. Thank you for posting the link! ❤️




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  1. Oh out of all the properties I have seen this is home to me! How I wish I could live here!




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  2. Is that the going price for real estate in that area Kelly? Must be a terrific place to live and I am not being sarcastic. That’s a California price.




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    • The asking price is probably a little high for not having a currently livable house, but it is by no means the most expensive property in the area. Rabun County is a weekend destination for wealthy Atlanta residents. Close enough to be there in a few hours, gorgeous scenery, lakes. Think Hudson Valley and Manhattan or Bostoners heading to Vermont for weekends. I checked, and some of the properties for sale right now are north of 1 million, even with less acreage. I, personally, saw more potential for a cabin in the barn. With it’s stone sides and heavy beams, I might prefer to start with it with the remodeling. Not quite California-esque yet, but heading in that direction.




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    • Still not bad compared to the eastern seaboard market. That much land in Newcastle County DE could be triple that cost – provided, of course, that it isn’t a brownfield site surrounded by urban decay.

      Kelly, thanks so much: both for this gem and for the link to the extensive (and so perfect!!) restoration in your earlier comment. Really inspiring!




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    • Seems like 2.2k-24k per acre is the range for “comparable” properties in that area. Given the condition of the property, it should be *much* lower.

      As Kelly stated, the house can certainly be saved. Having large portions of the sill open is unfortunate. Sill repair/replacement is not difficult but can get expensive fast since the weight needs to be taken off the wall… Everything else apparent from the pictures is reasonable from what can be seen.




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    • California price? This has SEVEN acres. It would be at least a million dollars in any area of California you’d actually want to live in. I saw a house in similar condition for sale in a kind-of-OK, pretty distant suburb of Los Angeles on a postage-stamp sized lot. $450,000. Ten years ago.

      Don’t look at California real estate if you plan to retain your sanity 😉




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  3. There are 7.87 acres I see a lot of potential. I wonder if you could dig out a basement and make the house foundation of stone as well. Way more than I can do but I like it.




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  4. Another heart breaker in the N. GA mountains. This is the type of project that deserves someone with the resources to complete it correctly. That might mean money or it might mean skill and sweat equity. It seems expensive, but it comes with 8 acres and potential views, and the asking price should keep the flippers away. People spend half a million or more on fake log cabins in this area, and I’d much rather restore/ expand this charming house if I had the money.




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  5. Looking at the photos with the flooring completely gone….that’s actually the back part/addition. I know I’ve got the two photos separated (I’ve since moved them together) but that is the same room (didn’t realize it until now.) The small windows tell us it’s the back addition and not another room in the main part of the home. That whole back part could be removed and start all over with a new addition. That’s what I’d do at least instead of trying to salvage it.




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    • This is the way I would do it as well. The current form is similar to a Plantation Plain I-house with a single story ell on the back with a shed roof. I’ve seen many successful restorations where the main structure is kept intact and historically correct while a sympathetic, but modern ell is added to the rear. This is an easy way to get a more functional kitchen and family space and maybe a modern master bedroom suite that would appeal to more potential buyers.




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  6. Kelly, Thank you so much for the video links and the site in general. It’s the mail I open when I have a few spare minutes to sit down with a cup of coffee and drool over these homes (not drooling my coffee though.. lol). And of course I try to figure out what state I should move to this week because of a house I fell in love with on here. Thanks!




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  7. First thing I thought of “Now this is country living” Love the property and I am praying someone buys it with ideas of restoring that house!




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  8. A bit pricey for the condition of the house. Makes me sad to see this kind of condition that suggests this house was not loved by previous owners. Rabun Gap is lovely location, but someone with very deep pockets and a lot of time could bring back its glory. A lot of disintegrated structure; that is worrisome.




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  9. Lots of potential here for a great restoration! And you are sure right about Rabun Gap, Kelly. It is crazy beautiful!




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