Many-a-time on our road trips between Connecticut and Ohio, we would exit I-80 to stop for gas near a small city named Sharon, just after crossing the border from Ohio into Pennsylvania. Yet we never really drove into town, feeling we didn’t have time to casually “explore” on such a long trip. But had I known about this Richardsonian mansion on the hill downtown, perhaps I would have taken a few minutes to check it out. Richardsonian architecture was often reserved for public buildings, such as town halls, churches, or libraries. So most houses designed in that style are grand, indeed, often looking like castles.
This mansion is now being offered for sale on eBay. The grand home, built in 1890, features no less than 22 rooms (not counting many bathrooms) , 8 fireplaces, and 16,000 square feet of living space (yes, that’s 16 thousand). The beginning minimum bid was apparently set at just $100,000. At the time of this posting, with less than 10 days to go in the auction, there was only one further bid — which raised the sale price to $100,100. Sure, the house has apparently been divided into apartments and certainly must need some restoration & updates, but the price seems very fair for such a grand, story-book abode.
From the write-up on the eBay listing: “This beautiful Victorian Stone Mansion has lots of potential. Most recently was six apartments but is better suited for other uses. It sits on a hill with city view to the front and woods to the back. To the left is another Mansion currently used as United Way Headquarters and to the right is an elementary school. A chain link fence separates the school from the mansion. The mansion sits about 400 feet off the road and is accessed by a permanent easement. Four townhouses are located at the base of the hill directly to the front. Recent updates include roof, electrical and new boiler. Mansion does need some TLC but mostly cosmetic. Total rooms not counting baths is 22. There are 8 fireplaces. All taxes are current and run $3200.00 annually. . . Terms are $10,000 (none refundable) down within 3 business days after end of auction, balance due at closing Within 30 days from day of downpayment. Property has no liens, so will close quickly!
An aerial photo I tracked down on Google maps (below) shows the site described in the auction description. Indeed, the property does look to be secluded, sitting on a hill behind a cluster of townhouses. But what this does for the “curb appeal” . . . I couldn’t tell you. Either way, if this mansion in Sharon is something you’re interested in learning more about, check out the eBay listing here.:
UPDATE: The auction for this property ended with 31 bids & a final sale price of $250,100.