4 beds, 2 baths and a billboard

June 19, 2007
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If you've driven north on Delaware Street toward 16th, you've seen this billboard. But did you notice the Herron-Morton home behind it? The house is for sale, and it's one of the most interesting listing I've seen in a while. Billboard HomeIn terms of cost per square foot, the 1904 home is probably the best deal in the neighborhood. It has three levels and a basement for a total of 4,300 square feet. The price: $185,000. Of course, there are downsides. The owner plans to retain rights to the billboard, so you wouldn't have control over what your house is advertising. And at night, headlights glare into the front room. The home is owned by Clear Channel. "They had to buy the house to get the sign rights," said Larry Bray, the Tucker real estate agent listing the property.
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  • Cory, do you know how long that billboard has been there? How on earth did they get zoning approval for that?
  • http://www.talktotucker.com/2729766
    The neighboring houses along Delaware are going for about $325,000
  • The billboard was attached to the property prior to the neighborhood becoming an historic district (I believe early 80's). The billboard is therefore grandfathered-in and is not subject to the same rules as the rest of the properties in Herron-Morton Place.
  • Seems like a good location for the IBJ to hang its first Property Lines billboard. Although your a forty foot high likeness of the blogmaster might not do wonders for local property values.
  • There was a push a couple years back to oust the billboard, which is, indeed, an eyesore. If I recall correctly, Clear Channel went around and around with Historic Preservation but ultimately prevailed.

    The neighborhood wasn't pleased.
  • I wonder if the person who buys the house could rent the billboard space and then have it painted to look like the side of the house...that would rock.
  • I dunno, the price sounds reasonable, and hardly a steal, given the billboard issue. I drive by there nearly daily, and the actual condition of the place ain't so great. I'm guessing something in the $325k range would be in better condition.
  • The house would probably be best suited for some kind of business. With 16th street up and coming, perhaps someone will invest to modify it for some kind of retail option.
  • Cory, correct me if I'm wrong, but this billboard was owned by your boss, one Mickey Maurer. He must have sold it recently to CC after he got the rezoning. Helps to have a little pull around town to get those things through...
  • Jim, you are correct. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. The controvery predates my arrival at IBJ.
  • Maybe the neighborhood will plant a couple of big ol' shade trees in that little patch of green in front of the billboard.

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