Eleven bedrooms. A $120,000 purchase price. Impossible. However, the home is in Odell, Illinois, and appears to be in terrible condition.
Odell is in the middle of nowhere on Interstate 55, about halfway between Naperville and Bloomington. It has a population of just more than 1,000 people, according to U.S. Census estimates for 2015. That is almost exactly the same number of people who lived there in 1900. The median household income is $41,346, about $10,000 less than the national average. However, the poverty rate is 7.7%, about half the national average. And 98% of the population is white.
The house was built in 1915. The listing:
Unique property on Old Rt 66 with endless possibilities for your family! A total of 11 bedrooms that you can convert to whatever your needs are. 2 1/2 baths. 3 stories in this beauty with the 3rd level being a huge family room! All original woodwork and hardwood flooring throughout. All brick exterior. Roof 2012. 200 amp wiring. Windows replaced in 2011 except the chapel which is now the living room with beautiful stained glass windows! Garage built in 2003.
Realtor.com’s comment about the listing, which was its most viewed last week:
Well, it’s a former church, so you’ll have to get used to the stained-glass windows in your living room. And it has only 2.5 bathrooms, so you’ll have to pen a bathroom schedule and become an expert in loo logistics. But other than that, we see no downsides to this overstuffed brick manse. When you buy it, let us know—we’d love to see what you do with all those bedrooms.
Eleven bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath in 3,800 square feet, on 0.31 acre. A real find for a family of 15, or a congregation that needs a new church.