Monroe Iowa fixer upper

c.1860 Historic Fixer Upper in Monroe Iowa $40K ~ SOLD

402 N York St, Monroe, IA 50170    $40,000 ~ Sold For $30,000



A fixer upper with a rich history.

After the Native Americans were removed to a reservation in Kansas,  their land in the western part of Monroe County, Iowa, was divided. William Highland selected a grove as his future home in May of 1843 where he built a log cabin for himself and his family. About the same time Adam Toole, John Frost, and John Vance made claims in the vicinity, and the place became known as Toole’s Point. This is the home of Adam Miller Toole (1794-1877) and his wife Susan Hamilton (1800-1860).

When Toole signed the deed for his original 40 acres, he signed his last name with the “e” at the end. Later the “e” was dropped. Toole was a gentleman farmer and was appointed postmaster of Tools Point in 1849. He and Susan raised six children.

The home needs significant work, and now sits on just little more than a third of an acre, but what a wealth of history behind it. The Tool name is well-known in the area, and Tools Point Park is around the corner from the home.

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Investment Opportunity! This 1800’s original brick home, once owned by the Toole family that founded Monroe, is truly one of a kind. The Colonial style home sits on two parcels, with plenty of space to garden, project, or play. The fixer upper home boasts of original woodwork, windows, floors, and SO MANY opportunities for someone to restore, rebuild, or create a space that honors the unique, and small town character this home has to offer.

Nestled on a corner lot near the Monroe Elementary school, you won’t want to miss out on the possibilities. Come and see it for yourself, and make this one of a kind gem your own today!



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c.1800 Abingdon Virginia birthplace of Adam Miller Toole before he moved to Iowa.

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Adam Toole’s children.

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