Monday, April 6, 2015

Another Demolition

371 13th Street went on the market almost a year ago, and sold in November for $2,210,000. Realtors described it as an 1860s farmhouse, though almost any older freestanding wooden house seems to warrant the farmhouse billing these days. How many farmhouses on this block alone? Whatever its history, it's a beauty, and inside it looks warm & inviting, with a wood stove in the living room, and a large eat-in-kitchen. There's nothing designery-over-the-top here. Instead, it looks like a real home.

Location & lot size trumps all these days though, and a little old wooden house - charm, looks, age, whatever - ain't worth the ground it stands on.  The listing, describing its "extra large lot" & "endless possibilities" foretold its future plainly enough.  The demo permits are in place, and this one will be gone ASAP.   Luxury designer home three times the size, or the standard four-storey-plus-penthouse bijou condo number? We should know soon enough.

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