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Historic Omaha Firehouse Turned Home Up for Sale


INTERESTED IN OWNING A PIECE OF OMAHA HISTORY? BUILT IN 1891, WHAT USED TO BE THE OLD “FIRE STATION NUMBER THREE” — IS UP FOR SALE. IT’S SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES OVER THE YEARS, ESPECIALLY AFTER A COUPLE MADE IT THEIR HOME – THIRTEEN- YEARS AGO. REPORTER ALEX HASSEL TAKES US ON A TOUR. IT’S A 2,900 SQUARE FOOT HOME WITH HIGH CEILINGS. “WE STILL HAVE A REMNANT OF WHERE THE FIRE POLE USED TO COME DOWN.” IT HAS A COZY KITCHEN. “I’M A BIT OF A WOODWORKER SO I BUILT ALL OF THE CABINETS AND THESE ARE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS THAT WE BUILT.” AND EVEN A FINISHED BASEMENT. “ORIGINALLY, THAT’S WHERE THE HORSES WERE KEPT.” FIREHOUSE NUMBER THREE, AT 20TH AND SPRING STREETS, HAS SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN 1891. WHEN MARK HOFFMAN AND SARAH HUNT BOUGHT IT BACK IN 2002, THEY HAD A BIG DREAM. “I DIDN’T WANT A HOUSE OUT IN THE SUBURBS. THAT WASN’T REALLY ME SO I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND THIS PLACE.” THEY SPENT SEVEN YEARS TURNING THE BUILDING INTO WHAT WE SEE TODAY. THE COUPLE SAYS THEY DID 95% OF THE WORK THEMSELVES PUTTING IN A PROJECTOR SCREEN AND EVEN ROOM FOR A STUDIO. IT WAS THEIR PERFECT HOME. THAT IS…UNTIL SIX YEARS LATER. “IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND.” MARK HAS GOTTEN A LITTLE RESTLESS AND WANTS A NEW PROJECT. THAT MEANS THIS HOUSE IS FOR SALE. AND SUCH A UNIQUE HOME DESERVES ITS OWN SPECIAL PROMOTION. ONLINE YOU CAN FIND MARK’S VIDEOS A VIRTUAL TOUR BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOME. IT’S ALL BEEN A LABOR OF LOVE — THE COUPLE HOPING THEY CAN FIND A BUYER WHO CAN KEEP UP THE AFFECTION. “CERTAINLY, WE HOPE THE NEW OWNERS WILL RESPECT ITS HISTORY, AND IT’S CERTAINLY A LIVABLE SPACE.” A HOME IN OMAHA NOT QUITE LIKE ANY OTHER. ALEX HASSEL WOWT 6 NEWS. YOU’RE PROBABLY DYING TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE “OLD FIRE-HOUSE” COSTS… IT’S PRICED AT – 375-THOUSAND DOLLARS. YOU CAN FIND THE LISTING FOR THE HOME AND MORE BY VISITING THIS STORY ON W-O- W-T-DOT-COM. WE HAVE MUCH

4 Comments

C. S.

Feb 2, 2018, 1:44 am Reply

Cool!

Jason Stark

Mar 3, 2018, 4:50 pm Reply

So much space and only one bedroom. Who would pay 375K for a one bedroom.

schemer1991

Apr 4, 2018, 5:19 am Reply

That fire house should be an active fire station again that station can fit a engine inside a large ladder truck wouldn’t fit inside it would only fit as an engine company with only one fire truck of any kind

EnliveningJustice

Sep 9, 2018, 3:20 am Reply

They bought it for 40k. Surely they spent $ on renovations, but it’s not worth over $120k. And the neighborhood is VERY BAD. Super high crime thug area.
After a few years of listing with no buyers, the couple took it off the market.
I’m so very pleased they saved such an important relic! Mark seems awesome & he’s obviously skilled. Perhaps home owners should hire him to save what’s left of the Kountze Park houses.
btw, they should’ve left the fire pole

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