Dilapidated ‘historic’ Bay Area home on sale for $300,000


In the competitive Bay Area immovable market, even a dilapidated house in the coastal town of Benicia could fetch relatively big bucks.

the two story house in the historic downtown area of ​​Benicia is advertised by its listing agent as a “special opportunity for qualified contractors and buyers, to rehabilitate a historic building in downtown Benicia” – certainly not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for beginner DIYers. The list was released on Tuesday.

With a crumbling brick facade, tattered walls and ceilings, and remnants of a past life on display – see the posters and a calendar hanging on a bedroom wall – the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is in poor condition. The boarded-up windows and crumbling brick facade, supported by sloping columns, will require a considerable amount of work to repair its curb appeal.

But the upside for a renovator, the listing promises, is significant — a 2,000-square-foot property with a brick chimney and major historical significance for a third of the price of comparable homes in the area.

The house is in downtown Benicia, CA.

Courtesy of Keller-Williams Bay Region

The vernacular-style house was built in the 1870s, according to a investigation conducted by the State of California in 2004, and “dates back to the early development of the city.

“It is associated with the start of residential development just off the main commercial streets,” the survey says. “It is a good example of its style and retains a number of original features including the configuration of the windows, doors and porch.”

All of this may still seem a bit pricey, despite where it comes from. But it’s all happening in the Bay Area housing market, where a dilapidated house in San Francisco – dubbed the “worst house on the best block” – has been bought for $2 million.


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