This house has been abandoned only since last summer. The matriarch of the very extended family living there passed away and when she went so did her social security and her deceased husband’s pension. The rest of the family is a bunch of losers who stopped paying all utilities, taxes, and the mortgage. As the gas, then electricity, then water got shut off, one by one they moved out until only a young mother and her 5 year old remained. After watching them spent the night with only candles for light I was prepared to call child protection services but then they too moved out the next day.
I didn’t consider this place abandoned because I just assumed the bank would put it up for sheriff’s sale and auction it off. But a neighbor told me the house was in pretty bad shape to start with and then got a lot of water damage over the winter. Apparently even with the water shut off, pipes can still freeze then burst and do a lot of damage.
The layout of the house is weird. The first floor from front to back is living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom on one side; the stairs, a bar area, bathroom, laundry room, and stairs to the backyard on the other side. It is quite large. However the second floor consists only of one bedroom, a kitchen, and a bathroom.
It’s not breaking and entering if the window is completely missing, is it?
The real estate company that now is in possession of the house put a very large lock on the front door but for some reason saw no need to board up or fix the very large and very missing front window.
This was the laundry room and what appears to be the source of the water damage. It also doesn’t help that there is a hole in the ceiling of this room.
On the other side of the laundry room wall is the downstairs full bath with the fanciest toilet seat I have ever seen.
The dining room shares the other wall with the laundry and the bathroom.
Take two steps forward and this is where the floor sinks down a few inches under my weight.
That looks like three layers of wallpaper.
The kitchen is quite small for such a large house. I’m going to assume this was the light but I don’t get the wallpaper on the ceiling.
Another section of kitchen ceiling.
The master bedroom (behind the kitchen) also has major water damage and the back wall looks ready to collapse.
The cellar steps. I of course took a pass on visiting the cellar and it turned out to be a wise choice. Neighbor later informed me that stray cats have taken over the cellar. The yellow object on the floor is a pair of children's sunglasses.
Also, take two steps back and you have the second place where the floor gave way under me. I think the carpeting was the only thing that saved me from putting my foot through the floor completely.
The bar area, complete with paneled ceiling.
I braved going up stairs and found another kitchen and full bath. The house reeked enough of mildew, I wasn’t about to open the fridge.
I guess they didn’t like those kids enough to take their pictures with them.
I love the decals on the range.
A very nicely swept up pile of trash in one of the closets.
There were American flags all over the place, at least one in each room. Through the window you can see the siding of the neighbor's house.
The bedroom looking out over the street. I’m actually surprised at the hole in the ceiling in this room. I think the roof is rather new.
You can tell this place was in major disrepair for long before they finally moved out. If you are up for it the asking price is $25,000. That’s about $25,000 too much if you ask me.