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Cleveland Avenue Cutie @ $649K

This unassuming house at 81 Cleveland Avenue packs a lot of punch within a charming package.  Its comfortable size allows for the elegant flow of rooms you find in much bigger houses without the burden of a much bigger house.  In so many ways this residence has everything you could ever want in a house. It sits (literally) within a few steps of two of Buffalo’s most prestigious schools (Canisius High School and Nardin Academy) on one of the Elmwood Village’s premier streets just a short walk to the best part of Elmwood.  It has porches front and back with the rear opening onto a secluded backyard, which embraces an enticing in-ground pool.

Inside, the recently renovated house has one gorgeous room after another backed with immaculate historic detail. One interesting and rare feature of this house is the front porch, which is only accessible from the inside.  It has no front steps to the street, making this space into a private outdoor room.  It’s a great way to have some privacy but still be part of the public realm of the city.

The house has 2,924 square feet of space including 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. As noted, that front unique porch is like a bonus room in summer.  There is also a beautiful little detached garage in the back. The listing says it was built in 2010.  This date seems reasonable for this style.  Taxes are listed as $8,033.

Here is the pitch:

Gorgeous Colonial has fine architectural features and many updates giving it an elegant yet modernized feel. Features leaded glass windows, natural wood, beamed wood ceilings, wainscoting, French doors, restored hardwood floors. Grand entrance foyer w/ beautiful wood staircase. Completely renovated kitchen w/ heated porcelain floors, quartz counters, stainless appliances, cabinets, and NanaWall door system leading to deck. Spacious LR w/ gas insert FP, 2 sets of French doors lead to lg. front porch. Elegant DR features pocket doors and wainscoting. Mstr suite has cathedral ceilings, gas insert FP, and ceramic tile bathrm w/ lg. shower. 2 other bdrms and full bath. 3rd fl bonus room and updated bath. Gunite pool w/ salt water system and deck. Front landscaping has been completely redone.










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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