4/21/2007

Listing on Edna Place...

Had a chance to check out the latest listing in the Artspace Backyard Neighborhood the other day. Ryan Pierce from Polis Realty sharred the listing with me - right here. 10 Edna Place [quikmap] is right around the corner from Artspace and runs between Ellicott and Masten. Masten Park is at the one end and Osmose is at the other. Here's the view of Artspace from the second floor side window.

This two family home appears to be in structurally sound condition. We didn't see any structural problems. Lots of cosmetics, a few windows. Was very surprised to see both furnaces, that appeared to be newer, along with both hot water tanks. Couple sketchy houses across the street that need to be demolished.
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Here's the interior slide show - 10 Edna Place

Edna Place is part of the North Ellicott Neighborhood Association (aka Coe Place Block Club, see here & here). With all the positive activity and attention in the neighborhood it's now only a matter of months before the eye-sores are demolished, not years.

Reach Ryan at 716.961.7632 to set up a showing. This won't last. Asking price $22,900...bet the first $15K takes it. By Memorial Day this place will be sold. Really...
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's an average 2 family and nothing to go beserk over.

MJ said...

It might be "average", but it is in solid condition with mechanicals. The pictures also show real wood wainscoting and pocket doors which will pry never be seen in any new builds. I don't consider those items "average", though most people today are happy with blank dry wall.

For an area which has great odds of turning around, $15K could be a nice investment....

fix buffalo said...

Anon...

Never suggested that there was anything architecturally significant here.

The primary thing here is location and the fact that it's in remarkably good condition despite the fact that its been vacant for the last few years.

Anonymous said...

There are "sketchey" "houses" on all sides of this property. I'd prefer to pay a bit more and move into a neighborhood with neighbors that care than invest in a wasteland of gloom and improve my property only to look outside at doom and disrepair while my home barely would appreciate. As well I wouldnt want my kids to see these surroundings as their future. How can i say to my kids " do well in school and someday you can have a place like this too!" They'd think i was smoking crack.

fix buffalo said...

Anon 12:27,

Yo...the neighborhood is on the rebound. The houses that have to be torn down are being torn down. Many of the houses that are worth saving are seeing a breath of fresh air.

There is a way to go...it's tons better than it was. Certainly will never look like a cul-de-sac in Clarence...then again, it shouldn't.

MJ said...

I don't think it was mentioned to be a great place to raise a family (at this time). Though teaching kids how to fight for something or how to help turn something around might be more valuable than teaching them how to just keep walking away from something every 10-20 years (as a side note, I did purchase my current house with a vacant/open house two doors down with my 5 yr old step son at the time. I consider it to be a lesson of value in a greater scheme of things.)

It's usually the artists and their type that turn these kinds of areas around: those with the creativity, gumption, and a desire to break away from the norm, while doing it on the cheap. Luckily once areas stabilize and gentrify due their laying the groundwork, they move on to the next cheap "needy" area continuing the chain. Somehow they can at times accomplish what politicians and the average citizenry can not. God bless them.

This may be just the type of place for those artists that do not need a huge workspace, or even a young single person looking to be part of something special in an emerging arts neighborhood. Is it with out risk? Nope. But neither are many of the rewarding/exciting things in life. Plopping Artspace 3 blocks away is an opportunity for these streets to be reborn that should not be allowed to slip us by. Kudos to David for taking the time and having the passion to do his part to ensure that does not happen.

I've walked and photographed these streets many times. There is sketchy all over the east side, no news flash there. Just because a general interest may not be there amongst us, does not mean that there are not those amongst us who this would work for, and may even find interest in it.

Merely having one's house appreciate is not the crowning achievement of everyone's life: to each their own. But by working together, something special can be done while also raising the value of the entire neighborhood in the long run. Some people enjoy the challenge of the road less traveled. This may be their house and neighborhood.

Cathy said...

Hi All,

This house has a lot of potential. I checked it out with by broker and would have purchased it if I lived in Buffalo. Yes, the neighborhood is on the rebound, but since I don't live there yet (I am planning to move there, great city) I wouldn't be able to be proactive on helping the neighborhood get better and that takes the community being active in a lot of ways. I love the details, the kitchen pantries, the fireplace, the wainscotting. All this would be great especially for someone planning to live in the house. It's a double lot too, so BBQ heaven can be achieved...

Cathy

PS - if you haven't gone on David's Saturday tour - it is a must. He is great and teaches you a lot. I came with Gizmo - the first dog to go on the tour. He enjoyed it too.

jenn said...

Frankly, I would much rather raise my children among folks who understand how hard you must work to make a living. This attitude is not found in the burbs. But the attitude that one thinks they are better is. NO ONE is better or more worthy, or valuable. I 100% agree that I plan on raising my children with that attitude. We must work. We can be successful without big pay checks, big home, etc. TO me what kind of person you are, are you a genuine person, loving everyone, helping one another ~ that is success. Yes ignoring or running from problems is not a worthy lesson.