birdhouseOne couple, by the names of Tom White and Dmitri Belser, has taken on quite an ambitious project. They bought the Cheney Cottage, originally located on College Avenue, for $16 from the campus.

They recently relocated half of it to 62nd Street, where they plan to restore it. The second half is due to arrive in March. They’re documenting the project on their blog, subtitled, “How a gay blind jew and his lover of 30 years managed to move two 100 year old houses and restore them – and lived to tell the tale.”

Of course, this sort of undertaking is not one for the faint of heart. The house in question was originally built in 1906, and sliced in half to move last year. It was also offered up for $1 by the campus in fall 2009. What’s with the huge markup to $16? Sounds like these guys got stiffed.

We kid. And we wish them the best in their restoration efforts. It sounds like they’re going to need it.

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Berkeley house moves across town, slice of history saved [Berkeleyside]
62nd Street Blog [Site]

You may no longer be able to afford enrollment at UC Berkeley, but that shouldn’t stop you from investing in its real estate—especially if it’ll cost you less than a trip on the 51.

What if we told you that the university is currently advertising two on-campus homes for sale at the fabulously low price of exactly one buckaroo? Being the remarkably astute and endearingly cynical college students we know you are, you’d probably immediately speculate on the inevitable fine print of such an outlandish offer.

Congratulations! Higher education has served you well. The duo of houses, located at 2241 and 2243 College Ave, can be generously described as real fixer-uppers, and (arguably) more accurately characterized as pieces of sh*t.

So, whatever, you cough up $1 for a 100-year-old building that we imagine counts asbestos among the very least of its concerns. But wait! That’s not all. read more »