Illinois fixer upper Second Empire

UPDATE: c.1880 Fixer Upper Second Empire in Collinsville Illinois Reduced to Under $39K ~ Sold

235 S Aurora St, Collinsville, IL 62234    $39,900 Reduced to $38,900 Contingent ~ Sold for $34k



I just want to wrap this house up with a bow, and take it home! The c.1880 fixer upper Second Empire simply oozes with curb appeal. Where to begin? Did you notice the cast-iron cresting and twin chimneys? How about the hexagonal-shaped roof tiles, dentil work and paired pillars? Can you imagine the delightful secret garden you could restore in the back courtyard?

Oh, and the interior! Hardwood floors, exposed brick, clawfoot tub, lincrusta, four fireplaces! Did you note the ornate mirror on the one mantel? Sure, it needs work, but what a dollhouse.

The realtor says, “Serious rehabbers only!” I say, “Serious restorers only!”

P.S. I know I am overusing the exclamation marks, but I just love this place. It reminds me so much of where I grew up in Idle Hour, the old Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale, New York. The Artist Colony section and Idle Hour Boulevard area had a couple of homes very similar to this one.



Serious Rehabbers ONLY! Great potential–large lot (extends to Reed Road). Historic home on two registries. Fixer upper has lots of charming features. Municipal inspection deficiency list is available. AS IS, Seller will do no repairs.






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