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Prospecting for Gold

The beautifully intact house at 167 Prospect Avenue on Buffalo’s lower west side has wonderful street appeal.  But street appeal is just the beginning.  The inside holds a cornucopia of Victorian wonderfulness that you can own for the low low price of $295,000.

Now, I know there are a few who will come on here and point out that the lower west side is a gang infested crack den of a neighborhood and that this price is absurd for such a horrible horrible place.  Ok yes you are right, potential buyers should take that under advisement.

Now for those who see the incredible value in owning a lavishly detailed historic house in a neighborhood blocks from downtown, this beauty is waiting for you to steal it from its current owner.  The house is literally packed with carvings, stained glass and wood paneling with the bonus of a big enclosed yard and garage. Here is the realtor’s description:

Historic Victorian boasts magnificent woodwork, beautiful stained glass and leaded windows, pocket doors, high ceilings, exposed brick walls and much more. The upstairs includes 1 full bath, 4 large bedrooms, a deck overlooking the fully fenced backyard and a romantic fireplace in the master bedroom. Attached garage, Florida room, first floor laundry. Steps from Allentown, Downtown and Peace Bridge. You must see this classic home to appreciate all of its beauty!!


Similar houses in Allentown sell for $500K. Condos at the Avant building 2 blocks from here range to over $1M.  With millions in new development poring into this part of the city it is safe to say that the next owner is going to be boasting, to astonished friends in the near future, about how they got this treasure for less than $300K.

Some of the facts:

  • Built in 1880
  • 2,724 sf with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 fire places, and a 2 car garage
  • taxes $1355

Here is a link to the listing for more information and contact info.  Move fast.  This one will not last.

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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