CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - An iconic homestead — built by one of Carmel’s first residents nearly 200 years ago — is up for sale.
The 8 1/2-acre Kinzer property on Main Street was listed earlier this month. The homestead, complete with the log cabin built in 1828, also includes several other outbuildings, a pond, and a two-bedroom apartment over the carriage house.
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The property is listed for $755,900 and is surrounded by housing developments. Carmel Clay Historical Society members say they’re hopeful the new owner will keep the property in one piece to retain its historical value, instead of being divided into smaller tracts for new homes.
"There really aren't a whole lot of properties like this left," said Katherine Dill, executive director of the Carmel Clay Historical Society. "What makes this unique is its hit the acreage around it so it still very much looks like it did."
Dill said the cabin is the oldest standing home in Clay Township.
She said the original owner, John Kinzer, bought the land from the federal government. The deed was signed by President Andrew Jackson.
In almost two centuries there have only been four owners. Now, its up for sale again.
And in the middle of today's suburban building boom, local preservationists say they are concerned.
"There is great concern among people who have lived here for a long time and even those who are newer to town that we keep this preserved and keep it a historic place - not a new development," said Dill.
Harry 'Mac' McLaughlin, Jr, the Realtor who represents the family, said they know it will take a special buyer.
"The family wants to keep their options open but the preference would be that someone would retain the beauty of the property the history of the buildings and try to keep the setting," he said.
McLaughlin said by Wednesday, there will have been 20 prospective buyers that have come through.
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