Location: South Bend, IN
How could you refuse this offer? The city of South Bend, Indiana wants to give this handsome circa-1851 Italianate farmhouse away to anyone willing to properly restore it. Aside from the boarded up windows (the boards are painted to look like real windows), the place is in pretty good shape, with a completely restored exterior, new roof, and all new HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. All you'll need to do is restore the gutted (but clean as can be) interior. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located near downtown, in a neighborhood that's seeing quite a bit of investment these days. Call 574-289-1066, ext 223 for more information.