For Sale: 1323 3rd Avenue, North in Columbus – Save and Restore This House

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This morning’s post was on historic houses that have quietly vanished in Columbus between 2009 and 2013. This post is about an opportunity to keep that fate from happening to another Columbus house.

1323 3rd Avenue, North is currently for sale. Unlike several featured Thursday, it is not on the National Register, nor seemingly did anyone renowned live in it, nor was it used as a hospital in the Civil War (it did not even exist before the Civil War, which counts for a lot in Columbus). The MDAH Historic Resources Inventory has no information on the house as both the house and the surrounding neighborhood have not apparently had any architectural surveys conducted. The surrounding neighborhood is an intact, historic one comprised of Victorians and Craftsmans of various sizes, generally in good, unremuddled condition with few vacant lots and no incongruous intrusions. The area could quite easily be added to the National Register based on its architectural integrity.

1323 3rd Avenue, North is a substantial but not flashy Victorian with Neoclassical porch details, which may or may not be the original porch. It is a good-sized house with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and just shy of 3,000 sq. ft. It does not appear to have been converted into apartments and is currently a single family house. The exterior has original windows, wood siding that has not been covered in vinyl, and decorative siding and woodwork in the front gable. Interior photographs show original trim, doors, stair, hardwood floors, and at least one mantle. The bathroom shown is a disaster with the kitchen only somewhat better. The listing advises entry through the rear door since the front porch is unstable. The roof and foundation both appear to need work, with the floors in one room sagging.

In short, it is a fixer-upper.

The house was listed for sale March 3 for $15,600 with a price drop to $13,500 just a couple of days ago. It is brokered by Stephen Jones of Re/Max Partners. I find the Realtor.com website easier to use, so a link to the listing on that site is also included.

While the house needs a substantial amount of work, it has the potential to be a great historic showplace. Perhaps there is a Preservation in Mississippi reader out there with the ability to restore this house and keep it from becoming either a remuddled mess or just another vacant lot.



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  1. Anywhere on the coast would be so lucky to have a house of that size and quality, not to mention that price point.

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  2. That address comes up as the University for Women. Also someone should put it here: http://circaoldhouses.com/?property_location=mississippi&property_status=for-sale

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  3. Thomas, a house like that in Redlands, California, where my daughter lives, would be a $1 million fixer- upper. So it goes…

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  4. Absolutely love this! Wish I could claim it!

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  5. Hellooooo! Colin Krieger from Columbus here. I’m a resident of the neighborhood and a licensed agent with Stephen Jones at Re/Max. Interestingly enough, Stephen was recently elected the Councilman for the Ward this house is in.
    The house has major structural issues, and Id venture to guess it would cost well in excess of $100,000 to repair. The biggest challenge- one that Mr. Jones is working on- is that the home wouldn’t be worth nearly what it would take to fix it. The homes in the immediate area range from $30,000 up to $175,000…but it is in a spot that needs some revitilization. For the great homes to be saved, the smaller cottages need to be rehabbed, and our local economy does not support that at this time.
    We are fortunate enough to have restoration junkies like John Fields investing in South side Columbus…but, this part of Northside is in a tough spot.
    I do believe it will end up being torn down, but I assure you we’re trying all we can to get a buyer who would fix it. But, to invest six figures for such a large loss is a long stretch. I’ve shown it to several old house junkies who wouldn’t take the home if it was free.
    To save the big homes, we need to rehab the small ones so the market will support the investment. We’re very fortunate we haven’t had more casualties like this here in town. In good news, we don’t have too many left that haven’t been fixed up yet. So, the pace of loss should slow down.

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    • Colin, we’re moving into a precious cottage on the next block west and I passed this beautiful lady last week. It makes me so sad to see it in such disrepair, though what you are saying makes complete sense. It’s almost too far gone but wouldn’t it be great to find someone to invest in its history and create a future for this grand girl? If only teachers made more money, lol…I’d love to rehab it!

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  6. Sold! We had a gentleman purchase this house today! He said he is going to “fix it up.” Might not be a full restoration, but much better than a pile of rubble!

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  7. Freddie & Son have the big bucks to do just that.

    Thanks

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