Ormond Beach Historic ‘Garden Home’ listed at $1.45 million

There have been the moment orange groves on the beachside.

The 1910 property positioned on 3.2 acres of land at 639 and 659 John Anderson Drive is aspect of that story. 

In 1887, Ormond Beach front pioneer Joseph Price purchased a huge plot of land from one of the city’s very first settlers, John Andrew Bostrom. He was looking for to plant oranges after the city gained gold and silver medals in the South Florida Honest, held in Orlando in February of that yr. The land was cleared in 1889, and for almost a decade, an orange grove and a smaller 1-bed room cottage occupied the land. 

But following two frosts — one in 1898 and yet another in 1906 — Rate, who crafted the Ormond Lodge, deserted his orange grove business enterprise and decided to make a property, which he later on gifted to Dr. Charles Garth and his wife Clara ” to treatment and are likely to the escalating inhabitants on the peninsula,” according to a push release. 

The two-story household, which now spans 5,589 square feet and has 6 bedrooms and five baths, is now on the sector, mentioned at $1.45 million.

“It is extremely uncommon to uncover that variety of acreage getting to be offered in the John Anderson location,” said Brian Hunter, president and broker at Claire Hunter Realty. “Most of the time, it can be a great deal smaller acreage, so that in alone is exceptional, and to include to its uniqueness, it really is also a home that features a whole lot of historical past and character as properly.”

This is not very first historic residence Hunter has experienced the opportunity to checklist. As a native of Ormond Beah, he reported he enjoys marketing and advertising and promoting these homes due to the fact they have stories to explain to. In contrast to developer-built homes, the character in just the home’s partitions will make 1 sense like they’re stepping back again in time.

“We love to be ready to express people stories above to prospective purchasers and to help our sellers obtain a person who’s likely to really like the house just as much as they have,” Hunter stated. 

The a person-bedroom cottage, created in 1889, is even now standing in the northeast corner of the assets. Around the many years, a carriage residence was constructed in what is presently the
travel-through garage, and a significant kitchen was added. In addition, the residences capabilities initial wood flooring, classic light-weight fixtures, a handful of fireplaces, a pool, a mother-in-regulation suite and a 250-year-outdated Oak tree. The home’s latest proprietors, Kevin and Jean Bergfield, have invested more than $200,000 given that purchasing the dwelling in 2020 to enhance the home with new plumbing, electrical, appliances, and drinking water heaters. A new roof was put in in 2019. 

Although the serious estate current market in the condition is very competitive for consumers presently, with minimal inventory driving up dwelling price ranges, historic houses are inclined to cater to a smaller pool of consumers who are actively hunting for qualities with historical value, said Hunter, and in that pool, the property has been generating excellent desire. 

“It truly is a spectacular house,” he stated. “… When I am waiting for possible prospective buyers to clearly show up for showings, I come across myself just having missing out there in the back garden, having fun with the day and using it in — thinking about 100 a long time in the past, there were persons out below on the orange grove.”