Old Georgia Mansion Fixer Upper Under $20,000 ~ Gorgeous Natural Woodwork!

fixer upper under $20,000

311 North Main Street, Tennille, Georgia


under $20,000

This circa 1908 mansion fixer upper under $20,000 is strictly for the serious restoration enthusiast. It will take a ton of cash and sweat equity to bring this five-bedroom, 4,500-sq.-ft. gem back to its former glory, but what a house! A magnificent staircase with built-in bench seat, beautiful fireplace, molding and massive pocket doors are still in their natural wood condition ~ no paint!!

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I am not a realtor. If interested in this property, contact Contact: Brunson Martin

As per the realtor:

Fairview was built in 1908 as the Bashinski family home. During the years the family lived there it was probably the largest and finest home in Tennille. The Bashinskis had moved to Tennille after the Civil War and opened a successful department store. The two story building, a couple of blocks south on Main Street, is still present with the family name in tile at the entrance. The family still operates a jewelry store in Macon.

Tennille was the highest point on the 1843 Central of Georgia Railway mainline between Macon and Savannah. By the 1890s the city had become a prosperous commercial center with three additional railway lines converging at the depot. The city is halfway between Atlanta and Savannah and halfway between Macon and Augusta, close off the Fall Line Freeway connecting Macon and Augusta. Tennille is also halfway between Interstates 20 and 16.

The original house has about 4,500 square feet. After World War II and the family had moved, an addition was added to the house, bringing the square footage to about 6,000, and it was divided into four apartments, each with its own bath and kitchen. An outside stair at the rear was also added. The present owner has largely demolished the 1940s addition and outside stair to return the house to its original footprint and configuration. The lot size is approximately 100 by 400 feet, and the present owner commissioned a survey along with new boundary marker placements.

Originally, the house was designed with built-in rain gutters directly over the exterior walls. When these failed, water was allowed to enter and rot the wall framing and sheathing in a number of places. In 2014-15, the present owner had the roof replaced using architectural shingles, bridging over the original gutter locations with rafter extensions, and replacing and stabilizing the damaged wall framing as required. The house has large tall brick chimneys which remain in excellent condition.

Granite front steps lead up to the masonry front porch which carries four large granite blocks which were originally column bases. The elaborate two story front porch was lost upon the conversion to four apartments. Originally, the front porch wrapped around the south side to another entrance door. The door remains with separate masonry steps leading to it. The upstairs front door which opened to the upper porch had been covered with siding and it is now exposed. A large plate glass panel in the main downstairs front door has the monogram of the Bashinskis.

Ceilings are approximately eleven feet. Most of the downstairs ceilings are still in place, although with some damage, and most of the upstairs ceilings have been removed due to water damage. One original pocket door leading off the downstairs hall to the south reception room was lost in the apartment conversion, but two double pocket doors remain in place, one off the hall to the north reception room, and one between the south reception room and the dining room. Many of the windows, particularly upstairs, have damage and need to be replaced.

One of the most distinctive features of the house is an elaborately paneled and multiple flight interior stairs. A built-in bench is in the foyer at the bottom of the stairs. Each stair riser is only 6 inches high rather than the more common 7 ΒΌ inches. A curved seating alcove is on one of the lower landings.