c. 1900 – Lorain, OH

Added to OHD on 7/29/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   17 Comments
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1909 E 31st St, Lorain, OH 44055

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  • $59,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 3.5 Bath
  • 2967 Sq Ft
  • 0.22 Ac.
Well preserved south side colonial...7 bedrooms! 3.5 baths! What a great investment!
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Andy Parker, Russell Real Estate Services
(440) 282-4444 / 440-670-6119
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17 Comments on c. 1900 – Lorain, OH

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3473 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Oh why do my dream homes always have to be across the country? “sigh” Cool basement with more light than I expected.

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  2. TXJewelTXJewel says: 364 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    So much house for so little money! Someone is going to be lucky!

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  3. TGrantTGrant says: 815 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    I absolutely love that fireplace tile and mantle.

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  4. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5413 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    The carved Griffins mantel is the millwork star of this house but it retains many other interesting details. I think the c. 1900 date is spot-on. Lorain, Ohio, is a western bedroom community for Cleveland and like nearby Lakewood, appears to be a popular community on Lake Erie. The asking price seems surprisingly low but I’m not sure what is behind it. I think many realtors consider old houses to be tough sells in regions where old houses are numerous so they advise clients to be modest in their asking prices. Then there are perceived good and bad neighborhoods in the greater Cleveland area. Provided this neighborhood is considered safe, this house seems like a good value. A bit of streetview touring revealed what appear to be several houses nearby based on Palliser Bros. planbook designs. Even this house could have been built from published designs from a planbook. I don’t think it would take too much work to make this house sparkle again.

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  5. EricHtownEricHtown says: 382 comments

    That fireplace mantel with the griffins is stunning. That is now the second fireplace I’ve seen with griffins. The first mantel piece is in a home on Prytania St in the garden district of New Orleans.

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  6. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5413 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Architect George Barber’s clients apparently liked carved Griffin mantels like in this Barber designed house in Carlisle, KY I toured a few years ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/11236515@N05/21505732059/in/album-72157658642849589/ I recall another Griffin mantel in in the Ray Taylor/Tuggles house in Gallatin, MO also a Barber design. I too like carved Griffins and mythological beasts.

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  7. MichaelMichael says: 2388 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I love the fireplace! The house has a lot of nice original details. The green floor has me scratching my head, though.

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  8. KarenAKarenA says: 108 comments
    Greenfield, IN

    Is there a possibility that this home is a duplex/triplex? only asking because of the 3 electric meters outside.

    I too, am in love with the griffins on the mantel. Very nice!

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  9. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5413 comments
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    1889 Eastlake Cottage
    Fort Worth, TX

    Like many larger Victorian era homes, based on the multiple meters, (and two breaker boxes) this house quite likely was in use as a multi-tenant rental for some time. In the staircase photo showing the foyer floor, it appears the dark green paint was put over an even older grey colored paint layer. Since all residents probably had to enter through the foyer, painting the wood floor made sense as it protected the floors from wet boots and shoes during the icy/snowy winters common to this region. Seems quite likely that the wood floors under the paint layers may be in decent condition and could be rejuvenated by professional floor sanders/refinishers. Modern tough urethane based floor finishes were probably unavailable when these floors were first painted.

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  10. DJZDJZ says: 206 comments
    1947 cape cod
    Glen Burnie, MD

    I love this house!! The very first thing I would do is strip the floor as there are decorative wood floor borders on the main floor rooms, there would need to be seen with a new finish in order to be truly appreciated.

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  11. JoannieJoannie says: 53 comments
    Bronx, NY

    Just one word worth repeated three times: love love love

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  12. EdwinaEdwina says: 29 comments
    Orient, OH

    I love this place. Is it a single family home? I see it has 3 electric meters and panels as well. Wonder why??

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    • CandiCandi says: 69 comments
      Richwood, OH

      Probably divided up into apartments in the past? Just guessing, looks like it’s back to single family.
      So much house for the money! The woodwork is incredible.

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      • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1063 comments
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        1885 Italianate.
        MI

        This is quite ready to move into.
        But, where’s the kitchen? Did I miss it? Love the fireplace also, those mythical creatures always draw me.

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  13. brigidbrigid says: 513 comments
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    1930 Eclectic Lake Cabin
    Smalltown, OK

    OMGs why is this beautiful house still on the market? At this price I’m worried some flipper will grab it up.

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    • John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5413 comments
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      1889 Eastlake Cottage
      Fort Worth, TX

      With three outside utility meters, I think you’re absolutely right. The green painted floors could receive some “tenant grade” carpeting and perhaps if they (landlord) have some leftover white paint and a sprayer, all the beautiful woodwork will get whitewashed. I would absolutely detest such a blasphemous outcome but the property is already showing a pending so its anyone’s guess as to what the final outcome will be. We can keep our fingers crossed that a preservation minded old house lover is the next owner with plans to gently restore this fine period home.

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