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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Real Estate Stalking: The House Across The Street.

I know, in abscentia on Turkey Day. And the next Tuesday to boot.

Honestly, we've all (save Kyle and his super human immune system) been sick as crap. I'm still sick, actually, as is Kiedis, but bless the American Heath Care system, we can only afford for one of us to go the the doctor and the kid with the heart and kidney issues wins every time.

Basically, light a candle in my honor because this has got to go. I'm behind on everything -- contracts, freelance stuff, blogging, house stuff, LIFE STUFF, all of it. It's awful.


Over the holiday I decided to investigate the sign I saw on the house across the street from us. Not the vacant double with the legal issues -- the one on the other side of the alley, owned by a college kid and rented out sporadically over the last few years.

Well, lo and behold, it's for sale. My Google-Fu has found some pictures of the inside, and you know, if you ever thought about living across the street from me and wanted to help turn a neighborhood around, now might be your chance.

According to Zillow, this two-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, 1281 sq ft single-family house built in 1924 has been newly renovated. I've seen them do some work on it, but it has (a) a back garage and (b) alley access so unlike us, you don't see everything that goes on with the house because it all has to go through the front door.
I know they painted the siding and re-did the gutters as well as some of the windows last summer, so there's that.

I think they've done a not bad job with it. I know that it also has a full basement that's at least partially finished, and a detached garage.

But the kicker, kids, is the price.

They're asking $29,900 for it.

That's it.

I, for one, would love to have some legit neighbors move in. Not renters, not squatters, but some people that will take pride in their home and will fix it up and stay a while. I'd like some neighbors I don't have to call the cops on on a regular basis. And I'd like to see this little corner of our city get some life back.

I mean, my house (and, since it's across the street, this house) are literally a five minute's drive from the downtown arts district, as well as the performing arts high school and several awesome local eateries and businesses.

Oh, and the nation's second cooperatively owned brewpub. Of which we are members.

Right now, our little neck of the woods is in some serious limbo. Our elderly neighbor's home has sat empty for almost two years now, awaiting to be finally put up for sale. Our renter neighbors are maybe not going to be there anymore come the first of the year (though I'm not sure how much I believe that). There's some immigrant families at the top of the block buying homes and fixing them up, which is great, but I'll have to learn another language in order to befriend them. 

But otherwise, it's a whole lot of renting, a whole lot of people in and out, no real connection, no real roots.

And it makes me sad.

So, if you're thinking about buying a house in the area, I think it'd be swell if you took a peek at this little diamond in the rough across the street. There are enough homes for rent around here -- the last thing this area needs is a management company to come in and slumlord over everything.


I hope you all had a good holiday, and health permitting we'll have some festive-ness up for you next week.

DITD 2013


  1. $29,000?!! That's incredible. I hope you get some good neighbors!!

  2. I was looking at the pictures and thinking what a good job they have done. It almost looks like the house we had on Coventry. How is it possible they are selling it for 1978 prices. Actually we paid more for our Coventry house and it was not in that nice of shape but otherwise they are close. I am very tempted to pick it up at that price. I may get back to you. Hubby is in bed now so cant talk to him. I know he will tell me I am crazy but that is a prime house. Also going to pass the info to my daughter and son-in-law who have to be paying more than that for rent. I am honestly in shock over the price! Thanks for posting.