A reader named Karen wrote me a lovely letter about this old house for sale in her Wisconsin neighborhood. They’re asking only $99,000, but it needs a new owner who is willing to love it back to life with some hard work and creativity.
I thought it would be perfect for our 5 Changes Game. If you haven’t played before, it’s simple–take a look at the house and then tell us what 5 changes you think would make the biggest difference.
Karen writes, “We live in the CUTEST neighborhood in Wisconsin, called Appleton. We’re on the Fox River and still have block parties and Sunday night soup parties in winter. Our beloved neighbor Charlie, who was 93 years old, passed away and left a home that has tons of potential.”
“Charlie met his wife Georgianna in Africa during WW2. They were avid readers and travelers (I must have bought 50 books at their auction when they passed). They lived happily in this house until she failed with Alzheimer’s. Even when ‘Georgie’ had to go to a home, Charlie drove to pick her up every day and bring her home with him during the day.”
It was built in the late 1800′s and was the first home in Appleton to have aluminum siding (1950′s). Across the street is a museum called Hearthstone House–the first to be powered by hydroelectric power in the U.S.
The master bedroom looks a little more modern with the woodwork painted and lighter floors:
The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2 fireplaces:
Karen ends her letter by saying, “Please find me a cool neighbor!” If you’re cool and interested in being her neighbor–or just want to see more photos–check out the listing. (To see all the photos, click the “Real Advantage Tour” button on that page.)
Now that you’ve taken a good look at the house, tell us. If you bought it, what are the first 5 changes you’d make?
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