c. 1900 – Chloe, WV

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170 Griffin Rd, Chloe, WV 25235

  • $19,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1196 Sq Ft
  • 2.5 Ac.
Home for the Thrifty Buyer. This four bedroom 2 story home has lots of character. With its wood walls, ceilings, and floors this home with a little elbow grease could be beautiful again. There is a stream that will be so restful as you rock away the evenings on the huge wrap around porch. If you love to garden this level fertile spot will grow like crazy. There is a barn to store all of your gardening tools and a wood shed to keep your firewood dry. This home will not last long so call Mike today.
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33 Comments on c. 1900 – Chloe, WV

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  1. JimHJimH says: 5271 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This place was called Oka, and there was a store and post office here, next to the church on the Beech Fork. What a wonderful little house this is, just needs some fixin is all.

  2. Ryan says: 459 comments

    Yes, small, but great potential to be a charming home. Just needs someone with a little vision.

  3. Julles says: 526 comments

    It is an hour and 11 minutes to the city of Charleston, WV. So not too far to amenities. What a find! A nice little farmhouse on 2.5 beautiful acres with a stream in the mountains of WV. Driving through there, I thought it didn’t get much more beautiful and could happily spend the rest of my life there. What a different life you would have too. One of peace and one with nature and maybe how God intended us.

    • Coqu says: 249 comments

      I wish I could remember exactly what he said (and when), but Rev. Billy Graham once said something similar to that effect. “Man wasn’t made to live in cities but small towns”. It really does make a lot of sense when you think about it, or at least it does to me the older I get :]

  4. Woeisme says: 154 comments

    Potentially a great summer house. I love the village nearby called Looneyville.

  5. akd1953 says: 190 comments

    Small bur very nice. It does need updating, looks in good condition just neglected.

  6. says: 191 comments

    Take me home….Country Roads…
    I always thought it would be neat to own a bridge. With this one, I wonder if you would have to park up at the road, & cross the bridge to get to the house. My Wife’s place in TN is that way.

  7. kdar says: 74 comments

    House and 2.5 acres in the heart of God’s country for the cost of a good used car. “A little elbow grease” is a bit of an understatement, but I love it!

  8. John Forgit says: 35 comments

    …”almost heaven…West Virginia”

  9. jimmey Solari says: 2 comments

    I qualify. I’m trying to relocate to the wv hills.

  10. Colleen J says: 1058 comments

    Call me crazy, I love this property! House just needs love, the barn is adorable!

  11. Joe says: 757 comments

    I like the barn too. It looks like the barn that my parents had at their house. It has no footing, so it is sinking by inches each year and the siding is pushing out as it acts as a support. One can put footing at the four corners with beams running crossways to the joists on the second floor. It can be jacked up to any height for the first floor space. Old boards can be moved from areas that are not visible to fill in, and new can be added to those places the old were taken to be repurposed. Those barn’s frames were usually mortised together, so, barring termite damage, it could rise as one piece like picking up a piece of furniture.

    • Hi! I know, old post, but I actually got the house two years ago. The barn is still standing but unfortunately it’s not something that we were going to be able to keep from the start. As you mentioned… termite damage. This picture is taken so that you can’t see much. The boards at the back of barn are gone about six to eight inches up in some places and the back wall of the barn is concaved toward the center of the barn. But, we are going to take it down piece by piece if it’s safe to do so and build some something back a little smaller with what can be salvaged from it. There is a great foundation under there if the same type of large cut sandstone blocks like the house is standing on, and some great pieces of thicK, rough-cut floor… some I might take out for some open shelving for the kitchen and a nice place to hang my iron cookware. Once I make a little more progress on the place, I’m going to start taking a ton of pictures. So far, I haven’t slowed down long enough.

  12. Joe says: 757 comments

    I looked for this house in Google maps by address and had no success. But Griffon Chloe WV produced a satellite view of the section of road in Chloe. The photo was taken when the trees were in leaf, so one can’t see the house, but you can see which side of the road it is on by the stream on the map view. If you click your cursor on the road itself, you can see that only a small section of Griffon Road is in Chloe. The rest is in Newton WV. There is no 170 Griffin Rd, Newton, WV 25235 on Google maps either. I suspect that it is along the short section of road that is in Chloe. Here is the link if you are interested in finding the general area where the house is located under the trees. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Griffin,+5,+WV/@38.6496141,-81.1338515,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88494026d06597fb:0xa7590633ff801834!8m2!3d38.6492711!4d-81.1328078

  13. Nancy says: 170 comments

    Is there a river or pond behind the barn? It looks like water.

  14. Clund says: 113 comments

    You can’t buy 2.5 acres for that price in the PNW. But to also have a cute house with so much potential, and a barn. I bet it won’t last long. The area looks beautiful too. It would be so much fun to fix up. Are those walnuts in the pic showing the foundation?

  15. JimHJimH says: 5271 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Was reading about a great old farm just up the road from this one, built after the Civil War. The first lady of the house, Mammy Jane Jarvis was a local legend. One granddaughter wrote a book about her, another owns the house. Irene turned 97 last month.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That was a great read!

      I love those kind of country homes. Going for miles, not seeing much then BAM, old homey home. Or the homes you can’t see from the road. 🙂

      BTW, this home: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/09/04/salem-wv/
      Is kind of in the same area as the posted one. I check on it once or twice a year but since no street view don’t know if it’s still standing. I think this was the location: https://goo.gl/maps/hCjRwor2JTN2

    • Hi! I’m the one who got the house listed here. I was born and raised in the area… moved a whole 12.5 miles from home when I moved to this house.

      I believe this home shown here was built for and belonged to Mammy Jane’s youngest son Spencer “Dock” Jarvis and his wife Effie. This house is just a mile down the road from the one you mentioned above. Mammy Jane was Labanna Jane Murphy (married Jarvis), a not so distant relative of mine. Irene was my dads 4th grade teacher, at the elementary school at Minnora im Calhoun County, Chloe WV. I remember him telling me about Irene pulling him to the side one day during recess and asking about his grandparents and telling him they were related. I think that if I remember correctly, Irene is actually Spencer “Dock’s” daughter, and is still living. She is no longer living at the Jarvis home, however.

      You mention a store in a later comment down the thread. Dock was actually the owner of the store. The store’s original location was actually across the creek and right below the church from the house listed here, as that is where the old road used to ford the Creek. The store was later moved to the intersection of Beech and Oka Rd where it became more of a beer joint for many years. Apparently he liked to drink, as did many in this area and my grandpa even tells me about frequenting that place. There’s supposed to be a bullet hole in the wall going up the stairs in the home from a drunken argument… I think I found it, but it looks it have been wood filled.

      Irene did donate the store to the Calhoun County Park for their heritage village where it has been restored. I went to their “Christmas In The Village” last year and was really amazed to see the store counters are made from the same alternating maple/walnut pattern that is shown in the parlor room picture you can see above.

      • JimHJimH says: 5271 comments
        OHD Supporter

        Thanks for telling us about the house and what you’ve done! I love this one and it’s great that it was “totally worth it” to fix up and bring it back to life. I’ve never been to WV but I always enjoy hearing stories from there. Merry Christmas!

  16. FlaOHDJunkie says: 160 comments

    what a deal – also taxes listed at $136 year.!!

  17. Rebecca Brunetti says: 1 comments

    Where is this located in Chloe wv

  18. I know this is an old thread, but after not sleeping all night and getting curious about “I saw the house I bought being on an old house website a few years ago”… I went looking again. And here I am, actually sitting in the listed house, looking out at the snow and posting here, hoping someone will see it! We got the house in the end February 2018. A little bit of elbow grease or TLC has been a massive understatement, haha. It’s been something of a project! Sometimes fun, and sometimes just laying in the floor wishing for it to end already!

    The photos the realty company had up weren’t even all the rooms and definitely left out the bad. The kitchen sink had leaked for many years and rotted the floor and the lower portion of wall studs off there. We took the wall out and opened that up to the dining room (against everything I believe in, but that kitchen was smaaalllll). There was also a dormer on the house that the valley of the roof was flooding into a bucket in the house… not shown. There is a full basement… er dungeon… under the main frame of the house, that was non-stop filling up with water and old dumped trash, rusted up furnaces and hot water heaters, you name it.

    Most of our work time that slowed us down was working on the damage done down there and water damage upstairs. We scabbed the floor joists in the basement and jacked whole house up. It came up almost a foot in some places. As for the floor that was damaged, we were able to get with a guy in the area that has an old termite damaged home and he is giving us some materials to put back a few needed spots in the siding and where patched the dining room floor.

    Thankfully, the home was solid, had a lot of charm, and most of the woodwork was still in place. We took the paneling down in the bathroom and found the old wood behind it… there’s wood walls, floors, and ceilings still in the dormer as well. Unfortunately in the bathroom and dormer, they had been painted far too many times for paint stripper and vigorous amounts of sanding to take them back to original, but they’re painted in era appropriate colors, and look quite lovely. All of the ceilings in the home still remain tongue and groove.

    In the rooms that already had drywall, we have some era appropriate wallpaper chosen, and ready. We just finished sanding floors and are ready to finish those out as soon as the holidays are over! Of course everything inside has a fresh coat of paint where needed, and we just put in new front doors. Outside will have to wait, but I have a wonderful gray/steel (blue undertone) color to paint the posts and trim. Windows will be next year as well. Many of them are bad beyond restoration, and all but two are a going to be a custom order. We did have our outside Summer, June wedding here and everyone just loved the place.

    It’s been quite a process for sure, but to make this house a home again is totally worth it! Everyone that comes to visit loves it here.

    • We also gutted everything out of the bathroom. We had to pull and redo the floor down to the subfloor due to a toilet being installed without a flange. Basically, we’ve had the house opened up, looking to the basement, jumping from joist you joist more times than I can remember at this point. We tiled the bathroom floor, put in a corner shower, cast-iron pedestal sink with two faucets (love those, I couldn’t pass up one in super condition for $65), and claw-foot tub my parents so graciously gave me.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Awesome! I’ve been checking in the aerial view of this home for a while, worried someone wouldn’t appreciate it and tear it down. Glad you saved it from that fate! We’d love to see photos! You can upload as many as you like on your profile page (My Profile at the top menu, then go to the “Photos” on your profile page menu. Select “New Album”, add an Album title, click “+Select Photos”, chose which you want to upload and then click “Publish”. If you want to, no pressure to show us! 😀

      • BettyAnnBettyAnn says: 149 comments
        OHD Supporter

        You may not be pressuring the owner for photos, Kelly, but I am! Pretty please, we would love to see the progress on your house. Congratulations on your wedding! 👏

    • GretaLynGretaLyn says: 226 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Congratulations on your wedding! I’m so delighted to read this lovely story about your decision to make this house your home. Would love to see pictures of how the progress is coming along….
      Happy New Year to you!

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