This Was Probably Pretty Substantial When It Was Built

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® TX License #0566780

This was probably a pretty substantial structure when it was built. But something happened and it did not survive. This first photo is the north side view and the home faces west. This is on a Medina County road, west of San Antonio.

Medina County


Really cannot tell from the photo why this house fell into disrepair. I can see why this was a pretty good place for a house. The trees make this a good site. Lots of this section of the county lack trees. Maybe a tree limb fell on the roof and the owner did not have the funds, or expertise to make a repair.


Medina County 2


Looking at it from the front, vegetation has really overgrown the home. Looks like repair may be a lost cause. Just demolish and start all over. If those wall could talk, bet there's an interesting story. Or maybe it would be boring.


You know a business can be like that house too. Substantial and vibrant one day, and years later it falls into a sad shadow of its former greatness. And you can hear people say this was probably pretty substantial when it was built.

Comments (11)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Wayne, I like the pictures and analogy, great post.  Happy New Year.

Jan 02, 2015 01:52 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Really interesting Wayne. Who knows the history behind this property but I am always curious about that sort of thing.

Your words are well said.

Jan 02, 2015 03:24 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Wayne. You see a lot of this in Eastern, Ct. Some of these dilapidated properties date back to the late 1600's. Truly fascinating to see, just like your photos.

Make it a great weekend!

Jan 02, 2015 07:46 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

That is a good site for a house.  I know right where it is and it is beautiful there. :)

Jan 02, 2015 10:38 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What? It's good little fixer, right? Lol.  Great analogy, Wayne. I too wonder - how and why.  Happy New Year to you. 

Jan 03, 2015 02:11 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Wayne, I am always interested in the story...sad or happy, I hear some inner conversation going, or perhaps a moan, or a small cry. Or simply, "I am done."

Jan 03, 2015 03:02 AM
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Wayne, too bad some buildings and businesses eventually fall, and can't be saved.  They all have interesting stories to tell.

Jan 03, 2015 03:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wayne Johnson these old structures are so interesting, and wonder why someone has not come and restroed it to life. 

Jan 03, 2015 11:28 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Wayne - this is certainly a good analygy.  Everything must be maintained and in the case of a business it must be sustainable.  The structure probably was well built.

Jan 04, 2015 04:37 AM
Scott Gleason
RE/MAX Select - Westfield, NJ
Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist

It's sad to see something like that, Wayne.  It used to be someone's home with a history of its own.  Maybe someone will purchase the land and build another home with more memories.

Jan 05, 2015 05:39 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Good analogy. Sometimes we wonder what that story is whether it's a business or even one's life that looks to be in disrepair.

Jan 15, 2015 09:25 AM