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1888 Oakland Victorian Could Be Yours Free… With a Big Catch

Fancy a fixer-upper? This historic 133 year old home is free, but you’ll have to arrange to move it to an empty lot.
By - posted 7/16/2021 No Comment

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the news that a 133 year old Victorian home in Oakland could be yours for free. But there’s a very big (and expensive) catch.

The historic home at 2428 Chestnut Street, built around 1888, is being given away for free, provided you have both the means to relocate it and an available empty lot for your new home.

The developer is planning to build 12 three-story townhouses on the lot, but the original home must be demolished or relocated. The stately home is not listed by the California Register of Historical Resources, but regulations require the developer to make a good-faith effort to have the home relocated.

SFist has reported that a notice has appeared outside the home that reads “Free House — Must Be Moved!

The single-story home is current vacant. Nope, it’s not a two-story house; it’s just raised above street level.

If you’re interested in the home, and want to take on the the massive task of relocating it, you can contact Alex Walter at 609-707-7644.


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