Abandoned 1894 Carleton Villa Getting New Life After Selling for $300K

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13618 Carleton Island Lot 1 is situated near Cape Vincent, New York, in the United States.
Even though Carleton Villa had been on the market for a few years and had been abandoned for more than 70 years, it was sold for $300,000. Ronald Clapp, the new buyer and a Florida real estate investor, may surprise you with this knowledge, but he intends to bring the old house back to life! It is reported by NNY360 that Clapp hopes to turn the structure into a bed and breakfast.

Carleton Villa was designed in 1894 by architect William Miller for William O. Wyckoff, who made his money helping the Remington Arms Company find a market for the typewriter. William O. Wyckoff was Miller’s customer. Originally, the grand house was intended to serve as both a summer residence and a location for luxurious parties. Located on Carleton Island, at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, this property was formerly the most luxurious residence in the Thousand Islands.

A large portion of the windows—including stained glass windows—were taken out, and the service wing’s bedroom was completely dismantled. Furthermore, the marble layer covering the tower base was pulled off and taken off. All plans for demolition were shelved when World War II broke out, and General Electric returned the property to its pre-conflict condition once the war ended. The large tower was finally taken down once it was realized that it constituted a threat. Details of the listing: With three separate waterfront access points—198 feet in front of the villa, 287 feet along North Bay, and 330 feet along South Bay—this 6.9-acre Carleton Island villa offers a variety of waterfront views.

Contractors were granted access to the home during World War II, and they proceeded to dismantle the doors, windows, and interior fittings, leaving it vulnerable to external influences. The listed agent for Carleton Island was Barry Kukowski of Howard Hanna Clayton, and the asking price was $375,000.

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