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Built by a lumber baron for his mistress. “Barefield House”, Circa 1907. On 4 waterfront acres in Florida. $695,000

April 23, 2021

The Barefield House was built by a Florida lumber baron for his mistress, Minnie Barefield. The interior could be amazing, but it has a lot of hurricane damage. I am going to assume the asking price is due to location. The home was built in 1907. It is located on 4.4 acres overlooking the St. Vincent Sound in Apalachicola, Florida. The home features hardwood floors, exposed beamed ceilings, and original fretwork. This 14 room house is constructed of heart pine and cypress. There are 8 fireplaces and numerous porches. Five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 3,850 square feet. $695,000

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From the Zillow listing:


The Barefield/Holy Family/Schoelles house was built by lumberman Charles Dobson for his mistress Minnie Barefield in 1907 on the corner of Ave K / 7th St in Apalachicola. For fifty years it served as a convent-school for the Sisters of the Holy Family before being moved in 1974 to present site on 4.4 wooded acres overlooking St Vincent Sound eleven miles west of town. The two story 14 room mansion, constructed of heart pine and cypress, features high ceilings, eight fireplaces, carved mantels, imported tiles, stained glass windows and sunny porches overlooking a pond and a secluded beach. World class saltwater flats fishing and an abundance of oysters, shrimp, and blue crabs at your doorstep! House requires hurricane remediation.


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