c. 1930 Modernistic – Fruitland Park, FL

Added to OHD on 2/25/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   21 Comments
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704 S Dixie Ave, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

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  • $40,000
  • 0.16 Ac.
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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21 Comments on c. 1930 Modernistic – Fruitland Park, FL

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  1. Mark H. says: 17 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

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    • Chrissie Jaje says: 2 comments

      I AM A CLOSE FRIEND OF THE CURRENT PROPERTY OWNER OF THE CASTLE (he is the nephew of the original designer/builder) PLEASE, PLEASE HELP US FIND SOMEONE TO SAVE IT.

      THE CITY WILL ALLOW IT TO STAY AS LONG AS IT IS BROUGHT TO CODE OTHERWISE IT WILL HAVE TO BE DEMOED.

      WE HAD A STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING REPORT DONE IN MARCH 2018 AND IT DOES STATE THAT IT IS SALVAGEABLE….WE JUST NEED SOMEONE WHO HAS THE WHEREWITHAL TO DEAL WITH THE CITY OF FRUITLAND PARK.

      MAYBE A ARCH/ENG. COLLEGE WOULD PURCHASE IT FOR THEIR STUDENTS AS AN INVESTMENT PROJECT AND THEN FLIP IT TO A NEW BUYER…. OR THIS WOULD MAKE A NICE ARCHITECTURAL/ENGINEERING OFFICE, CAFE’& COFFEE SHOP, PHOTOGRAPHERS STUDIO, OR ANYONE WORKING WITH A VILLAGES DEVELOPER. FIX IT UP AS THEIR OFFICE SPACE.

      THANKS FOR ALL THOSE THAT HAVE COMMENTED ON KEEPING HISTORY IN A SMALL TOWN. I KNEW THE MAN THAT ACTUALLY BUILT THE CASTLE… WE LIVED JUST A FEW HOUSES AWAY. DON’T WE ALL WANT TO GO BACK TO OUR OWN HOME TOWNS AND VISIT OLD PLACES THAT WE REMEMBER AS A CHILD AND REMINISCE….

      THIS IS TRULY A PICASSO!!! HELP PUT THE WORD OUT AND HELP US FIND A BUYER – HELL, ITS ONLY $40K…. FIX IT AND THEN FLIP IT MAKE THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER/BUILDER PROUD BY KEEPING HIS VISION ALIVE!!!

      SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY!!!

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11895 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Chrissie, I just got a sold notice. Do you know what the new owners plans are?

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        • Kelly,

          the owner sold it to a newlywed couple out of Winter Park Fl. They purchased it for $25k. We are not sure of their intentions with the Castle, though I do believe the next door neighbor who has cared for the structure the past 2 years during our fight with the City.. is sad to see it possibly come down. I believe he as asked them to preserve it by demoing it brick by brick (numbering each brick) to only rebuild on same property but to current zoning codes. The City of Fruitland Park has been adamant about taking it down, though when I met w/City they were okay with rebuilding it back. I have so much history on the thing it is unreal… we even had a guy in Selma Al who wanted to purchase it, live in it but City want Commercial all in that area to make more money in their pockets vs. residential. The Villages (retirement) community is taking over the entire area leaving nearly nothing of “history” of Fruitland Park left. We have a few artifacts from the structure and hope to obtain a few more. I have some personal affects from Ivan who built the structure in early 1900… and not 1930 as the deed states. One of my high school friends was the realtor on this and was very helpful the Serbian owner (the nephew) who just sold it on April 29. When I go back to Florida it will be sad not see it there. I may reach out to the new owners and find out myself. It is a sad day in History for me and our family who knew the man that built this Castle.

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  2. tess says: 299 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

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  3. TGrantTGrant says: 874 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

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

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  4. MW says: 904 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.

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  5. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 928 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    What? You must be new to OHD.

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  6. Maria McCune says: 3 comments

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

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  7. MW says: 904 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?

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11895 comments
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      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.

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  8. Doug 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.

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  9. Miss-Apple37 says: 1180 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/

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  10. NonaKNonaK says: 250 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.”

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  11. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1015 comments
    OHD Supporter

    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.

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  12. PuristaPurista says: 150 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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