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Save This 135-Year-Old Oakland County Farmhouse From Demolition

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With a reasonable offer and ability to move it, this house could be yours

A farmhouse located at Independence Oaks County Park in Oakland County is slated for demo unless someone can move it to their property. Curbed readers, do you know anyone who would like this house?

Here is the info from the Oakland County Historical Commission Facebook page:

"The Bailey House, located at 9965 Sashabaw Road at Independence Oaks County Park, is approximately 135 years old. Oakland County Parks has released a request for proposals to purchase this farmhouse for a modest amount and move it to another location. Parks wishes to remove the house to make way for trail and other recreational development and will give preference to bidders who move the house within the local area.

The Bailey home’s interior boasts original wood floors, elegant moldings, unique bead board, and original doors and casings. In addition, the kitchen pantry boasts original pantry carpentry with grain bins and cabinets made with mid-19th century carpentry methods. The original cabinetry is considered rare and has not been seen remaining in any other local structure.

The farmhouse front exterior exhibits both Gothic and Queen Anne details. The windows and doors have been trimmed with Gothic style crowns and the gables represent angles commonly found in Queen Anne designs. This blend of styles is found consistently through Independence Township and Clarkston Village and represent a vernacular that is distinctly Clarkston.

The Bailey House, situated on property that is part of the Bailey family’s original US Government land grant of 1856, was surveyed by Independence Township in 1998. The original survey states:

"This house is significant because of its high degree of exterior architectural integrity. It is a good example of the T-plan farmhouse style built within the township in the late 1800s. It is also significant as one of the farmhouses of the Bailey family.

By 1896, members of the Bailey family were major land owners in sections 2 and 3, owning more than 494 acres." The survey also states, "Two story T-plan house with a one story addition to the north, a rubble stone foundation, clapboard siding and decorative window crowns".

Interested? Contact Andy Krumwiede, Oakland County Purchasing Department at or (248) 858-7678 for more information.

Pre-Bid Informational Meeting: August 16, 2016 – RSVP is required

Deadline to Submit Questions: August 19, 2016 by close of business

Deadline to Submit Proposals: September 1, 2016