Have you ever wanted to own a mansion, but only had roughly $150,000 to spend?
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If you answered “yes!” then do I have the house for you. The century-old mansion has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, more than 5,500 square feet, and one heck of a price tag: $137,900. This sounds almost too good to be true, right? So what’s the catch?
Since going on the market Jan. 3, Shippy Realty, owned by realtor Rick Shippy, has taken dozens of calls and watched the listing spread almost virally online, sending 22,000 hits to their website the first day it was up. “We’re getting comments from California, Florida, all over the country,” Shippy said. It’s not just the 5,575 square feet – that equals less than $25 per square foot — but the unique, historic look of the mansion that is capturing attention.
The home was built in 1914 and has been owned by a family who lived in it for much of the 20th century, a business owner who upgraded the utilities and a surgeon who turned it into a hunting lodge. The other day, 14 people were inside looking it over, Shippy said, and he told his wife to make sure all their cars were gone later. “Because I’m not sure we’d hear if anyone was in the house,” he said. “You can get lost in there.”