The Knox Hill Neighborhood Association sees opportunity in properties that others might not. Such is the case with 1885 Knox Street a 2 1/2 story Italianate on the corner of Thompson and Knox.
The home was converted back in the 1950's to apartments and residents hope that a new owner can be found who is interested in taking the home back to single family. "The home was obviously 'remuddled' back in the 50's and a combination of owners since, who had no clue what they were doing, have not helped the property" said Greg Drake, KHNA board member, "But, it is structurally sound and a good base for restoration, but as 4 apartments it is a drain on the community as there is no off street parking at the moment"
In fact the property sits on a desirable block in the area which has several restorations ongoing. The house also sits on two lots meaning there is room for a garage. The Neighborhood association has sent an email to the realtor with links to the neighborhood website in the hopes that the home will be marketed to a preservation minded buyer. While the listing states the 1st and 2nd floors were renovated in 2007 There were no permits pulled and according to city records that last permit pulled was a furnace permit in 1999. The listing states there are4 units total although the auditors site shows the property as a 3 unit.
Take the aluminum siding off, open up the front porch,put a nice 4 color paint job and you are looking at a 150K house just a few years down the road. Larger single family homes are getting harder to find close to downtown. In fact members of the group have offered to help the new owner occupant write a restoration plan. The house is "habitable' while restoration would be going on. The Knox Hill area was built mostly as weekend and summer homes by some of the cities most elite in the 1860's-1890's
KHNA has been active in seeing that no new illegal apartment conversions happen in their area and now the group's goal has been to get as many of the older conversions back to single family as possible. The group has put the landlords and speculators on notice that they are monitoring the condition and status of houses in the neighborhood.
The house is listed for 34,500 by Caldwell Banker West Shell