CAN THIS HOUSE BE SAVED? 135 12th St NW, Canton, OH
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The house haunts me. It is incredibly gorgeous inside and the exterior, restored, would no doubt be an eye-popper.
Yet it sits. Unsold. With but a price of $25K.
The location of the house, and its condition, would terrify 99.9% of buyers. I understand that. But neither issue would deter me.
The city is the county seat, which is good, but it is troubled. It has been steadily losing population since 1950s when it had a high of 117,000. Today it is 70,000. That is almost 50,000 fewer people, a whole city, meaning that 50,000 fewer people need housing since 1950. Which would account, likely, for how most of the once grand houses on 12th Street NW have vanished over the decades.
Still, the street looks good with new pavement, sidewalks, and trees. All the businesses at the nearby intersection are painted and prosperous looking. I see no boarded-up structures.
And, remember, my Cross House is on a commercial avenue, too, and across the street from a parking lot, car wash, and liquor store.
There are, no doubt, few job opportunities in Canton. However, for a retired person/couple, or anybody with a home-based business (like me), this would not be an issue. Because of the busy street, perhaps the house would be ideal (once gorgeously restored) as an Airbnb?
Why wasn’t I born rich?
UPDATE: I was just old this: Canton just spent a metric butt ton of money on the 12th St. Corridor project repaving it, replacing bridges, widening, and all new street lighting, traffic signals, sidewalks, and plantings.
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