808 E Davenport St, Iowa City, IA 522453 beds, 2 baths, 1,200 sqft
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Each apartment currently is about 600 square feet. When I lived in the house with my son, who was 7 or 8 at the time, we had two bedrooms in the upstairs, which added about 800 square feet to the east-side unit. But when I started renting the place out, the city insisted that the upstairs could not be used as a living area because the ceiling height was less than seven feet. (Even in the middle of the upstairs the ceiling isn't quite that high.) Finally a year or two ago my property manager removed the permanent stairs that I had put in and installed a pull-down staircase instead, so that the city would be satisfied with its being used only as a storage area. I haven't seen the interior since that time.
In the west-side apartment there are two small bedrooms and a living room and a small kitchen and bathroom. The east-side apartment, without the upstairs, is the same size as the west-side one, but the property manager is renting it out now as a studio apartment: no bedrooms, but a fair-sized kitchen, a dining room, and a living room. (Probably the tenant uses the "dining room" as a bedroom, but it is between the kitchen and the living room.)
I used to rent the places out with utilities extra, but ten years ago or so I started renting them with utilities included, which may not have been a good idea. The tenants do pay their water bill (which is expensive in Iowa City, usually coming to about $80-$100 a month). The tenants have access to a washer (and dryer, I think) in the basement, and that in itself should be a draw. The main draw, of course, is location. I'd love to be back there again myself, within walking distance to everything!
As I said, I've thought of converting it back to a single-family house and upgrading it substantially inside, but I haven't done that yet and don't know whether I'll ever get around to it. If I were living in the house myself (whether as a single-family house or as a duplex with just the west-side unit rented out and inspected by the city), I would rebuild the staircase that used to go up to the attic from the east-side living room. That would be the sensible thing to do if you want to live in the house.
The best person to contact is the real estate agent, Bob Crane, whose phone number is 319-354-4100. If you have any questions about the house, you can email me or give me a call, but Bob has been inside it more recently than I, so he can probably give you a better idea of its condition.
- Lot: 2,400 sqft
- Multi Family
- Heating: Forced air
- Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Linoleum / Vinyl
- Parking: On street
- Unfinished basement
- Range / Oven
- Exterior material: Other
- Roof type: Asphalt
- Room count: 7
- # Stories: 1.0
- Unit count: 2
- Floor size: 1,200 sqft
- Heating: Gas
- Zillow Home ID: 2146459458
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Neighborhood for 808 E Davenport Street
Foreclosures will be a factor impacting home values in the next several years. In the 52245 market, the number of foreclosures waiting to be sold shrank 13.9% in the last year. The number of unsold foreclosures is 600% greater than in Iowa City, and 89.6% less than the national average. This higher local number may prevent 52245 home values from rising as quickly as other regions in Iowa City.
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