When Realtor Cheyenne Key says her listing in Henrietta, Texas, is a piece of history, she’s completely serious. But it’s not just a piece of history — it’s also a perfect opportunity to have a great historical shelter or a potentially bustling bed and breakfast for people who are looking to head outdoors, but still want some creature comforts.
Located about 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth on U.S. Highway 287, Henrietta offers opportunities for fishing, hunting, fun at Lake Arrowhead State Park and the Red River Valley, and even great food shopping, including Young’s Orchard.
Key’s downtown Henrietta listing with United Country Heart Of Texoma Realtors was built a little more than 25 years after Clay County was officially organized, and about 10 years or so after people started moving in to live.
“It was truly the wild west for a number of years and in 1882, with the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad coming through, Henrietta and Clay County began to thrive,” Key explained.
“This home has housed general stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, flower shops, and the telegraph and later telephone office was housed here for 70 plus years,” she added.
Nowadays, the building has been converted into a stunning 4,236 square foot home on three levels. Upstairs, five bedrooms (including a huge master) and three full bathrooms, a laundry room, and a living room provide ample space for a family (or guests, if you go the B&B route).
“Downstairs has two large living rooms separated by a gas fireplace,” Key said. A front living room has original hardwood floors, a refinished staircase, and access to the side yard and the pool (yes, pool).
A second living room flows into a dining room and is near the kitchen. And oh gracious, the kitchen — a commercial kitchen with recently refinished cabinets, new granite countertops, and a huge pantry means you can either entertain the masses, or feed your B&B guests easily.
“Now you say, ‘Wow, what a piece of history, what a house, I’ll bet it costs a fortune to heat and cool this place!’” Key said. “To which we’d reply, ‘nope!’”
Key said the house has thick sandstone walls “which pretty much takes care of the insulation.” The home also has three HVAC units, and part of the home has a new roof.
The home also boasts a huge four-car garage and four-car carport, which means your cars and boats have a home, or you can have plenty of room for paying guests to park.
“Above the garage is a huge unfinished space that could easily be used as a workshop, art studio, home theater, or second living quarters,” Key said. “The possibilities are endless and the HVAC unit for this space is already installed and ready to go.”
Attention has also been paid to the outside of the house. Two decks provide plenty of space to entertain and enjoy al fresco dining and also provides great views and seats for the various events and festivals downtown.
“Watch the parades from the upper deck and have front door access to events like Pioneer Reunion in September, Turkey Fest in April and the Christmas parade in December,” Key said.
And besides the decks, there is also a backyard that boasts an in-ground pool, well-established grass and even the potential for a herb and vegetable garden.
“In the spring time, you’ll be able to enjoy the vineyard that grows along the fence,” Key said.
And the best part of this house that keeps on giving is the price — a mere $299,000.