Built in 1895 and extending to 3,400 square foot in total, the 2 reception room, 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom house on a plot of 1.14 acres is lauded as “stately” by selling agent Nancy G. Freeman of Freeman Realty and has previously been described as being of the “Cape Cod school of architecture.”
Though “ready for restoration,” the building includes the kind of wrap-around-porch one associates with American homes of that era, an original staircase, acid etched glasswork and wooden flooring.
Rich Square itself does not appear to be an especially notable place, but the settlement was the birthplace of an American who became famous as one of the largest men ever in human history in terms of both height and weight. Farmer and innkeeper Mills Darden (1799 – 1857) reportedly weighed as much as 1,700lb, was (allegedly depending upon whom you believe) 8-foot, 5-inches tall and wore a coat inside which three ordinary sized men could easily be fitted. His typical breakfast menu included “a dozen eggs, two quarts of coffee, a gallon of water, and 30 buttered biscuits.” We’ll take that twice.
The Numbers – 200 East Jackson Street, Woodland, Rich Square, Northampton County, North Carolina, NC 27869, United States of America
January 2020 – The mini mansion is yet again relisted for sale for £43,900 ($54,900, €48,600 or درهم201,600) through Freeman Realty, a price reduction of 30.5% on its September 2001 asking price.
January 2018 – Relisted for sale again for the lower sum of £45,500 ($56,900, €50,400 or درهم209,000).
January 2016 – Relisted for sale again for £47,900 ($59,900, €53,100 or درهم220,000).
September 2011 – The mini mansion is first listed for sale for £63,200 ($79,000, €70,000 or درهم290,000)
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Wrecking ball urgently and most definitely required!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Send the effing machine in!!!!!!!!!!! This rot infested pit is probably full of rats and the ghosts of the fatsos of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who’d want to live in a place like this???????????????? The fact that no one has bought it speaks the truth because it is NOBODY!!!!!!!! NOBODY!!!!!!!!!! NEVER EVER!!!!!!!!! PULL IT DOWN; swing baby swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is beautiful and that is why Rod doesn’t like it. Rod plainly is a very ugly individual. From what we’ve learnt about him here over the years he is a) Australian, b) misogynist, c) fat (so he should like this town’s most notable chap surely), d) spends his time drinking Castlemaine and e) is a marketing consultant (who seems to be the antithesis of a marketing person). What an awful combination!
As a property professional, I would remind readers that it is all about LOCATION, LOCATION and LOCATION yet again. Without wishing to sound like Kirstie Allsopp, I would say that this place just doesn’t have it and in the condition it is in, it is effectively a building plot. It is not a protected building and as much as it has some lovely features, it looks likely that it is too far gone to salvage. As a plot of land, the price is far too high – hence why no one is biting.
I’d love it….. If it were in Norfolk, United Kingdom!
It could make for a lovely holiday home for someone. It is not that far from the coast and I am sure the rural hicks are lovely once you get used to them.
It has great potential as a bonfire!
What an oddity (the house, not Rodders). Thanks for finding, Matthew.
That’s the USA:
so much land and beautiful houses that you can have for nothing, if you don’t mind some backward, garbage locale.
Needs about $300,000 work
Yolanda sums it up, as ever. Despite some nice features, it’s beyond salvage. Apart from anything else, think of the cost of putting in another couple of loos. American homes have an unbelievable number of bathrooms, but amazingly this one has just the one.
Rodders is correct on this occasion (I mean, even a broken clock is right twice a day), wrecking ball needed.