This is the house I'm rescuing. This is my "century" house.
May 30 red door + flag

5-30-16front3521+driveway
About 80% of renovations are complete.

Sale only. www.3521PostAve.com

This is an announcement of a forthcoming offer. If you want to buy this completely renovated house, there is time to get your financing in order. When the house is completed, I will offer this house fully furnished with central air, washer, dryer, fridge, stove, dishwasher, standing freezer, artwork, furniture, library of books, 2 sheds, curtains, king bed, lamps, desks, dishes, small cooking appliances, lawnmower, snow thrower, power washer, china cabinet, etc. Driveway will park four 21-foot vehicles. Small, easy care yard. All you will need are your clothes and personal items.

Rooms: spacious kitchen, open living-dining room, mudroom, second floor master suite with half-bath, main floor bedroom/office with full bathroom, front enclosed porch with comfy furniture; basement with lots of storage space, full bath and laundry.

I've added: 21 windows, laminate floors, 3 toilets, 5 sinks, tub-shower, quartz kitchen counters, matching kitchen island, mudroom, basement steps, 2 sheds (one for yard equipment + one for workshop or she-shed), all lighting, new electric, new plumbing.

If you're separating or moving to Erie to take a position, this house is perfect for a childless couple or one person.

If you're an agent, talk to me when you have a buyer who wants a furnished, move-in-ready home. 3% commission.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What are the specs on the house?
1.5 story single family dwelling
Built: 1915 (102 years old)
Size: approximately 1,100 square feet
Lot Size: 38 feet x 100 feet: 3,800 square feet
2016 Taxes (school, city and county): $2534.
2 bedrooms: one upstairs, one downstairs
2.5 baths: shower-tub, toilet and sink vanity on main floor, toilet and sink on second floor, shower, toilet and sink in basement.
Eat in kitchen: 13 feet x 11 feet

What furnishings are included?
A new shed, possibly a US flag, twin bed with pillows and sheets, night stand, chair, 2 wing chairs, Ikea sofa, bistro table with 2 chairs, kitchen island and 2 stools, 2 area rugs, baker's rack, CO detector and smoke detectors, ceiling light fixtures, manual lawnmower, 2 outdoor trash cans, window treatments.
There is now a page showing the furnishings that can be included or omitted.

What is your design inspiration?
The two photos below (borrowed) will show you the ideas I had for the living room and kitchen.

Ideal kitchen

The cabinets will be painted white with satin nickel color pulls and hinges; black quartz countertop, stainless full sink, similar wall color, and a vinyl floor that looks like stone. The appliances are white: refrigerator, stove, dishwasher. The kitchen will not look exactly like this.

LR Idea

The living room and dining room walls will be painted a light grey, with ivory sheer curtains for the 5 windows. Laminate floors will be beech color. I have a sofa and two wing-back chairs (all ivory) and an ivory area rug to install. The living room will not look exactly like this. Two pieces of art work will add some color. See below.

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How are you affording to pay for all the work required?
I've used all my retirement savings and now I'm trying to sell as many items from this house and my own home to keep covering the mounting costs. I'm also attempting to recover "overpayments" made to some "professionals" whose work was done poorly and had to be redone by actual professionals. I invite you to buy some of the books I've written, buy some of the personal items I'm selling or perhaps donate some money if you choose to.

Was this a stigmatized property?
No. As far as I know, no deaths or murders, no meth lab, no crimes committed here, no ghosts, no poltergeists have taken place or existed in the house. The house was abandoned by a previous owner, because too much work was required to make it a safe and healthy environment; so I took on the project.

When did you buy the house?
Late November 2013.

When will the renovation be finished?
I had hoped to have all work completed by May-June 2014, but there has been so much work needed and work has stopped multiple times due to unavailability of excellent workers. I think the house will be ready to live in by Summer 2016.

Are there photos available?
Yes, I've taken photos throughout the project. I'll be posting them on this website, on Facebook and elsewhere.

Have you run into any snags?
Enough to fill a book and a blog.

What appliances are included?

  • Electric dryer
  • Clothes washer
  • Gas furnace
  • Gas water heater
  • Central air conditioner
  • Water softener
  • Satellite dish
  • Dehumidifier
  • Electric Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher

When were the appliances purchased and for how much?
In 2002, these 3 appliances were purchased (I have a receipt):
Refrigerator: $635.00;
Electric Oven-Range: $360.00;
Dishwasher: $305.00.
I don't have any record of the purchase of the clothes washer and electric dryer, but the washing machine likely is about 3-4 years old.

Do all the appliances work?
The fridge, washer, dryer, furnace, air conditioner and hot water heater are now clean and working. The dishwasher will work when hooked up to water again. I haven't tried the stove yet, but have purchased new parts for it. The range hood and fan have been put back in place. The water conditioner appears to be workable, but hasn't been used for a decade or so. The satellite dish is not connected.

What do monthly utilities average?
I have updated these with 2016 figures. Keep in mind the house was not occupied in 2015 so these figures don't reflect what you may be charged.
Gas: $34.00 Your average cost may be closer to $50.00
Electric: $38.00 Your average cost may be closer to $41.00
Water, sewer, garbage: $32.00 per month (paid quarterly).
Your average cost may be closer to $73.00
You may also have cable or satellite TV and Internet charges.

What has been done to the house?
Mudroom torn out and rebuilt
Garage torn down
Second electric panel added
Carpets removed
20 new windows installed
New lighting throughout house
New shower/tub installed
Bathroom reconfigured
Front door painted red.

What needs to be done:
Paint the kitchen, living room, bathroom, dining room, bedroom and sun porch
Install vinyl tile in 3 bathrooms
Install sinks and toilets in 3 bathrooms
Install laminate floors in 4 rooms
Install vinyl flooring in kitchen, mudroom and sun porch.
Paint kitchen cabinets and attach hardware.
Paint exterior of the house: grey
Install mini-blinds, rods and sheer curtains
Install shower doors
Paint doors
Install bedroom closet door
Install door trim and window trim.