Around the block from the Cross House is 512 Exchange, built in 1900.
My realtor, Lacie, contacted me. “Ross, have you seen 512?”
I rushed right over.
On the first-floor is a spacious entry hall, living room, dining room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and sunporch.
Half-flight down is a half-bath.
Full basement. There is a stall shower.
The second-floor has four bedrooms and one bath. There is access to a rear roof deck.
The attic is finished as one huge room.
The exterior is lovely. The paint is new, as is the roof.
The house is in foreclosure, and a fabulous buy at $60K!
I was not prepared for the interior. I LOVED IT! The interior is rich with unpainted trim and doors and cabinets, and in excellent condition. All looks almost new.
There are pockets doors (which slide beautifully!)!
There is a butler’s pantry with original cabinets!
There are gorgeous columns!!!!!
There are wonderful, quirky details! I love quirky details!
And the basement! Oh my! It may be the best basement I have ever been in. It is SOLID, and all the walls are brick, even the interior walls are thick brick. This explains why all the doors upstairs open/close perfectly, and why there are NO cracks in the walls. The whole house radiates a well-built quality. I cannot emphasize this aspect enough.
Radiator heat (my fav) and central air (thank God).
The kitchen could use some freshening. Same for the main bath.
The second floor has wall-to-wall carpeting, and with padding under. And all this reeks of cat urine! In my experience, getting rid of the carpet/padding will largely fix the problem.
The exterior shingles will need to be, at some point, replaced. This is not a difficult job for a handy homeowner, and could be spread out over many years.