1907 – Coupland, TX

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308 N Broad St, Coupland, TX 78615

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  • $169,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2436 Sq Ft
  • 0.31 Ac.
Own a piece of history in Coupland, Texas!Built in 1907, this Victorian beauty is looking for some TLC. In search of a special buyer who loves historical properties. Sears Mail Order Home- according to neighbor (in process of confirming). 3 bedrooms, 2 Bath, 12 foot ceilings, 2436 Sq Ft, long leaf pine floors, wrap-around porch, .30 acre lot, 1.86 tax rate. Home will be sold AS-IS- NO REPAIRS WILL BE MADE.
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Kasey Jorgenson, Keller Williams Realty
(512) 255-5050
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7 Comments on 1907 – Coupland, TX

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  1. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1064 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    I’d like to pick this house up and bring her here to me. 🙂

  2. TXJewelTXJewel says: 354 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    How charming this could be!

  3. AbMellyAbMelly says: 40 comments
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    1920 Craftsman

    I almost didn’t click on this house because the outside looked so drab. Boy, was the inside such a good surprise! And that kitchen! I love the green and white. What a great house!

  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5358 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    When I was a kid over a half century ago, houses of this type used to be extremely common in most small Texas towns and they had not yet largely disappeared from larger towns and cities. Today, even in smaller towns, they are not as numerous as they used to be and its rare to find any intact neighborhoods from this era (c. 1900) in bigger Texas communities.

    This house was probably built from a set of (older) stock builder plans. Materials, including millwork and lumber were likely shipped in by rail. The visible wood floors, shiplap, and bead boards appear to be of Southern Yellow Pine as is the millwork. Southern Yellow Pine was plentiful and cheap around the turn of the last century. Google streetview seems to have a favorable bias towards Texas communities as nearly all of them have streetviews or at least partial streetviews. Amazing that some towns in the Midwest many many times the size of Coupland (population of around 300) have no streetview or very limited older versions. According to the map, Coupland is just under 31 miles to downtown Austin and even closer to nearby Round Rock which might make it a nice bedroom commuter choice. Because the greater Austin area continues to grow almost exponentially, I could envision this as being a wise long term investment provided the house was restored to enhance the period flavor. Check on the water quality and availability as its always a necessity in very small towns. There appears to be a round shaped well house towards the back. Ditto for checking septic systems. Gas is likely from larger Butane tanks which are regularly checked and filled by local suppliers. If everything checks out OK, then Coupland is unlikely to remain stagnant at around 300 for the longer term. The tiny business district appears to have signs of life, also a positive. The property seems reasonably priced as well, all things considered.

  5. brigidbrigid says: 599 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    Glad this is ‘as is’ cause it’s almost perfect! Especially the kitchen and what is shown of the bath.

  6. aisforambivalentaisforambivalent says: 1 comments
    Buda, TX

    I don’t believe this is a Sears mail order home as mentioned in the listing, or the house’s date is wrong. Sears didn’t start making homes until 1908.

  7. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5358 comments
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    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    True. There’s almost as many mis-attributed “Sears” kit or mail order homes as there are old houses claiming to be where George Washington once slept or were part of the underground railroad. Sears did have a few late Victorian designs and at least one “towered” Queen Anne style home but their home order business didn’t really take off until after 1910. It is possible, even likely, that the plans for this house came from a published source. The National Builder magazine featured an example of a popular house design in every issue for some years. The house of the month, as it were, came with an onion skin parchment centerfold with floor plans for the subject house. I have a 1904 issue with a house design called “The Pawpaw” that still had the often missing onion skin parchment floor plans. This publication could be a possible source for this Coupland house’s design but after 1900, the house design business was getting crowded with other magazines featuring house plans and details. Unless the design is very unusual or otherwise stands out and was very popular, making a positive ID of the design source can be very challenging. House construction materials suppliers even assisted with house plans to help boost sales. So did millwork suppliers with the giant Chicago based Foster-Munger conglomerate recommending mail order architect George F. Barber to their clients. Builders also brought house plans to prospective clients to review and select designs. Perhaps even more confusing is that different plan book publishers featured almost identical house plans from different architects. It seems that design plagiarism was pretty common in those days.

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