There are houses that need some work, and then there are houses that need deep, abiding love to restore them to their former grandeur (or some base level of habitability). This faded Victorian beauty in the Old Fourth World (which our friends over at Estately were kind enough to bring to our attention) definitely falls into the latter category. But the potential here seems substantial and it presents a real opportunity for the right buyer (i.e. someone with construction skills and time on their hands or with someone with a bunch of money to hire the aforementioned). Located in the midst of Freedom Park and just steps from Highland Avenue and spots like P'cheen and the Highland Bakery, the street is somewhat transitional. But there's already a gate on the house, so there's that. The interiors look pretty rough, but beneath the peeling paint and unfortunate floor coverings there would appear to be good bones. The 8 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are spread over some 4600 square feet, and there's a couple of porches, one of them potentially grand. Did we invoke the idea of potential? $249,000. Do it someone. Do it.
· 578 East Avenue N [Estately]