Historic home among 21 properties to be auctioned Thursday

Published 12:36 am Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One of Andalusia’s landmarks is the showpiece for a real estate auction planned here tomorrow.

The National Auction Group will auction properties owned by Charles and Mary Margaret Tomberlin, among them their home on East Three Notch, advertised as “Springdale Estate” but known locally as the Scherff mansion.

Springdale was built circa 1935, by John G. Scherf, the former four-term mayor of Andalusia, who founded John G. Scherf Industries, including Alatex and Andala in Andalusia.

The six-bedroom home rests on three acres and features a meat and wine cellar, hardwood floors and beamed ceilings.

Springdale, the historic estate of Charles and Mary Margaret Tomberlin, will be among the properties auctioned Thursday.

Andy Bone of the National Auction Group said the home is really an estate.

“It’s the trophy property,” he said. “We certainly see it as the crown jewel of this auction because of how nice it is.”

And while some may assume “auction” means “fire sale,” that’s not the case, Bone said.

“Put this estate in any town in Alabama and it’s hard to find a buyer,” he said. “An auction helps get the word to people who haven’t heard about it in a conventional market. There’s not hint of distress here.”

That is, unless you count Charles Tomberlin’s ambivalence about retirement. Dr. Tomberlin’s contract with Andalusia Regional Hospital expires this fall, and after 46 years of practice, he’s considering the “R” word.

“Well, I still may change my mind and work part-time,” he said Tuesday. “But that’s why I’m doing this.”

Thursday’s auction will be held at Springdale on East Three Notch, and it will be an event, Bone said, adding that the auction also includes properties in Opp, Panama City Beach, Grayton Beach and Montgomery.

“There will be music and food. It’s festive,” Bone said.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the auction starts at 1 p.m. Bidders must register to bid, be prepared to pay 10 percent down on Thursday, and close within 30 days.

There are 21 pieces of property scheduled for auction, and Bone said the owners have the right to reject or accept bids. The sale has been advertised from Wall Street to Andalusia, Bone said. The firm’s marketing strategy includes print media, direct mail, billboards and broadcast media.

Other properties to be sold include:

• Big T Farms, a 426 +/- acre facility in Opp, with a five bedroom, five and a half bath home, two fish ponds, a barn, a three-bedroom tenant house, farm equipment and 100 head of income-producing cattle.

• A 34 +/- acre commercial by-pass property located in Andalusia off Highway 84.

• A 120 +/- acre property located on Moore Road in Andalusia, a short distance from the Andalusia Hospital.

• A three-bedroom beachfront condominium in the Mediterranean Villas community in Panama City, Fla.

• A residential home site on East Three Notch in Andalusia.

• Six golf course home sites overlooking Andalusia Country Club.

• A commercial building in Montgomery, Ala.

• A two-bedroom home in Opp located across from Mizell Hospital.

• Two commercial buildings on N. Main Street in Opp.

• A three-bedroom home on Gantt Lake with 200 +/- feet of water frontage, boat house and sun deck.

• A home and two commercial lots on Gunter Avenue in Opp.

• Three residential lots located on Jackson Street in Opp.

• A bay view lot in the Grayton Bayou community of South Walton County.

• A commercial lot on Crescent Street in Andalusia.

• A waterfront home site on Gantt Lake in the Valley of Shiloh.

• A Piper Seneca six-seater airplane.