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An Arts and Crafts West Side Wonder

Tim Sick and Sal Zambito II have struck again. This time, the neighborhood residential developers have tacked a wonderful arts and crafts house on the city’s West Side. After picking up the property a year ago, the two decided that they would fix it up as their new home. So they went to work on the place, removing walls, opening it up, and basically restoring the architectural features back to their original state. For example, almost all of the interior woodwork had been painted. Yes, painted!

373 Parkdale Avenue also needed a new roof. Then there was the front porch – they added a new board and bead roof, with structural support to accommodate a gorgeous Amish-crafted swing. The old windows were replaced. The kitchen cabinetry was refurbished, and a dining-living island was installed. The only wood floors that were not salvageable were in the kitchen, but they found a close match. There are a number of ceiling aviator fans, along with a cedar closet upstairs (nice touch). The home has three bedrooms – or combine two for a master suite… or a den.

According to Sal, it was ludicrous to have so many walls… it was very constricting, almost claustrophobic. One of the walls was replaced with a staircase rail that matched the arts and crafts rail leading up to the second floor. The attention to detail is great. Tim pointed out a restored thermal pain leaded glass window in the foyer vestibule. “The house is going to be 100 years old this year,” mentioned Tim and Sal. “We repurposed as much as we could, and tried to find as many period design elements, such as sconces. There’s a new roof too. We did all of this work with the intention of moving in ourselves. But then we found another property that we are restoring. So we’re selling this for $215K.”

The house has a super unusual exterior, with what could be fragments of old monument stones embedded into aggregate mortar. Above that is stucco, which is still the original sandstone color. In back, at the end of the new exposed aggregate driveway, is a nice little garage. Next to that is a quaint backyard. While this is not the largest house around, it’s loaded with character. And since Tim and Sal had originally intended on living there, they made sure that the attention to detail was first and foremost with their intentions. At some point in the near future, someone will be very happy living in this delightful abode. 

If you’re interested in purchasing this home, give Sal a call at 716-553-6911.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • armyof100clowns

    From what I can see – I’m jelly!

    It would be nice if there were photos of the outside that showed more of the exterior, including the house within the context of its lot and neighbors. Interior work, though, is awesome. Excellent work!

    • armyof100clowns

      Strange to be replying to myself but . . .

      I looked up the listing and found the exterior shots I felt were missing from the article. Cool place! I would like to know the history since it looks like it was built by the same people that constructed the neighboring houses (369 Parkadale, 321 Bird, and 323 Bird) since they all have this rubble stone exterior detail and share other similar exterior features. The places on Bird I’ve admired for a number of years when headed to the post office.

      • OldFirstWard

        …and front facade mounted satellite dishes everywhere.

        • armyof100clowns

          Your point is?

          Those are not permanent, nor do they alter the structure or style of the house in a manner that is irreversible. Would I do that? Absolutely not, but I am not the homeowner.

          If I am understanding what you’re implying with this response is correct, then half the homes in your neck of the woods should be scrapped, it’s not lamentable the freight house was not salvaged, and we should let Carr have his way since all of these things are ugly, old, or “irreversibly” altered.

  • OldFirstWard

    The flooring, trim, and other woodwork look beautiful. Don’t like the stairway railing (if you can call it that) at all. I’ve never liked that shade of granite on the island, it always reminds me of a public restroom (would a slight radius edge work better?) Cabinetry seems very minimal to non-existent. The exterior finishes, though I realize are original to the home, are very unappealing, especially the stucco. The price is $85,000 less than the recent post on 16th St., and would probably work for many. Nice work on the interior.

    • BuffaloGals

      Would you mind supplying a complete list of all the things you hate? I’m remodeling a home and I’m looking for some ideas for design elements I can incorporate into my plans. Apart from painting the brick I’m going to have a small fridge in every room for my craft brew-drinking millennial friends.

      • David Pastor

        Was a bit much….

      • BufChester

        Be sure it have a rack by the door for your Converse, and room enough on the porch for your kayak.

  • pollo316

    It’s 1100sq ft. They are crazy, it’s had several price drops already. You can buy a bigger home down the street for 99k and make it immaculate below the 215k pricetag. This must be a ploy to generate more interest in the listing.

  • David Pastor

    Stair case looks terrible.

  • Ra Cha Cha

    Lovely! This house is one of a pair of arts-and-crafts “twins” and there are several sets of those twins on the northwestern side of the West Side. Another spot to see them is on the western part of Lafayette. There must be a story behind those houses. I wonder if Sal and Tim know what the story is?

  • grovercleveland

    Is this a sponsored post?