fixer upper

Under $75K Thursday – c.1935 Fixer Upper Douglas AZ $55K ~ Sold

637 E 16th St, Douglas, AZ, 85607     $55,000 ~ Sold for $35,000


Built in 1935, here is a fixer upper in Douglas, Arizona (pop. 17.378). OHU50K looks far and wide for homes in the western states that are under our price constraints. It is not easy, and the homes usually need significant work. This one caught my eye for its gingerbread in the gable.
The property has a couple of outbuildings, one of which was used as a mechanics workshop. From the overgrown yard, it appears the home has been vacant for a while, but once cleared out and spruced up the exterior of the property has potential to be quite attractive. At the very least, the interior will need AC and work to lighten up the place and to bring back its 1935 flavor.


Douglas sits at the southeast corner of Arizona at the border of New Mexico. The town was named after Dr. James Douglas, a mining pioneer. The community was founded as a smelter town for the nearby copper ores of Bisbee, AZ.  In the early 1900s, the town was known for saloons and smelter smokestacks. It wasn’t until 1991 that the smokestacks were torn down.
One event that put Douglas on the map, was the kidnapping of celebrity minister Aimee Semple McPherson in 1926. After being kidnapped from a Los Angeles beach and tortured, she escaped her captors outside of Douglas. Large crowds, the media and investigators converged on Douglas giving it a brief tourist boom as the minister convalesced in the hospital there. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Mrs. McPherson put Douglas square on the map and the citizens here appear grateful that it was in Douglas she sought refuge.”


Fixer upper with lots of room and potential. Nice front porch , property has 2 storage sheds at the back, and big work shop of 1, 693 sq ft , built on 1979 with a 1/2 bathroom inside which was used as a mechanic shop with entrance at the back from the alley.
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