The House Without a Door

Reblogger Maureen McCabe
Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

 

This is a Re-blog of a story about the long ago sale of a historic home in Roanoke Virginia written by Barbara Delaney, an associate broker in Virginia.  The house pictured is not for sale.

If you buy a historic home (or any other home) in Central Ohio, the contract spells out what is a fixture and what is personal property.  The contract we use also now deals with anything on the premises that is rented, you know like a security system or a water softener.

Old houses like those in Old Worthington often have great stories. 

Thanks for Barbara for allowing me to share this story.

 

 





Original content by Barbara Delaney

A real estate friend told me this story in the early ‘80's when he had his great Aunt's house on the market. He had the house listed at the time. I have listed it several times thereafter. The house is located in Old Southwest, Roanoke's Premier Historic District.

 His Aunt and Uncle bought the house sometime in the 1950's. I am assuming that no agents were involved. Right before closing, they decided to do a quick walk-through with the seller. The seller said, "By the way, the front door is leased. It doesn't pass with the property." The door was owned by a museum. It was a door taken from one of Napoleon's country homes. 

Naturally, there was a problem! The buyers and sellers went to the attorney's office to seek advice. 

The attorney, who must have been a very wise man, said that he had never encountered a problem like this. His solution was to call a custom lumber company. They crafted an exact replica of the door. When it was installed, Napoleon's door was returned to the museum.House photo 

This door has passed with the property through all successive sales. Buyers love to hear the story. Owners love to tell the story!

This home is NOT for sale!

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Maureen McCabe
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Someone asked Barbara and yes the sellers paid for the replica door.

I had a great historic home listed in Dayton once. the seller had bought it from the family who had built it. It was built in the 20's or 30's but was quite the house;   It had the original floor plans.  Everything was very original.  I got a call about a year later ( I had moved to Columbus ) from someone who was going to list it..  I think the house was jinxed.  My seller was a young widow,  The selling agent in our transaction died.  I think something happened to the gay couple who bought it.... so they had to sell.

March 17, 2009 06:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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If ever we are "above ground" and sell our house, I have thought about excluding our front door..my Dad lovingly stained and finished it....I love it and it reminds me of him even though he is no longer here to see it.

March 18, 2009 07:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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find a replacement and have it installed before anyone falls in love with it... but you know that.

March 18, 2009 12:13 PM
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Andrew Haslett
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It never occured to me that someone might keep a door.

It never occured to me that someone might borrow a door from a museum.

Doors around my house get worn by the dogs -- the foster dog who ate the trim for example.

March 19, 2009 09:25 AM
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Maureen McCabe
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Andrew I just noticed an email I sent you got returned. 

You would NOT want a foster dog eating a door with historical importance that belonged to someone else like a museum would you?

Could you imagine the insurance ramifacations now?  Probably not as complex in the 1950s.

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