1862 – Mobile, AL

Added to OHD on 5/30/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/17/20   -   30 Comments
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3703 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608

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  • $142,500
  • 2 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1158 Sq Ft
  • 0.51 Ac.
The Chinaberry - Pfau - Creighton Cottage is an excellent example of an early farm dwelling. The original owner was Philip J. Pfau, a bootmaker who had his own shop -- The Pfau Company. In 1897, the Pfau property was sold. The sale included the "household furniture, one horse, one cart and harness, one buggy and harness and one wide press." Chinaberry is an early raised cottage plan without a central hall, two rooms wide and two rooms deep. It is a frame cottage on brick pier foundation with clapboard siding. An entrance into each of the front rooms from the front gallery. One and one-half story elevation with attic area reached by a narrow, steep interior enclosed stairway located on the outer wall of the front east room. A gable roof has its ridge parallel to the street with the slope extended to the rear, somewhat in the style of the New England Salt Box. The three bay front gallery has simple columns of square section with out any classical influence. The gallery windows are floor length and shuttered. Side windows have plain framing, double sash with 6/6 lights. The rear gallery has been enclosed to contain bathroom and kitchen facility (the kitchen now in disrepair and in dire need of renovation, as is Chinaberry as a whole). An old kitchen dependency has been moved closer to the house but is still unattached (would make a better guest house or caretaker's house at this juncture). This homes is on the National Register of Historic Places. Description taken from MHDC files and National Register of Historic Places. All measurements are approximate and not guaranteed.
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Mia Burmeister, Bellator Real Estate & Dev.
(251) 343-7777
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30 Comments on 1862 – Mobile, AL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Zann for sharing!

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  2. says: 158 comments

    Would love some interior pictures of this southern semi-saltbox. Very unique and charming. Love the grounds. I’d be tempted to live in the chapel.

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    • Amy says: 56 comments

      Chinaberry was in terrible condition when I last saw it a couple of years ago. It is delightful, but would need SO much work. I would think you are buying the land more than the house. It is also right up against Old Shell Road, which is a major artery with lots of traffic. With all that said, if I won a really big lottery, I might want to take it on.

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      • says: 158 comments

        Thanks, Amy. I know nothing about Mobile, or even Alabama, so I appreciate your words of wisdom. Have always had a thought that it might be a great place to retire to. Love the Gulf.

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  3. cyberc says: 92 comments

    Is that a little chapel made of brick? What is the other red building used for, I wonder? Agreed, need some inside photos because my curiosity is peeked.

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  4. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1037 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    The cottage is charming, but I would alternate between living in the chapel and the caretaker’s house.

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  5. darla says: 88 comments

    Leanne, great links. In 2014, this house was originally listed with an asking price of $350,000, then reduced to $297,500.

    Even so, with everything it needs, $160k is more than most would consider.

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  6. RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    “The Vampire Lestat”?

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Whoa. The interior looks much less “lair de Lestat” than the exterior. Wonder why the previous agent chose not to show it? Huh. If it was mine I’d clean up and repair the exterior a bit, but at the same time try to preserve a good bit of that seemingly “ancient decay” ambience. Love that; and I’d bet it acts as a sort of S P O O K Y, natural burglar deterrent. Heheheh.

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  7. Zann says: 519 comments

    Rosewater, It’s a little too small for Lestat’s taste (I think he was hiding in an old, formerly grand two story?) but yes, it does have something of that vibe to it. Maybe it is somewhere Louis would feel at home? It feels like something out of a fairy tale to me.

    What I mentioned to Kelly is that this house is definitely something of an anomaly. We have a lot of historic homes on Old Shell Road (and in Mobile in general,) but this house being that untouched in such a highly populated section of town is wild to me. I would have thought you were fibbing if you told me there was a home with the decaying chapel and original kitchen outbuilding still standing in that part of town.

    Unfortunately, I stay pretty busy these days, but I am hoping I can go out and look at the property at some point. If I can, I will take some pictures.

    Leanne provided the history, so I will throw this out there instead….. Anyone who buys this house will be very close to the best coffee shop in town. That adds about $15k in value to me. 😀

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    • brigidbrigid says: 618 comments
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      1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
      Smalltown, OK

      I don’t think anything would make Louis happy (although this may come close). I always thought he needed some Prozac. Although I felt that way after reading most of Anne’s books. I would always read a Charlaine Harris between the Anne Rice’s

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 7180 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        If you’re a fan, and you read the “Mayfair” books, you might enjoy seeing a few, (poorly captured), pix I took of the interior of “Rose Gate” way back in the mid-90’s when Anne, very briefly, opened the house for public tour. I was shocked that I was allowed to take the pix, so they were shot VERY extemporaneously. 😉

        https://flic.kr/s/aHsjo51Ef2

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        • brigidbrigid says: 618 comments
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          1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
          Smalltown, OK

          Thanks so much, Rosewater, for the tour! I am very much a fan of Anne and seeing this was awesome. Yes, I am surprised that she opened her house (let alone allowed pictures) because she seems a private person – although she is very vocal on Twitter. And I think the pictures are great-so glad to see them.

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  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted Dec. 2017, interior photos were not included then but they are now! Moved to front page, comments above may be older.

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  9. SharonSharon says: 602 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    What’s the story on that pretty fireplace? Paint? Reminds me of a Victorian crewel-work pillow cover.

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  10. more says: 53 comments

    I find this one quite appealing. Yes, it needs a bit if help, but to my taste far preferable to be needing some things, than to have already had too much done, which is usually the case.

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  11. brigidbrigid says: 618 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    Such a cute little house, but I laughed out loud when I saw the bathroom with all the matching material and wallpaper. The wrap around the bath tub reminds me of a tea cozy!

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  12. MimiMimi says: 187 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Quaint & cute—Daughter of George has right idea— alternating between buildings?

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  13. Warbon says: 100 comments

    Wasn’t this on here before? That back garden looked very familiar to me as well as the front of the house. It’s cute, but requires a lot of work that I’m too to do now! LOL

  14. says: 59 comments

    If only I were 25 and had money. I love this cottage and as a southern born and raised lady, I feel at home with this type of house. So cute and unassuming and I’ll bet there are some really unique plants in all that mess. LOL

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  15. Gina Hill says: 64 comments

    Very cool. The inside is in much better shape than I expected!

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  16. brigidbrigid says: 618 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    After a closer view on my computer, instead of my phone, is that a chair they are using for a toilet seat? I wondered where the toilet was at, but if you look through the back of the chair you can see the tank. Is it an optical illusion or is that really what they’ve done?!

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  17. Stephen says: 24 comments

    We lived down Wacker Lane from this house when I was a child (many, many years ago). It has a beautiful setting, and there are very expensive historic houses quite close to it. Back in the day, we all coveted Chinaberry! So sad to see its condition; however, given its location and history, the price is not at all bad.

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