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Minden house is on sale for best offer

by Christy Chalmers

What may be the most affordable house in Minden could probably be had for $1, but moving costs might be a little high.

That’s because the house doesn’t include any land, and the new owner would be responsible for moving it. Still, Jim Keenan, Douglas County’s purchasing and contracts administrator, is hopeful publicity on the sale will produce a buyer, or at least an offer.

“It’s there for the taking,” said Keenan. “We can demolish it. We may end up giving it to the fire department for training. We just thought we’d give the residents of the county another shot.”

The county has been trying to sell the single-story bungalow at 1597 Mono Ave. for several months. According to the county’s sales literature, the 888-square-foot house was built in 1935 and includes two bedrooms and one bath. Inspections have shown the house is structurally sound, though floor tiling in the master bedroom contains asbestos and will have to be covered or removed.

The county wants the 50-by150-foot lot under the building to provide more parking for the Minden Inn, which houses several county offices.

Legal advertisements didn’t produce any offers on the little house, leading Keenan to try what he calls “a more relaxed” sales approach.

“Maybe we can make up a ghost story to go with it,” he joked. “People seem to like places with ghost stories.”

Keenan said the county will entertain “any good-faith offer” and try to work with the buyer if the person can’t immediately move the house, though six months is probably the longest the county will wait. No minimum bid on the house has been set. The county paid $119,000 for it in October 1998.

“It would be a nice little cabin or a second house,” said Keenan. “We could turn it over to the sheriff or the fire department for training. We just want to give the community the best return on its resources.”

n For information on the house, call the Douglas County Purchasing Department at 782-9051.