c. 1880 – Nescopeck, PA – $90,000

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Added to OHD on 4/9/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/9/19   -   41 Comments
925 Mifflin Nescopeck Hwy, Nescopeck, PA 18635

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  • $90,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1872 Sq Ft
  • 14.9 Ac.
If you are into restoring old homes or like water frontage, this may be a great opportunity for you to do both. There is a small pond on the 14.9 acres of land which borders the Susquehanna. This parcel would make an ideal RV Park or just a private haven for fishing, exploring, enjoying wildlife, or having privacy with your own animals. The circa 1880 2-Story brick home with 4 bedrooms, double living rooms, den, enclosed rear porches on both levels, is uninhabitable in its present condition. DO NOT Enter without permission! Call Susan at 570-441-3909 for showing instructions.
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Susan Mitchem-Conner, Strausser Real Estate
(570) 759-3300
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41 Comments on c. 1880 – Nescopeck, PA – $90,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10060 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for the interior photos, not many do this for a home this far gone. Hope someone gives it a chance. This one isn’t grand but it’s the kind of home you see in the woods and day dream about saving. Bonus points for the rail track out front.

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  2. AvatarCandi says: 23 comments
    Richwood, OH

    This poor abandon home, makes me sad. I agree Kelly, definitely one to dream about saving.

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  3. AvatarPolly says: 13 comments

    I see the photos as an art installation – a study of debris and decay. The two that show the light-filled white curtains billowing as a fresh breeze blows over the mess are striking.

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  4. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10060 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The amount of “tear it down” comments on the Facebook page was astounding. I guess not all old house enthusiasts are actually that enthused about all old houses. ๐Ÿ™

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    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2576 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Escondido, CA

      The Facebook commenters don’t have the commitment of those frequenting the actual website.

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  5. AvatarJoe says: 615 comments

    I like this house and property. I searched Zillow for the area and found this unusual property. It appears to be a half finished new house with in-law quarters. The finished part of the house looks like it is liveable and separate from the other half, which appears to be a 3 bedroom living quarters.
    The reason for posting it here is the beautiful barn that is on the property. Although I canโ€™t find it on a satellite view, the barn is the featured first picture on the listing..

    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Hetlerville-Rd-Mifflinville-PA-18631/2101995667_zpid/

    • AvatarDianna White says: 20 comments

      I believe the property that you posted the link to is a different property, if you put the address as above in Zillow, the pictures are as above

    • AvatarTAMMY OROURKE says: 1 comments

      @JOE…….hi. the listing on zillow has the location wrong on the map. i have contacted them several times to have this fixed, to no avail. I grew up in that town(mifflinville,pa) and know exactly where it is. If you follow Market street all the way through Mifflinville, you will come to a Y where Hetlerville road begins. the house and barn sit Right there on the right as you make the turn onto Hetlerville road. hope this helps

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      • AvatarJoe says: 615 comments
        1820 Federal
        Baltimore, MD

        I appreciate the info. I looked and found it. The fork is Snyder School Road. Only problem is that, I assume, Google’s car hasn’t taken pictures there, because I can’t zoom in for a street view. Maybe they put the location at the spot that is closest to the house and… where Google’s car has taken a street view picture. Maybe they aren’t fixing it because they can’t without sending a car out. I am sure that they will eventually, just as I suspect that sometime in the future we will all be able to zoom in on each others houses and see what we’re doing. I am joking, but hope that that particular thing does not come true.

  6. AvatarEileenM says: 237 comments

    So sad to see any house in this condition. It was once someone’s home, someone who loved it and cared for it. Then the vandalism started. So sad.

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  7. SharonSharon says: 387 comments
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    Sedalia, MO

    Shoot, just get in there and get after it. Clean it up and see what it needs. As long as the structure itself is sound, there is hope yet. I’d love to hear a future owner acclaim, “Told ya so!”

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  8. AvatarStacy says: 148 comments

    Awwww, I swear I just wanna hug this house. What a shame.. I see potential though & hopefully so will the right buyer. I feared a body under that yellow plastic amongst all the trash… Not all people share the appreciation & respect for these old homes as we here.

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  9. AvatarFanshaweGirl says: 360 comments

    $90k for 15 acres of riverfront property.

    Yes, the house has been vandalized and apparently inhabited by hoarders. But, it’s still standing. The roof line is straight, shingles *look* ok.
    First step is to get a large dumpster parked outside the house. Gear up with some PPE and start tossing garbage. Maybe a recycling dumpster too for the room full of jars.
    Obviously this place would be mainly a gut job to get rid of the mold and broken bits. But then you just put it back together the way you want, reuse doors and trim as you wish.

    Buy some goats, sheep, cows, whatever to use as lawnmowers.

    A thorough inspection would determine if the house is savable. I wouldn’t write it off until then. Imagine the before and after pictures!

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  10. AvatarJoe says: 615 comments

    -It amazes me that so many people see houses full of old things as having been owned by a hoarder. People do not save things unless they feel it has some value. For example, those jars may be old and worth quite a bit to those who collect them. There might be some that catch my eye that I could keep as a record of the house’s history.
    -Getting a dumpster is the last thing that I would do. I would get a box of heavy duty garbage bags and place things in them, one at a time. I would not fill the bags, but put only enough stuff in them so that they are still easy to carry and don’t need to be tied. Once I had filled, or likely half filled, the number of bags that would fit in my car, I would drive to the dump and empty them into the disposal area. I would also save out different things that I could take to recycling in separate bags.
    -I would bring the bags back home and do it again, and again, and……
    – With this process, I know that I haven’t disposed of anything that I might value or reuse. The process has led me to lots of interesting discoveries in my c.1800 townhouse.

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  11. AvatarLyle says: 11 comments

    It’s definitely worth saving although obviously a lot of work is needed. A dumpster and a little effort would increase the value greatly. I love old housrs and I would like to see someone go at it.

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  12. Avatarpeeweebc says: 825 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.
    MI

    What EileenM said. ๐Ÿ™

  13. AvatarTomascz says: 32 comments

    My first concern with this place would be if it was in the Susquehanna’s floodplain.
    Assuming the frame and foundation were sound, salvage would be possible.
    The first thing I’d do would be some careful, judicious dozer work on the grounds with care for any historical assets, and yes, that work should be preceded by the liberal use of lots of goats! No telling what’s under all that undergrowth. I would make use of HUGELKULTUR
    https://permaculturenews.org/2012/01/04/hugelkultur-composting-whole-trees-with-ease/
    to turn that 15 acres into one big secret garden, with this lovely old brick beauty as it’s crown.
    And yeah, I’d have a hard time with wanting to pick through all that trash, but not THAT hard. Its right in the way of all the restoration that needs to be done.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10060 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Showing in Zone AE, link. From FEMA: “Areas subject to inundation by the 1-percent-annual-chance flood event determined by detailed methods. Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) are shown. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements and floodplain management standards apply.”

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      • AvatarTomascz says: 32 comments

        Thanks Kelly. That’s a really sweet app. If that dropped pin is an accurate depiction of the houses physical location she’s in the clear by a hair. Looks like the rest of the property could end up underwater on the rare occasion.

      • AvatarCeylaClaire says: 160 comments

        Thanks for posting the flood report. I once worked with mortgages on residential properties and had to make many calls to the “flood people” to ascertain whether a property had or needed flood insurance. What I saw were many once flooded properties, and this one strongly reminded me of them. I didn’t want to be “crepe hanger” so I didn’t comment here. That grass didn’t just fall that way on such a scale. It has the “look” of being water logged. Too bad, but maybe that’s why people left the home.

  14. ErnieErnie says: 214 comments

    Wow…. Looks like it’s been used as a dumping ground of sorts for a long time. Could be some interesting finds in there, but clean up would take some time. The recycle place would have something to tell folks about after you dropped all that glass off.

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  15. AvatarWoeisme says: 104 comments

    My first thought before I read the comments was to get a bulldozer and remove about 18″ of soil around the building to give it some height, The first floor seems to be about the same level as the yard. Do you think the property goes all the way to the river behind it? Imagine building a boat house there. Nothing dramatic or fancy about this old home but it could be very private and cozy.

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  16. AvatarClaudine says: 1 comments

    Shame! I think this one is to far gone. Looks like its been empty for decades. But boy what I could do with all those canning jars in the porch. Also would be great to medal detect property. Sure there wound be lots of Civil war finds

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  17. AvatarHome lover says: 26 comments

    I agree with a landscape/drainage plan. I see many auctionable items, bail handled jars included!

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  18. AvatarJason Kaas says: 19 comments

    Right on the tracks and a crossing. Wonder if it’s active

  19. AvatarFanshaweGirl says: 360 comments

    Goats first, tractor and bulldozer later. Let the voracious lawnmowers do their work and reveal anything that you wouldn’t want to run over with a tractor.
    For the junk removal, the amount of time and fuel you would spend taking individual garbage bags to the dump in your car would far outweigh a dumpster rental. No one said you can’t sort through everything and save stuff, but have fun putting a mouldy armchair in the trunk of your car.
    I lead a crew emptying a hoarders house where it took 40 yards worth of dumpsters to haul the junk. And the lady kept lots of stuff to move to a new place.
    Keep what you want, recycle what can be, toss the rest.

    I like the idea of a secret garden! Boat launch/dock/house at the river, cute little 1880 house in the middle, gardens everywhere. Keep the goats as lawnmowers and pets.

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    • AvatarJoe says: 615 comments

      Dear FanshaweGirl,
      I am sorry. I seem to have offended you and that was not my intent. My comment was not made as a reply to you, but a remark on my own perspective. If it is your job to lead a crew in emptying houses, I meant no disrespect to your profession.
      -I find it difficult to read comments in which people use the word hoarder in a disparaging way because they don’t see any value in what was saved by someone else. If one in a hundred things that a person saved turned out to be useful or gave pleasure to the person who saved it, then I am all for hoarding. If they could have, it is likely that they would have taken it with them.

      – Since you did take that tack, I would respond that 40 yards worth of trash is two large dumpsters. Around here that would cost a little over $1,400.00. I don’t have that lying around, but I can make trips to the dump any time I am headed in that direction. The local government picks up a certain amount of bulk trash every month from each property in my area. That is how I dispose of things that don’t fit in my car. I guess I am lucky to have lots of neighbors who will call in my extra items and then let me place them in front of their houses on collection day. I do the same for them when they have a lot of big stuff to get rid of.
      – I repeat… I do not want anyone to think that I mean FanshawGirl any disrespect. I am just sharing my way of doing things. I call it reconstructionalism. I have said my piece and if I have offended anyone by doing so, I apologize. Thank you Kelly and all OHD followers for letting me express my personal opinion.

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      • AvatarFanshaweGirl says: 360 comments

        No offense taken, just stating a different view.

        I just checked dumpster rental prices here. A 40 yard roll-off bin, 1 week rental, with disposal of household garbage is $650 Canadian (~$490US). And going by the pictures, if only tossing the garbage and not building materials, 40 yards is not needed. The minimum charge to take garbage to the dump/recyclers is $20, no matter how little you take.
        The hazardous waste (paint cans) would cost more, or just hold onto them until one of the community hazardous waste disposal days comes along.
        I personally would not want the task of emptying a house to be dragged out for weeks on end. Get in there, toss the garbage, and then sort through the valuables later. That’s the way I work.

        I don’t intend to be disparaging about hoarders, but holding on to garbage is not something I can see value in. And when I say garbage, I mean bags full of dirty diapers, kitchen scraps, clothes that are worn beyond use, and 17 year old phone books.
        Books, nick-nacks, mason jars, useful stuff is a different story.

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  20. AvatarTomascz says: 32 comments

    So given that the majority of the property is within the floodplain, 90k for a building no adjuster would give any value to and maybe a couple acres of overgrowth, seems like you might have some room to move. This would be a cash or land contract sale since there’s no way the structure is mortgageable. I’d sure love to have the inside poop on the buildings ownership and tax assessment history. It looks like the “owner” and the township could both be in a bind. Then again, I have no idea what that acreage is worth in that location.
    I hope somebody gets a deal and decides to bring this old girl back from the dead. She’s worth it.

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  21. AvatarCeylaClaire says: 160 comments

    I’d put on a respirator, tall boots and gloves and then have a blast going through those books, jars and “stuff”!. I do upholstery and sometimes people want moldy furniture cleaned up and redone. I won’t do it! Mold has an insipid was of penetrating wood if its been left to its own devices. I’ve seen old furniture that was refinished with paint come up with odd looking speckles even 5 years later. Bleaching with household bleach doesn’t work because all it does is rob the mold of its color but doesn’t kill it. So though the pieces of furniture in this home are highly interesting to me because of their age, I’d be very leery to keep it.
    My comment to Kelly was that the flooding may have been the cause of folks abandoning the home. Dirty shame! All I want to do is wrap my arms around that old place and reassure it that it will all be ok. ๐Ÿ™

    • AvatarJoe says: 615 comments

      Hi CeylaClaire,
      Oxalic acid is called wood bleach for a good reason. It gets the mold without bleaching the wood. I don’t understand it, but that is what it does. After bleaching, one should use a baking soda a water mix to neutralize the oxalic acid.

    • AvatarTomascz says: 32 comments

      This looks like a good and inexpensive product for treatment of wood where fungi are present. Always wear protective gear when working in the presence of fungi or with antifungals. Borates are relatively innocuous to mammals but….
      http://www.ewoodcare.com/PenaShield_p_29.html

      • AvatarJoe says: 615 comments

        Hey Tomascz,
        Thank you. Your link to ewoodcare is appreciated. I bookmarked it. Links are like magazines were back in the day. My grandfather used to always say”one good idea is worth the cost of the subscription.” I really like it when Dreamers provide links to resources or info about them.

  22. AvatarCheryl P says: 14 comments

    PPE, start with 3 or 4 dumpsters to separate stuff for recycling. So much mold it probably needs a company that treats mold to check out just how much of the interior wood could be treated and saved. If on post and beam and in flood plain it would need to have the foundation raised if structurally sound. Would really, in my mind, take a lot of skilled professionals to evaluate what needs to be done. This could be a dangerous property to restore in more ways than one. I hate to see homes allowed to deteriorate like this.

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  23. AvatarOlive says: 64 comments

    Tempting….
    Does anyone know the exact type of pine trees there are around the house?

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