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Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Modern Real Estate: Preservation Alert


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
6 Comments » | Published in Architecture, Preserving Modern Architecture, Real estate  |  6 Comments

Thanks to Maya of VisuaLingual for tipping me off to this fantastic house that is a total steal. I grew up very close to this house, and my good pal Jennifer Jowaisas lived right down the street. I had never seen it before. It was the personal home of modern early modern architect Ray Roush, and it’s in Anderson Township, Ohio (a Cincinnati burb, about 10-15 minutes from downtown). Roush served as a mentor to Michael Graves, who later wrote the forward to a book about Roush and his colleague, Carl Strauss.

This house seems to have gone into foreclosure and is on the market for $135,000. The original realtor, Susan Rissover, would love to see it preserved so much that even though it is no longer her listing, she is making people aware of it on her website. It is a wonderful modern preservation opportunity. While Susan took these pictures in 2007, she went back to check out the property a few months ago and discovered that it had been vandalized, which makes us both sick to our stomachs. While it wasn’t anything that sounded terribly expensive to fix, original fixtures were stolen or damaged. To learn more, check out Oh, and P.S. Susan lists the pros and cons of the house, and from spending a lot of time in the area as a kid, I can tell you there are big scary snakes on all around Five Mile Road. I don’t know if any of them were poisonous, but they are big, and they made me avoid going outside at Jennifer’s house as much as possible.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Arlene Grasman says:

    June 10th, 2010 at 11:11 am (#)

    Love it.
    Echo, green…and beautiful.

  2. liza says:

    June 10th, 2010 at 11:25 am (#)

    What I’d give to be able to plop that house down right here. Especially for that price!! Great bones, of course. Somebody must save it.

  3. becky says:

    June 10th, 2010 at 12:27 pm (#)

    Oh I know! Even for suburban Cincinnati, $135K is a total steal – isn’t that about $800/month on a 30 year mortgage? I don’t know anyone whose rent is that reasonable. In spite of the snakes, the woods there are beautiful. I can’t wait to try and see this when I’m home for my 20 year reunion in July.

  4. visualingual says:

    June 10th, 2010 at 2:57 pm (#)

    I really hope that this house is bought by someone who appreciates all the thought that went into the design. I wish I were the right person to buy it because, even with the structural damage and recent vandalism, it still seems amazing, and the price is unbelievable.

  5. Jennae @ Green Your Decor says:

    June 24th, 2010 at 12:58 pm (#)

    I don’t know about the snakes, but the house is GORGEOUS! And for $135K? Makes me want to move to Ohio right now.

  6. Becky says:

    June 24th, 2010 at 2:07 pm (#)

    Jennae, it’s also a three-minute drive from my favorite Skyline Chili parlor.

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