Habitat for Humanity will raffle home in Montrose

AN ANONYMOUS DONOR provided this 2,300-square-foot home on South Second Street in Montrose for auction by Habitat for Humanity. The raffle is scheduled for Dec. 31 at Habitat ReStore in Montrose.



MONTROSE — How many homeowners can say they bought a house for a $100? That lively story is sure to follow on Dec. 31 after a three-bedroom home in central Montrose is raffled off by Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County.

The house was given to Habitat by donors who wish to remain anonymous and want a deserving family to get a new start in the home in 2010.

“It’s bringing people out of poverty and giving them a hand up, and not a hand out,” said Bill Bond, Montrose Habitat site supervisor.

The home sits on three city lots at 925 S. Second St. near downtown. It is 2,300 square feet, a three-level design with an attached two-car garage. This extreme home makeover, torn down to the studs and rebuilt, is empty and awaits the arrival of furniture, beds and refrigerator magnets. Within the walls of sesame color and energy-efficient windows are a maze of rooms and open space.

The kitchen is remodeled with new appliances and custom oak cabinetry. One of the bedrooms contains a special secret that Bond is excited to share. A small, secret door in the closet leads back to the living room.

“This would be perfect for small kids to play hide-and-go-seek,” Bond said.

Large trees surround the home, and a row of rose bushes completes the landscape.

The value of the property was appraised as high as $218,000 and as low as $210,000.

“(The house) was given to us to sell tickets at $100 a piece, and the proceeds will go to buy new land, because we’re out of land,” Bond said.

The house was built in 1957 by longtime Montrose resident Dave Wood Jr., the son of Telluride firefighter Dave Wood, whose name is immortalized for building the long stretch of dirt road connecting Colorado Highway 90 to Colorado Highway 145 over the Uncompahgre: Dave Wood Road. Wood Jr. and his family lived in the house for 36 years.

The previous owners not only donated the home, but also paid for the renovations, such as a new roof, windows, electrical and plumbing updates, new flooring and a new forced-air heating system.

Bond praised the many volunteers who sweated to complete the project.

The home can be viewed during open houses each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the raffle. The property also can be seen at http://www.habitatcolorado.org/Montrose, and tickets for the raffle can be bought through the site.

The raffle is scheduled for noon Dec. 31 at the Habitat Re-Store, 311 N. Fourth St.

“A lot of people buy tickets and donate them back to Habitat, so there are less tickets in the drawing, increasing your odds,” Bond said.

Bond said the new owner will go through a closing on Jan. 6, and all property taxes and insurance will be paid until that date, placing the responsibility on the new owner thereafter.


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