c. 1850 Greek Revival in Newberry, SC – $159,000

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Added to OHD on 7/30/20   -   Last OHD Update: 10/5/20   -   17 Comments
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808 Boundary St, Newberry, SC 29108

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  • $159,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3940 Sq Ft
  • 0.7 Ac.
Dramatic and unique describes The Ruff Cobb House. Built about 1850, this lovely Greek Revival was remodeled in 1890 which included the addition of elaborate wrought iron including a stunning railing around the new 2nd story front balcony. This home needs restoration, so to be clear, it is being sold AS-IS. The buyer should assume that fireplaces, plumbing, and electrical all need work. There is no HVAC system. But oh, imagine what a joy it would be to live in a home as beautiful as this with all new mechanicals. That could be YOUR life! A wide welcoming front porch from which to watch the world go by; an impressive entrance hallway; soaring ceilings, huge rooms, beautiful hardwood floors showcasing the mars and marks that speak of a thousand footsteps....this is living in history. And the experience could change your life forever. Here's your opportunity to own a landmark in the heart of one of South Carolina's favorite small towns. If you love history and culture, you've found your home! Newberry, SC is considered one of the United States' Historic Districts with 35 properties on the National Register including The Newberry Opera House, which is the center of community activity and a performing arts center for world-renowned acts. Wonderful restaurants, shopping, gardens and more can all be found in Newberry and many within walking distance of this home. The Buyers will sign a Rehabilitation Agreement and Conservation Agreement to assure this treasure is preserved.
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Elaine Gillespie, Coldwell Banker
(803) 799-8035
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17 Comments on c. 1850 Greek Revival in Newberry, SC – $159,000

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  1. Ghosts of grandeur. Ironwork is amazing.

  2. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 262 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    Poor old thing. I’d love to see her restored.

  3. RossRoss says: 2417 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Oh my!

    The interior is intoxicating. I’d do very little to it, save a good cleaning.

    It would be delicious installing elegant furnishings as a contrast to the aged plaster.

    By painting the interior, something valuable will be lost.

  4. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    I agree with Ross about the interior, there’s valuable patina here that shouldn’t be covered with two to three coats of latex paint.

    Dr. Pressley Bolar Ruff built this Greek Revival house sometime in 1850 or soon after. He married his second wife, Harriet Catherine Thompson, in 1851, so it’s likely the house was linked to the marriage. The cast iron balustrade was salvaged from another Antebellum house, and was added later. The current portico replaced a single story porch as part of a later Victorian era remodel that included some interior elements as well. Notice the mixture of mid-nineteenth century simple backbanded trim with the later Victorian version around some of the newer doorways.

  5. MichaelMichael says: 2858 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    It certainly does have a patina to it. Nice home, especially with a little work.

  6. LadyTexasLadyTexas says: 198 comments
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    1979 Traditional
    Plano, TX

    The house reminds me of Belle Rive and Blanche du Bois.

  7. kmmoorekmmoore says: 418 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    I think the world could use more realtors like this one. Bravo and thank you for your passion (if you’re an OHD’er).
    This place is a wonder and a beauty.

  8. brigidbrigid says: 618 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    This is why I love this site. I look at this house and think of how I could save all the worn and faded. I tell ‘normal’ people this and they think I’m crazy, but I come here and there’s already a dozen Old House Dreamers saying the same thing!

  9. RosewaterRosewater says: 7171 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Fingers crossed that someone in the know will post a comment telling us how this mysterious and enchanting home has spent the past 50 years.

  10. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 829 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    Wow! I see there is definitely a “patina,” as Michael so poetically puts it, and my hubby would think I’m crazy to want such a house! Yet, it’s faded grandeur, like an architectural Blanche DuBois, calls to me. This would be an incredible project, to make it liveable without destroying that which makes it so magical!

  11. This looks like the abandonments I love to photograph – especially the interior. Beautiful! ❤


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