My Dollar House: The Little West Side Cottage That Could in Buffalo, NY.

This is our little dollar house in Buffalo, NY. We are calling it our little cottage that could.

We picked up this little 1860’s brick cottage for $1 dollar. The house is steps from two local breweries, the best coffee shop in Buffalo and many restaurants and fun shops. This dollar house wasn’t a part of the Buffalo homestead program but instead, a private owner who was ready to spend 15K to demolish the house on his own. With a little convincing, it is now ours for less than a cup of coffee. It has a new roof, cool original brick inside and it is gutted to the studs. Sure it isn’t easy to renovate but the upside to this house is we can make it our own for less than what we would pay for a house that isn’t designed for our needs. We are currently in the process of design and we are aiming to make this a near net zero home while still retaining the historic character of the cottage. We cannot wait to create a modern yet historic transformation that will keep this house alive for another 150 years!

To follow up more about Dollar houses in Buffalo, check out this post I posted last year. Also, check out our buds Mike Puma and David Torke in the LA TIMES article about the Buffalo Homestead Program and their experiences here.