c. 1890 – Portland, OR

Demolished
Added to OHD on 3/28/16 - Last OHD Update: 4/22/18 - 34 Comments

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Beds

2

Baths

1

SqFt

1822

Wow, look at me. Peel the fake brick siding off of me and put a roof on. Yes, you could tear me down but please consider restoring me and I will give you another 126 good years! My trim work is gorgeous & if I remember correctly, I might have clear cedar siding under the faux-brick! Fir floors under my carpets, original kitchen and sun-porches front & back. Combine this with a full basement where I'd LOVE an apt built... Welcome Home!
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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I mentioned in the link exchange how I thought of “The Little House” book when looking at this house. I know it was never in the country or surrounded by skyscrapers but still the same feeling toward it.

    And the cartoon based on the book.

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  2. AvatarBethany says: 2518 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I love this little place with it’s funny off-set roof–looks like a child plunked down the roof crooked and just left it. One of the best realtor descriptions I have ever seen, too.

  3. AvatarM Galinkin says: 4 comments

    Not a lot of house for the money. I thought the price was a misprint. However, it does have potential.

    • AvatarShannon Zroback says: 26 comments

      That was my exact thought. For the condition and the size, the price seems really high.

  4. AvatarMatt Ziehnert says: 86 comments

    Jeez, you can see from the streetview a similar cute little cottage on the corner was a recent teardown. You can see the demolished house by sliding the streeview date back to 2014. Interesting…hope the right person buys it!

  5. natira121natira121 says: 247 comments
    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    Awesome! I wish they would have shown more kitchen pictures though. This could be really nice restored! The basement has a lot of potential, and I’m sure the attic would have quite a bit of useable storage space. (I live in an 866 sq ft house, so I know how to get the most out of square footage!) A lot of the older neighborhoods in the Portland/Vancouver metro area are improving dramatically, due to the insane housing market. I bet this place doesn’t last a week.

  6. AvatarPacific Northwest Girl says: 34 comments

    Cute little house with tons of potential! The home prices in the Pacific Northwest are ridiculous.

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  7. SueSue says: 1176 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    I adore this house. It is precious but that price. Phew.

  8. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Showing pending sale now.

    Most of the comments on Facebook were abhorred by the price. I don’t think people remember that annoying saying “location, location, location…” If this home was sitting in the middle of nowhere, sure $34k would be reasonable. But it’s not and I’m always astonished when people complain about the price when they don’t understand it’s in an area that commands a higher price than what’s jingling around in their pocket (some of the FB comments became ridiculous.) Prices start with where it’s located and not always on the condition or size.

    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments

      Glad you mentioned that, Kelly. Portland has one of the hottest real estate markets in the country right now with good houses in established neighborhoods often receiving multiple offers above asking price within days of appearing on the market. According to a realtor friend in Seattle, (arguably with an even hotter RE market) prices and demand are being inflated by Asian investors who are parking their money in West Coast real estate. I expect this cottage, which is well preserved inside, will either get a major makeover and be flipped or will be a teardown for a new million dollar plus townhome. As stated, location here surpasses all other considerations. 25 years ago, this and a similar house in the Midwest could have been priced roughly the same, but while Midwestern prices have seen minor price appreciation, major West Coast city residential markets have skyrocketed. At some point the steep climb will have to level off or risk a burst bubble which could bring the regional market down very quickly. However, that hasn’t happened yet so there are a lot of folks currently making money in flipping and selling houses there.

  9. JimHJimH says: 4010 comments
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    I’d much prefer to buy this house at the price than some slightly larger sterile box for a half million. This has the makings of a really comfy little home for a couple and there’s plenty of detail to give it a late Victorian look. I think I’d want to open up at least the front of the porch and restore some detail there. Could be the prettiest house on the block, though it’s not the prettiest block.

    • jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 890 comments

      I agree with the sterile house comment. This house has some great details, like the unusual trim. Been involved with old homes for practically EVER, but I’m still astounded at the crazy, awful things people can think of to do to them.

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  10. AvatarSarah M says: 46 comments

    Frankly, I’m surprised it wasn’t pending by the time you posted it. Portland real estate is bonkers and I bet this house sells over asking price. I have what was intended to be a starter home, but if I stay in Portland, I won’t be upgrading. No way I’m throwing myself into that fray.

  11. AvatarVand4221 says: 14 comments

    I saw this house yesterday when I was poking around homes for sale in Portland. Yes, the housing market is crazy here but hopefully, this little house finds someone wiling to put in the time and effort to restore it rather than tear it down. North Portland is getting nicer and nicer with great restaurants and shops, bike access, and easy commute to Downtown.

    I couldn’t believe how many houses I looked at (I set the upper limit on year built at 1935), that had been stripped of all their character, covered in vinyl, beige carpet, modern appliances, modern fixtures, Home Depot kitchens and bathrooms, and painted white. The date said 1902 and the inside was totally dead. It was depressing. Just about 10 years ago we bought a little starter home (1904) in SE Portland and have slowly been restoring it (lots of paint to strip off moldings, repairing wood windows, etc). I didn’t realize how lucky we were to find a house that was virtually untouched since someone put black/white asbestos tile on the kitchen floor in the late 1940’s. Now we’ve thought about eventually selling our little place but finding another house that hasn’t had its heart and soul ripped out is going to be a challenge in these days when house flipping is so popular.

    • Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9794 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That was my thought when looking at Oregon listings today. So many old homes that have gotten the “flip” or HGTV look. Sterile boxes with no character whatsoever, painted in gray and white. Very sad to see so many cute homes de-charmed.

      • AvatarBethany says: 2518 comments
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        Escondido, CA

        Nice house but whoops, there’s those Amityville Horror windows . . . I’m out! LOL

  12. Tommy QTommy Q says: 461 comments

    Kind of a sideways walk: I grew up on a very small farm in northern Ohio. I still have some of that farm boy in me. I also watch RFD TV and love the antique tractor auctions on Saturday morning. But I moved to California to be a musician in 1968 and never looked back.

    For the cost of my 950 square feet cottage in Sacramento, I could buy a sizable farm with a rooty-tooty Victorian and barns to boot anywhere from Kansas to North Carolina. Folks all throughout the Midwest and South are great. Believe me, it is very tempting. But… cue the tornado shows on weather TV… -L-

  13. Avatarmontana channing says: 241 comments

    The trim,the kitchen ,but the best is that pointy wall on the back porch.

  14. AvatarRonnieH says: 75 comments

    Knowing Portland, this will be a tear down and two or more condo’s up in it’s place within a year. I lived in Portland on the eastside of the river and saw it happening again and again. I finally got out as the traffic had tripled in the ten years I was there. I can afford a home (c.1910) three times as nice where I live currently on the same wage and my commute is ten minutes….and my sidewalks don’t mold from all the rain. That being said, Portland is a nice city as far as cities go.

    • AvatarSarah M says: 46 comments

      That was my first thought as well – a nearly 5000 sq ft lot that’s currently zoned for medium density … I think a developer could put at least 2 houses on that lot without having to rezone. But there are also a lot of people here just desperate to escape renter status, so maybe it’s in the hands of a first time home buyer who will slowly fix it up (someone who hopefully doesn’t watch a lot of HGTV). Out of curiosity, where did you move to?

      • AvatarRonnieH says: 75 comments

        I’m currently in Medford, Oregon. With it being so dry here, many older homes have remained intact even without decent roofs or painted siding.

    • AvatarTracy says: 24 comments

      We have ALOT of salvage stores here though. It is sad to see these houses go away for new junk, but at least all is not lost if they decide to salvage it out first. I live just over the river from Portland. My home was built in 1896?????? I am bringing my beauty back to life slowly and these salvage stores work for me. My lady is pink now, time to put on the rest of her make up and jewelry…

      • AvatarSarah M says: 46 comments

        Yes! We have wonderful salvage stores – I have dreams of replacing the doors in my house (1926) with salvaged doors and neat old door knobs and adding more period light fixtures.

  15. Avatarkimberlyns1 says: 3 comments

    That was great. I loved it.

  16. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments

    There’s a nice architectural salvage store in Aurora, not far from Portland, and it has a great variety of items in its inventory, When I visited the store about 8 years ago the proprietor said most of his inventory was trucked in from the Midwest where continuing demolitions are almost an accepted part of life in some communities. Perhaps now some of the inventory is coming from Portland although the remaining Victorian era homes there are not numerous.

  17. AvatarKarenZ says: 864 comments
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    I love that beautifully detailed front door! I agree with Bethany on the clever description from the realtor! I see that this is pending–wonder what the sale price will end up?

  18. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sold for $415,000.

  19. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4606 comments

    Not surprising. Above asking price offers are common in the hyperactive West Coast urban markets. What would be very surprising is for the house to survive. The honorable thing to do would be to offer the house at a token amount to be moved off the lot. Otherwise, I expect it to be stripped and salvaged and the remains demolished. Architectural salvage sells well in the Portland area.

  20. AvatarRonnieH says: 75 comments

    Has anyone been by this house to see if it is still there?
    Curious to see what really happens to the property.

  21. AvatarBarry says: 1 comments

    The house has been torn down. Another victim!

  22. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Looks like a home developer bought this one. Poor thing, just irritates me when I think of this thing being torn down without being salvaged for parts (don’t know if they did or not.)

  23. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9794 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Y’all want to know what they build in this homes place?
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/85-N-Going-St-Portland-OR-97217/53906911_zpid/?fullpage=true

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