Property Crush

This Vibrant Victorian Fixer-Upper in Kentucky Is on the Market for $139,000

published Dec 10, 2020
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Credit: Courtesy of Thwaites Realtors

The details

  • Address: 257 Mt Airy Ave., Paris, Kentucky
  • Price: $139,000
  • Size: 3,462 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
Credit: Courtesy of Thwaites Realtors

Why we have a crush on this property

What stops you in your tracks about this colorful 1880s home for sale in Kentucky is its minty green trim. But what stops a real estate editor in her tracks (mine, in this case) is a simple ratio: $40 per square foot.

This fixer upper on the market in Paris is huge, stretching to 3,462 square feet. With a price tag of only $139,000, the place is quite the bargain. A home asking $40 per square foot is an unheard of deal—especially when you consider that some similarly sized homes in other parts of the country fetch more than $400 per square foot. 

Credit: Courtesy of Thwaites Realtors

Of course, buying this house wouldn’t be a walk in the park—it’s not exactly move-in ready. The home could use a bit of restoration work—peeling wallpaper here, hardwoods in need of refinishing there. Period details abound, though, not to mention the perk of several fireplaces and a good-sized backyard.

Rip out the dingy carpets, brighten up the kitchen, and overhaul the two bathrooms, and you’ve got yourself a comfortable Victorian with vintage flair and modern comforts.

Credit: Courtesy of Thwaites Realtors

As this is a special home, only a conventional mortgage or a cash purchase will be accepted. That means no special mortgage programs like FHA, VA, or other kinds of loans that allow you to put less than 10 percent down. The fixer-upper is listed by Sue Kelley with Thwaites Realtors.

Credit: Courtesy of Thwaites Realtors
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