Sarasota home selling for $1 to whoever will pay to move it

A four-bedroom home tucked away on a tree-lined street in one of Sarasota’s most historic communities is for sale for just $1. 
“And honestly that’s negotiable,” owner Bob Henry laughed.
But there is a bit of a catch. In order to buy the home for a buck, you must agree to pay to move the approximately 2,300-square-foot home. 
The Henrys, a couple from Atlanta, bought the property sight unseen this summer. When they arrived, they decided the older home just wasn’t for them. They wanted something a bit more contemporary. But rather than see it destroyed, they’re hoping to see it moved. 
“It’s got a lot of history to it, and we thought well why don’t we see if we can’t find somebody that would like to salvage this home and move it,” Henry said.
“We are desperately trying to find a buyer,” realtor Barbara Sassen May said.
But what’s been deterring all of their potential buyers so far is the cost associated with moving this home. The house is too wide to move down the street in one piece. 
It would have to be cut into sections and then reassembled in a new location. May estimates the total cost, including the move and a new foundation, would be around $130,000.
“It’s not an easy task, and it’s not a cheap task, but you’ll have a piece of history that you can’t reproduce,” she said.
According to May, the home was built in the 1920s, but neighbors believe it may actually date back to the 1870s.
The Henrys plan to break ground on their new home Feb. 1, so the goal is to get the house moved no later than the end of this calendar year. 
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