We just received our Historic Tyler, Inc. newsletter and invitation to our first fund raising event for the year. We have the privilege of living in the Azalea District and love every second of living here. Yes, even when the limbs fall out of the towering oak trees and knock the power off for hours on end, and perhaps as past experience has shown, even days on end. And yes, even during the hours spent toiling in the flower beds so the visitors each spring can drive by and take photos. It takes a special kind of person to love a historic home. I classify clients into “old house” people and “new house” people. The “old house” people understand the uniqueness of an old home, the quirks, the functional obsolescence, the never ending maintenance, and the passion that comes with saving one of the adorable cottages or grand homes that might have fallen into neglect otherwise. New house people notice the single pane windows or the constantly peeling paint and all they see is the proverbial money pit. There is nothing wrong with them, they are actually spot on, they just don’t get it.
Historic Tyler, Inc.’s mission statement is “Preserving Tyler’s Treasures” and I thought I might take a minute to let you know about the “Treasures” that are currently on the market and what sales have been like in the last 6 months. This is for general information only and does not include private sales as they are indeed “private” and I have no access to the information. I have gleaned the information from the Greater Tyler Area Multiple Listing Service which, unfortunately, does not have a classification for “Historic District” of any kind so I just have to sift through.
Currently there are 40 active listings in the various Historic Districts that I can find. They range in price from $110,000 for a fixer up cottage on the fringe of the Azalea District to a $2 million dollar estate in the heart of the Azalea District featuring the absolute best of everything. We currently have 9 homes in the Historic Districts under contract ranging from $62,500 - $599,000 which. Our sold homes since the first of the year paint a bright picture for the Historic Districts with prices ranging from $64,900 to $599,000 and the price per square foot went from a low of $60.06/SF for a cottage needing a total redo up to $139.50 for a fabulous 1920’s Tudor on a large fantastically landscaped lot.
So if you are passionate about preserving one of Tyler’s treasures, then give us a call at 903-581-5225 and we can email you the latest list of what is available. Who knows, you may want to put your own mark on Tyler’s history!