Open House Report – 155 Cooper and 19 Nehring

Debra did her house report, so here’s mine. Better late than never. 155 Cooper Street MLS# 2183404 – Zillow Page Ask $349,000 4 bedrooms – 2 bath Taxes: $6,300 – Village Taxes: ? Sometimes, I think, you really want to try to see what a house was or what it could be, rather than what it currently is. 155 Cooper Street is a classic home from the halcyon days of turn of the century Babylon. What it could be is a restored beauty within easy walking distance to the train and nestled in the heart of the village. What it is, unfortunately, is a decrepit, ramshackle house that has been sadly neglected for decades and currently serves as a flop house. I think that this is the first house that I’ve seen that is actually unlivable. This is despite the fact that at least a half-dozen people are, in fact, living there. The Realtor notes in the listing that the house needs some TLC. What it needs is a complete, top-to-bottom renovation including new kitchen, baths, windows, siding and a completely new electrical system. The electric in the house looks like it hasn’t been upgraded since the house was first electrified, probably some time in the 30’s. It sports “classic” push-button light switches from that period and wiring run on the outside of the walls. On the other hand,...

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