Warren Real Estate Tries to Sell a Frat House

4 03 2009

This was oddly funny to me. The house in question is 210 Thurston Avenue, covered in an entry last July.

http://www.warrenhomes.com/index.cfm?action=detailed_listing&mls=128574&menu=0

Photo Property of Warren Real Estate

“Walk to Cornell University from this 22 bedroom group house. The house is legal for up to 33 people. This s a unique opportunity to own a wonderful investment property. There are 6 full bathrooms (2 master suites), a commercial style kitchen, and parking for up to 15 cars. Over 7,000 square feet of living space on first & second floors. The full basement has a paved concrete foundation and significant additional living space featuring a rec. room and a dining area.”

Now here’s the history they skipped over. This house was built around 1900. The first fraternity to inhabit its halls was Delta Sigma Phi, which closed in WWII and never reopened. Alpha Omicron Pi made use of this house for a short while, and Sigma Alpha Mu moved in for 1947/1948. Sigma Alpha Mu maintained the property until they moved to Sisson Place in 2004. After that, the house became known as Phi Delta Theta’s annex (which, for being the dry house on campus, the real estate website’s photo of a large beer pong table in their annex does nothing for P.R.).

Like, really guys? Next time, throw a sheet over the table, it won’t be so blatantly obvious. Like the beer cans wedged between the second floor balconies.

Even better, it would appear that not only is this house for sale, but Theta Xi’s moving in [2]. From a Craigslist excerpt:

“Theta Xi Fraternity is moving into the old Phi Delta Theta annex at 210 Thurston Ave. for the 09/10 school year. We will have around 10 brothers in the house and need around 10 boarders. The cost will be 100,000 for 20 people for a 10-month lease, which is 500 a person. “

For the curious, this 7,044 square ft. house has an asking price of $950,000. Maybe Theta Xi has some rich alumni they could appeal to.

Looks like the times are a changin’.

[1]http://www.sammybeta.com/history.php

[2]http://ithaca.craigslist.org/roo/1017046808.html

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30 11 2012
Beating a Photo Limit « Ithacating in Cornell Heights

[...] very first entries, and then again when Warren Real estate earned the (in my opinion, unenviable) task of selling it. A former fraternity house, and the Phi Delt’s annex and Theta Xi’s failed colony, the [...]

8 12 2013
How Does One Fill A Former Sorority House | Ithacating in Cornell Heights

[…] could have written a book about it). Yet another option is another private sale, like the home at 210 Thurston that was sold a couple years ago to the wealthy parents of a Cornell wrestler, renovated, and now […]

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