Fixer-Upper Friday: A Blue Bungalow in East Providence
With a garage, a yard, and an office, all for under $180,000.
97 Crown Avenue, East Providence
Size: 1,238 square feet
For less than the price of a one-bedroom condo in Jamaica Plain, you could own an exceedingly charming three-bedroom bungalow in Providence—and at twice the size of the Boston pad. You’ll just have to put in a little elbow grease to transform the semi-outdated place into a warm, cozy home.
This fixer-upper for sale in East Providence has a lot going for it. Those fleeing urban life will appreciate the yard and garage, not to mention space for a home office. Plus, it asks just $179,000, which comes out to a mere $145 per square foot.
Inside, there’s an enclosed front porch, a living room that could do without its shag carpeting, and an eat-in kitchen with an original wood banquette. Thankfully, the house won’t require a complete overhaul—just the removal of some wallpaper here, the ripping out of some carpets there. It might even be possible to skirt a bathroom renovation entirely. The tiling in there isn’t half-bad.
As for its more practical perks, the home’s steam boiler and electrical wiring have been updated in this century, at least, and a new roof was installed in 2008. The only downside is that the property does not qualify for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, as it has peeling paint both on the interior and exterior. That may mean cash buyers will make moves quickly, so if you’re considering putting in an offer, hop to it.
For information, contact Jean Kusiak, TK Real Estate Brokerage, LLC, riliving.com.
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