Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cincinnati Preservation Bargains: An OTR Second Empire Cottage

We all perhaps dream of owning that large grand mansion. However the cost of simply heating and cooling one can "Break the Bank". Cincinnati is home to one of the largest collection of Second Empire homes in the country. Perhaps because we have so many, they are often overlooked. In most cities if a house like this came up people would be fighting each other to get it. The French Mansard roof Second Empire style home is one of the most sought after of Victorian Architectural Styles.

This one is located at 1923 Vine is Brick, still retains its slate roof and has a double windowed second floor gable. Its larger than it looks and features a walk out basement and room for off street parking in rear. Of course it needs complete restoration, but its a brick home.

For those who might dismiss it as being too plain, remember what our house looks like and you see the possibilities to have a small, but grand, residence. This house is close to Findlay Market and minutes to downtown. Lots of possibilities, and ongoing restoration in the area, this home makes sense for someone wanting to do their first restoration and not get overwhelmed by the task. This home sits on a 26x80 foot lot. Single family homes are rare in OTR and this one is ready for restore.

Offered at 12,000.00 , MLS#1281173 by Cathy Frank at Comey Sheperd. You can contact her for  showing at cfrank@comey.com or give her a call at 513-241-4100.

Do you know of a Preservation Bargain? A home that just needs a preservation minded owner to shine again? If so contact me, victiques@gmail.com  and we might feature it here. Since we began this series dozens of homes have been bought by preservation minded people and rescued from the clutches of slumlords or in some cases the city bulldozers. Restoring Cincinnati, one house at a time

7 comments:

Quimbob said...

I love that little row of houses.

Jason said...

And don't forget to mention that its located next to the new streetcar line as well(construction to begin soon). Also, future expansion of that system to uptown will place this property directly on the streetcar route. Once that happens these houses won't be selling for 12K any longer.

Dan said...

I love that little row of houses too.

Paul Wilham said...

According to Cathy Frank a couple of other in this block can be bought too. Smart money would be to do 2-3 at once.

Karen Anne said...

I'm a little stunned at it's being smack up against the other building, though. No windows on that side, rain collecting on the siding between the buildings (is that okay because it's not wood?), how does that work?

Todd McFarland said...

The brick courses on this building are as straight as the day it was built. And it's four stories in the back which is kind of cool.

Paul Wilham said...

Buildings like this are common in Cincinnati. They build them independently with the brick laid up right against the adjacient building. There are tyically no water problems because of the way the roofs are pitched. There are some common wll rowhouse variants as well. Its a very Urban city, much like New York or Boston.