Thursday, April 22, 2021

Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget)

‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000

Slammed in the Facebook group ‘Vintage Houses For Sale – Pre 1940s’ as “looking like it’s wearing a giant sombrero,” an ‘antebellum style’ house in Ridgley, Tennessee has gone on sale for just £128,700 ($179,900).

 

Extending to 3,632 square foot in total and on a plot of just under an acre, 221 Poplar Street is marketed by agents Carousel Realty as “gorgeous” and built in 1910. It was last sold in 2008 for just £42,900 ($60,000) and this time comes with “all furniture and antique furniture.”

 

Very much having the appearance of a ‘bargain basement budget’ version of “frankly my dear” Rhett Butler’s mansion in the 1939 movie adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, 221 Poplar Street’s wrap-around-porch has most definitely got ‘Marmite-like’ qualities. Of it, on Facebook, one commentator remarked: “It looks like a house in a cage” whilst another concluded: “I just love it.”

 

Situated in the Lake County area, where the militant ‘Night Riders of Reelfoot Lake’ tobacco farmers took on the monopolistic American Tobacco Company in the early 1900s and where between 1877 and 1950 thirteen black people were tragically lynched, the population makeup of the locality according to the 2000 census was 67% white and 31% black or African American.

 

Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – ‘Gone with the Wind’ was written by Margaret Mitchell in 1936. The fictional plantation house it centred upon, ‘Tara’, was of the antebellum style and in the novel was not nearly as palatial as the one depicted in the 1939 movie of the same name.

The Public’s Take…

  • “Is this the house from Dallas?”
  • “Looks like a mortuary.”
  • “Looks like a houseboat.”
  • “Looks like the Flying Nun!”
  • “Looks like a house in a cage.”
  • “Looks like Amazon just delivered it.”
  • “Reminds me of a ‘Tara’ recreation, circa 1960s-1970s.”
  • “Is there an actual house in there somewhere or is it just a porch?”
  • “What’s with the flat roof? You could land a helicopter on that thing.”
  • “That veranda is a bit much.”
  • “Does it come with the dog statue?”
  • “Can they still advertise antebellum [in the new ‘woke’ age]?”
  • “Poor photography. This is what happens when a realtor uses their phone for photos.”

The Numbers – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America

March 2021 – For sale for £128,700 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot). Offered by realtor Karen Paschall of Carousel Realty of Dyer County at a sum 200% more than the December 2008 sale price.

 

December 2008 – Sold for £42,900 ($60,000, €50,000 or درهم220,400) or the equivalent of £12 per square foot ($17, €14 or درهم62 per square foot).

 

Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – The entrance hall to the property is somewhat plain. It could be a dentist’s waiting room area, in fact, though the faux bulldog adds a comedy touch.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – This “formal living room” has the look of more like something from the 1980s BBC comedy series ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ than the elegance of ‘Gone with the Wind.’ The crappy coffee table, doily pelmeting and fake flower arrangements mixed with an oversized telly box are anything but classy.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – The dining room is somewhat plainer in its styling.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – A mural on the wall is surprisingly classy. It’s not quite de Gournay, but it’s certainly far from objectionable. The chandelier, on the other hand, most certainly belongs in a skip.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – Another entertaining area complete with yet more fake shrubbery.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – The kitchen is basic but functional.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – One of four bedrooms. This one’s curtains, cushions and accompaniments have been carefully coordinated.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – Another is a little more ‘Holiday Inn on an expense account-esque.’
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – A more flattering view of the building from the side. If only they’d watered the lawn.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – From the side, the setting looks somewhat neglected.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – There is a three car garage.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – In addition, the 0.96 acre plot features an outbuilding also.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – 221 Poplar Street, Ridgely, Lake County, Tennessee, TN 38080, United States of America – ‘Antebellum style’ residence in Tennessee that looks like a ‘bargain basement budget’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ house for sale for just £128,000 ($179,900, €150,100 or درهم660,700) or the equivalent of £36 per square foot ($50, €42 or درهم184 per square foot) by agents Carousel Realty of Dyer County.
Gone with the Wind (on a Bargain Basement Budget) – Two adjoining plots of land come as part of the property and the selling agents declare: “All furniture and antique furniture stays with the property.”
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Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Send in the wrecking ball!!!!!!!!!!!! It needs flattening…………. Mind you it looks like it was built from a flat pack anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swing, baby, swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Most of the previous comments are even more snarky than the comments of the person who wrote the commentary… with a little landscaping, this would be lovely. And the remark made by the writer about the lawn needing water? You can tell by the trees that it’s a recent photo taken in winter… the lawn is dormant (Insert eye roll). Can’t disagree with the comments on the fake plants, however. Nasty things…

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