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Spotted on Craigslist! A Free Farmhouse in Iowa

Spotted on Craigslist! A Free Farmhouse in Iowa

by Rachael Meyerink

We recently spotted this massive, classic Queen Anne in Ellston, Iowa, that is in desperate need of a new owner. According to this ad on Craigslist, it faces the wrecking ball unless someone is willing to save the day and move it to safety. The moving costs would be considerable, but the house itself is FREE! Need someplace to move it? The owner apparently has 9 acres of land only 3.5 miles away for the property to rest on. That convenience, paired with the beautiful wrap around porch, columns, original clapboard siding and abundant cross gables and dormers may make this house irresistible to the right old house lover.

Rachael Meyerink resides in Sioux Falls, SD and is a Midwestern girl, born and raised. To her, “home” feels like sun shining through windows paned in wavy glass, an extra sweater on cold winter days and a window fan humming in the background in the heat of summer. In short: home feels like an old house. She and her husband have owned three such houses in their 15 years together: a 1923 American Four Square, a 1960s ranch and finally, an 1889 Queen Anne listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By day she works as a pediatric dietitian, and on nights and weekends, rehabs her old house with her husband. Her three children, yellow lab, ginger cat and five chickens complete their family. She keeps an online journal of her old house rehab adventures at

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One thought on “Spotted on Craigslist! A Free Farmhouse in Iowa”

  • Jo Wilgus

    April 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Wonder how much it would cost to move it?

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