The historic brick home just south of the town square of Greentown will soon be on the market.
The historic brick home just south of the Greentown town square will soon be on the market.
The John Miller House, also known as the Lewis Miller House, at 9677 Cleveland Ave. NW has been in the foreclosure process since last year following the death of its 92-year-old owner Dorothy Stevens. She died in a nursing facility and left her sister-in-law Kathy Korleski as the home’s caretaker.
The red brick colonial-style home was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 22, 1994, for its historical and local significance.
It is sometimes called the “Edison House” because Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor, married Lewis Miller’s daughter and courted her there.
It was built in the 1830’s.
According to Korleski, Stevens took out a mortgage on the home in order to pay the costs of the nursing home facility. Stevens and her husband Jerry (Korleski’s brother), bought it in the 1960s. He died several years ago and asked Korleski to stay on and care for his wife.
Korleski said the upkeep of the home has been hard for her.
“I lived in New York City for 25 years. When something went wrong, I’d just call the super,” she said with a laugh.
The house is not currently listed on the Stark County Sheriff’s Department’s web page of foreclosed homes that are coming up for sale.
Lake Township Trustee John Arnold said the home is a hidden gem of which many in Stark County are not aware.
“As with all foreclosed homes in the area, we’d like to see a positive outcome,” he said.
Key Bank media spokesperson Dan Davis said Wednesday that he was not able to provide information specific to the Greentown house.
He said when someone dies and the mortgage is no longer paid by anyone, the property would go through the probate process.
Following that process, he said, the bank either lets the sheriff sell it or will list it with a local Realtor.
The county took possession of the property July 19.
The single-family, 2,424-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Homes.com has the home’s estimated value listed at $191,000.
“I could care less about the house,” said Korleski, whose main concern is her six cats, one of whom is named Edison and another Mina, after Edison’s wife.
She is unable to take them to her new residence. They are being fostered by Cripple Creek Ferals in Lake Township.
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