I realized that I have not shared before pictures of the house, so I thought I’d do so now before the project gets too involved. Three things attracted me to this house. 1) Location. It is located within the City limits and close to downtown. Cincinnati’s downtown has gotten very expensive and beyond my current reach, but Camp Washington is just minutes from what I love most about Cincinnati (Findlay Market, OTR, downtown, my best friend Joan). I believe and the press has touted Camp Washington as the next up and coming Cincinnati neighborhood, so I really feel I’ve made a great investment. With the tax abatement I’ll receive over the next 10-years I’ve got a decade to watch property value climb, while experiencing a 96% drop in property taxes. Here is an article that appeared in the Cincinnati Business Courier if you’d like to learn more: All Signs Point to Camp Washington.
2) The Lot. My purchase price included 3063 Henshaw, which holds the house, but also the corner lot 3061 Henshaw, which will allow me to build a garage and have off-street parking. As a suburban raised person, the one thing I can’t see giving up is garage parking. A detached garage will be enough to get use to. The street would be way too much. Already I’ve been to the house in the evening and had to park down the street as most of the houses on the street don’t have driveways and many houses have multiple people with multiple cars.
3) The unfinished attic space. The house is two bedroom, 1 bath on the first level but the attic space is unfinished with full height ceilings divided into two rooms (2/3 and 1/3). That area will become my master suite. The 1/3 section will be the bath and that space is the size of my current bedroom. I already spend the majority of my time in my room and now I will have a true oasis. Heck the entire house will be my oasis!!!! Enjoy the pics and await the transformation.