Before-and-after photos show Cleveland’s abandoned homes that now sell for less than $90,000

Slavic Village Rediscovered restored this foreclosed home in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Slavic Village Rediscovered restored this foreclosed home in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Cleveland’s metro area was hit earlier and harder by the 2007 foreclosure crisis than most cities in the US. Slavic Village, a neighborhood on Cleveland’s southeast side, experienced particularly bad aftershocks from the recession.

In the span of just three months in early 2007, 783 homes filed for foreclosure. Many of them ended up abandoned. As these homes decayed, they were broken into, vandalized, and sometimes stripped of piping and wiring, causing them to become havens for squatters.

Stacia Pugh, a longtime resident, believed that she could turn the neighborhood around. In 2013, she cofounded the Slavic Village Recovery Project, a company that partners with nonprofits to flip vacant homes. The renovated homes have sold anywhere from $50,000 to $87,000.

Here are a few of the recent rehabs, before and after.


The project, now called Slavic Village Rediscovered (SVR), fixes up abandoned homes in a one-square-mile section of the five-square-mile neighborhood.

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A street in Slavic Village, Cleveland, Ohio.
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The project started as a response to Slavic Village’s housing crisis, which started in 2007. By 2013, the neighborhood had more than 1,200 abandoned properties.

“It was a scary time,” Pughe told Business Insider.


Over the past five years, the team has completed more than 200 renovations. The first home, pictured below, sold for $52,000 in 2013.

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3672 East 54 St., Cleveland, Ohio (before and after).
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SVR demolished around 500 residences that couldn’t be saved in Slavic Village, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods.

“Some of the 100-year-old homes weren’t built to last 100 years,” Pughe said. “But many were built extremely well and had a lot of character. We tried to save those.”


3823 Cullen Drive is one of the SVR’s most largest and most recent rehabs.

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3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The interior was in shambles.

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3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The team gutted the 5-bedroom property.

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3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The home received a new roof, paint job, furnace, concrete driveway …

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3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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… as well as new kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances, bathrooms, and hardwood flooring. The plumbing and electrical systems were also replaced.

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3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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A local mailman recently bought the home for $86,900 in the company’s biggest sale so far.

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3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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The home at 3651 East 63rd Street had laid abandoned for about a decade. Another vacant property next door was demolished.

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3651 East 63rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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Much of the ceiling throughout the home was caving in.

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3651 East 63rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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It also hadn’t been renovated since the 1970s.

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3651 East 63rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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SVR painted the exterior a bright periwinkle.

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3651 East 63rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The team also re-carpeted the interior and replaced the kitchen cabinets and countertops. It sold in December 2017 for $71,900.

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3651 East 63rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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Farther south, 5707 Hege Avenue’s exterior needed less work.

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5707 Hege Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The inside was a different story.

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5707 Hege Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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In the garage, there was a nearly-collapsed ceiling and an abandoned car. The windows in the back were also boarded up.


“Everything was out-of-date,” Pughe said.

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5707 Hege Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The team gutted the three-bedroom home and painted it two shades of blue.

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5707 Hege Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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Its current listing price is $71,900.


Inside, SVR built a custom handrail for the stairs, knocked down a wall to open up the floor plan, and gave the home a new kitchen.

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5707 Hege Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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The floors are now lined with new carpet.

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5707 Hege Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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7005 Ottawa Road needed a new roof.

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7005 Ottawa Road, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The three-bedroom home didn’t let in much natural light, and the kitchen wallpaper was unflattering.

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7005 Ottawa Road, Cleveland, Ohio (before).
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The renovated property is now under contract for $78,900 — $2,000 above its asking price.

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7005 Ottawa Road, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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SVR removed a wall in one of the home’s rooms and fixed the ceiling.

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7005 Ottawa Road, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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The bathroom also received a makeover.

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7005 Ottawa Road, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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The team kept the staircase’s original oak banister and restored the wooden paneling in the foyer and closets.

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7005 Ottawa Road, Cleveland, Ohio (after).
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“We strove to save the historic nature of the home,” Pughe said.


More than 700 homes still lie vacant in Slavic Village, but Pughe said her team won’t stop until they’re all fixed up.

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The steps of 3823 Cullen Drive, Cleveland, Ohio.
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While SVR is now selling its renovated homes for more money than when it launched, the company is more focused on improving the neighborhood and providing affordable housing for longtime residents.

“We don’t really seek to make large profits,” Pughe said. “It’s more about rehabbing the homes, and building new opportunities for homeownership and racial equity.”