Own and live in a piece of history. Clay County was founded in 1857 and officially organized in 1861 although it remained largely uninhabited until the late 1870s due to the Civil War. It was truly the wild west for a number of years and in 1882, with the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad coming through, Henrietta and Clay County began to thrive.
This building, now home, was built in 1886 and through the years saw the wild west begin to get tamed during the period of westward expansion and manifest destiny for the United States. This home has housed General Stores, Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Flower Shops and the telegraph and later telephone office was house here for 70+ years.
Boasting 4236 square feet it is extremely spacious and has all the modern amenities todays family could want. Upstairs has five bedrooms including the huge master giving you plenty of room for a large family with three full bathrooms upstairs. It also includes laundry room and a living room.
Downstairs has two large living rooms separated by a gas fireplace. The front living room has original refinished hardwood floors, newly refinished staircase with access to the side yard and pool area. The second living room has newer flooring with side street access to Gilbert St and is connected to the dining room. The commercial kitchen is beautiful with recently refinished cabinets and new granite countertops. All commercial appliances make sure that none of your friends or family will go hungry. The pantry is the size of most folks living rooms so there are no worries about storing supplies to feed the masses while entertaining.
Now you say, Wow, what a piece of history, what a house, Ill bet it costs a fortune to heat and cool this place! To which wed reply, nope! This house has 28-32 thick sandstone walls which pretty much takes care of the insulation. It has 3 HVAC units to cover every square inch of the house and keep you comfortable year round. Portion of this home even has a new roof, put on in 2015.
The cavernous 4 car garage and 4 car carport has plenty of space to store your work truck, please truck, atvs, boats, etc. Above the garage is a huge unfinished space that could easily be used as a workshop, art studio, home theater, second living quarters, etc. The possibilities are endless and the HVAC unit for this space is already installed and ready to go.
There are two decks on this house. The rear deck gives easy access from the main house to the upstairs area of the garage. The front deck overlooks Bridge St and the Courthouse Square. Henrietta and Clay County have a ton of events and festivals downtown. Watch the parades from the upper deck and have front door access to events like Pioneer Reunion in September, Turkey Fest in April and the Christmas parade in December.
Last but not least is the backyard is complete with a gorgeous in-ground pool. This backyard and pool is the perfect place to entertain on those warm summer days. The backyard is always cool and has well established grass. The current owner had a garden against the neighboring building where they grew fresh vegetables and herbs. In the spring time, youll be able to enjoy the vineyard that grows along the fence.
This home can continue to be an amazing residence or convert it back into a bed and breakfast. AirBnB is the new craze! Start a income producing business downstairs and live upstairs. The opportunities with this amazing and historic building are endless. Where else will you find an opportunity like this again? Own and live in a piece of history and be a part of the thriving and growing community of Henrietta, Texas and Clay County.
Listing ID: 42236-10118