fixer upper

c.1900 Ohio Fixer Upper w/ Water View SOLD

1017 Riverside Ave, Wellsville, OH 43968    $49,900 Reduced to $37,000 Reduced Again to $29,900 Increased to $69,900 Sold for $65,000



Well, this is an interesting turn of events. OHU50K first featured this fixer upper in 2019 when it was listed at $49,900. It then was incrementally reduced to $29,900 by February 2020. Why, I don’t know, but subsequently the home was re-listed at $69,900. If it didn’t sell at $30K, why would it sell for $70K? Well, it almost did. Sold for $65,000.

Family History

The fixer upper was the home of attorney, and later judge, Philip M. Smith (1852-1929) and his wife Ida McKeehan Smith (1855-1939). The couple purchased the home sometime between 1910 and 1920. After Philip passed away in 1929, the widow Smith shared the home with her widowed daughter Zana S. McCrea who moved out soon after her mother’s death in 1939.

According to the 1930 US Census, they owned a radio set, and the home was valued at $10,000.

I love the water, but I prefer being on the water rather than in it. Although train tracks run between the house and river, I’m afraid the home might be in the Ohio River some day soon rather than on its banks. It appears that this section of Riverside Drive has no direct vehicle access. I guess residents park in the church lot next door.

The home probably was a stunner in its day and could be again, but take a look at the photo of the rear of the house to see just how close the river is.


This one of a kind turn of the century fixer upper house has all the ingredients for you to turn this diamond in the rough back to it’s shiny condition of days gone by. Outside includes two large front porches, one on each level to relax watching the river traffic go by or let your mind wander off to yesteryear as you imagine seeing a old steamboat struggling against the current of the river.

On the inside do your magic to convert the rooms back to their luster, still intact are the beautiful staircases and a few pocket doors. Windows have been updated as well as the electrical panel. Call now to set up a showing and feel the character of the house and vision the generations of families that have called it home.



Photos from February 2020 listing below.



This unique charming century handyman special has a front porch the length of the house and a balcony above on the second floor both with views overlooking the Ohio River. Interior still has some natural woodwork and from the foyer features the original wooden winding staircase that goes up to all 3 floors. First floor has a living room, dining room, kitchen and a half bath. Second floor has 4 bedrooms, full bath and also a second kitchen as this house was once duplexed. Third floor has 3 more bedrooms. Home has a total of 3 fireplaces, a 4th was bricked up. Full basement has a shower full bath. This house has SO much to offer a large or growing family.

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Wellsville Ohio Train Station, Riverside Ave. You can see how the tracks run between buildings and the Ohio River.

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