Story behind condemned 'eyesore' home remains mystery for Strongsville residents

Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO

STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Some Strongsville residents never expected to see a condemned home in their neighborhood.

Renee Carpenter said she moved to Waterford Crossing because of the green space, adding she picked Wakefield Circle for the privacy.

"We pay high taxes here, we moved here because of the beauty of the city," she said.

Two doors down however, is a home with garbage inside and out. Carpenter wonders what is going on and whether there's anything anyone can do.

The home has been condemned by the city.

Janice Zack, who lives next door to the messy property, says she isn't sure why the home is condemned.

At one point, the house was the showcase home of the block.

"It was very expensive, well taken care of for four or five families," said Judy Bronze, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1995.

But the Sheriff's Office took over the home after the latest owner was in foreclosure. It was sold for $186,000 in October 2016, according to the sheriff's website. Homes in that area have gone for more than $400,000.

Carpenter is afraid of the property and wonders what is lurking behind the walls. She has called the city twice and even the homeowners association (of which she pays $525 a year to be a part of).

She wants answers and doesn't care who will give them to her.

"It's an eyesore," she said. "It's deplorable."

Cleveland 19 called the sheriff's office to get more information about the house, as well as the attorney who is dealing with the sale of the home. No one was available for comment.

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