Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Indianapolis Historic Home For Sale for a $1.00

Located on the west side of Indianapolis on 79th Street, the Cotton-Ropkey Home is slated to be demolished due to a recent land sale to a commercial developer.  DM Irish visited the site and had high hopes of possibly purchasing and relocating this great home to Hamilton County.  Easier said than done!  Bridges, power lines, tree widths, and stop lights over the course of at least 20 miles away, would make this move extremely challenging.  Moving costs within one mile of the home's current location are bid at $30,000.  20 miles away?  We can't imagine that cost!  Hopefully someone will step in soon to rescue this great find!
Built in 1848 by John Cotton, this Italianate-style home is in great condition! 
It was later purchased by the Ropkey family in 1937 and they owned it until the recent sale.

There have been several additions to the home over the course of the years.  We stepped off the original two-story structure and it measures 20 feet wide by 30 feet deep.  True-divided-light, six-over-six window panes and tall shutters add to the exterior character.

A peek inside reveals gorgeous trim work and hardwood floors in a 3", 4", 5" plank pattern layout!  It's hard to find this character in today's homes!

The large family room is anchored by a two-sided fire place with mantle. 
The original staircase sits to the far right of this room, just steps inside the entry. 
Arched doorways lead into the second living area, possibly a parlor or former kitchen area.

Buy it for $1 and relocate it to your own lot, add your custom touches, and move right in!  DM Irish would LOVE to make this happen, but our ideal lot is probably too far to make the trip.  We value the history this home holds and hope that an interested and able buyer is in the works!

This home is registered as part of the National Registry of Historic Places and is currently being managed by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.  For more info on this and any other Indiana-area historic homes, visit their site here

The DM Irish passion for historic homes runs deep.  So if you have interest in buying, renovating, and living in a historic home, contact us here so we can help you start that adventure!

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