I recently found out a grand old Victorian in need of repair has gone up for sale near me. I just bought my house, so I'm in no financial shape to take on another mortgage. I desperately want to save this house, though.
Does anyone know of contests/crowdfunding/other ways to accomplish this? It's CHEAP for the sq/ft, and the interior is amazingly unmolested.
If you really want that old house saved, try to get info about it to that "Rehab Addict" host. I think it's on DIY network. My wife watches it and all I've caught is that the lady is nuts about keeping as much of the old character as possible. I thought she was in Detroit but my wife told me one of the episodes was in Wisconsin somewhere.
Damn. What's the neighborhood like? Is this an oasis in the middle of a desert of deserted homes? Maybe find a couple/few like-minded people to partner up with? MOVE the house to a better local? (yes, it can be done) Lots of options, up to and including selling you new place to buy this one (sort of a "calling your bluff" kinda thing, meaning "How bad do you want to save it?")
Been there, way back when... An eccentric, beautiful, over-the-top 1800's Victorian was BURNED DOWN because no one wanted to save it. A ".gov-Ugly" monstrosity of a medical building was put up in it's place, but I was too young to buy a house back then (early teens) and the home of a local painter was saved instead. Sigh....
Politics.... get someone involved who has some push, and convince him/her that saving the "cultural heritage" of this house, or some other BS, will help get that person re-elected. A tsunami of cash will flow to save that house. Sucks, but that's the truth.
You have to start somewhere to get to the middle of nowhere.
There's lots of those around here. Of course, all the beautiful interior stuff will have been painted over, but the structure and architecture isn't uncommon. Most nobody wants to touch them because they're in bad neighborhoods. The ones that are in good neighborhoods have been beautifully restored.
Why do you care about this random old house in the ghetto?
My build thread has pics again. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/kevin108s-2000-xj-build-867428/