After a flurry of late fall/early winter activity, College Hill has unusually few houses or condos for sale. Only two single-family, owner-occupied houses are on the market — the beautiful 126 South Mendenhall, under contract at an asking price of $399,900, and the deteriorating 210 South Mendenhall, for which a foreclosure auction is scheduled for February 28. The listing for 306 South Mendenhall was recently removed after almost a year and a half, most recently at $345,000.
The house at 500 South Mendenhall, which is divided into apartments, was taken off the market in November after being for sale for more than 18 months. The asking price dropped from $309,900 to $275,500 in that time.
Two single-unit rental houses are for sale — 912 Spring Garden and 909 Walker Avenue, which is under contract. There are only three condos available, two at Wafco Mills and one Wafco townhouse. By my count, five condos and townhouses in College Hill were sold in 2015, and six others were listed but taken off the market without sales.
Tate Street changes
The Subway on Tate Street closed this month after grinding out low-end sub sandwiches for more than 25 years. If you’re looking for a sub on Tate Street, you’re down to only four choices now, I think. For the moment, anyway …
Also, the short-lived Munchiez closed in December in the longtime Indian restaurant location. A new restaurant is already moving in, Sam’s Oven and Grill, which has a location on Groometown Road. Its menu includes pizza and subs. …
For what it’s worth, the Cottage Inn pizza chain says it’s still coming to Tate Street, although almost no renovation work has been done at the old Thai Garden location since it was gutted last summer. They’ll open in the spring, they say. … Next door, the future Insomnia Cookies location at least has a sign up now. They don’t seem to be in any hurry, either, but some upfit work has been done there.
Loose leaf collection
The city says it has vacuumed up just about all of the leaves it’s going to take from College Hill. Its online map that tracks the progress of loose leaf collection shows College Hill as almost complete. The city says it’ll be finished citywide by January 27.
If you see a pile of leaves at the curb anywhere in the neighborhood, call 373-CITY or use the SeeClickFix app or website and tell them where they need to come back to. … Note that the map shows Edgar Street as a private street, again demonstrating the city’s inconsistent approach to taking responsibility for the alley.