c. 1930 Modernistic – Fruitland Park, FL – (Endangered!) $40,000

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Added to OHD on 2/25/19   -   Last OHD Update: 2/25/19   -   20 Comments
704 S Dixie Ave, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

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Own a piece of History! This amazing property has been home to The Castle for almost 90 years! The City of Fruitland Park says the building has to be demolished, therefore this property is being sold as vacant land. The new owner will be responsible to take the building down or contact the City of FP with any plans to save the building. Perfect for an office for professional services and located on Dixie ave which runs through a business district of Fruitland park. When viewing the property, DO NOT enter The Castle
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Julie Townsend, ERA Grizzard Real Estate
(352) 259-4900
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20 Comments on c. 1930 Modernistic – Fruitland Park, FL – (Endangered!) $40,000

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  1. AvatarMark H. says: 6 comments

    I hope it can be saved. Here’s an interesting article about the house: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/lake/os-fruitland-park-history-castle-ivan-yeftich-20180301-story.html

  2. Avatartess says: 309 comments

    Childhood memories: We would camp every weekend in the Ocala Nat’l Forest. My father called this The Jail. As in “If you kids don’t shut up and stop fighting I’m going to throw you in the jail house.” Of course the building and I were both a lot younger. LOL

  3. TGrantTGrant says: 528 comments
    OHD Supporter

    New Orleans, LA

    What a cool little building. Hopefully it can be saved, sounds like the city really is determined to destroy it.

  4. AvatarMW says: 698 comments

    Whoa, at least you can now see it. In the street view from back in 2016, you can barely even see it, even just feet from the road.

  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 677 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    What? You must be new to OHD.

  6. AvatarMaria McCune says: 3 comments

    Sad. Can’t believe they would destroy such a beautiful building.

  7. AvatarMW says: 698 comments

    Lol. Just my opinion, but I’d say you are wrong, some how or another.

    Fact is, pretty much anything can be saved with enough determination and $’s. If somebody wants to write a big enough check for this, I’d guarantee the seller would be happy to leave the house standing.

    Kelly, speaking of, how do I now have a few more comments than you? Don’t you actually have something like 200K comments?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      The lower comment number is when I comment from my phone. I use a different login in case my phone is ever lost/stolen my admin account won’t be out there in the world.

  8. AvatarDoug S says: 1 comments

    In 2001 the house in which I live was deemed unsalvageable. Original portion built in 1672, she stands firm against the elements and God willing, she has another 300 years to live.

    • RossRoss says: 2372 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Same here.

      In the late 1980s I purchased a house in Newport, RI, which had been condemned.

      I restored it.

      It’s now valued at around $1M. Sadly though, it’s not mine anymore!

      • NikkiNikki says: 20 comments

        You should make a post about it on your blog if you have photos I know a bunch of us that read your blog would really love to see it

    • AvatarKate says: 21 comments

      What a nice story! Wish I could see your house.

  9. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments

    A lot of old buildings, even decrepit, can be saved, that’s kind OHD’s motto. A lot of ppl here can see past the creepy/dirty/you-name-it houses and see the diamonds in the rough just needing TLC. Check out this one, bought thanks to OHD, in 1999 you would have said it deserved to be put down by a wrecking ball. Check out how it is magnificent now, a real jewel! https://restoringross.com/visual-timeline/

  10. NonaKNonaK says: 119 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Austin, TX

    You are wrong. The listing above states, “The new owner will be responsible to take the building down OR contact the City of FP with any plans to save the building.”

  11. AvatarTericpar says: 1 comments

    Actually… I do know that you can see my comments after I pull them. I deleted it because I didn’t want to come across as being an ass. I’m quite up on how websites work, creating websites, website management, and all the magic of the modern internet. My comment original was completely mis-read from the very beginning. My comment was more of a challenge to people to stick up for the building (as some did in the comments), not to be verbally attacked as I was by others. As to everyone talking about the historic houses that they have saved, and what a moron I was for not understanding the concept; I have bought, rebuilt, refurbished, lived in, and resold 3 such house (1 completely unlivable and condemned) over the past 30 years. I wish I had commented on something when I had first subscribed. My comments would never be in the style that are usually posted here. I’m more of a getting things riled and stirred-up kind of guy. But, in a rallying way, not to be attacked because I didn’t post the same robotic, syrupy comments that everyone else posts. You’ll be glad to know, as I’m sure that everyone else commenting will be, I am unsubscribing from the site. Now I want it known to you that I am coming across as the ass that I am. And yes I am deleting this one as well, because I don’t want to offend any of the decent people subscribing.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9826 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      I usually keep drama out of the comments but it’s really tiring when it’s something like this. People wonder why I have rules and why I try to keep the non-“syrupy” comments out? It’s because of this crap, this is what comments would look like. One person saying one thing, another something else and back and forth until someone says they are being “attacked” and they are unsubscribing (I’m failing to see where these attacks are.) This time I’m keeping the drama in so people can see what they usually don’t get to see.

      • AvatarMW says: 698 comments

        I think he (she?) didn’t like being told he was wrong, after he even asked to be told he was wrong, assuming that was the case, which it seems like it was.

        “Please don’t post anything that is not savable.” I think speaks for itself for those of us who have been around here long enough, and is probably where things went off the rails. Seemed like a bit of unnecessary getting riled up from the very beginning.

        Anyway, the house looks pretty easily savable to me. Seems like the roof and insides are probably completely gone at this point. But the walls look pretty solid and it is a small house, shouldn’t be all that hard to redo the rood and walls, windows and doors. Now whether that is an advisable economic decision or not, is another matter. Probably not purely economically sound to do it. But if you factor in other more altruistic factors, it seems like it could be saved. Good thing is it isn’t too big, so there is only so much money you’d need to spend on it.

        The outer walls alone have way more charm in them than you’d ever be able to easily replicate easily and cheaply with an all new house.

      • CoraCora says: 1856 comments
        OHD Supporter & Moderator

        Clinton, TN

        *to the tune of the Def Leppard song*:

        🎶Pourrr sommme syrup on me-ee-ee🎶


        This is a cool building. I hope it is saved!

  12. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 476 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1918 Bunkhouse
    WestOfMiddleOfNowhere, KS

    How could anyone not like this house? It’s just plain fun! Even the neighbor (mentioned in the story Mark H. linked to) loves it… if only every neglected old house could have a neighbor like that guy.

  13. AvatarPurista says: 9 comments

    It’s ironic that museums will spend as much–or more–than it would take to restore this house in situ, on a few prized pieces of folk or outsider art, yet this building isn’t being recognized–so far–as a gift of folk art to the community that is artistic and creative and puts a smile on people’s faces, so critical at a time in human history when there’s not enough to smile about. If FLW had done his block-built Ennis and Millard houses at a less grandiose, more Usonian scale, he might have come up with this 🙂

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