1907 Classical Revival – Wakefield, MA – Auction

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National Register
Added to OHD on 1/30/19   -   Last OHD Update: 1/30/19   -   37 Comments
13 Mansion Rd, Wakefield, MA 01880

Maps: Street, Aerial

  • Bidding
  • 13 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 11000 Sq Ft
  • 1.14 Ac.
The auction for Hubzu property 90030325351 ends 02-01-2019 at 05:00 PM ET. Why wait? Bid on this property now. Visit Hubzu.com to get started. Lots of potential can be found in this 23 room 13 bedroom, 3 bathroom mansion. Built in 1907 it features a fully basement and nearly 11,000 square feet of living space. It will require extensive renovation but is just waiting for the right buyer to restore it to its once beautiful state. Don't allow this great opportunity to pass you by.
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37 Comments on 1907 Classical Revival – Wakefield, MA – Auction

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is beyond disgusting what’s happened to this home.

    Before and read comments: https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2010/06/21/1907-classical-revival-wakefield-ma/

    2015 article: https://www.localheadlinenews.com/once-elegant-winship-house-now-an-eyesore/

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  2. TGrantTGrant says: 554 comments
    OHD Supporter

    New Orleans, LA

    This is absolutely appalling! It should be criminal for banks or whoever held the mortgage to let this happen!

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    • AvatarAnne Hamilton says: 214 comments

      Absolutely agree with you. As the lwgal ownwer they should be held to same standards as a
      conventional homeowner in any area. It stinks they let this happen. Shame on,them!

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  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    From Wiki, photo credit wiki name: “Murphy 1827”:

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  4. AvatarPaula Myers says: 6 comments

    Oh my heart. How sad. I wish I could heal that gorgeous home.

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  5. AvatarLeslie B. Andrews says: 5 comments

    What a beauty! Hopefully someone with the time and the love and the funds will be able to bring her back to her former grandeur.

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  6. AvatarRoger Edington says: 48 comments

    Sometimes my heart breaks when I see photos of old houses on Old House Dreams. This is one of those times. Vandalism is so senseless! I hope that whoever buys this property is able to bring it back again. If only I had a few million dollars!

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    • ErnieErnie says: 217 comments

      If we ever found out our boys had broken into a home, abandoned or not & vandalized it, they would be grounded for life then we would make them go back to the home & start cleaning it up whether or not they tagged it or not, they WOULD be cleaning it until their dad & I decided they were done. Make it during the summer, that way they wouldn’t be missing any school & wouldn’t have to squeeze clean-up time in with school & homework. That’s what police should start doing….

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      • AvatarMelanie Barnett Park says: 23 comments

        Unfortunately most people don’t think like that. Their precious children would never do something like that! My kids would have been dealt with seriously and every spot of that would be clean!

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  7. AvatarVictorianlove says: 6 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Colorado Springs, CO

    It is truly sad. I’ve loved this house for many years now and seeing it like this breaks my heart

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  8. AvatarLou molina says: 2 comments

    This is Spectacular. At least the woodwork wasn’t painted which is huge. ( well, less the graffiti)

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  9. AvatarJRC says: 107 comments

    Current bid at &551,000 and reserve has not been met.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I see “Reserve Met”.

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      • AvatarJoe says: 635 comments

        Hi Kelly,
        -Although the listing does say, “Reserve Met”, it is followed by the word no. This is followed by, Note: The seller may choose to negotiate with bidders even if reserve isn’t met.
        -These auctions are sometimes a ploy by the selling corporation to determine a reasonable price point at which they can market it. They may have set a high reserve that they do not expect to be met. I was surprised that a property, no matter how good the bones, would garner an initial bid of $505,000, much less generate the successive bids. It might be noted that quite a few auto bids took place. The second bidder entered a maximum, which required the current bidder to bid three times in order to become the high bidder. Assuming that the high bidder at the auction’s end is a qualified, legitimate bidder, the seller can negotiate a deal privately or list it again conventionally at the lower price point.
        -I want to note for those who, like me, didn’t get it, the link you provided above to REALHome Services and Solutions is the link to the auction. I am pasting a link to the auction here again, I hope you don’t mind.
        https://www.hubzu.com/property/90030325351-13-Mansion-Rd-Wakefield-MA-01880

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10338 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Ah, you are right. For some reason my mind went to “Number”. lol Thanks for pointing that out. The list price is shown on listing sites at $750k so I wonder if that’s close/the reserve?

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  10. AvatarKristina says: 3 comments

    Makes me sick to see graffiti in these beautiful places. Damage done by people with no respect for history. Well, the bid is definitely up there (with 2 days remaining) and hopefully the buyer has enough left to fix her up good.

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  11. AvatarTess says: 320 comments

    Hope the bid goes high. Hate to see it taken down just for material salvage and land value. Too sad.

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  12. AvatarWilliam Van Dusen says: 4 comments

    This is so sad. The inside is so beautiful. Love love love this style and woodwork.

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  13. AvatarRick R. says: 44 comments

    It IS sad that he has come to this, but my view is that ironically, previous owners of this mansion from years ago caused its’ ultimate demise. Look at the property on Google Earth from above. It is closely surrounded by tract houses. The previous mansion owners probably sold off the land surrounding it bit by bit. We’ve all seen this happen too many times, and if you don’t own the land, you don’t control what happens on it.
    As for the vandals, you suck, and the so called “Urban Explorers” can try to rationalize their behavior, but they are simply trespassers.

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    • david beckendavid becken says: 30 comments

      While neither has the right to go onto a property, if I owned property like this, I would much rather it be invaded by urban explorers, who usually do no harm, than vandals. Most urban explorers don’t reveal locations, to keep the vandals from finding the properties. There is a YouTube channel, called Bros Of Decay, which is two brothers exploring abandoned homes in Europe. Just the opposite of what happens in America, they go into homes that have sat abandoned for decades, and usually, not one thing in them has been vandalized. Food in the pantry, clothes in the closets, car in the garage, etc. Most of the time, the electricity is still working. Too bad that sort of respect isn’t part of our culture.

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      • TXJewelTXJewel says: 293 comments
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        1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
        Strawn, TX

        David, I have seen the Bros of Decay videos. It is true that they do a great job cinematically and are very careful to treat everything with respect and care. However, I don’t care for the fact that they show personal photos and belongings to everyone on the internet to see. I quit watching them for that reason. Not to mention that they are literally trespassing on most of these “explorations”. Don’t mean to “dis” you, it’s just my opinion. 🙂

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    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      From Wiki:

      The entire estate was purchased by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in early 1947. The estate was used as a convent which housed more than 40 Sisters of Nazareth. An academy was later built on the convent grounds. The convent and some of the land was sold in 1978 to a developer who built single-family residences.

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    • AvatarDen says: 85 comments

      Any Urbexer worth their salt is not going to vandalize. The Urbexers I know loathe those that vandalize and take pride in “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.” The creeps that did this? Are not real Urbexers.

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      • AvatarRick R. says: 44 comments

        They’re trespassers. Period. I catch people on my land often, and I DON’T CARE WHY they are there (jogging , bird watching, fishing it DOESN’T MATTER)

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  14. AvatarJason B says: 205 comments

    Home needs teleported to a more appreciative area. Wonder if bid winner will be another investment Corp? So sad. 😞

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  15. AvatarGretchen says: 41 comments

    Absolutely Criminal!!! The base and senseless urge to defile that which is meaningful to others as a form of personal amusement defies all sense of civility and is a contemptible act of the sociopath.

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  16. AvatarRandy C says: 422 comments

    Based entirely on the previously posted articles, it seems the owners (yes, including the church) doomed this home many years ago by selling off the surrounding property for contemporary homes. As well, according to the articles, the resulting water damage from the fire inside the walls has probably continued to rot and mold. Unfortunately, I’m afraid no one will spend the dollars to restore this beauty. In my opinion, the best option would be to salvage all of that beautiful woodwork and the fireplace mantles before the structure is razed, subdivided and sold off for more tract housing. At least the remnants could be restored and used for future refurbishments in other historic homes. So sad, but unfortunately, true.

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    • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      You wrote: “In my opinion, the best option would be to salvage all of that beautiful woodwork and the fireplace mantles before the structure is razed….”

      I could not disagree more.

      And, you know, people said that about a huge wreck of house in Emporia, Kansas.

      Which I am now restoring.

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      • AvatarRandy C says: 422 comments
        OHD Supporter

        2015 Reverse Ranch 1/2
        Olathe, KS

        Of course I agree with you Ross. I wasn’t very clear. I simply meant that given the starting price point and seemingly significant structural damage, I would be surprised if someone didn’t purchase it for the land to develop. IN THAT CASE, I would hope some architectural salvage company would come in and save everything possible. Best case would certainly be for someone who loves old houses as much as you do and has the financial wherewithal (sp?) to save and restore the entire house and let it stand out amongst the tract homes surrounding it. That “wreck” in Emporia, the Cross House will be a masterpiece when you are finished with it.

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        • RossRoss says: 2406 comments
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          1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
          Emporia, KS

          Thank you for the clarification, Randy, and the kind words.

          I never advocate for demolition. I never even suggest that demolition might be a possibility. Yikes!

          On the same day Kelly posted this house, she posted another house:

          https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2019/01/30/1888-queen-anne-altadena-ca/

          This other house sold its land off over the years, too, and was totally surrounded by tract houses. In the 1950s, the old house, the very definition of a white elephant, was threatened with demolition. Then a couple purchased the house and spent their lives restoring it.

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  17. AvatarJoe says: 635 comments

    -Speculative contractors have been buying up estates with large houses and dividing them into lots upon which they can build throughout history. Many of them demolish the old house in order to make a more straightforward subdivision, which is easier. The goal is a simple profit motive. Until recently, old houses were not the subjects of organized efforts to protect them. In the past, even if they had been, no one in government really cared. It wasn’t until preservation became socially admirable that politicians began to think that they might lose the next election if they didn’t at least appear to work at preservation.
    – Of course that was back in the day when most people considered it rude to ask someone their religion, nor would anyone have asked for whom you had voted. Actor’s and politician’s private lives were not written about on public forums, and if one ever talked about sex, that person was considered to be extremely vulgar.
    -Instead of a sense of community, people were actually a part of a community. People were much less likely to be outraged at pretty much anything that happened, and if they felt outraged, the people who perpetrated the outrage were often ultimately unsuccessful at making a living because they were subtly shunned by the community.
    – My point is that it is fortunate that this house was worth more alive than dead when the larger property upon which it sat was developed in 1947. The real shame is that the appraiser who valued it, and the underwriter who approved the loan for the lender that foreclosed, and the lender’s successors, misjudged the value so badly when they approved the loan. It is a myth that those who process a mortgage continue to hold the debt. They sell the debt and their processing company continues to service it for the debt’s purchasers. These loans are bundled by the hundreds and sold for funds that pay the lender so that lender can offer more loans. This was the reason for the mortgage crisis, it has been renamed since them and is likely to become another bubble and crisis in the future.
    – So many really special properties are offered at prices beyond their worth. When a corporation forecloses, they price the place based on the appraisals that were made when the loan was given. In this case it was over priced, which resulted in its being held by a company that did not have the ability to keep it up. This is a part of the reality of the world market.
    – It’s like the child’s games musical chairs or perhaps hot potato. The debt is passed around, (sold), until it is either paid off or it explodes on the holder.
    – I am sorry. It seems that I climbed up on my hobby horse and rode it all over the place. I quit, you’re it!

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    • AvatarDoug Rice says: 35 comments

      some excellent points you made there Joe. this house was built before income tax. this place was not cheap when it was built. this man was very rich. and it would take a very rich man today to just restore and maintain it. probably isn’t going to happen.

  18. AvatarJohn_Alan says: 78 comments

    I ran across a video on Youtube showing vandalism actually taking place in this house. It turned my stomach seeing a bunch of kids with no respect for the art that is a home like this and dropping the F-word every time they found something left behind that was beautiful just before they would destroy it. I shudder to think what kind of world the person who spray painted “The World is Ours” on that beautiful paneling envisions.

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  19. AvatarStephanie says: 21 comments

    If people are found vandalizing this type of home, or any home they should be forced to pay for the damage. Also, I would rather they make it so people without perfe t credit scores could get help financing these homes, and maybe receive grant money then have them tore up in this manner.

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  20. LisaNLisaN says: 51 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1845 Greek Revival
    Ithaca, NY

    Back on the auction for $464,500 with 14 hours to go. Reserve not met.

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