Historic Huntsville estate to be sold to highest bidder this weekend

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - More than 7,000 square feet of Huntsville History is up for sale. The oldest remaining timber-frame house in Huntsville's Old Town neighborhood goes on the auction block this weekend.

At first glance, you can tell the Old Town Estate is impressive. But beyond the front door is a glimpse into Huntsville's history.

The 5,600 square foot main home at 111 Calhoun Street was built in 1857. Today, it boasts several modern additions and updates, but original features remain: columns in the basement family room and the original siding in the now-enclosed main hallway.

"The floor is original, the fireplaces are original. Two of the bedrooms upstairs are what were called 'sleeping porches,' and they've now been added onto and enclosed and are now bedrooms. In the kitchen you'll see an original fireplace to the kitchen. It's really unique," listed Daniel Cothran, a realtor in charge of marketing the sale.

Part of the estate's charm is a garden courtyard designed by the late Bill Nance. It connects the main home to a guest cottage and another house at 110 Smith Street.

"There's not many in downtown, especially Old Town, that you can get this much property wrapped into one package," said Cothran.

You can get a glimpse of this home this weekend, June 13 and 14.  The doors will be open to potential buyers and the community at large.

The open house is Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

You can make a bid in writing or by phone. The suggested starting bid is $725,500, but they say they will take the best reasonable offer.

Cothran says they have already received interest from buyers in Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham.

More information on the home can be found by following this link.