Historic Homes in Fremont, Newark on Sale for $1 - NBC Bay Area

Historic Homes in Fremont, Newark on Sale for $1



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    Bettencourt House in Newark

    Three historical buildings from Fremont and Newark still on the market....For the low, low price of just one dollar!

    The 19th-century homes -- which went on sale last week – are all located at the Ardenwood Historic Farm Regional Preserve on Ardenwood Boulevard in Fremont.

    The East Bay Regional Park District is in the process of renovating the preserve, which means these houses, which are in pretty bad condition, have to go: The Brown house, the Bettencourt House and the Mowry’s Landing Schoolhouse.

    The trio of aging structures was moved to the preserve in 1984, when park officials planned to convert the houses into an educational center. But that was before renovation costs were too much.

    As for the $1 pricetag, of course, there’s a catch: After buying the house, the new homeowners have to cover moving and renovation costs -- which could cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for each building.
    Interested buyers must submit their letter of intent to the East Bay Regional Park District by Sept. 30 or the houses could be demolished.

    Anyone interested in viewing the historic buildings can contact the park district at 510-544-3290.