City Sells 1598 Wyandotte

Mayor Summers handing over the keys to new owner David Ellsworth

Exciting news coming out of Lakewood’s Division of Community Development office! The 1598 Wyandotte house has been sold!

After purchasing the property from foreclosure in early 2010, we have spent the last year doing extensive renovations to this historic home. This former foreclosure now has a brand new bathroom and kitchen as well as a breakfast nook with built-in cabinets and large windows overlooking a beautiful backyard and a rebuilt garage. A new HVAC system was also installed, replacing the old boiler and radiator heating. All of the natural woodwork and unique character of the home was restored including the detailed front door, pocket doors, hardwood floors, moldings, wood windows and the home’s original butler’s pantry! The interior also got a fresh coat of paint. Outside, the foundation was repaired, a new roof was installed as well as a new driveway, chimney, and front porch stairs! The Cleveland Restoration Society picked historic paint colors for this century home, built in 1903. Renovations took just under a year to complete. The home, valued at just over $50,000 a year ago, today is appraised for $133,400!

The Division of Community Development has been purchasing and renovating problem properties for the last couple of years, trying to ensure that Lakewood stays a beautiful, vibrant and safe city for its residents. With the downturn of the economy, the DCD’s job is even more vital now, helping residents that need help secure loans to fix their properties and even buying properties that are in trouble with foreclosure and giving them a new life and a new owner. Congratulations to new owner David Ellsworth and thanks for helping make our program a success!

There are income limits for our programs, so make sure you contact us or check out our website to be sure you qualify. More information about the programs and services of the Division of Community Development is available on our website at (you’ll find them under Departments- Planning and Development- Community Development) or call us at (216) 529- HOME (4663).

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 8:28 AM, 04.20.2011