- 2 baths
- 3 beds
- 4,380 sq ft
- More than 10 acres
About This Old House
Rural, wooded land nestled in East Longview, only blocks from downtown.
This tract of land is rolling to level, well-drained. The home sits on high ground with a somewhat panoramic view of the property.
There is a seasonal creek on the west side of the property.
The north half is mostly native woods; the south half is partly cleared with a mix of scattered mature pines and hardwoods.
It’s amazing to find an intact 10+ acre, mostly undeveloped tract in Longview city limits. This property could remain as an urban hide-away for the present classic, historic single-family home; it could be converted into an events or party center; or other uses.
The northern half of the property is zoned residential and the south half is zoned commercial It can all be maintained under the current residential layout, or there is potential for further development of the south part.
The tract is not being subdivided and must sell in one piece.
Chain link fencing covers the majority of the perimeter boundary. A few feet inside of this fence, woven-wire fencing has been built on most of the perimeter.
Metal entry gates open onto a 750 ft long paved driveway (with a bridge over a seasonal creek) that leads to the house on the hilltop.
Approximately 2 acres has been cleared to serve as pasture (previous owner grazed horses here) or extended front lawn area; large, mature trees have been left to provide a park-like setting. .
The brick 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage house was built in 1937 and is 4380 sf (per Gregg County Appraisal District, buyer is encouraged to confirm square footage for themselves).
It is pier-and-beam foundation with brick veneer siding. A 2013 home inspection found the foundation and house structure to be in very stable condition.
The main house is connected by a portico to an apartment over the garage.
Beautiful 2 story classic architecture of the 1930’s period, built as a showplace home during the oil boom in East Texas.
The house is located in the Woodland Hills addition and the upscale Nugget Hill neighborhood, just east of Trinity School, only 4 blocks from Good Shepherd hospital, and adjoins Teague Park.
Situated on a hilltop, views to the south from the front porches and windows provide a “long view” across the property (famously eponymous to the city of Longview).
Although brought up to modern standards, the home retains much of its original elegance and style, such as the original metal entry gates and historic exterior house architecture. Inside, original items include 3 woodburning fireplaces with gas logs (living room, dining room, master bedroom), wood doors, door and window hardware, lighting fixtures (check out the vanity lights in the bathrooms), wallpaper, curtains, a secret-compartment safe, wood molding, quaint fold-out mini-ironing board in a compartment in the pantry door, and more. Some of the original hardwood floors had been covered with carpet, but the owner has restored the floors to their original beauty.
While much upgrading and restoration work has been done, there are still areas that need work to upgrade, repair or maintain like repairing/replacing exterior wood, outside painting, landscaping, etc.
The home has two living areas (one was the formal dining room).
The kitchen is updated with new flooring and molded countertops, stainless steel sink, dishwasher and disposal. Off the kitchen is a sunny breakfast room, with original chandelier, unique ceiling woodwork and glass display shelves in the bay window.
There are three roomy bedrooms in the main house, with multiple closets (several are cedar-lined) in each room. One bedroom and full bath are downstairs. Upstairs are the master bedroom, another bedroom, and a full bath. Off one upstairs bedroom, there is a door into 4-ft tall finished attic space: great for storage or kids’ secret playroom. From the master bedroom, you enter into a large room perfect for a nursery, sitting room, study or exercise room.
There is another bonus room downstairs that could function as an office, craft room or other use.
All rooms in the house have multiple windows to enjoy the hilltop and backyard views.
On the back of the house, there is a 360 sf glass-enclosed heated-and-cooled sunroom looking onto the back plaza.
House has central electric air conditioning and gas heating systems, alarm system, asphalt shingle roof (6-7 years old, per owner), 2 gas water heaters.
Utility room (outfitted for gas dryer) is located nearby in the garage.
In the back of the house is a large outdoor party plaza with patio, small Koi pond, woodburning fireplace, stucco retaining walls and plenty of room to relax or entertain.
Above-garage, one-room, 588 sf, full bath, varnished wood walls and ceiling. Would also make an excellent game room or media room.
Early history of the house[/b] (as the stories have been handed down):
The house was built by James Hudson (nicknamed Slim) and his wife in 1937 during the East Texas oil boom days. The family children rode their horses and pony on the grounds, and made many memories. These were colorful days during an explosive time in Longview’s growth, and the house was host to many of the area’s movers-and-shakers. James (according to family info) was instrumental in bringing early businesses to Longview, such as Johnny Cace’s restaurant (to its original downtown location), Texas Eastman and others. To the south of the main house, there are ruins of the foundation and partial walls of a stables and (some say) servant’s quarters. There was an old road that ran across the southern part of the property, formerly bounded by homes in the late 1800s and early 1900s, so that area is ripe for someone interested in looking for old artifacts. In about 1950, the house was sold to the Henderson family, who maintained ownership for over 50 years. The structure of the house, the room arrangement and many interior features remain original from the 1930s.
Gregg County Appraisal District reported the real estate taxes were approximately $3,6700 based on HS & NHS exemptions. Taxing entities are: City of Longview, Longview ISD, Gregg County, County Road and Bridge.
Water: City of Longview
Sewer: City of Longview
Gas: Atmos Energy
TV: Longview Cable or satellite
Internet: Longview Cable, satellite, DSL, mobile hotspot
Waste Disposal: City of Longview
Post Office: Longview
Fire Dept: City of Longview
Law Enforcement: City of Longview Police