c. 1880 – Oneonta, NY

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18 Otsego St, Oneonta, NY 13820

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  • $89,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2100 Sq Ft
  • 0.39 Ac.
Victorian Era home in the city of Oneonta. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, large back yard, off street parking.
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Michael Bordinger Lutz, Bordinger Realty
(607) 432-9173
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11 Comments on c. 1880 – Oneonta, NY

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11882 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posting for the gable and porch details. I included a street view, last photo above.

  2. DJZ says: 196 comments

    Those gables and fretwork are absolutely beautiful! Im confused as to how the layout of this house is considering the first picture you see is a 1960’s kitchen renovation. A layout(blueprint) would be helpful for better understanding.

  3. Lady Texas says: 183 comments

    I love the mouse door! After that, the house took on a whole new charm 🙂

  4. JimHJimH says: 4936 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This house was built in 1887 and owned by George W. Knapp (1830-1915), a carpenter who built a few homes in the neighborhood – the adjacent lane is named Knapp Ave.

    The gable detail looks like plumbing!

  5. Dante A Ludwig says: 33 comments

    The hardwood flooring is pretty scuffed up, and needs a lot of labor to make it shine again. The overall condition of this house is very rough looking, and this is definatly a refurbish project galore.

  6. bill whitman says: 257 comments

    yes but isn’t that what buying an inexpensive old house is all about. the price on this beauty leaves plenty of cash to rent floor sanders and donate that 70s kitchen to a museum. I love the huge almost to the floor windows and the floors are geeat. just need to be refinished. not rocket science, just work and they will look so great when done plus the walls are a blank pallette. well worth it

    • JimHJimH says: 4936 comments
      OHD Supporter

      In this market a reasonable renovation budget might be 50% above the purchase price. Priority should always be given to exterior preservation and basic livability before upgrades like kitchens and baths. Hypothetically, the roof and exterior could easily eat up most of the budget, and usually some systems work is required. After refinishing the floors and cosmetics inside, there’s not much left for the kitchen and baths!
      The common approach of leading with kitchen and bathroom upgrades is upside down and often leaves more important items untouched. It’s not about whether you like the existing kitchen or not, but about wisely spending money to preserve the house and its original features for the long term. Once the higher priority things are completed, then see if there’s cash left to make upgrades.
      Personally, I could easily live with that kitchen (with just flooring work) if everything else was taken care of. The cabinets are higher quality than most of the standard stuff folks buy these days.

      • CLMCLM says: 124 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1940 Cottage
        Bradford, TN

        I agree! When we bought this house, the kitchen and bath needed an upgrade-and they still do because we knew we were going to need a new roof within 5 years and while the foundation is acceptable, we get water in the basement when it rains real hard. Our take is that if there is a leak in the roof, everything below it is at risk. Fix the roof and don’t end up doing your fancy renovations twice just for the sake of prettiness/amazingness. Of course, we painted and worked on floors and on the exterior, and the water leakage; small expenses and our labor, but when that first drip showed up in the attic, (on the 5th year, interestingly enough) we were able to get a roofer immediately and put a roof on that will last til’ we’re dead, probably. Now we can think about the more costly projects knowing that they will outlast us as well.

  7. Barbara VBarbara V says: 879 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1800 cottage
    Upstate, NY

    Oneonta is a nice little college town in central New York. It is not far from Cooperstown, home to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame, at the southern tip of Otsego Lake. Having attended college here, I can tell you that many lovely old houses were converted to student housing, and suffered greatly as a result, with much of their period charm sacrificed in the process. This house looks to still have some promise, in the hands of the right person…


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