There are fixer uppers, and then there are fixer uppers.
The sprawling Gillette House, in Greenwood, Mississippi, is the latter. The crumbling Neoclassical Revival home overlooking the Yazoo River was once one of the finest in the Delta. Sadly, it has since fallen into considerable disrepair. Now, at 110 years old, the aging former beauty has found herself on the market for just $65,000—an absolute steal by any standard.
Built in 1908 by Greenwood businessman and mayor, Stage Marye, the 5,177-square-foot single-family home was designed to resemble the showboats that traversed the Yazoo and the mighty Mississippi. Somehow, despite peeling paint, rotting wood, and overgrown trees, the home’s grand original features (hello dormers and hello porch!) still shine.
There’s no doubt that this historic home requires a fair bit of love, elbow grease and money, but if Chip and Jo taught us anything, it’s that the greatest risks yield the greatest rewards. Scroll down for a look inside at this diamond in the rough: