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VIA @realtorRVA:

Charming 3 level historical home located in Richmond’s Church Hill area. According to the tax records the original portion of the house was built in 1900. Inside this home features high ceilings and over sized windows. Beautiful foyer and entrance way welcomes you this unique home. It has 4 possibly 5 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Wood floors throughout most of the house. Enjoy the privacy of the fenced in rear yard. Great location close to downtown Richmond, VCU and MCV.

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Lauren 07/16/2015 at 9:03 PM

I looked at it today. You have to sign a mold waiver before you can view the inside. A LOT of water damage/mold everywhere. The house is mostly carpeted and the carpets are soaking wet so my advice would be don’t wear nice shoes if you go look at it! No kitchen either. It could be a beautiful house though!

BAF 07/16/2015 at 9:08 PM

Hopefully the renovation of the block will continue.

What happens when a residence appears to have just been abandoned by the owners and left to decay? Is there any recourse for the neighbors other than to just complain to the City? The person living next door to us on the same block as this listing just left one day and now the property and the grounds are going to Hell.

Bill 3 07/17/2015 at 6:17 AM

Beautiful home (from the outside) and a shame it’s fallen into such a condition.

BAF – I believe the answer to your question is “Welcome to Church Hill”. This seems to happen all too often.

Lee 07/17/2015 at 9:27 AM

@ BAF – generally, there is no quick solution. However, if the owner stops paying taxes on the property, then the city will eventually auction it. This can take a long time. I *think* that frequent complaints about problems at the property can expedite things, as I am under the impression that if the city comes out to board up the property or mow the grass the costs of these activities get added to the tax bill if they can’t find and fine the owner. But talk to code enforcement or the city attorney’s office before you take my word on it.

Jason 07/17/2015 at 9:44 AM

@Boz- probably $100K, but then you have a beautiful 1750 sq ft home with everything new and you paid $140K. Sounds like a good deal, no?

Elaine Odell 07/17/2015 at 10:08 AM

The house qualifies for Fed and State restoration tax credits (Union Hill Nat/State Historic District) and city-RVA tax abatement. It all helps make this a more affordable restoration–tho, of course, the more you can talk down the seller, the better. She’s a beauty.

Matt Conrad 07/17/2015 at 11:42 AM

This is one of my favorite houses in Union Hill! It is similar in style to the Oliver-Kronenthal House at 701 N. 23rd and could be as beautiful in the right hands. Per the Union Hill historic nomination, it is known as the Norborne Norton House. Greek Revival, built in 1857 as a single dwelling.

This is a 2-story, 3-bay gable-roofed frame house. The I-story, I-bay square entry porch is supported on brick piers and has fluted Doric columns, dentils, a plain balustrade.

vanyali 07/17/2015 at 1:53 PM

Always plan on at least $100/sqft renovation budget if you go cheap and do a lot of work yourself. $200/ sqft is more realistic though. This sounds like a structural nightmare though — wood house, soaking wet — so I think the $100/sqft number is very optimistic.

Daniil Kleyman 07/17/2015 at 3:24 PM

Ok…whoa…I had to step in here. Vanyali – $200/ft is more realistic? You’re so far off the mark here, it’s crazy. A full gut renovation even by a more expensive GC should run you in the $80-$120/ft range, depending on whether you need to waterproof and do structure masonry repairs. $200/ft is insane and if anyone quotes you this, run the other way…really fast. It’s not “realistic” it’s robbery

Michael T. 07/21/2015 at 10:03 AM

BAF…are you talking about the property next to the church? I see a commercial dumpster behind the house so maybe they are starting some work.
Does anyone know if 722 N 25th Street is occupied? The yard could use a nice trimming.

michael t. 07/23/2015 at 7:25 PM

fingers are crossed. have seen alot of activity at this and the ‘abandoned’ next to it the last few days.


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