Some times a "Preservation Bargain" involves not only a house but a neighborhood as well. 621 Forest was probably one of the more elegant homes on the block when built. This home is done in the 'shingle style' that became popular in the late Victorian era. This home is a 'high example" of the style. Note the various patterned shingles on the structure. The arched porch opening and the fanciful, but yet restrained, turret integrated into the front roofline. The multi pane windows are a nod to the English Victorian style . The wide overhanging eaves signaled the architectural change from the Victorian era into the arts and crafts era.
Simply put, the home was designed to be an architectural masterpiece, and like many once fine homes in Avondale it suffered the indignity of apartment conversion (currently a 2 plex.). The house needs eave work but overall the exterior appears to be in good condition. Someone with somone vision...and willing to be a true "Urban Pioneer" could make a significant impact on the neighborhood. As we are starting to see in other areas of the city, all it takes is a few individuals to start a neighborhood transformation.
The price? An incredible 9,900.00! MLS #1300426, listed by Star One real estate 513-474-9100
Do you know of a preservation bargain? A home needing the love of a preservation minded person to return it to its former glory? If so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature it here. Since we began this series dozens of Cincinnati homes have been saved from the clutches of slumlords , or worse yet a city bulldozer. Restoring Cincinnati, one house at a time.