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Save This Old House in Syracuse NY $9K


As usual, the Syracuse land bank is incorrect with the build date. This home was mentioned in a c.1901 newspaper article as a beautiful home with “six sleeping rooms, fine lawn, fruit, interior woodwork, oak, rubbed finish.”  It is a shame the home has been so neglected. Some of the homes on the block are well-maintained, while others, like 109 McAllister which is also on the market and has a history of interest, need restoration. Inexplicably, this home was on the market in February 2021 for only $1,500.

Family History

Per the 1920 US Census, the home was owned by William F. McCarthy, an electrician, and later the president of the Gypsum by McCarthy, a building supply farm.  He lived here with his wife Martha Murphy McCarthy (aka May) and their young daughters Kathleen and Laura, William’s sister Florence McCarthy, and his aunt Sarah Payne, a nurse.
May was a force of nature. Born in Syracuse in 1919, she was raised on the then prestigious W. Genesee Street. After graduating from Central High School,  she attended the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey, and completed graduate work at both the University of Buffalo and George Washington University. She returned to #Syracuse and became a social worker with Catholic Charities. May was lauded for her work bringing homeless European children to America after WWII, and in the 1950s relocating refugees during the Hungarian revolution.

Save This Old House in Syracuse NY $1.5K

Save this old house. Excellent opportunity to bring this home back to life! This home has two, three-bedroom apartments, one with a fireplace. Hardwood floors, French doors, original exterior details. Property needs work and being sold as-is without warranty or representations. Estimated renovation cost is approximately $101k, buyer will need to show proof of funds in the amount of $102, 500. Possible package with108 and 109 McAllister. Property Purchase Application, Contract to Purchase are available on our website. Completed offers should be submitted no later than the first Tuesday of each month for consideration at the Board of Directors Meeting, normally scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month. Please confirm dates and times. Renovation costs can exceed 100K. Proof of funds needed for combined purchase and renovation costs. For more information please call Greater Syracuse Land Bank

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