Benkard Ave in Newburgh has some amazing rowhomes that are in various states of decay and revival. This home is a foreclosure which sold for $165,500 in May 2005. To even consider this block you have to understand a bit of context information, not to mention realize that the house has been completely stripped of all heating and has seen some neglect. If you are willing to do some work there are some good bones there.
Benkard is one of 4+ blocks that still have yet to see the momentum of the Heights neighborhood and E. Parmenter. However, this block is directly connected to the southern end of Liberty Street and the many hopeful projects of the immediate area such as the Liberty Street School and the Resnick warehouse. Just 5 properties down in Simple Gifts and Goodies that acts as an anchor to lower Liberty. Habitat for Humanity has also rehabbed a number of properties (1,2,3) on this block. Rumor has it that real estate agents are getting requests to see homes on Renwick and Benkard, something virtually unheard of before. The potential is certainly there as they lie between two areas that are seeing improvement and it is close to Liberty Street. It would be a great to see a new family bring some much needed love to this home.
17 Benkard Ave Newburgh NY (Donald M Maher, Homepath)
Asking Price: $30,900
Year Built: 1890
Size: 2,514 sq ft
Neighborhood: The Heights/MGL/SoBro
Distance to NYC: 58.1 mi, 1 hour 9 mins
Public Transportation: MetroNorth to Beacon, then take ferry across
Closest Roadways: 9W, I-87, I-84