Italianate – Bombay, NY

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1777 State Route 95, Bombay, NY 12914

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  • $27,500
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2252 Sq Ft
  • 0.5 Ac.
This is the perfect Fixer-Upper for the right buyer! Home built in 1910 with many original features including high ceilings, Crown moldings, hardwood floors & woodwork & can be restored to its original glory. Making up the 2252 SqFt includes 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Formal Dining, laundry, and sunroom, as well as a foyer, two stairways and a walk-up attic as well as an attached garage. Basement covered with Super Sump Pump and SaniDry System. Estate property with no additional information available. Home is "As Is" & all personal property is included in the sale of this home!
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Edward Legacy, North Country Realty
(518) 483-0800
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Build date given is 1910 but this is a few decades older than that.

  2. evers310evers310 says: 109 comments

    I’m not sure about the rest of the house, but that staircase is much older than 1910!

  3. CharlesB says: 479 comments

    The Porte-cochère and sunroom may be from 1910 but the main body of the house looks to be about 1875 or ’80. Beautiful house in a beautiful area, close enough for weekend jaunts to Montreal.

  4. John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

    Agreed about the 1910 date being off. I suspect that portions of this Italianate house may date to as early as the 1860’s or 1870’s with 1910 aligning with the last time updates were made to the house like the porte cochere (carport) off to the side. I’m not sure how such a massive looking residence is listed at only 2252 Sq. ft. Maybe that is per floor (?) but to me its appears to be much larger. At just under $50K its certainly priced to sell.

    • JullesJulles says: 526 comments
      OHD Supporter

      John, real estate agents can’t list unheated areas (ie garage or attic) or unlicensed builds as part of the square footage. So it could be 4,000 square feet but if no one got an addition licensed when they built it then they can’t count that square footage in the ad. Although, I suspect you already know this.:)

      • John Shiflet says: 5426 comments

        Julles, Thanks for the clarification. I thought there must be a logical explanation. I should therefore presume that “licensed” and permitted-as in submitting plans to the City Building Dept. followed by a building permit being issued- are one and the same? In all of the house flipping shows one of the most common problems encountered by the flippers is older alterations made to a house without a required permit. Such illegal changes can be fairly costly to fix.

  5. Hani says: 8 comments

    What’s up with the plastic sheeting in the basement? I’ve never seen anything like that before.

    • Hoyt Clagwell says: 233 comments

      It’s either to prevent the infiltration of moisture or radon gas. Given the picture of the sump pump, I’d guess it’s the former. I’m rather skeptical of this as a solution. We can see from exterior photos that this house has a stone foundation. That plastic sheeting is just going to trap the moisture in and against those walls, causing the stone and mortar to decay rapidly, and this being NY State, creating a serious likelihood of frost heaving in cold weather.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

      Vapor/ moisture barrier. Down South it’s common to encapsulate the crawlspace and use a dehumidifier to ensure it stays dry. No idea about NY.

    • T Waterman says: 2 comments

      The basement has been encapsulated which is a protective whetherization process. I used it in my home in MD and found it extremely beneficial especially when paired with a sump pump and dehumidifier.

  6. Terri Bindeman says: 1 comments

    Oh the possibilities, I can where several additions were added. This may explain the recorded age of the home. My house was built in 1850 but due to insurance and tax records it is show as 1900.

  7. tiffaney jewel says: 79 comments

    Apparently, the treasures include Quaker Oats and linoleum on the wall.

    Count me in!

  8. Anna Stehling says: 16 comments

    Ok I don’t understand. Everything is still in the house why? Can anyone help me with this and the price is so low. Why?

    • BethanyBethany says: 3451 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I don’t know for sure of course, but I bet it’s a probate situation where the heirs just want to unload it fast.

    • DJ says: 66 comments

      even the iron is out on the ironing board, yes I would figure mom was old and passed on and the family isn’t even going in there to clean the house for a sale

      • Anna Stehling says: 16 comments

        I saw that also. And the shoes by the bed. Fruit on the table and towels hanging up in bathroom.

      • Ray Unseitig says: 202 comments

        yeah it looks like the bedroom was occupied by a lady. When our Uncles passed away, we fixed up the residence, and picked up an extra 150 thousand to split among the heirs. I guess you have to like that sort of work tho, as well as some extra $$.

  9. zoomey says: 524 comments

    I’ve seen plastic in a basement, but I agree it’s not a very good solution for moisture. Probably a lot of mold under that plastic. But at $50K, cleaning up the basement might be the least of the buyer’s problems. I’m assuming dry rot or other issues with the house. It is a lovely house, though. It’s so sad when such beautiful structures are let deteriorate so badly. But lovely old wood houses cost a fortune to maintain properly. I hope an old house lover finds and fixes this beauty up.

    It may be an estate where there are no heirs, so no one to divide up the estate. Or the heirs may live elsewhere and may not be able to hold a yard sale. They might have come and taken the best pieces and left the rest.

  10. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    The upper left portion of this map shows Bombay in 1876. It doesn’t appear the house was there at that time, but it was likely constructed around 1880 based on extant construction details.

  11. Anna Stehling says: 16 comments

    I went on Zillow and the whole town seems to sell cheap their property. Is that because property tax is very high?

    • Ryan says: 459 comments

      Bombay is way up north by the Canadian border, so you really have to like winter and snow if you live there. The whole area is a bit depressed, and there aren’t a lot of job opportunities unfortunately. Still seems to me like a fairly good price for this property though.

  12. Teri R says: 276 comments

    I just love this place. I wish I lived close enough to pour my heart into rehabbing it!

  13. Ryan says: 459 comments

    Lots of towns in New York State are named for foreign cities, and the story of the naming of Bombay NY is kind of interesting IMHO. An Irishman by the name of Michael Hogan arrived in NYC in 1804 with a fortune and lots of braggadocio. He claimed the fortune was a dowry paid to him for marrying his wealthy Indian wife. The newspapers reported that Mrs. Hogan was a dark skinned Indian Princess whose family had paid her husband 40,000 pounds in gold. In fact Hogan made the money in shipping, first in the rice trade, then running convict ships from England to Australia, but also as a privateer and slave trader. In fact Mrs. Hogan, the former Frances Richardson was the daughter of Hogan’s business partner and his ethnically Indian housekeeper. But apparently Hogan loved his wife because when he bought land upstate and founded a town, he named it Bombay in honor of his wife’s birthplace.

  14. LisaLou says: 101 comments

    Call me crazy,but I just love that old linoleum floor in the ironing board room. I like the whole house!

  15. Jlkm says: 2 comments

    Not everywhere in NY is NYC prices. Taxes would be quite inexpensive here as well. If you don’t mind living Upstate like they are always suggesting in Law & Order episodes, have at it. Those my be the only place to gain employment upstate!
    Looks like Gma made her bed one morning and never got to return after she ate breakfast. You’d think a realtor could have hired a broom to be pushed through the house once before the photos were taken. It’s too bad Jr. couldn’t afford to visit one more time.

    • Leigh says: 1068 comments

      Sad, but you may be right, I think this was home to an elderly person that never got to come home. Okay that’s enough of the sadness.

  16. jimtownjimtown says: 83 comments
    1920-1970's farmhouse, midcentmod
    upmiusa, MI

    Love that view of the old water tower.

  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sorry peeweebc, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  18. HollyLiz says: 46 comments

    Please tell me that is not a dead cat on the stairs!

  19. Mike B says: 44 comments

    Oh, to get back to New York. And to such a place! Unfortunately, my business needs proximity to SOMETHING, and this is a place that doesn’t have that.

    It’s a fantastic place and someone needs to buy it!

  20. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    It is such a lovely old house and I live in New York State, but outside of Buffalo, not near this area.
    The Furnishings are lovely and I can’t imagine they are still there with the house, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.
    It’s true that many towns were named after foreign cities, like the village I grew up in was named Warsaw.
    All the comments about needing a sump pump and dehumidifier are correct because basements sure do get moisture and cold in those old houses.
    Truly this home is a treasure!

    • I live in Holland. We’re not too far apart! You’re correct about the area but my son does waterproofing and said that system of waterproofing works well. ( sani-dry w/the super sump )

      • Darla says: 88 comments

        this is what they are doing in new homes, even in areas that can get flooding.
        My house (newish) has this system, and it works well. I had a pipe break and the crawl space filled up with water. Once it was all pumped out and dried, I had mold tests done, and no mold at all, even following flooding. The sump pump and dehumidifier are a MUST.

  21. For some reason I’m in love with the black and white floor in the kitchen! I’d love to give this beautiful home the help she needs but I live in Western New York now ( 35 miles South of Buffalo) in Ski country and as beautiful as it is, the snow and cold are a lot to take. I’m not sure if this would be better or worse? In Bombay you’re away from Lake Erie but almost 300 miles farther North! Hmmm…..

  22. Beth H. says: 234 comments

    Adding to the names… Madrid, near where I went to college. Mexico, where a friend grew up. Rome, upstate as well. (And then there’s Florida, down in Orange or Rockland County – NY hits ’em all!)

  23. karen says: 2 comments

    I still want to know what happened to the person or persons living there. Kind of reminds me of a Stephen King novel. Very weird.

  24. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 455 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Chatsworth, CA

    Many years ago, I worked on a house that’d been largely derelict. The plumbing dated to the 1930’s, and the electricity before the First World War.

    The basement was wrapped just like this home’s, with the plastic run partway up the walls. Moisture trapped in the basement had rotted boxes stored there into damp flakes and shreds.

    The electrician’s first job had been to disconnect the historic wiring, and run temporary lines to power the saws and work lights, and because it was brutally cold, a new furnace. The ducting hadn’t been connected yet.

    As he left for the night, the owner flipped some old switches, and discovered they were live. He flipped the whole set off.

    I stopped by that evening to check on the house. Got down to the basement; the water was rising fast. One of those switches shut down the sump-pump, and the inspector forgot to tell us there was a river flowing through the basement. The plastic sheeting created a bathtub, holding the water in, away from the drains along the walls.

    I waded across the basement to shut down the furnace, only to realize the temporary connection had no off switch, I was standing on an island, and the tide was rising to the point that I couldn’t retreat; the water was just below some new, temporary, non-waterproof connections. I just knew the water would reach me about the time it hit the electricity.

    Worse, the new circuit box was mounted on a wall outside the house, and I was surrounded by 6 inches of water. I’d have to wade for it. Then I noticed the new furnace was mounted on a concrete pad, already covered with water. It was sucking in the now floating wood chips, drying them out, igniting them, and blowing them against the underside of the ballroom floor, just above my head. The little flaming bits were sticking. Even if wading was safe, I couldn’t leave long enough to throw the breaker without risking a fire. I pictured a really nice Federal era house burning down.

    Without anything to hold water, I began frantically scooping up water with my hands to throw up at the floor. But the furnace was on full bore, drying the ceiling just as fast as I could splash it with water. The little flaming shreds kept sticking.

    Then I spotted a pull chain light above my head. I began pulling it on and off as fast as I could, between scoops of water.

    The Chief of Police drove by after a good dinner, and spotted the basement windows flashing. He came down the basement steps and started laughing. He was laughing so hard I had to yell at him to get his attention, and shut down the master circuit breaker.

    The owner volunteered I could stay the night, guarding, just in case of fire.

    Plastic isn’t always a good idea.

  25. Robert Keyes says: 17 comments

    If you look at the google maps property outlines, something looks really disturbing about the way the house is sited: it appears that the southern part of the house is immediately adjact to the neighboring lot, that is to say, no space between the edge of the building and the property line! Other worries: that basement, as others have noted, and the location: so far upstate in New York it’s just a few miles from the Canadian border! This is really too bad because it does look like the type of place that has a lot of possibilities.

  26. Stacey says: 20 comments

    Love all of the windows, makes it seem so large and airy. Hope someone is able to buy it & restore it to its glory days!

  27. Dana says: 1 comments

    I am from this town and remember this house as a young girl. It was considered the mansion of the town. It was beautiful. When the owners passed there was an estate sale, but I have a feeling that many of the items didn’t sell and were put back into the home. It remained empty for many years until purchased and someone ran a dog farm there for about a year. The next year it was resold and turned into a bed and breakfast (so yes, the sq ft is way off and the bedroom count). I have been in this home several times so I know what it really is like inside. The B&B owners left it quite abruptly… If I had the extra money though I would buy it in a heartbeat!

    • Jason thomas says: 1 comments

      What time frame was this? Was it in the 70’s or 80’s. This was my aunt’s house. Which is mine, but I live far away so pro bate court took over for me. That was my aunt summer house. She brought it in the late 80’s. My aunt passed away four years ago.

  28. Joy says: 1 comments

    I just stopped by this house the other day to check it out looks like it needs a lot of work, starting with the roof not just on the house but also the carport. Beautiful home, the property is very close to the neighbors.

  29. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12125 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced to $27,500!

  30. Lisa says: 1 comments

    Do you know anything about the house? Electric and plumbing? The realtor was no knowledge about any of it.

  31. Michele says: 1 comments

    This is sad to see it empty and such a mess. I lived in this house for years in the early 80s.
    If I had the money, I for sure would buy it. Lots of great memories!!

    • I agree so sad to see my Earlychildhood home in this condition. I was actually born in this house in the 70’s. I hope whomever purchased this home is able to return it to it’s former glory.

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