The Gas Station Garage

Year Built: 1916
Sq Ft: 1,918
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: 2-car
Lot size: .33

Unfortunately, while this home has been vacant for at least 3 years (that I know of), it has progressively gotten into worse shape. That might be an understatement. Check out this listing photo from 2014 vs a current photo:


Nothing a little vacuuming can’t fix, right? Eek!

It was initially listed for sale as a foreclosure in 2013 and bought by company A. This was still a pretty low point in the market and a lot of investors thought they could buy up properties (most without ever stepping foot inside), let them sit for a year, and then sell them for a major profit. It rarely worked. And in this particular case, the home rotted into disrepair, leaving it less than desirable for anyone to buy. In fact, in 2014, company A sold it on land contract to company B, who evidently defaulted because company A is still the owner.  The home went back on the market in February of this year, and currently has a pending offer. I desperately hope the new owner will give this home the lovin’ it deserves. It has ENORMOUS potential.

Even the view from the street will get you excited. A decent sized lot, half-circle driveway, and mostly brick exterior welcome you. Nevermind the overgrown landscaping, shards of glass, and garage that is only accessible with your vehicle through the gas station parking lot on Plymouth Rd. Remember…….enormous potential……stay with me.

Looking like mahogany under all that paint

Let’s take a moment and talk about the good stuff! Glass french doors and original doors (and door hardware) throughout, heavy baseboard molding and trim, killer fireplace, a billion bedrooms, steam radiators, wood floors and staircase, super high ceilings, tons of built-ins, crown molding, and……well……”natural” skylights.

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The landowner on the 1915 map looks to be F. Small, with 20 acres.They first appear on the 1883 map with a home marked near this location, and last appear on the 1925 map.

I’ll be keeping an eye on this one to see what progress is being made.


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