Areader named Lisa wrote me about an old house she found in Pittsburg, Kansas, that she’d like to “save.” It’s in a great historic neighborhood where the houses around it are selling for much more. This one is on the market for only $149,900 and has a lot of things going for it: over 3,000 square feet of living space, to start with, including 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Marble in the entry. Hardwood floors under the carpet. Two fireplaces. A big yard.
However, it also has a lot of strikes against it. Outdated decor (an understatement). Cracks in the walls. What appears to be years of neglect.
Lisa says the house looked worse in person than in the photos (possibly because these are a little blurry?). “I was so sad after walking through this house. I just couldn’t understand how anyone could let this beautiful house get as bad as it was.”
She likes the kitchen, which she considers “a blank slate.” Other rooms in the house are, well, not quite as blank as far as slates go:
I actually like this original green-tiled bathroom. It’s like stepping back in time! Looks like there’s an arched wall over the tub in here, too:
Lisa says she can’t stop fantasizing about saving the house: “I wish I could be the one to breathe life back into this historic home.” But, she asks, do we think it’s worth saving? “What would you do?” Cast your vote below and tell her!
You can see the rest of the photos and get more information about the house from the listing.