Property Details

Liberty Park * Victorian Duplex (SLC, UT)
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This duplex was originally built as a single family home back in the late 1800s by the city's first fire chief. It was subsequently split into TWO units sometime around the 1940s.

The upstairs is one unit. The downstairs is another unit. Both units have:

- Tall ceilings.
- Original fir hardwood floors.
- Lots of large windows.
- 1/4 acre lot (twice the size of a normal city lot).
- Large rose & vegetable gardens + fruit trees (plum, apple, pear, peach, apricot, cherry).

Old houses like this have a ton of charm and character... but they may also be a little drafty in the winter and the floors may be a bit wonky and creak a bit here and there. Nothing in life is perfect... especially not a 125 yr old house. For me the trade-offs have always been worth it: aged wood floors, wavy window glass, rich soil under your feet. Some folks get it. Others are better suited for shiny new econobox apartment living with carpet, vinyl, and plastic. Such is life.

Pet policy for this building: Cat(s) or small to medium dog allowed in the downstairs unit. Cat(s) only in upstairs unit.

The two tenants at this property split the utilities. (Gas+Electric+Water+Internet run about $125/month/person (averaged over 12 months)).

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1372 south 300 east
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
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 Unit downstairs
 vacant:  No  rent:  $1090
 bedrooms:  1  bathrooms:  1
 sqare feet:  800
This unit--the downstairs unit--is the entire first floor of the original Victorian farmhouse, with about 800 s.f. of usable space.

At one time, the whole Salt Lake valley was mostly larger pioneer farms and homesteads, all of which have been divided up and redeveloped over the years. This was one of the original farmhouses in the area and has a nice 1/4 acre lot with the original irrigation / water rights from the old farming days.

When you split up a single family house into two or more units, the floorplans are always a bit janky. The downstairs unit at this property consists of the original "parlor" room (with original Victorian fireplace), the original living / dining room area, and the original kitchen.

At some point--possibly when the upstairs was split off into a separate unit--an addition was added off the back of the house that has a bathroom, laundry / mud room, and a very small bedroom & closet. So, historically, though it has no closet, the "parlor" with the fireplace (which has the original, functioning pocket doors to close it off) has been used as the bedroom for the downstairs and the smaller room with the closet has been used as either an office /study or guest bedroom or even a nursery.

Since the parlor / bedroom does not have a closet, I've compensated for that in other areas of the unit so that there is probably more hanging space in this apartment than in a typical / comparable one. And the parlor has niches on either side of the fireplace that are perfect for an armoire and a dresser-so if you want more storage / hanging space in that room you can easily pick up either or both on KSL or craigslist.

Since the main / front entry & stairs of the original house went with the upstairs unit when the house was split up into two units, the downstairs unit enters through the original back door of the house--from the back porch. That way both units have their own private entrances.

With the exception of the small, add-on bedroom and bathroom in the back, all of the rooms / spaces in this unit are BIG... and the 10 foot plus ceilings make them feel even bigger. In addition to the heated indoors space, there's a big covered porch off the back that's private and great for dining al fresco, hanging out and reading a good book, having friend over, etc.

Off the kitchen there is a door to the laundry area and utility room (furnace & water heater) and stairs down to the basement (where you can store things like bikes, boards, blades, suitcases, boxes, etc). So, outside the unit itself there is quite a bit of usable space as well.

A recap of the rooms on this floor / in this unit:

- formal parlor/dining room with original (working) Victorian fireplace & mantle
- large living room with tall bay windows
- large kitchen
- small bedroom/office
- full bathroom with claw tub & shower
- large laundry / utility / mudroom
- walk-in basement storage
- large private covered back porch

Since I bought the house several years ago I have done fairly extensive restoration work to the interiors, including restoring all of the original hardwood floors, some re-wiring, extensive plaster restoration, new paint, restoration of the kitchens and baths, etc. Aside from some basic repairs, maintenance, and paint, the exterior is pretty much original.

As a 100+ year old house, it still has some imperfections--like a crooked floor here & there. But it is solid & clean & sunny with a lot of history and a LOT of natural character. Tall ceilings, hardwood floors, tall windows, stained glass, original door and window hardware, thick mouldings... this house has all the classic Victorian trademarks.

The double lot that the house sits on is one of the best features. A nice covered porch, peach, pear, apricot, plum, and apple trees, raspberry bushes, a blackberry bramble, a BIG summer garden, a rose garden.... (I spent most of my time out back when I lived here... working in the garden, reading and studying on the back porch, cooking out with friends. So much nicer than being in an apartment complex with no outdoor space.)

This unit also has a laundry room with free use of the washer & dryer.

The two tenants in this building split the utilities. Gas+Electric+Water+Internet run about $125/month/unit (averaged over 12 months).... which is really very cheap for a place like this.

Pet policy for this unit: Cat(s) and dogs allowed with deposit. (Some quantity, size, breed, and weight restriction apply of course.)

.25 acre lot with alley access... so, room to store a boat, trailer, RV, motorcycles, if needed.

THIS UNIT IS CURRENTLY LEASED!
 
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 Unit upstairs
 vacant:  No  rent:  $895
 bedrooms:  1  bathrooms:  1
 sqare feet:  650
At one time, the whole Salt Lake valley was mostly pioneer farms and homesteads, all of which have been divided up and redeveloped over the years. This was one of the original farmhouses in the area and has a nice 1/4 acre lot with the original irrigation / water rights from the old farming days.

When you split up a single family house into two or more units, the floorplans are always a bit janky. The upstairs unit at this property was the original three bedrooms and one bathroom for the house. One bedroom was turned into a kitchen, and either of the remaining two bedrooms can be living room or bedroom (since both have closets). One of the two has a larger, walk-in closet--so that tends to be the room most tenants have used as the bedroom.

This unit also got the main entry / stairs from the original floorplan--because obviously you need stairs to get up-stairs. So, the downstairs tenant enters their unit from the back door of the original house. Meaning both apartment have their own, unique, private entrance.

The detailing upstairs is the same as down in that they are both typical Victorian in vintage and style... with big Victorian mouldings, tall ceilings, lots of windows, block & plinth casing around the doors & windows, original hardwood floors, claw foot tubs, etc.

In October 2007 I completed a fairly major renovation of upstairs unit, including light electrical, refinishing the hardwoods, floating out the plaster walls & ceilings, new paint, new kitchen counters & backsplash, new tile, sink & plumbing fixtures in the bathroom, etc. So the unit is pretty tight for being well over 100 yrs old.

On the main floor, in the back of the house, there is a shared laundry / mud room hat both units have access to. The washer and dryer are both free (not coin op). And there is some additional, shared storage space in the basement... for things like bikes, boards, blades, camping gear, suitcases, boxes, etc.

There are lots of windows and sunlight in this 2nd floor apartment Plus, full access to the yard & gardens. If you have a green thumb (or would like to develop one) this would be a great spot for you. We do a big garden ourselves every summer and there is PLENTY of room for you to claim your own dirt and plant your own stuff.

In the fall you can walk right out into the yard and pick a nice heirloom tomato for your salad or a couple of squash for you dinner. There are mature peach, plumb, apricot, and cherry trees as well. And I just planted two new apple trees to replace a huge old golden delicious that blew down in a storm a couple of years ago--and a new apricot, a ranier cherry, and a pear tree (sans partridge).

The house is in a quiet vintage neighborhood close to downtown & Liberty Park. The street is on a north / south bus route so it is just a few stops away from downtown, the library, and TRAX.

This property is all about the big yard, large garden, and the turn-of-the-century architecture. So if you love vintage and you like to dig in the dirt... this might be the home for you.

The two tenants in this building split the utilities. Gas+Electric+Water+Internet run about $125/month/person (averaged over 12 months in 2008).

Pet policy for THIS (upstairs) unit: Cat(s) possible. Dog(s) not possible. Pet deposit is $250 for one cat; $395 for two cats.

*** THIS UNIT IS CURRENTLY LEASED.
 
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