Historic house for sale, asking price: free

GOLDEN – If you're in the market for a new home, there's one that will likely fit your budget in the City of Golden, but it comes with a catch.

The 935 square foot house is located at 18th Street and Illinois Street in Golden, and the asking price is free.

However, if you want it, you'll have to find somewhere else to put it.

"The house has to go and the Golden Historic Preservation board thought it would be a great idea if we could find a home for this house," said Rick Muriby, Planning Manager for the City of Golden.

Built in 1923, the historic house sits on the lot where The Colorado School of Mines is set to build its new welcome center.

Due to the home's historical value, the college agreed to let the city offer it to whoever can move the house to a new location, in hopes of preserving the dwelling.

In a written statement they said, "As we work to improve campus, we are making strong efforts to reuse existing sites and materials in accordance with sustainable construction practices. If it is feasible to do so, we have offered to sell structures slated for demolition and have them moved to another location."

"It's a nice little house that could make someone a nice home, if they could find a place to put it and pay for the actual move of the house," Muriby said.

State property can't technically be given away, so the recipient of the house will need to 'buy' the home at a nominal charge.

There are specific insurance requirements to follow regarding exactly how the house needs to be moved, and it must be done by mid-May.

"If there are no takers, unfortunately, the house will be demolished," Muriby said.

If interested, contact Rick Muriby, Golden Planning Manager, at 303-384-8098 by April 1, 2014.


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