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Listed sale price: $675,000

Previous sale price (1995): $10 (Family transaction)

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Never mind the ominous warning sticker on the front door: “All items of value on these premises have been marked for identification to aid the police in the prosecution of criminals.” This here is a handyman’s wet dream. Formerly a “community residential facility” for people with special needs, this six-bedroom, three-bathroom brick house in shady Mount Pleasant offers plenty of potential. Owner Joann Marrast has installed a new roof, a new sprinkler system, and new wiring. The house comes equipped with a rooftop HVAC unit but requires ductwork throughout. The kitchen and bathrooms need complete remodeling. The walls are peeling in places and show water damage and exposed piping. Paint chips, wood shavings, and other debris cover grungy tile and hardwood floors. Unplugged appliances and ripped-out fixtures clutter the premises. Preliminary 2005 taxable assessment: $580,370. —Chris Shott