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Save This Old House ~ c.1890 Indiana Victorian Cottage with Original Woodwork $25K ~ Off Market

1429 Sherman St, Anderson, IN 46016    $25,000 ~ Off Market 

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I sure hope someone will save this old house. It is in a neighborhood of several much newer homes, but I bet just a smattering of homes existed back when this one was built in 1890.

The peeling paint colors are shocking, but look past that, and you will see beautiful molding, pocket doors and hardwood floors. The exterior gingerbread is still intact, too.

Taxes are low. Although buyers will not be impressed with the neighborhood’s crime rate, the house sits on the edge of a better area.

Our first house was in such a neighborhood in downtown Bay Shore, New York. South of Main Street was graced with waterfront mansions, but we were just north of Main on the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. It had been a beautiful neighborhood when the large homes were built at the turn of the century, but had declined substantially over the decades.

As we began fixing up our house, more people began taking chances on the neighborhood. A big change came when in 1998 the derelict c.1898 Second Avenue Hook and Ladder Firehouse was restored (see below). Second Avenue was drug- and crime-ridden, and the firehouse wasn’t even recognizable as a stick style structure before an arts center took it over. Pride of neighborhood began spreading, and today the neighborhood has turned around to reflect what it had been back in 1900.

UPDATE: Seems that someone did a slap-dash exterior paint job since first featured. Those are the pics with white trim.

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Save this old house. Great starter home with newer roof, front stoop, 1 car detached garage and a rear patio. On the interior you have an unfinished basement for storage, hardwood floors, fireplace, formal dining room, 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom.





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Restored stick style c.1898 Second Avenue Hook and Ladder Co. 1 in Bay Shore, NY

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