c. 1860 Second Empire in Bridgeport, CT

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361 Barnum Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06608

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  • $179,900
  • 10 Bed
  • 7614 Sq Ft
  • 0.9 Ac.
Beautiful Victorian located across from historic Washington Park. This house features 20 rooms, 10 (or more) bedrooms and over 7600 square feet. House used to be a doctor's office. Exterior features a fenced in yard and brick frame. Many original features remain. Off street parking and garage located on Kossuth. Centrally located in the East Side, this house is a short drive from downtown, Metro North and Steel Pointe! Interior features original woodwork, extra tall ceilings and windows and beautiful staircases. Great chance to own a piece of history.
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Sal Spadaccino, Spadaccino Realty Team
(203) 368-3388
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16 Comments on c. 1860 Second Empire in Bridgeport, CT

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  1. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 5356 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1897 Queen Anne Colonial
    Cadiz, OH

    I’ve been watching this house for so long (years) that its like seeing an old friend who is always sitting on a park bench waiting for someone who never arrives. I’m not sure what the solution is for this once proud Second Empire style home but I know its not demolition. There’s still enough left here that a purist could do this house justice provided the location improves enough to where that would make economic sense.

    • CharlesBCharlesB says: 479 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1846 Gothic/Greek Revival

      This house–known as the Claudius R. Hayward mansion–is in the Pembroke City Local Historic District. Demolition is not an option. It is one of 35 structures surrounding the five-acre Washington Park, 27 of which were built by executives of Bridgeport’s sewing machine companies, an industry in which the city led the nation and the world (Hayward was a contractor who built the wood cabinets for the machines). No demolition has ever created a ‘missing tooth’ in the Victorian enclosure of that park. There are a considerable number of quality restorations in the surrounding blocks. Now that the price has come down it is a great opportunity for someone.

      By the way, construction of this house (chronicled by the ‘Bridgeport Standard’ newspaper) began in the Fall of 1868, with completion the following Summer.

      • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1062 comments
        OHD Supporter

        1800 cottage
        Upstate, NY

        Well, that is not only interesting, but very good news! Thank you, CharlesB for providing a rare hopeful glimmer and reminding us it’s not always doom and gloom for great places such as this! (Sounds like an area worth exploring…)

  2. DJZDJZ says: 200 comments
    1947 cape cod
    Glen Burnie, MD

    If this wasn’t in the area I wasn’t looking id be thrilled to put a bid in for it. There just seems to be cosmetic work that has to be done and a slight update with the kitchen, but this house is gorgeous and Id be very proud to own it, if it was in my area of searching.

  3. MichaelMichael says: 2671 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    What a great project this house would be. There is certainly enough left of the original fabric to make a stunning house.

  4. BrassBrass says: 4 comments

    Did anyone notice the taxes on this place in 2018? At 7.2% of the price of this house EACH YEAR (yes, you read that right), on a 15 year mortgage, the buyer would pay twice the price of the house in taxes alone! That might put a damper on your plans for preservation…just saying.

    • It’s such a shame that taxes prevent someone from owning a home! Where I live the taxes were raised 17.5 % last year and another 1.6% is being proposed for 2020. The city does very little to Improve the infrastructure of the city. People are taxed out of their homes and purchased for nothing by out of towners and they literally become slum lords, not caring about the disheveled properties. There is no consideration for the actual homeowners who take pride in their properties only to have a slum next door.
      If taxes were lowered there would be so much more businesses coming into the city and that would of course change the economy and well you know the rest of the story. It’s just a shame because the homes in my little city you can tell were once so beautiful and grand and others quaint and cozy from Tudor’s to Colonials , Victorians to Craftsman shucks there is even the most adorable little Cottage that is a replica of a the Carmel by the Sea cottages. I was told it was built by one of the builders of those cottages and it may be the only one built by him on the east coast! That little charmer has a basement that becomes a swimming pool during a heavy rain and sold for a song ! If I had the money and assurance that I could find someone to repair it I would have purchased it myself and made it an air B&B.
      On another note I just joined this site recently and I am truly enjoying all of the homes I see and the comments I read! Happy Holidays and New Year to all!

      • darladarla says: 140 comments
        Commerce City, CO

        while cities in these instances see a good source of revenue, what an area loses because of loss of good owners, having slummy properties, loss of commerce, etc., they really are shooting themselves in the foot and harming the entire area, economy, residents, etc.
        it really is so disconcerting.

    • Unfortunately, that is the issue with many homes in CT, the taxes are so high!!

    • darladarla says: 140 comments
      Commerce City, CO

      that absolutely kills it for me. I thought my taxes were high….

    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1062 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Please note: Properties located in designated historic districts such as this qualify for Historic Home Tax Credits:

      This property appears to be not only in the Pembroke City Local Historic District, but also part of the East Bridgeport National Register Historic District

  5. Buck's DaughterBuck's Daughter says: 140 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Wow, admire the construction/architectural style of this home, and look at that floor to ceiling mirror, fabulous! Glad to see most of the original registers were preserved as are some of the original ceiling light fixtures. This would be quite a renovation project for the right person; providing the reno expense doesn’t outweigh the property value. One concerning factor would be the run-down boarded up house across the street.

  6. mdcfBBAmdcfBBA says: 3 comments
    1958 Ranch

    For any Veteran with 100% disability rating home property taxes can be neutralized upon buying home do if one were very disabled and desired a home project such as this home if veteran check your benefits and see if your rating might negate home taxes.
    My annual taxes now are $461 a year on my $560,000 3 bedroom 2 bath home in California.
    This benefit applies across country and most states give veterans preference in assistance reducing cost of property taxes
    If veteran apply at VA get rating it might reduce your property taxes on primary home. Imagine buying this home and getting property taxes lower than current requirements might make it affordable to rehabilitate more older homes for us older veterans.

  7. MikeMike says: 368 comments
    1886 Queen Anne Victorian

    Thank you to CharlesB for the additional insights into the community; in spite of the taxes, this is a great opportunity for someone who wants a mansion and isn’t afraid to work. I don’t see any falling plaster to indicate a leaky roof, which is often the deal breaker on an old house. I wonder how long it has been vacant, and if there was any attempt to winterize the house; frozen pipes and busted radiators would also stop most of us in our tracks, especially in a house this huge. Hopefully the next owner will be able to utilize some sort of tax rebate/incentive to help make this financially do-able. Gotta love those 2nd Empires! 🙂


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