This 1896 charmer has so much character and warmth it makes a Thomas Kinkade painting look like a goth tattoo. There are all manner of sweet period details, including some very nice leaded glass windows, a tiny fireplace, and carved oak bannisters. The house has many large windows, and its painted cedar shake and steeply pitched roof give it a very appealing street presence. The price reflects the work the house will need—there's no AC, just 1.5 baths, and the kitchen (while gamely updated on a very limited budget) needs work, too.
The entry foyer in the house features a beautifully carved built-in bench original to the house, and a tall, elegant staircase set off by natural light from the large windows on the landing. While the kitchen needs updating, it is a big, open, light-filled space, too. There are original six-panel doors downstairs and gorgeous old light fixtures. There's a large formal dining room with a bay window, and the living room is another bright, airy space. There aren't bedroom or master bath photographs yet, so it's hard to give a full assessment. The detached garage also looks more like a shed, but given the enormousness of the yard, building a new garage seems like a solid (if pricey) possibility.
The listing copy claims the house is an easy walk to area treasures including Sister Pie and Craftwork, and a short bike ride to Belle Isle. While there are clearly areas where the home needs work, its character can't be denied. The list price on this 2100-square-foot house leaves room for negotiation, but also for renovation in many a home-buying budget.
·703 Seyburn Street [Estately]