1884 – Moberly, MO

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503 S 5th St, Moberly, MO 65270

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  • $82,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3824 Sq Ft
  • 0.97 Ac.
Stately 1884 2-story home with classic architecture and great potential. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal living and dining rooms, updated kitchen, just under 1 acre, detached 2 car garage with storage above the garage, and so much more. This is a Fannie Mae Hompath property.
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Steven Miller, RE/MAX Boone Realty
(573) 442-6121
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13 Comments on 1884 – Moberly, MO

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12421 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Started out life as an Italianate but had a big update a few decades after it was built.

  2. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5638 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Interesting collection of details are visible in this house. The outline of the original 1884 configuration remains as well as turn of the last century Queen Anne and Classical Revival details. I suspect under some of the painted millwork one would find old shellac indicating an original clear finish. Smaller towns in Missouri have long been rich areas for finding bargain priced old houses, especially those needing some TLC. The town of Sedalia, MO, comes to mind but almost every Missouri town with more that a few thousand residents offers old house opportunities. Not many folks moving to Missouri these days although Springfield, “Jeff City” (Jefferson City) St. Charles, and Kansas City are steadily growing. Someone with talent and creative vision could do a lot with this home.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1090 comments

      It’s a bit confusing to me. The original Italianate is easy enough to pick out, and the Classical Revival makeover is very apparent as well. What about that tower dome? It would seem a little odd to have such a feature at the rear of the house, and it doesn’t match either style. Was there a Queen Anne remodel between the Italianate and the Classical Revival? Did the corner location allow a front to back floor plan change as well?

      • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5638 comments
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        1897 Queen Anne Colonial
        Cadiz, OH

        Charleston John, there does appear to be more than one remodel to this house in the past. I’d date the Queen Anne turret/dome to the 1890’s and the Classical Revival details to the early 1900’s along with the interior fretwork. Obviously this would not be the house for a purist but best for someone who could accept living in a house with added “layers” to the original construction.
        Robinjn, I obviously forgot about Columbia with its 120,000+ residents and the University of Missouri. Jefferson City is the state capital which few outside of Missouri remember. I lived in St. Joe in 2004-2006 working on old houses professionally.

    • RobinjnRobinjn says: 242 comments
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      1978 Split level
      Columbia, MO

      John, Moberly is only about a half hour or so North of Columbia, which is a dynamic and growing small city that is close to 130k in population not including the 50-60,000 students that come in each year. Jeff City is actually a lot more static. You’re right that there are a lot of very nice old homes available for a reasonable price in our state. Some are way out there in the middle of not much, but there are many areas here that have decent sized towns with culture within an easy commute.

  3. MichaelMichael says: 3181 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I would love to have seen the octogon room in the attic. It does seem a lot of house for the money. It does need some work but I don’t see anything overwhelming. I do like how the house sits on the corner lot!

  4. Marshel CunninghamMarshel Cunningham says: 61 comments
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    1817 Log home
    Montevallo, AL

    This is not a criticism, just a question. Why are the front doors, upper and lower, not centered between the columns? This is also accentuated by the walkway not leading to the door. I’d have to fix that first or it would bug me!

  5. Handymam says: 53 comments

    It’s not really my style, but this house could really be a wonderful home for someone. I don’t see that much “wrong” with it. And for that price, that is a lot of house!

  6. Tomascz says: 127 comments

    That’s the biggest cleanest repo I’ve seen in a while. Is it wrong I want to pull that faux ante bellum portico off the front and burn it? What went in it’s place?
    You know somebody really tried with that place the last time. They maxed out their Home Depot and Lowes project cards and spent hours putting that paint on the walls (and the fireplace, and the beautifully coffered front hall staircase ) but it was really over before it began and the bank made them go. After that, Fannie May washed away the excess loot, disappeared all those dollars like so many wolves fading into the twilit woods, and are now offering it to the taxpayer at market restoring terms, one more in a million sad jubilees against the national debt. Buy it somebody. That house did nothing to offend anyone. It deserves a future. The labor of those long dead carpenters and artisans deserves to be honored and remembered (but whoever dreamed up that portico, well…..)

  7. Barbara N Kahl says: 55 comments

    Can anyone tel me what the dark squares are in the ceiling of picture 11? Thanks!

  8. WTurner says: 10 comments

    This home has not had many owners. I’ve lived in Moberly most of my life and drive by this house frequently. The changes to the front of the house happened sometime before 1980, so I’m not sure about the doors, but the walkway has been changed twice. It had a much more steep angle to it at one point. The carriage house was torn down in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s I think and the 2 car garage was added in.

  9. JimHJimH says: 5532 comments
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    The house was owned for many years and presumedly built for merchant and banker Julius C. Miller (1843-1916), a German immigrant as a boy who came to Moberly in 1872. Local lore has it that Miller designed the house with only the help of his carpenters. In any event, the major additions and changes were made during his lifetime. Miller’s 3rd wife and widow Agnes, along with their 2 youngest children, lived in the house into the 1950’s.

    Another stylish Miller house was built a few miles south of Moberly in 1876 (for brother John I think). It was in decent condition 10 years ago, but is a sad near-ruin today:

  10. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5638 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    Thanks, Jim, for the links to the second Miller house. It is truly sad to see a former mansion grade home now well on its way to oblivion. If I were wealthy (I probably wouldn’t be for long) I’d try to save as many faded old gems like the second Miller house as I could. It’s not a problem unique to Moberly or even Missouri, but a national problem found in big cities and in tiny hamlets. I don’t think I’m exaggerating in stating that many thousands of period homes in distress will disappear within the next generation. But until people decide to put in place a path or method (tax incentives, grants, and others) for saving them, the decline leading to loss is inevitable. In the United Kingdom period structures have been inventoried and categorized according to architectural, cultural, and historical values so that the emphasis is in saving those designated to have the highest value. We only have a National register of historic places which does almost nothing to protect the properties within the registry inventory. In plainer language, the American public seems to not care much about our architectural heritage. Perhaps because our culture has always favored the new over the old helps to explain this particular American phenomenon. The concept of planned obsolescence became popular and acceptable in the abundance of the 20th century. I envision a future of resource scarcities but by then it will be too late for many of these faded architectural gems.


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