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Save This Old House: Former Folk Victorian with Craftsman Features in Water Valley, Mississippi

Save This Old House, Water Valley, MS, exterior front, July/Aug 2020Craftsman-style features include the gabled entry porch and stucco-and-wood facade; the 20- and nine-over-one windows reflect its stylistic mash-up. | Aerospective Imagery

See this unique 1890s house in a vibrant Southern town in need of second chance.

Likely built in the 1890s as a Folk Victorian, the house sits on what was once known as Silk Stocking Row, where Water Valley’s prominent families lived in gracious, architecturally distinctive homes.

About This House

At the time, the town was a bustling hub for the Illinois Central Railroad. Historians surmise that the house may have undergone some Craftsman-style updates in the years that followed, the better to fit in with the popular aesthetic.

Save This Old House, Water Valley, MS, driveway, July/Aug 2020Aerospective Imagery

A porte cochere and brick archway lend storybook charm. The driveway’s gravel paving is still in evidence.

Why Save It?

Save This Old House in Water Valley, MS, unfinished attic, July/Aug 2020Aerospective Imagery The unfinished attic, which runs the entire length of the house and is lit by new as well as old windows, can be reached from back stairs in the kitchen. It accounts for nearly half of the listed 2,360 square feet of living space.

Filled with vintage details, the house retains original fireplace mantels, heart-pine and oak floors, divided-light windows, French doors, and transoms.

It sits three blocks from the restored Main Street district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and enjoys a lively arts scene. The town is 20 miles from the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus.

What This House Needs

Save This Old House, Water Valley, MS, French doors into the living room, July/Aug 2020Aerospective Imagery Divided-light transoms and folding French doors channel light into the living room, where wall coverings have been removed, revealing wood-sheathed walls.

The house requires all-new systems and a total overhaul of the kitchen and only bath, located on the first floor, the one level of finished living space. While the foundation of brick piers is sound, two in the rear need to be rebuilt.

The stucco-and-clapboard exterior needs painting, and some repairs must be made to the siding, fascia, and eaves. Clear, clean water covers the root cellar floor, suggesting that the cistern needs attention. But the metal roof is new and the large attic could be finished as a full second story. It’s a big job, but a game new owner will feel quickly at home in this small town of preservation-minded doers, thinkers, and makers.

Save This Old House: Water Valley, MS, living room fireplace, July/Aug 2020Aerospective Imagery

The living room features one of four original oak mantels. The fireplaces bear evidence of a century’s worth of heating methods: wood burning, coal burning, and the use of gas-fed appliances.

Save This Old House: Water Valley, MS, bedroom, July/Aug 2020Aerospective Imagery

This bedroom, one of three in the house, retains its plaster walls and features one of two green-tiled fireplaces. Heart-pine floors run throughout most of the main level.

Save This Old House: Water Valley, MS, spandrel, July/Aug 2020Aerospective Imagery

A fretwork spandrel is one of many original Victorian-era interior details.

House Stats

Interested in saving this old house? View the online listing or contact the realtor at the number below.

Price: $59,900
 Location: Water Valley, MS 
Contact: Sherry Fischer, Re/Max, (662)607-1030, or view the online listing.

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