Historic Raleigh home gets new owners

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – One of the oldest homes in Raleigh sold Tuesday after being on the market less than a year.

The Crabtree Jones house sold to Matt Hobbs and Katie O’Brien for $265,000.

For centuries, the home was behind a large grove of trees on Wake Forest Road, right across from the current location of the Trader Joe’s. After construction began on the location to build the Jones Grant apartment complex, the trees were bulldozed and hundreds of drivers on Wake Forest Road could suddenly see the antebellum home.

A historical marker on the house states the home dates back to 1795 but most of the home is now believed to have been built in 1808-09.

A dendrochronologist took three samples of wood from different parts of the home in an attempt to properly date the home.

Dendrochronology looks at the thickness of the rings in the wood used to build a structure. The thickness of those rings can be used to accurately tell when that wood was cut.

Samples were taken from the backroom, the stairwell, and upstairs.

The backroom of the house is thought to be the oldest part of the house but the dendrochronology could not get a date from that sample.

The front of the house dated to 1808-09 and the stairwell dated to 1811.

On Feb. 3, 2014, the home was moved to nearby Hillmer Street to make way for the Jones Grant apartment complex.

For months, the house remained unsold. The price dropped from the original asking price of $350,000 to $299,000.

O’Brien said the 3,448-square foot house is in very good condition despite it needing new wiring, plumbing and HVAC.

The house has not had a permanent resident since the 1970s. The Jones family sold the land and home in 1973.

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