Feeling strong? Princeton is giving away 7 houses

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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"It's really an opportunity for people who would like to preserve the houses or use them elsewhere," he said.

While the house might be on the house, moving it is quite an expensive proposition: tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kendal Siegrist of Wolfe Housing and Building Movers said the houses will have to be taken apart to move because that area of Princeton is densely populated.

Siegrist said the houses can't be carted away whole because there are too many utility lines in the area. Lines can cost up to $10,000 each to move, he said.

"Unless you have a strong desire to live in a historic building," Siegrist said, "I don't think it's going to be cheaper to disassemble and reassemble than it would be to build a new house."

Siegrist said his Bernville, Pa., company has received a number of calls from people interested in moving the homes to lots as far away as Mississippi and California.

"At the point when you have it dismantled and you have a couple of trucks, you can take it anywhere," he said.

Stephen O'Neill, a freshman who lives in a dorm across the street from the houses, said he's interested to see how the houses will be moved.

"It's good if someone wants a nice old house that has charm," he said.

But Zafar Gill, who was walking nearby with a friend, is skeptical about the idea of moving a home.

"Even in my house, when I have some mattresses to get rid of, it's a problem," he said. "So I don't know how they're going to take that away," he said, gesturing at one of the star-crossed houses.