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Renovated historic Craftsman yours for just $70K

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The home has a proven track record as an Airbnb rental, too

A blue-and-white craftsman house sits at the bottom of a staircase and with trees on either side. Photos by Phil Ritter

If Curbed’s House of the Day column proves anything, it’s that homes come in all shapes, sizes, and yes—price points. What “affordability” or “value” means in New York or San Francisco looks drastically different than it does elsewhere. Still, any stand-alone home priced under $100,000 in the U.S. will catch attention, especially by coastal urbanites who feel like they can barely afford a parking spot for that amount.

The latest listing to cross our desk is this two-bedroom, one-bath home in Toledo, Ohio, where the median list price of homes is currently $89,250, according to Zillow. Built in 1914, the home was purchased for $1,500 five years ago by Angela and Danny Kline, a couple who restores historic homes. The Craftsman was the former home of local artist Wil Clay, and is located walking distance from the Toledo Museum of Art.

As featured in an HGTV pilot show called Almost Home, the home’s restoration involved modernizing the property while maintaining its authenticity. New granite countertops, a marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and all-new electrical and plumbing brought the house up to 21st-century standards. But period-appropriate stained glass, wood trim, and a restored cast iron claw foot tub add historic charm. Other amenities include an enclosed porch, fenced yard, and garage.

The 1,163-square-foot home does sit close to the I-75 highway, but its central location has also worked to its advantage; according to Ms. Kline, in the past, the property has made about $2,000 per month as an Airbnb rental. Interested? 801 Lincoln Avenue is on the market now for $69,400.

The living room features a large beige rug, white couch, light blue walls, and white trim, with a restored wooden staircase on the right.
A dining room features a dark wooden table with a floral runner, a built-in storage nook in white in a bay window, and a see-through to a kitchen.
A kitchen features tin ceilings, white cabinets, gray granite countertops and wooden floors.
A master bedroom features a white bed on a platform, white walls and white curtains with a blue and pink rug.
A bathroom features two white sinks with mirrors above, a white dresser, and a white claw foot tub with a white and rose shower curtain.
A nursery features a dark wooden crib on the right, a blue and wood arm chair on the left, and two blue storage cubes sit below a wooden window.