The Springdale, AR, home of the late grand-matriarch of the Duggar family, Mary Duggar, is now on the market for $489,000. The mother of Jim Bob Duggar, TV star of “19 Kids and Counting” and “Counting On,” was known on the popular reality shows as Grandma Duggar.
Measuring in at nearly 4,000 square feet, the four-bedroom home has attracted a lot of lookers, according to listing agent Tom Joseph, who has held one open house for the property.
The home’s location is the one hindrance to sealing a quick deal for the Duggar-owned property, Joseph says.
The well-kept home sits on over an acre of land; any neighbors an owner might see would be way, way off in the distance. The agent even described the location as “very pastoral.” Which is all leading up to one big but.
The problem is that the big family-friendly home is smack-dab near a local landfill. Joseph said area residents may be accustomed to odiferous air due to the abundance of chicken houses in Northwest Arkansas, but this home’s south-facing views are all of landfill. Most of the comments from looky-loos he’s heard from so far have been about the looming landfill.
The agent said that if the home were just a mile north, he’d be able to bump the asking price up to around $525,000.
All that said, it’s a sweet deal for a buyer who doesn’t mind the odd sour smell every once in a while. The big brick house was built in 2005, and Mary Duggar was the home’s second owner. The interiors of the two-story home are airy and open and feature a number of upgrades. There’s new air conditioning, a new roof, and plenty of room to spread out.
According to Joseph, the true highlight may be the home’s shed, which can be used as office space in addition to housing a workspace. This makes it an ideal purchase for a contractor with a growing family.
As the agent put it, once any buyers get past its proximity to the landfill, they’ll realize, “I can get a lot of house for my money and set up shop in the shed out back.”
It’s also close to I-49, a major north-south highway, and is within easy driving distance of both Springdale and Fayetteville—the home of the University of Arkansas.
Mary Duggar passed away at the age of 78 in early June, after an accident at her home. She made frequent appearances on the Duggar reality shows over the years and was mourned by her many grandchildren on social media following her death.
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Grandma Duggar will be greatly missed!! – On her last morning spent here on earth I drove Grandma to church where she worshiped her Savior. Later that afternoon, she went to meet Him face to face! I’d say that’s probably how she would’ve chosen to finish out the day if she got to pick. – Grandma made a deep impact on each of our lives—first and foremost through her relationship with Jesus Christ, and secondly through her example of sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus with others! She would always be talking about the day she would see her Savior’s face and how much she looked forward to it! Yesterday was that day! She knew where she’d spend eternity and wanted everyone else to know that for themselves too. – This song reminds me of Grandma’s life. – “When We See Christ” Sometimes the day seems long, Our trials hard to bear. We’re tempted to complain, to murmur and despair. But Christ will soon appear to catch his bride away! All tears forever over in God’s eternal day! — IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL WHEN WE SEE JESUS! — Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ. One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase. So, BRAVELY RUN THE RACE TILL WE SEE CHRIST. – May we all be reminded to run this race of life looking at the Author and Finisher of our faith. “Only one life, twill soon be past—only what’s done for Christ will last.” • #grandmaduggar #leavingalegacy #weloveyou
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