Here is the latest compilation of recently sold old houses under $50K and what they sold for.
21082 Main St, Shade Gap, PA 17255
$39,900 Sold $38,000
This brick fixer upper is located in Shade Gap, Pennsylvania (pop 105), a small village that sits at the base of Shade Mountain. If you love covered bridges, fall colors, old buildings, wildlife and the simpler life, this house might fit the bill.
You can see a “Shadow of Death” historical marker (see below) on Route 522 near Covered Bridge Road in Shade Gap. Although why this section of the old Frankstown Path was called the Shadow of Death is now unknown, some locals believe that early settlers were regularly ambushed by local Indians at the narrow pass.
Despite the tranquil setting of Shade Gap, the village was the scene of national news in 1966. As Peggy Ann Bradnick, age 17, was getting off the school bus with her five siblings, she was snatched and hauled into the woods by mountain man William Diller Hollenbaugh. He held Peggy captive for seven days as the largest manhunt in US history at the time of over 1,000 FBI, National Guard and Pennsylvania State Police searched for her. Peggy was found without serious injury, but sadly an FBI agent was killed by friendly fire during the pursuit.
4223 N Bliss Rd, Elwell, MI 48832
$34,900 Sold for $30,000
Thanks go out to Shondra Hallead for submitting this wonderful historic octagon house for sale on three acres at $34,900.
A couple of articles about the house on Bliss Road (love the name) are posted below, but I’ve transcribed the “Save This Old House” piece so you can read it more easily.
“The history: This brick farmhouse was built by William Anderson in the 1870s. Its octagon style, popular in the Midwest at the time, was believed to promote health by means of superior cross-ventilation. Offering the advantage of more windows, it also allowed Anderson to survey his 80-acre farm in every direction. After his daughter, Eula, inherited the place, she earned it some renown, raising prizewinning sheep, cultivating flowers whose seeds and bulbs she sold to a local nursery, and receiving industrialist Henry Ford’s wife, who came to see the gardens. Eula’s granddaughter, Dorothea, has blogged about her childhood on the farm, nursing rejected lambs back to health by the wood-burning stove and enjoying grand holiday feasts in the dining room. The home was later sold outside the family.
Why save it? The octagon style had fallen out of fashion by the 1880s, and this house is one of very few surviving examples. The exterior features patterned brickwork typical of Victorian-era houses. Detailed oak moldings, stained-glass windows, and a staircase with turned balusters and intricate scrolls adorn the interior.
What it needs: The 1,600-square-foot house is stable but needs roof repairs, some structural brickwork on two of the back walls, and upgrades to the plumbing and electrical systems. As a start, the current owner replaced the breaker panel. The house sits surrounded by pristine farmland an hour north of Lansing. Restoring it would be a big job, but the home’s remarkable style—and storied history—are surely worth the effort.”
958 W Fulton Rd, Warnerville, NY 12187
$59,000 Sold for $40,000
It’s over $50K Sunday today, and first up is this rural retreat on 4.2 acres in Warnerville, Schoharie County, New York. We lived in Schoharie County for four years, and I have to say, it is arguably the most beautiful county in New York.
This farmhouse looks like it may have started out as a small Greek Revival. The rough sawn paneling does not flow with the style of the house, but the home’s setting, backing up to House Creek and with mountain views, overrides any interior remuddling.
For a larger home in South Carolina, check out this farmhouse.
4162 Main Ave SW, Warren, OH 44481
$44,900 Sold for $43,000
Wow, almost 5 rural acres with this c.1925 fixer upper in Warren, Ohio! Lovely natural wood with staircase, window seat, built-ins, doors and molding still intact. The leaded glass is stunning, but that faux brick has to go. Note that the septic needs to be brought up to code. The 5-acre property, however, backs up to a wildlife area, so it will seem like you have even more land.
8914 Howland Rd, Wolcott, NY 14590
$59,900 Sold for $62,000
It’s Under $60K Thursday!
Expansive views of Lake Ontario from this waterfront property in Wolcott, New York. It would make a great family getaway. Under $60K is a great price for waterfront property, but if you pool your money with friends and family, the place would be even more affordable.
To window shop old houses in higher price brackets, visit our sister site at oldhousecalling.com.