Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Group Home On Jarvis For Sale

The Lawrence Hall Youth Service Jarvis Group Home is now on the market. According to it was added to the multiple listings 49 days ago.

The real estate sites all agree that this 1920s praire style house was designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple. It has an original wood burning fireplace, a grand staircase with balustrade (WHAT?), two sun rooms and original pocket doors. Whoever wrote up Zillow's report ended with a flourish. OH NO! No more room to say more! Go to for more info!
This home has been used as a Not-for-profit group home for over 40 years. It has some institutionalized features that are easily removable if you don't want the extra fire doors, etc. BIG BONUS for the buyer is that this home has not been on the tax rolls because of it's not-for-profit status. This means that there will not be any property taxes due until 2017! 
Clicking on Remax's link reveals more interesting and unusual data regarding this large six bedroom three bath house. If you were to close on this house next month you would enjoy a year and a half of property tax free living.

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On the website one can see that this house has benefitted from benign neglect. Most of the original features like the wood trim is still unpainted and the hardwood floors are still intact. Scanning through the pictures it retains most if not all radiators.

The featureless front steel door and iron railings are a giveaway that this house currently serves institutional purposes. That and the no guns, knives or weapons allowed sign.

It does have a two car garage with alley access (unlike its neighbors on Ashland). The backyard is a blank slate. For the right person this diamond in the rough could be brought back to its original splendor without dropping a fortune. The ask is just under 500k. The Remax site lists it as a jumbo mini mansion.

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