Buy this house

951 Lake Avenue is a 1720 antique on four acres of land at the intersection of Lake and Lower Cross Road. It was purchased for $1.335 million in 2002 and brought back to life with the installation of modern wiring, refinished floors, and the exposure of the original beams. A remarkable job but obviously not the house for everybody, because it was listed for sale in 2007 at $2.8 million and went nowhere. Today it’s been marked down, again, to $1.595. A little further negotiation and you’ve got yourself a fine, one-of-a-kind house. Neat.

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  1. Have you seen the interior Chris? The problem with houses that old is that the rooms are typically tiny.

    • christopherfountain

      Low ceilings, Richard, which don’t bother me with my gigantic height of 5’10” but might not be comfortable for a basketball player. Room size seemed fine but again, I don’t personally like huge interior spaces so I don’t pick up on such things unless I’m reviewing something for a client with specific preferences in that regard. I see it as a perfect house for a couple, but it probably saw large families in it at various times since 1720.

  2. Anonymous

    I will ride by it today on my bike…do you have a picture so I don’t miss it.

    • christopherfountain

      I’m having trouble getting a picture from the MLS, Anon, but it’s the first in on Lower Cross, right below Parkway School and its western border abuts Lake Ave. If you hit Whitby school, you missed it.

  3. Stanwich

    Chris, As a whitby parent I drive my little darlings by this place all the time. While your affinity for old, creaky houses is well documented on this blog, the value in this property is not in the house but rather the land. The house, as situated on the lot, is in a bad location right at the corner of the property on two relatively active roads. I say buy the property, keep the house as a pool house and build something really nice farther away from the road.

  4. real torme

    Where Andres Segovia used to live, I believe.

  5. Wally

    It should be noted that this house is also directly adjacent to the new GEMS facility under construction not 50 feet away from the house, on the site where the old art barn was located. Yes, GEMS as in the ambulance service, that often leaves the site with sirens blaring at all hours of the day or night.

  6. Accident Waiting

    This house was great when Lake Avenue was a cow path. But with cars roaring by, I am still waiting for a car to drive through the fence and into the living room and kill somebody. This house needs a 10 foot thick stone wall around it, not a white fence. Scary. VERY SPECIAL LOCATION!

  7. Anonymous

    There’s a lake in the garden?