When it comes to cheap old houses in Vermont, Barnet has the market covered.
People are checking out the details of an 1828 house in the Caledonia County town that’s listed at $98,000. The home at 109 Church St. in Barnet was posted Monday on the aptly-named Instagram account Cheap Old Houses, and the post had more than 22,000 likes by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The listing on the website of the Northeast Kingdom real-estate company Century 21 Farm & Forest lets potential buyers know of the home’s shortcomings when it uses the phrase “can use some TLC.” The selling points, however, have their charms: an 1800s Cape Cod-style home “on a very nice village lot,” three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and a family room with a wood stove. The home has a “large, level back yard” of less than an acre, according to the listing, and a barn that needs work and might need to be taken down.
Barnet is making a splash on the Cheap Old Houses site. A 1796 farmhouse was posted on the Instagram account in July with an asking price quite a bit higher than the one for 109 Church St. – $449,000. That 18th-century farmhouse came with nearly 20 acres and five bedrooms and bathrooms.
Why is the small town of Barnet making such a showing at Cheap Old Houses? It’s because the houses are (relatively) cheap, and the town itself is quite old.
Barnet is a Colonial-era community of 1,700 that’s about 10 miles from St. Johnsbury. Barnet was settled in the early 1770s, according to the town’s website.
U.S. Census data show that Barnet – then part of Orange County – had a population of 477 in 1791. That’s more than the 332 that in 1791 lived in Burlington, now Vermont’s largest city with more than 40,000 residents.
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