Friday, August 9, 2013
The Case Of The Missing Driveway
This house has been vacant for quite awhile. For so long in fact that the general public routinely block the driveway with their cars. Does this house have a future? Right now it would appear not to. It has a little bit of graffiti on the side of the house. Will there be more? When will the garbage be picked up? The house's garbage can is filled to the brim and has been left on the curb.
Would hate to see this fine stucco house turn into something like the gang tagged house further south on Ashland. (Thanks in part to DNAinfo.com shining a light on this house it has since been bought and is being rehabbed.) These pictures were taken earlier in the week. Neighbors should be pitching in to make sure that this house is kept up and not taken advantage of. Right? That's life in the city. Sometimes the answer is no.
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According to Zillow the house sold for 220,000 in 2002 and again for 415,000 in 2005. Zillow also has a graph showing that the peak for housing prices was December 2007. The peak value for this house was 484 thousand dollars at that time. The lowest value on the graph is 285 thousand as of March 2013. Presently it is estimated to be worth 297 thousand. Maybe someone will buy it now that the the bottom has been reached.
It is a 1550 square foot single family house on a three thousand square foot lot. This house was built in 1901. The effects of the housing boom and subsequent crash are still affecting Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois and the nation.