Fort Worth man selling historic home for $1, with a catch

House for $1, but there is a catch

At the corner of Rosedale and Washington in South Fort Worth, you can hear the sounds of development loud and clear.

But if you listen closely, you can still hear the sounds of what used to be.

"I didn’t want to be the one who let it get torn down," said Wade Barrow, a Fort Worth attorney.

Barrow owns the last standing home on his side of the block. According to Historic Fort Worth Inc., it's a 2,800 square-foot beauty built in 1904 by a railroad worker aptly named George Greathouse. It features a unique spire in the center of the home. The Greathouse family moved out of the home in the 1940s.

In the 1970s, the home was split into a four-plex apartment building.

"This is the original enamel claw foot tub," Barrow pointed out in one of the bathrooms. "You still see the claw foot in there, still the original fixtures."

But with bulldozers knocking at the back door, Barrow finally agreed to sell to developers-- under one condition.

"I have six months in which to locate someone willing to take this property, move it to another piece of land, and hopefully restore it," Barrow said.

So he took to Facebook and wrote this: "I will sell you this house for $1. That is correct. You have to move it. Dirt not included."

"And honestly I was hopeful to get one or two responses," Barrow said.

He got a few more than that.

"About 200-300 responses within a 48 hour period," he said.

Justin Newhart, the preservation program director for Historic Fort Worth Inc., was one of the hundreds.

"I saw the Facebook post and messaged him and immediately got a call," Newhart said.

It won't be easy or inexpensive. But the organization is interested, and is now looking for the right lot on which to relocate the home.

"It's definitely worth saving," Newhart said. "It's important to keep these buildings and memories that are associated with them, because it ties us to our past here in Fort Worth."

"It's not a small project," Barrow said. "You're going to spend six figures to turn the key to move in, without a doubt. And I think people need to realize that."

But despite the fact the neighborhood is indeed changing, Barrow hopes at least this house will stay the same.

"It is good to know there are that many people who care about historic properties in Fort Worth like I do," he said.

A great house with a great past and hopefully, future.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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