preservation SOS!

by Mar 24, 2010ModArchitecture1 comment


This is an all out preservation alert.  Many of you may remember that I had the Ray Roush house in Anderson listed a couple of years ago.  Long story short, Ray’s wife’s niece sold the house to a neighbor who sold it to an investor.  I had it on the market for the investor, but it needed some foundation work that they could not afford to do – so they leased it.  It then went into foreclosure.  It just came back on the market as a lender owned property – listed at $135,000!

In my opinion, it is one of the best pure modern homes I have ever seen.  Ray was a brilliant and talented designer and architect, and this was his personal home.  It is not my listing, but I feel a certain kinship with this house, and I would love to do right by Ray and find a new sympathetic owner.  When I had it on the market, it was listed @ $295,000.  Why didn’t it sell?  There are some inherent issues: It is located on a wooded hillside high above I-275, so there is a certain amount of highway noise.  Being in a remote, wooded setting has it’s plusses and minuses.  On the plus side it has a very secluded 2.7 acre lot.  On the minus side, there are no gas lines, water lines or sewer lines on the property.  Heat is oil, cooking is electric, water is collected in a cistern, and there is a septic system of unknown age, origin and type on the property.  It is almost like living completely off the grid – all this and only 10 minutes from downtown!

I have not been in the house in a couple of years, so I don’t know the current condition.  From the looks of the current listing photos it looks a lot like it did when I last saw it.  It has awesome original light fixtures.  Needs new appliances, but the kitchen is not bad.  I love the bathroom.  It is a very spacious, open, 2 bedroom home.  I suspect there are still foundation issues to deal with (it has a block foundation, which should be easily repaired).  It has a 1 car carport and a small partial basement.

Click here to see the visual tour that I did for the house in 2007.  More photos below – these were taken when I had it listed.  CONTACT US SOON if you are interested in this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a landmark Cincinnati Modern house!  Remember, lender owned properties will not negotiate any contingencies, so you must be pre approved and ready to buy to submit an offer.

Update on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 1:34PM by

I hear people are crawling all over this house – it’ won’t last long!  If you are interested, please contact us today!

Update on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:45PM by

I just came from seeing the house for the first time in about a year and a half and I feel kind of sick.  Several of the cool original light fixtures are gone.  Someone ripped the shower head out of the wall (damaging the tile) and removed the bathroom mirror and destroyed the light fixture above it.  The hanging cabinets in the laundry area of the kitchen have been removed.  The coolest light fixture ever is hanging broken in the dining room.  I honestly don’t know what gets into people when houses go into foreclosure – it’s like a free for all to destroy them.  So very sad….but the house is still intact and the foundation crack looks fixable.  It’s still a great place.  I just needs someone to love it and take care of it…..soon!

1 Comment

  1. Susan Rissover

    Visited the house last night. Total disaster. Needs $$$, bug spray, bleach, buckets, weed killer, a lot of energy. Who destroyed this house – renters?

    June 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermvw

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