Association takes over burned-out house |

Association takes over burned-out house

While it might make for a sweet haunted house, there weren’t any takers in the auction of a burned-out home in Saratoga Springs last week.

That means the house at 1162 Agua Caliente Court now belongs to the Saratoga Springs Home Owners Association, according to President Jan Walls.

The association board has 60 days to determine what to do with the house, which caught fire on May 12, 2012.

In the intervening three years, the house was abandoned and became a home for pigeons.

Members of the association boarded up the windows to keep neighborhood children from playing inside.

The purchase could clear the title to the property, which would allow them to sell the property.

In addition to the back taxes, the home went to the association for $9,596.26 in unpaid association dues, plus late.

Walls said she didn’t think the house needed to be torn down, but that decision will be up to the board.

The 2,014-square-foot house was built in 1998, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office. It was purchased by George Ramirez and Margarita Gonzalez in December 2004 for $385,000. It was valued at $230,000 when the bank tried to sell it in 2013, but that sale fell through. The Douglas County Assessor values the property at $94,797.