House for Rent in Athens, Ohio

Address: 138 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701


This beautiful house built in 1881 on East State Street, Athens will be available mid-July of 2016. It is truly a home! It is located just a few blocks from campus in the Athens East Side neighborhood. Please let me know if you or anyone you know would be interested in renting it.

It is a great 2 to 3-bedroom house with a new energy efficient central heating and air-conditioning unit. It has great hardwood floors throughout the ground floor, with a nice staircase in the entrance area. The current tenant had a three-year lease and hope to find another multiple year tenant. I am primarily interested in renting to professionals or graduates who would be appreciative of the house and its heritage. It is unfurnished at this time. However, I could arrange for it to be partially furnished.

138 floor plan

The entire place is about 2000 sq. ft. The kitchen has contemporary appliances including a gas Jenn Air cook top in a center island. There are one and a half baths. The upstairs grand bath with a cathedral ceiling has two antique pedestal sinks, a claw foot tub and separate shower. The half bath with old-fashioned high mounted gravity toilet is downstairs. The laundry is located upstairs outside the grand bath.

The current renters will be moving out mid-July 2016 and the place will be available July 17th. Rent runs $1550, plus utilities and winter and summer grounds maintenance. There is a minimum of a one-year lease. We can get the figures from the current tenant regarding last year's utility costs. Columbia Gas, AEP electric, city water/garbage pick-up and lawn care.

When I lived there, I rented out two separate bedrooms for $450 a month each plus 1/3 of the utilities. It certainly helped me; I am not averse to you doing this however you will need to provide signed-lease agreements along with references if you intend to sub-let rooms. There may be no more than three unrelated people in the house according to the Athens Residential-1 zoning laws for this area. An extra parking space could be arranged for $55 a month.

The following images will show how the place was furnished when I lived there. Plus, here are some interesting points about the house!

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The front porch columns are painted four different colors; however you would not notice it if it wasn't mention it. Cool magenta (however looks grey in photo), yellowish, bluish, and greenish. This is one of my subtle graphic treatments in the house.


The house was built in 1881. The leaded glass transom can be read from inside and outside. One of the only numbers in recent history with the formal visual conditions to allow this!

The bay window room has hammock hooks if you have a hammock. If you don't have a hammock, you probably will after you move in! It was the only piece of real furniture I had in that room when I lived there. This made it easy to move everything out of the room since it was usually the dance floor for parties. The drawing on the wall behind the hammock is framed behind a leaded window found at Re-Use Industries outside Albany, a great place to find treasures like university library chairs as well as 1960's modern design furniture that local university professors are now getting rid of!

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The deacon's bench (found on a yard sale for $15) is made from the headboard of a bed and the arms are the footboard cut exactly in half. I used two half-futons on the seat. It also is a major storage unit. It folds out to make a bed.

This front living room with the deacon's bench has another object found at Re-Use Industries, a large moon, which was used as a prop from a theater production at the university! See what I mean about Re-Use? $5!!!!

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Upstairs, ONE of the best rooms in the house is the locker room/laundry. Located upstairs between the two bedrooms and just outside the main bath.

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The OTHER best room upstairs is the bath with a cathedral ceiling, which has a large shower along with two mismatching pedestal sinks and this central claw foot tub. Sorry about the soft focus. The room is no longer blue.

One of the bedrooms upstairs had a bed made up of two found flat shelves. It acts as storage for blankets and linens. This no longer at the house. The 'industrial-look' moving quilts were new from a moving firm. Reasonably priced! The shelves were from.... ReUse Industries!

At one end of the dining room you have a 10-place table made from a board found in the house when I bought it. I bought some benches from a local carpenter for seating. The rest of the chairs are recovered library chairs from, yes, Re-Use! At the other end are French doors to the privacy deck.

In the kitchen one wall had eight coconut shell faces from a trip to Mexico. Another wall has gas station numbers and walls of glasses. the last wall is for the dart board. These are not there now; so you don't have to live with them.

One of the previous owners of the house was a plumber. So you have special features like this Water Closet.

There was a hot-tub off the dining room through French doors however I removed it 4 years ago. SORRY~


It was replaced with a flat deck for a summer table and chairs or outdoor furniture. It is just outside the kitchen and has a the privacy fence made from corrugated tin roofing that does work well with the house.

Outside the back door is a wall used for hanging plants and a bike.

Sorry! I really should get better pictures of the yard. Nonetheless,  you should really set up an appointment to see the place!

There is parking for one car on the property outside; there is a secluded back patio, a nice front porch, and a private yard.

property plan

If anyone has questions, they can reach me at 740.592.4350 home or at 740.590.0655 cell.

Please forward to anyone you think would be a good tenant. This would be a great place for faculty, professionals or visiting professors. Grads are a possibility with reference.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Please call me anytime to see it.

Best Regards,

Don Adleta
Professor Emeritus Graphic Design