WAXAHACHIE — Over a century of history has hit the market in Waxahachie. Located at 708 West Main Street in Waxahachie, the McClain—Lewis Team of Coldwell Banker has recently listed a fully restored — but still historically recognized — home originally built in 1915.
From French doors to crystal doorknobs to the hardwood floors, team leader Melissa McClain said the 102 years of history ooze throughout the three bedrooms and two bathrooms of the Craftsman-style home.
“A lot of people like the character of the historic homes and you will not find two that are alike. They are unique and it is a unique opportunity to get to sell those (historical homes),” McClain said. “I like them because it is one of those things that they always have a story to tell. It is not going to be the same three-bedroom, two-bath home that you might sell down the road and is in a new neighborhood where every fifth home looks the same.”
According to a release issued by the corporate office of Coldwell Banker, last year the McClain—Lewis Team closed the calendar year with $23.56 million in sales, which ranked No. 1 in Ellis County among all brokerages. Even still, McClain noted that there are some challenges with selling a home more than a century old, most of which revolves around the lack of modernization.
“You do not have the energy efficient features when it is a true historic home,” McClain explained. “You have the older windows, you may not have two-car garages that hold two modern-day cars and then, mainly, you might just not have some of those modern day features that you would have in a new home.”
However, this particular house on Main Street, which is listed at $359,900, does bring with it a few modern touches, she noted.
“The interior has been totally redone, so you have modern-day appliances and fixtures but to keep the historical integrity you won’t have energy efficient windows so you’ll have the wavy-glass windows, for example. Some houses do, but most historical houses do not have the energy efficient sprayed home insulation or radiant barrier or those type things you’ll find in a new home,” McClain said. “[…] The owners have prided themselves in trying to keep the home true to the craftsman-style. It has a lot of period-specific characteristics that some house that have been redone might not have. If someone has a true love for a Craftsman-style home, this would be the house for them.”
According to McClain, the house carries a historical Waxahachie tax exemption and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To contact Melissa McClain for more information on the 102-year-old home on Main Street in Waxahachie, she can be reached at (972) 351-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith