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97 Mt. Ida Road: For Sale

Could the end be near for this neighborhood eyesore?

The much controversial, dilapidated, rat-infested home located at 97 Mt. Ida Road is for sale for $500,000. According to Universal Hub, a Boston housing court judge gave permission to try and sell the boarded up property.

The six bedroom, 3 bath, 3381 square foot, three decker is listed with Redfin. The final sale must be approved by the housing court. The court will also be supervising the the property to ensure that all violations are corrected. The court also urges “qualified buyers” to be accompanied by listing broker for showings and they must be done so during “daylight hours” – unless you want to sign a waiver and bring a flashlight.

To refresh your memory, back in 2011, the building caught fire. Since then, the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department has been battling the owner James Dickey – who lives in Sudbury (cue eye roll) – to clean up his property. Dickey has appealed numerous times and literally has made a federal case out if it.

Back in June, Housing Court Associate Justice Marylou Muirhead appointed a Dorchester housing attorney as receiver for the property, to order repairs, hire contractors or do anything else to clean up the property.

If the property sells – and most likely it will – Dickey will receive the proceeds minus any costs like attorney fees, back taxes etc.

So if you’re in the market for a real fixer-upper, 97 Mt. Ida Road might be for you!  P.S. – it has a water view! 

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.