1890 dairy barn comes complete with a lovingly rebuilt circa-1840 farmhouse plus gardens, orchards, and fields. And Bill and Katie Parker are willing to let it go for just $1.5 million.
Bill Parker, a vigorous man in his early sixties, says their land was originally part of the Allmendinger family’s farm: “They got the property for about $1.10 an acre as part of a purchase of hundreds of acres out here around 1829.” The Parkers bought the house, the barn, and seven acres in 1992 for $220,000. “We bought the other five acres to the corner in ’95—and we put in at least as much in repairs and rebuilding,” says Bill. They also put a new roof on the barn. “The old roof was leaking,” he explains, “and we had to replace it or we’d lose it. Sherriff Goslin [the roofing contractor] told us they could put words on the barn roof for free. Our older son, who was hoping to go to the U of M, suggested ‘M GO BLUE.’ We thought about it for five seconds and said, ‘Yeah, that would be pretty cool.’ The colors are not quite maize and blue, but in the morning, if you catch it in the right light with just the right amount of dew, it does look maize and blue.”