Jan. 20, 2010

With Historic Northeast roots stretching back to the late 1800s on both sides of the family, there’s one thing Mike and Debbie Forrest know — Historic Northeast. Partners in marriage and in business, Mike and Debbie have been involved in buying and rehabbing homes in Northeast for more than 20 years. 

The property at 147 S. Wheeling Ave., like most of the homes built in Kansas City’s neighborhoods, is comprised of a variety of design styles. The full front Gambrel roof, however, is probably the most prominent feature of the home’s exterior. No vinyl here — the lap siding is wood and in excellent condition.

Inside, everything old is new again, including a newer fireplace in the spacious living room and wonderfully refinished hardwoods throughout the first floor and the original air return grates that have been completely refinished. The kitchen has been completely updated and features a cozy breakfast room or home office to the rear overlooking the fully fenced, shaded back yard.

Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms, all fitted with new mini blinds and ceiling fans to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The master bath has been completely gutted and refitted with new fixtures, custom tile and a shower/bath combo.

Mechanically, this home has been updated in all the right places. A newer composition roof protects the entire structure. All of the plumbing and electrical has been updated, as well. A newer forced-air gas furnace with central air keeps everything climate controlled year round. New wall-to-wall carpet covers the original hardwoods upstairs and offers great insulation qualities. Situated on a corner lot with a detached single-car garage, this house is ready to please.

Listed at a smart $58,000, this home won’t last long. Throw in first time homebuyer incentive of up to $8,000 in tax credits or down payment assistance and you’ve got one heckuva deal! Call Mike or Debbie Forrest today to schedule a private showing of this lovely Wheeling Avenue charmer.  They can be reached at (816) 407-7997.

– Michael Bushnell