c. 1890 – Spring Arbor, MI

SOLD / Archived From 2018
Added to OHD on 12/31/18   -   Last OHD Update: 1/15/19   -   14 Comments
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Historic farm house on over 4 acres abounding with character just waiting to be restored to it's original glory. Amenities include a main level bedroom and full bath, large kitchen, living, parlor, newer paint and carpet throughout the main level, newer roof, and owned water softener. Upstairs consists of three bedrooms, another full bath and an additional loft area over the mudd room. Pole barn is approximately 30x60 with electric, a one car detached garage, shed and silo. With a little TLC the upstairs will be as nice as the downstairs. This will make a grand home once restored. May not qualify for financing
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Sherry Hood, Howard Hanna
(517) 787-9800
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14 Comments on c. 1890 – Spring Arbor, MI

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9829 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This may be slightly earlier than 1890.

    • JimHJimH says: 4024 comments
      OHD Supporter

      My thought too. Super nice doors and casings!

      George S. Tefft (1839-1910) added this parcel to his large farm after the death of Mrs. Moses Benedict (Betsey) in 1878. I’d guess the house was built around then. Wife Mary and daughters Mary, Mattie and Maggie lived there for about half a century.


  2. Avatarstephen vassar says: 6 comments

    I want this house

  3. AvatarSteve H says: 166 comments

    Totally didn’t expect that fancy woodwork inside.

  4. AvatarTess says: 309 comments

    Great chimney😛 wonder why it wouldn’t qualify for financing. Much nicer than expected from description.

    • Avatarkmmoore says: 294 comments

      My husband and I were going to purchase an old home a few years back, but couldn’t qualify for a traditional loan because the house wouldn’t pass an inspection. It needed a new roof and new wiring, which we knew and were willing to tackle. We learned a lesson with that house … old houses are expensive and sometimes, you have to save up your money so you can pay cash!

      • AvatarLisa says: 2 comments

        It’s also sometimes difficult to get insurance for such a house during refurbishing or reconstruction. It’s quite expensive. Being an owner of a house built in 1860, which hadn’t been lived in for many years, I know first-hand!

      • RossRoss says: 2372 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
        Emporia, KS

        I purchased a wreck of an old house.

        Financing was easy with a local bank (where I had a long relationship). No big bank would have touched it.

  5. AvatarFanshaweGirl says: 276 comments

    Oh wow!!

    That is quite the house, with over 4 acres, with a drive shed (man cave!), nicely located outside of town, and all for less than 90K!

    Without seeing upstairs or the basement there’s no way to get an accurate idea of the true condition of the house. But if someone was fixing up the main floor, one could assume that it is in reasonable shape. The main floor looks completely livable at this point. Many possibilities for that large kitchen space!

    If this was in my area, and I had the $$ to spend, I’d snatch this up in a heartbeat!

  6. AvatarKenna says: 1 comments

    This listing is problematic to me. There are no pictures of the top floor or mentioned attic. A seasoned renovators bells are going off right now. The need for hard work is mentioned in the information on the listing, but no pics. That rings bells

  7. Avatarpriscilla miller says: 28 comments

    what a gem on the inside. love this old beauty.

  8. AvatarRoger says: 47 comments

    I wonder if it could be financed with a USDA loan? They can provide money for refurbishing as well as a purchase. Since it is already in a rural location, that requirement is met. There are certain income restrictions. Does anyone remember “Green Acres” on television? One time Oliver was going to paint his house which looked like this one. It was hilarious! The house made sounds like it couldn’t breath. It think of that when I see this one. It could use some exterior painting. I hope it isn’t like Oliver’s though!

  9. AvatarCeylaClaire says: 134 comments

    When I saw the first picture of the outside, my immediate gut reaction was “OH NOOO!”, but I was so pleasantly surprised with the inside. Always am sorry when some modernization techniques are added to such an old home. I’d get rid of the carpeting, and change a ceiling or two. The kitchen color is charming and would be without the stencils. I too would have loved to see the attic, and the bathrooms. It would have been a treat to also see in the basement. sigh

  10. AvatarBrian Burbank says: 16 comments

    A very nice house in my home State,live in the bottom while working on the top?

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