Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pensacola area's OLDEST Homes for Sale and Rent

Pensacola's Historic Homes for Sale:
How old are the oldest homes available for purchase?

Ever wonder about the history of the home you live in? Or how old the oldest home in town is? I did some research into Pensacola's history and tracked down some historic homes for sale- here they are: the oldest homes in the Pensacola area for sale and for rent.

412 E. Zarragossa St., Pensacola, FL 32502- $495,000. Year built: 1839  3Bedroom 2 bath home- on the market since August 2011. Zoned historic commercial so can be used for single family residence, office, or a store. Located near the intersection of N Alcaniz St. in downtown Pensacola near historic Seville Square. Main home with 2 bedrooms 1 bath and an upstairs home with 1 bedroom 1 bath.  1/3 acre lot with plenty of room in the back. Nice hardwood floors inside and updated kitchens and bathrooms. Previously sold for $450,000 in 2005 'with considerable damage from Hurricane Ivan'.

6829 Pine Street, Milton, FL 32570- $440,000. Year Built: 1870. Estate Sale.   This 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath home with over 3,100 square feet is located in Downtown Milton near the water. MLS dubs the home 'The Ollinger-Tilghman house and MLS lists this home as being built in 1870 while the Santa Rosa County Tax Rolls show it being built in 1900. Either way, we know this home is antique- take a look at this kitchen! Don't worry, there's a butlers pantry also.

The house sits on 1.8 beautiful acres. It also states the home was reonvated in 1980 but by looking at the kitchen, we have different ideas of renoavtions. This historic home is definitely charming and one-of-a-kind!

7421 N Jefferson, Century, FL 32535. Year Built: 1907 Foreclosure -- Bank Owned Property. 
We don't usually handle real estate in Century but their oldest home for sale is too cool not to share! At over 9,500 square feet, this home (or compound!) boasts 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a banquet hall, and sits on over an acre lot. This home has been listed for sale since August 2011. It appears the home has changed hands a few times including sales in 2000 for $35,000 and in 2003 for $99,000. MLS says the home has previously been used as a hospital, nursing school, and a public school. Wow! 

There's also a 3400 square foot home on Jefferson Ave. in Century, built in 1901, listed for sale at $55,000. The ad basically says it's a dump and needs complete restoration. Not as cool as the ranch above!

4412 N Spencer Field Rd., Pace, FL 32571- $224,000.
Year Built: 1963!
This beautiful home boasts over 3,100 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. This spacious brick home sits on 3 acres and has a pool!! It's located off Spencer Field Rd. just a few minutes from the heart of Pace and Hwy 90. The agent notes say the sale is as is sale and it does appear the bathrooms may need some updating but the home does have cast iron plumbing, copper wiring, new windows, and some other energy efficiency features per the agent's comments in MLS.  It appears that the home previously sold in 2000 for $140,000.

90 Duncan Ave, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561- $1,750,000.
Year Built: 1948.

Listed in the tax rolls as 80 Duncan Ave, the oldest home available for purchase in Gulf Breeze happens to be the 2nd most expensive home in Gulf Breeze for sale too!  It's marketed as a "Unique Estate overlooking Pensacola Bay" and is located in the Gulf Breeze proper area off Hwy 98/ Gulf Breeze Pkwy just a few blocks from the 3 mile bridge into Pensacola. On the proeprty is a main home, guest home, 'caretakers cottage', and a workshop with over 4,600 square feet in just the main house! This property is definitely one-of-a-kind hom! One acre tucked privately in Gulf Breeze with a gorgeous view. gated courtyard, granite countertops, lap pool... This home is fabulous. You must look at all the pictures of it.

It appears this property sold in 2005 for approximately $2,600,000! It also appears from looking at both sets of photos that the new owners did extensive remodeling in the home. Wow!

7136 Nelson St, Navarre, FL 32566- $114,000. Year Built: 1972! Ha, the oldest house for sale in Navarre was only built in 1972. This home has been listed since March 2011 with the wrong address: listed at 1736 Nelson St. in MLS so either they have the wrong address or I do. Anyways, this home is a 3 bedroom 2 bath on .81 acres with 1200 square feet. The home was previously sold in 2005 for $157,900. It's cute inside, close to the beach.

The Pensacola area's Oldest Homes for Rent

514 W. Wright Street, Pensacola, FL 32501- For Rent $795. Year Built: 1908.
 This pet friendly 3 bedroom 2 bath home is located in downtown Pensacola off Devillers and W. Wright Street. The home is 1200 square feet, no garage, on a long narrow lot. It's been remodeled with a nice kitchen, nice washer/ dryer, and clean bathrooms. The home has beautiful hardwood floors in common areas. The house has been listed since November 2011.

911 N Spring Street, Pensacola, FL 32501. For Rent $500 & $575. Year Built: 1900
The oldest apartments for rent in Pensacola are located off Cervantes & Spring Street in North Hill downtown Penascola. This historic home has been converted into four apartments and two are currently available- one 500 square feet upstairs studio apartment and one 650 square feet downstairs 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment. Tiny kitchen with gas stove, fridge, and ceramic tiled floors. No central heat and air- wall and window heat and cooling! Some utilities included, small pet friendly. On the market since November 2011.

5049 Canal Street, Milton, FL 3270. Year Built: 1930. 
This 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment is for rent $600 a month. (it appears there are mulitple apartments for rent both upstairs and downstairs.  This historic home that was previously a boarding home before it was converted into 5 apartments. It's located within walking distance to Blackwater River off Canal Street near downtown Milton and Hwy 90. Beautiful hardwood floors inside, nice kitchen (no dishwasher in the photo) and has central heat and air. It's a great bargain as it also includes utilities (gas, electricity, and water/sewer/ trash!) ! The building is also for sale for $275,000 in case you are interested!

4716 Hamilton Bridge Rd, Pace, FL 32571. Year Built: 1973.
This 3 bedroom 2 bath home is brick and features 1400 square feet and is for rent at $875. Built in 1973, this is the oldest home in the Pace area available for rent but definitely isnt a historic home! The home has been updated inside with a beautiful kitchen and bathrooms. It also features a large wrap around deck and a huge privacy fenced backyard.
419 York Street, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561. Year Built: 1958!
This 3 bedroom 2 bath is located in Gulf Breeze Proper. With 1100 square feet, the agents are asking $1300 for this home! Th home has beautiful refurbished hardwood floors throughout and has some other updates including in the kitchen and bathrooms (although not a complete remodel!) The home was rented in the past at as low as $895, but new owners purchased this home in October 2011. They also fenced the yard completely. The home has only been on the market for 2 days. Although this is a high rent for this sized home, the Gulf Breeze proper area barely has any rentals right now (2!!) so they are trying to get as much as possible I'm sure! Good old supply and demand!

7482 Harvest Village Ct., Navarre, FL 32566. Year Built: 1991!
This 3 bedroom 2 bath patio home was built in 1991 in the Autumn Trace Subdivision and is the OLDEST home I could find for rent in Navarre! This happens to be listed by our company- visit this link to view more photos and information. It comes with all appliances including a Washer & Dryer~ Beautiful hardwood floors in the living areas. Nice deck on the back of the house and a big nice fenced in backyard! The home is undergoing some painting and ready for move in by January 15, 2012 for $900 a month! There are also very few homes for rent in the Navarre area right now!

Things to Consider when Buying or Renting a Historic Home
I've been in one of these homes and I thought it possibly had a subfloor issue. (it's surely not the one built in 1991) I only bring it up to make an important point that needs to be made here: with an older home, there's always a possibility  of more serious issues with a home. Make sure to get a home inspection before purchasing an older home (or any home!)
It's always something to always look at when renting an older house- that and energy efficiency. I've heard of utility bills as high as $400 in older homes, especially larger ones. Make sure your budget can allow for an increase in you experience one after you move in!

So how old is the oldest house in Pensacola?
My best guess is 1805. that's the oldest I've seen and it's owned by the state of Florida.
I can tell you that Historic Pensacola Village probably knows the answer- they offer 45-minute walking tours of the downtown's oldest homes including an 1825 "high house" (which I assume to be a luxury home), with a fully furnished homes dating back to 1805 (205 E. Zarragosa Street), and others built in 1832 and 1890 that are equally well preserved. This is a fun activty- and very information. Great for the kids! These homes are situated along Zarragossa and Tarragona Streets in downtown Pensacola.

Further Interested in Pensacola's History?

Check out the National Register of Historic Places using this link to view everything in Escambia County ~  Search for your county using the home page

Fun Pensacola History Facts
  • Pensacola was 1st settled in 1559!
  • Pensacola was named after Indians and first referred to as 'Panzacola'
  • Fort Pickens was completed in 1834. From 1886 to 1887 Geronimo, the Apache Chief, was imprisoned at Fort Pickens! Free and guided tours are availabe at Fort Pickens so be sure to take one.
  • The Battle of Pensacola took place at Fort Barrancas in 1814!
*Photos taken from Escambia and Santa Rosa County tax appraisers website & MLS listings. Thank you*

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