Homer, MI

Added to OHD on 5/22/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   5 Comments
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25861 P Dr S, Homer, MI 49245

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  • $52,500
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2624 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Great Country Location and Amazing 4-5 Bedroom Farmhouse with Unlimited Potential. Great Bones!!! Newer Roof, Nice Front Porch, Large Rooms Throughout! 2 Full Baths, High Ceilings.
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William Coats, Berkshire Hathaway
(269) 565-3311
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date on record is 1890 but some of the interior details makes me think it’s about 10+ older than that.

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  2. Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1746 comments
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    1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside
    NC

    Nice house with so much potential & in lovely country. I like the French doors(?) — are they likely to be original? They and the Federal-ish other door frames somehow don’t match with “farmhouse” nor the apparent vintage of this one. It looks great; I’m just curious.

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  3. RayRay says: 199 comments
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    1958 prarie, or mid century
    Escondido, CA

    Price is right.

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  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5471 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    I think this farmhouse may have evolved and grown over the years. Photos No. 10 and 11 show door and window trim pieces that are similar to Greek Revival examples. Moreover, the wide floorboards appear to predate the factory made tongue and grove flooring. But where the framing is visible, it and the lath appear to be regular balloon framing so it can’t date back to the post and beam framing era. I’d make a guess that a smaller farmhouse from the 1850’s-1860’s was enlarged several decades later to the current configuration. Not a lot of original fabric from the past remains so best for the next owners to have a vision of what they want the house to be. The rural setting with an acre of land allows for extensive landscaping and/or gardening. As Ray notes, the price is attractive for what is offered.

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    • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 393 comments
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      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      I totally agree with John about the difficulty in dating this house–it is one of the most intriguing I’ve seen in a while on this site. Nonetheless, I’ll throw out a few observations of primarily a stylistic nature in the event that any of that might help in trying to clarify some possibilities regarding the house’s history and date(s) of construction.
      I’ll start by point of orientation to this house’s “T” shape. I’ll refer to the stem of the “T” (the part that runs north-south) as being constituted of 2 parts–(1) the lower stem (i.e., the smaller or southern-most part of the stem or wing of the house) and (2) the upper stem, which ultimately intersects the east-west axis of the house, the ends of which I’ll refer to as the west wing (which is the wood-paneled room) and the east wing, which is the bright red room.
      Several things strike me about the house. First is the fact that the whole house, from what I can tell, is flush-boarded (i.e., the outer wall boards abut each other rather than overlap each other). That practice was usually used only on the facades of houses and was particularly popular in the mid-19th C. Often, only part of a facade might have been flush-boarded, and that was often just the part of the facade that was sheltered by a porch or framed the main entrance to the house. I think the intention was to create an impression of stone rather than one of wood. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a completely flush-boarded house before and think that this house is quite unusual in that regard.
      In terms of the windows, the oldest windows in the house are either in the room that is the upper stem of the “T” (photo 15) and are the 6 over 6 windows or they are the windows in the far east and far west rooms (i.e., the paneled room and the red room). The latter two rooms have what I clearly feel are Italianate style windows–i.e., they are much taller than they are wide, and are normally placed side by side in pairs of two. They were particularly popular in the 1850-1870 period. However, I would call the window and door frames in the upper stem room and in the paneled or west room Greek Revival, which was most popular in the 1840-1860 period. On the other hand, I would call the window frames in the red or east room Italianate and of the 1870’s (the bracket-like projections on the top of the window frames and the overall shape of the frame moldings are Italianate and of that date, in my opinion).
      I think the lower stem of the house was clearly built after the upper stem. This is suggested by the photos in which it appears that the balloon framing was simply abruptly severed (and the severed flush boarding is also visible in the same photo) in order to open up the lower wall of the upper stem to create a passage to the newer addition, the lower stem.
      This doesn’t add a whole lot to the discussion. But the fact that the point of intersection between the two axes has been so dramatically altered and so little observable fabric remains that it forces us to use what does remain and what is date-able to try to figure things out as best we can. Ironically, if we only had this limited information to go on, my observations would suggest that the upper stem likely came first, the west wing came shortly thereafter, the east wing came third and the lower stem was likely the last part built. So, by this set of observations, the house would have been a rectangle first, then became L-shaped and finally became T-shaped, with the lower stem being added somewhere along the way.

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