Originally Posted by HoweD
You and me both, Lisa, we'll be checking back here. Only I have the appraisal to get things rolling and the lien holder to frustrate me after the owner went bankrupt. The owner and I met when the city sent a letter 4 years ago saying, board this one up or we'll charge you. I've been buying it ever since and now the lawyers are working it out. There are plenty of photos already, inside and out. Now is time to plan. 1871 was a long time ago but the foundation is rock solid and the effort and expense will be worthwhile!
Luckily, mine was not a foreclosure or a desperate move. It was an older couple who had lived here 24 years. When the man lost his wife, he moved closer to his kids. But... the house had been on the market and empty for a year, and my negotiations going on nearly 5 months.
Although there is some major work needed, there are also some very good things that I don't need to worry about immediately. All mechanicals and wiring great... foundation and structure good. New garage. Most important though- after looking for a year previously and continuing my search, I knew the second I walked in that this house was the one.
There is plenty to keep me busy for years. It's hard to see the end of the tunnel at the very beginning but however it turns out I know I am going to love it!
Yes, this one ca 1900. Withstood major flooding in the 30's where other homes in the area swept from their foundations. They just don't make them like that anymore, at least not in my budget!
Good luck with yours. It takes a different kind to really appreciate some of these really old homes and be dedicated to doing what it takes to bring them back and beyond their original charm. The high ceilings, transom windows, no closets... gotta love it!