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1886 Italianate – Sedley, VA

SOLD / Archived From 2018
Added to OHD on 5/21/18   -   Last OHD Update: 10/4/18   -   13 Comments
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  • $89,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1842 Sq Ft
  • 2.6 Ac.
Diamond in the rough!!! This grand home awaits the buyer looking for spectacular country living - perfect bed and breakfast set up!! Home needs renovations but has so much to offer!! Additional buildings include old country store, miscellaneous storage, and old detached kitchen - would make a grand venue for weddings and parties - close proximity to Airfield 4-H center - Detailed trim work inside and out this home is waiting to be put back in it's grandeur
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13 Comments on 1886 Italianate – Sedley, VA

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  1. JimJim says: 4197 comments

    The out-buildings are almost gone and the house is nearing the point of no return also. It feels older than 1886. It needs attention quickly and could be a nice weekend place for someone out of Richmond or Hampton Roads.

  2. AvatarSage says: 75 comments

    This property just breaks my heart. It always makes me so sad to see places like this, once important to somebody but now abandoned. It reminds me of Trip to Bountiful or the end of Fried Green Tomatoes.

    • Kelly, Old House DreamsKelly, Old House Dreams says: 10321 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Funny you should mention that movie, a house I’m posting later today made me think of Trip to Bountiful. If you’ve never seen it, check out the movie Sweet Land. I often think of it when I imagine the people that once lived in some of these homes.

      • AvatarStephanie Brielmaier says: 28 comments

        I loved the movie, Sweet Land!

      • AvatarSandy B says: 447 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        Both these movies are among my very favorites……have them and have watched numerous times. I highly recommend both…!!! We here are quite aware, I believe…..it isn’t just about old houses, but the lives lived in them we somehow connect with, at least for me.

  3. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4708 comments

    The house needs help and basically seems to be in the “good bones” category. As Jim suggests, the house does have an older feel as in maybe an 1820’s or 1830’s house that was “Italianated” in the 1870’s-1880’s. Too few interior photos to come up with any solid conclusions. Has potential but a thorough inspection would be necessary to determine overall condition.

  4. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 449 comments

    I keep coming back to this one and really like it. It’s got some odd features: that T-shaped wholly one-story rear “ell” punctuated by all those chimneys; the odd rhythm of the brackets in the facade cornice; a small size relative the somewhat expansive footprint and visual presence (to judge by the square footage); and it looks like it’s not a center hall plan despite the door and stair location

    To squeeze a bathroom into the small second floor, I’d probably expand vertically over part of the rear wing. I’d lose those clunky 20thC porch columns and cornice and rework with good Italianate elements (with some question as to whether it was a one-bay or a three-bay porch). I’d put a good picket fence around the whole property; repair the rather tumbledown looking red barn next to the road; restore the country store and the better outbuildings; create a forecourt between the house, the road, and the red barn and the country store; create some nice gardens; and plants trees, the biggest I could afford. All of which sounds fairly lavish, but isn’t, especially for a $115,000 house.

    If there were a bit more property, it might appeal to someone looking for a small hobby or specialty farm — though who knows what ideal for a buyer. The country store is an attractive asset, though I couldn’t guess as whether it has any commercial potential beyond a studio or office for a home-run business. It’s a bit off the beaten path. Still, an interesting and attractive property.

  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted 2014, comments above may be older. Just moving old but still active posts to the front page.

  6. Avatarpeeweebc says: 856 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    This homestead breaks my heart too. I agree with everything Sage said. We can romanticize about it’s past and cry at it’s present condition and pray that there is someone like us out there somewhere that feels the way we all do. The three posts out back was probably the clothes line which once held fresh laundered sheets. Fingers crossed someone sees it like we do.

  7. AvatarKfidei says: 346 comments

    The store looks near the end of it’s life, and I think that’s very sad…I would love to see what’s inside (is that last photo inside the store, maybe?) It also kind of looks as though squatters might have lived there for a time, which is a little scary, out in the country like that. I love the pitchfork, just waiting to get back to work, in the last photo too.

  8. MichaelMichael says: 1304 comments

    Love the setting. I wish there were more pictures of this charming house.

  9. SueSue says: 296 comments
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    1802 Cape

    It’s all been said above. A place once loved and a country store that probably was the hub of gossip for the area. I love this place and perhaps what it all could become again.

  10. Avatarabevy says: 368 comments
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    1857 victorian
    Applegate, MI

    With lots of work and money this could be beautiful again-even the store. I wish there were more pictures. I think store could be fixed and then opened as a example of an old building. House would be more of a project.

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