Flora, IL

Added to OHD on 11/30/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   7 Comments
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511 N Locust St, Flora, IL 62839

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  • $25,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2478 Sq Ft
  • 0.23 Ac.
Most have been by this property and thought ''how beautiful this home once was and could be again!'' Turn of the Century Victorian 2 story home on large corner lot. The home has tall ceilings and beautiful original wood work from the trim to the stair banister. These rooms are all very large. This home does need work but could make a wonderful home. The Kitchen is open and and spacious. There is a laundry room/pantry/utility that is great for storage also. The Bedrooms are all big and have adequate closet space. There are some updates such as wiring, and bath fixtures. This home even has a claw foot tub! If you love details and the charm of yesteryear, yet are not afraid of some work, this is your opportunity to have a charming classic home!
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Amy Lee Bailey, Amy Lee Properties
618-599-5836 / 618-662-3170
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7 Comments on Flora, IL

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11883 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date on record is 1909 but some of the details say it’s at least 2 decades earlier than that. There’s a bit extra on Zillow that says there was a new roof but it doesn’t say when that was written or by who so it’s best to ask the agent about what updates it’s had.

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  2. TGrantTGrant says: 868 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    So many possibilities with this place. Plenty of original features and you can’t beat the price!

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  3. Ron G says: 168 comments

    Another one worth saving. The boiler and water heater are on that back porch that nestled in the ell on the back of the house. That makes me wonder if this house has a basement or a crawl space. If I was going to safe this house, I’d probably take this one down to the studs so all the mechanicals could be updated and get rid of the boiler.

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    • Kevin says: 49 comments

      I’ve rarely, if ever, seen a house maintain its historic feel or character when “taken down to the studs”. A more sensitive and conservative approach often yields far better results…..unless you’re looking for a new house inside of an old shell. @Ross is a perfect example of how to replace all necessary systems while preserving the feel of the original interior.
      Kevin

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      • Ron G says: 168 comments

        Kevin, I value your comment to maintain the originality by leaving as much in tack as possible on these old beauties. When I suggested taking it down to the studs, it wasn’t meant as a means of being able to just bring the mechanicals up to date or because we see in the pictures the loss of plaster in some areas. This house doesn’t have a basement which would suggest and a couple of pictures, this house sets almost on grade. This presents a host of concerns which could only be verified by an on site inspection. Three possible problems could exist that would require the removal of the plaster. First: severe moisture problems causing rot in the structural lumber and this includes the nails. Infestation of termites, other insects, mice and the possibility of burrowing animals. Second, since the house is over a hundred years old, the stone foundation is suspect. Third, by completely gutting this house, the trim and can be removed, labeled and stripped of paints and prepared to be reinstalled. This old growth lumber and regardless of the species, cost per lineal foot can be startling to a home owner. There are other reasons that can be discussed to either demo or not to demo and I’m always open to hear all the pros and cons. I’m always for saving as much as I can when it comes to saving the preserving as much of these homes that are disappearing from the landscape at an alarming rate.

        In today’s housing market, there are a limited number of prospected home buyers that see the value in investing in these homes. Only through forums like this one does it help to show the worth of preservation. Sadly, many buyers want todays technology and convenience. Few people want to spend the time and the money and deal with a myriad of problems they can encounter with restoration. If there is one saving grace about these homes, when these homes are scheduled to be torn down, salvagers try and save as much as possible to reuse to restore old homes that we see value in. Kevin, again thank you for your comment and I’m always open to discussions on the forum or behind the scenes.

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      • Joan says: 51 comments

        personally for me when the house is a told I’d rather take it down to the studs because usually there’s potential mold, hidden structural and termites that you just aren’t going to see with and I always outgoing that one extra step.

      • Barbara V says: 1008 comments

        Kevin, I absolutely agree with you – there are many historically sensitive ways to deal with the possible issues facing an old house without gutting it. That sort of knee-jerk response has cost thousands of great old period places their character and integrity. I respect that people are entitled to differing opinions, but I so wish people with that approach would focus their energies elsewhere!

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