Thursday, July 30, 2009

Endangered Property: Housworth-Moseley House

7241 South Goddard Road
Lithonia, GA 30038
c. 1843

Philip Housworth came from South Carolina in the 1820's and settled in the Klondike area with his sons, eventually purchasing large tracts of land in the region. In 1852, his son Michael purchased the house, believed to have been constructed c. 1843 by Abraham or John Housworth.

Originally built as a hall and parlor house with a detached kitchen, it has since experienced several additions. For over 160 years this house remained in the Housworth family. The Housworth-Moseley House is believed to be one of the oldest houses in Dekalb County and is part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and the recently designated Klondike National Register Historic District.

The 1,200 sq. ft. home sits on 7.4 acres near the Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. Outbuildings include a corn crib, grain shed, smokehouse, sorghum evaporator, and livestock pen, all constructed in the 19th or early 20th centuries. The lot features a large front yard and behind the house are mature woods and a small picturesque creek.

The house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, and family room. Features include two fireplaces, original hardwood floors, original wooden walls and ceilings. The house will require rehabilitation, including updating systems, wood repair, and window repair.

The Housworth-Moseley features a largely intact historic interior, including extensive original woodwork, with pine wallboards up to 19 inches wide and historic pine tongue and groove floors throughout much of the house. Surrounding the house is a noteworthy compilation of outbuildings dating from the mid 19th to the early 20th century. Such a fine example of an early farm complex is extremely rare in Georgia.

As part of the Klondike National Register District, the house is eligible for several financial incentives, including an 8 1/2 year tax abatement and tax credits for substantial rehabilitation. In addition, buyers may qualify for a tax write off when they purchase the home with a preservation easement.

New Price: $250,000
Reduced From: $269,500

For more information contact
Kate Ryan, Programs Manager at 404.885.7817

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