OK, so it needs a bit of work. And no, it’s not the one we’re buying. But you can see the potential oozing from it, I know you can. This Durham, NC house has been on the market for a while and it just pains me to no end that I can’t buy it myself. Want to know how much it is? All 2,195 square feet of it, with those stained glass windows and beautiful woodwork details? Just $192,500. Sounds cheap? As long as you can afford to fix it up—yes, Durham is a great place to buy a house.
The McCracken-Mize house was built in 1902, and has been a family home in addition to a “demonstration project intended to inspire other residents of older homes,” a homeless shelter, and office space. A local newspaper, The Herald-Sun, wrote an article about the house and you can read more about its history here. (Side note on the Herald Sun article: after visiting the house, I take issue with the “it needs new everything inside” line. But then again I tend to see old dilapidated houses through rose tinted glasses…).
The house has gorgeous tall ceilings, big rooms, a sweet kitchen, an upstairs with nooks and crannies just perfect for some imaginative kid, huge french doors, and multiple fireplaces. If we owned this house we’d be broker than broke, and yet… I want it so bad it hurts.