Tucked between the Island View Market and a small clothing store on Columbia Park Trail in the Richland Y is an unassuming little wooden house that has been there since 1940.
It's small and weathered, with worn paint that looks to be a few decades old.
The only thing really noticeable about it are the words "Free House" scrawled in neon orange paint on the front.
Owner Jerry Sleater said he bought the house back in the '60s for his daughter and her husband, who had just returned from military service. It served as a starter home for the young couple until they were able to buy a house of their own.
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He has rented it out for decades, but he told the Herald this week that now he is ready to get rid of it, and he doesn't want a penny from whoever takes it.
But there is a catch for anyone looking for some no-cost housing -- the house has to be moved.
"It's in my way," said Sleater, who wants to replace the house with a commercial building that would link the Island View Market and Hippies to essentially make one continuous block.
He owns the buildings housing both shops, although he doesn't operate either business.
But he thinks with a new apartment complex a couple of blocks away bringing hundreds of new people to the neighborhood, there probably is an opportunity for the market -- now more or less a convenience store and a small deli -- to expand.
Sleater wants to avoid tearing the old house down. He put time and money into remodeling the house at one point and just doesn't want to see a still-usable house go to waste.
But the house also holds some sentimental value as the place where Sleater's father started Ray's Grocery back in the post-war 1940s.
The grocery store was famous for the giant ball of string that Ray Sleater collected and has added to each year for decades.
In a little bit of irony, Ray Sleater never actually owned the house where he started the grocery, which later moved to another spot until it burned down in 1997.
The house was rented by Ray Sleater, and it mostly was coincidence that Jerry Sleater bought it in the '60s. He owns several properties in the Richland Y area, including other rental homes.
"We have accumulated quite a few," he said.
Sleater said he has had more than 100 calls for the house, but most of them have been stumped by the logistics of how to move it.
Rick Simon, Richland's development services manager, said moving a house is a complicated task that requires permits and coordination with the city's Public Works and Energy Services departments.
There also might be traffic concerns because of the wide load, and weight restrictions depending on the time of year, he said.
But it can be done, he added.
While Sleater would rather see the house moved, he will tear it down if no one takes it by the time he's ready to build on the lot.
"This house is in my way. It's got to go," Sleater said.