c. 1870 Second Empire – Norwich, CT

Added to OHD on 5/31/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   39 Comments
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60 Laurel Hill Ave, Norwich, CT 06360

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  • $40,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4266 Sq Ft
Property being sold "AS IS" Buyers to do all due diligence. Cash buyers only. Close to public transportation bus service.
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Banglian Gao, Re/Max United
(860) 880-0333
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38 Comments on c. 1870 Second Empire – Norwich, CT

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Jennifer HT just shared this in the link exchange. I know it’s been for sale off/on for a while, I’m not sure why I’ve not posted it before now.

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  2. CoraCora says: 2057 comments
    OHD Supporter & Moderator

    Clinton, TN

    OMG! $40k? Imagine how beautiful this could be if renovated properly!

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  3. I noticed on the street view that there are two more houses very near this that have for sale signs up. I’m just wondering if there’s some reason why other than chance? Also I wonder when you’re looking out from the porch and once the trees across the street don’t have their leaves are you looking on a town.?

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  4. Jennifer HTJennifer HT says: 785 comments
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    Anthem, AZ

    I am glad this one got shared. It looks like someone tried to start and got overwhelmed. It could be a showpiece if done to a level it deserves.

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    • GypsyGypsy says: 206 comments
      wrong for my taste

      I’ve heard people say that building a house can be a test of a marriage…..if that’s true, imagine how renovating one like this would be!

      It’s a gorgeous house. When I see one this run down, it makes me sad.

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      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6048 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Depends on who you’re married to. 😉 My neighbor / friends, in their late 60’s, restored their house back from a ruin to a period fabulous gem. Their big project last fall was to replace the drain line from the back of the house to the alley and 9′ down! They did it together like pros. They are lately busy renovating another rental a couple of blocks off. I stopped Jan in the alley a couple of weeks ago, she was COVERED in schmutz from “running the wiring”. If you can find that partner in a haystack who enjoys the schmutz as much as you, you’re golden! 🙂

        Maybe you’re talking about just paying for everything and watching other people do it all. I never consider that as an option. Heheheh.

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      • Kim says: 9 comments

        My husband’s in his mid 60’s, I’m in my late 50’s and our house (all 11,000 sq ft of it) had been condemned for over a year when purchased. We started our (so far) 8 year renovation project while we were engaged. It’s been a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun, too. I’ll never forget that one late night, working on trim work, listening to the Best of Bread playing on the vintage record player, when at the very same moment we dropped everything and just started dancing. Our project is filled with moments like that. And the best thing to do when overwhelmed, go back and look at your “BEFORE” pictures. That’ll inspire a person.

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  5. Theresa says: 1 comments

    Looks like whoever started renovations tried to preserve as much as possible.Loved the way the best portion of ceiling was kept in the interior shots shown here:
    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/60-Laurel-Hill-Ave_Norwich_CT_06360_M35085-05958#photo16

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  6. BethanyBethany says: 3480 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Dying. Second Empire is my favorite; this is a fantasy fixer-upper for me. I love the way it sits up from street level. It’s so grand!

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    • Elaine says: 97 comments

      Oh Bethany! And I thought Craftsmen were your favorites (like they are mine)! Second Empires creep me out; they always remind me of The Munsters! But it is SO funny, how once you get inside them, most of them are drop dead gorgeous! I worked in DC for almost a year back in 2000. There was a building there that I used to walk by sometimes that I used to call The Munsters Building! It looked like a Second Empire, but it was HUGE!!! I think it was about like a full city block! I got a sketch of it somewhere that they sold. I don’t know WHAT it is about the Craftsmen, but they have the key to my heart!!!!

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  7. RossRoss says: 2456 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    This is a FABULOUS house and seems a steal at $40K!

    $40K!!!!!!!!

    I love all the stone in front, and the many steps.

    Doing a period-correct exterior color scheme would make the house a KNOCK-OUT!

    The interior, while obviously damaged, seems to retain all its important bits.

    Just wow. Wow!

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5363 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      All the superlatives directed towards this house are valid. However, there is one fly in the ointment in the form of annual taxes. Almost $8,000… and the house is unrealistically appraised by the county at over $159,000. (more than three times the seller’s asking price) If the county would re-assess the property to reflect its current value, then the project would be far more worthwhile.

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  8. PreservationMattersPreservationMatters says: 100 comments
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    1720 Saltbox>>Greek Revival
    Windham, CT

    Beautiful, and so much potential. Norwich is a great little city. Lots of charm, history and vintage home bargains.

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  9. SatiriaSatiria says: 7 comments
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    Murphy, TX

    I must be completely crazy because I love this house.

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  10. Brian says: 18 comments

    I’ve driven by this house a lot and I had been wondering about its interior. You may hear the train, but you won’t see it. Indeed, it looks over the Norwich Harbor (where the Yantic, Shetucket and Thames rivers all come together), and you’ll see some pretty sunsets overlooking downtown Norwich.

    This house is up a steep hill from the main road, and I think you park behind it, actually. One hundred years ago, this certainly was a house for a mover and shaker.

    Good luck to whomever buys this. Certainly has a lot of potential. Laurel Hill is/was a pretty rough neighborhood but I think its worst days are behind it. Certainly there are plenty of potential diamonds in the rough here. Norwich was among the most affluent cities in the country around the time this was built.

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  11. Michael Bathrick says: 45 comments

    Parking appears to be an issue. None in front and no sign of a place to pull off the road behind.

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  12. RosewaterRosewater says: 6048 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Looks to me like an earlier, side hall, Italianate might be hiding in there.

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  13. kmmoorekmmoore says: 415 comments
    Weatherford , TX

    This is gorgeous. A comment about trains … my property is about 1 mile from a train track. Not especially close, but our geography makes an interesting condition in that I can hear it pretty well. I absolutely love it. It’s not loud enough to wake you up, but when you are awake, you always know what time it is based on when you hear the train.

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    • TXJewelTXJewel says: 359 comments
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      1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
      Strawn, TX

      kmmoore, living in Strawn and about 300 yds from the track means that I might hear the same trains that you do. When we moved here 2 yrs ago I thought it might drive me crazy, but I find that I really like it. All the train whistles are different and unique and I enjoy watching them go by, wondering what cargo they may be carrying and where they are go to and from. ? There goes one now!

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      • kmmoorekmmoore says: 415 comments
        Weatherford , TX

        I bet we do hear the same trains! We’re train pals! Isn’t it crazy how a gal from Strawn and a gal from Weatherford can meet on OHD amongst friends from all over the world?! Pretty darn neat if you ask me ?

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      • GypsyGypsy says: 206 comments
        wrong for my taste

        When I was a kid, my (young) newlywed aunt and uncle moved to Mt. Pleasant Iowa. They lived in an old house that had speaking tubes in the walls, it was so old! There was a windmill there, and a barn that had wooden pegs instead of nails in the beams. We called it Green Acres. About 300 yards from the house was a set of tracks, and when the train came by, the house shook. I thought it was funny, as a kid, but I can see how it would be annoying.

  14. Laurelyn says: 2 comments

    This house is absolutely beautiful! I grew up in a town just down the river from it. Unfortunately Norwich has seen better days and many of the old gorgeous houses like this are pretty much in ruins. A lot of historical homes in this town can be found at prices that are a steal in the rest of the country. That being said, if I had extra money to spare I would buy absolutely every single one of them and fix them all up!

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  15. MimiMimi says: 205 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    Wonderful house with so many marvelous features!

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  16. Amy P. says: 244 comments

    Wow, what a showplace she could be! Hope someone with deep pockets and the right working mentality scoops her up soon!

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    • JimbolayaJimbolaya says: 8 comments
      MI

      One will need relatively deep pockets to pay the property tax – per Realtor.com they are $7,774 for 2017. That would buy a lot of plaster and paint! I think this will need to be a labor of pure love.

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  17. MichaelMichael says: 2394 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    What an incredible house! While I see some missing parts, there is enough saved that it can become quite a showcase.

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  18. Karen Cameron says: 28 comments

    My favorite style, but check out the taxes, dreamers. Can’t even imagine what they would be “fixed up”.

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  19. kat says: 1 comments

    Where I live, if a house is sold, it is assigned the selling price as its value for property tax purposes.

  20. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The latest street view shows it received a paint job so we may cross our fingers the rest of the restoration is coming along.

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  21. DaveDave says: 1 comments
    Norwich, CT

    I owned this house from 1976 until 1979. There was no parking due to being built on an elevated lot (had to park on side street). My car got buried in the 1978 Blizzard so I moved in 1979 to Mystic (with a driveway).The house looked great when I had it. Too bad I can’t post a picture here.

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  22. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    From Dave, a previous owner as his comment above (this is when he owned it, not current):

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  23. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11893 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Back on the market: https://www.redfin.com/CT/Norwich/60-Laurel-Hill-Ave-06360/home/53939892

    $180,000
    I’ve added it to my post list but may not get to it before it goes off market/sells.

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