House of the Week: Owner remodels old Westvale doctor’s office, giving it a ‘fresh start’

Tray Ling

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Realtor Tommy Kehoskie had quite the “coronavirus project” last year. After receiving what he called a “lesson in politics,” he got to work remodeling a former doctor’s office in Westvale, creating a modern, open concept home with tons of possibilities. The original “Saltbox Colonial” at 2800 West […]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Realtor Tommy Kehoskie had quite the “coronavirus project” last year.

After receiving what he called a “lesson in politics,” he got to work remodeling a former doctor’s office in Westvale, creating a modern, open concept home with tons of possibilities.

The original “Saltbox Colonial” at 2800 West Genesee Street was built in 1929 by the Schuyler family. In the 1970s, it was purchased by a doctor to be used as an office.

There were once eight patient examination rooms and a waiting room.

The doctor relocated about ten years ago, leaving an overgrown property and a building with broken windows, a leaky roof and bad siding.

“It was a mess,” Kehoskie said. “I don’t think a dime went into it since the 1970′s.”

In June 2011, the realtor bought it, hoping to “clean it up” and reopen it as a professional space since it had a commercial permit. He figured it would once again be a doctor’s office, or maybe a lawyer’s office.

Instead, he got a “sucker punch.”

Residents did not want it to be reopened as a business and started a petition to block Kehoskie’s efforts.

“Most of the people thought I was going to build a McDonald’s,” he said with a laugh.

After numerous zoning meetings and court cases, he shifted course.

After what he called a “wild ride” with this property, he and it needed a “fresh start.”

Just as the Covid-19 lockdowns were starting last March, Kehoskie said he got “creative” and decided to remodel the former doctor’s office as a modern, open concept home.

With almost 4,000 square feet of living space, five bedrooms and four bathrooms, the home is great for large families.

What were once examination rooms, have been converted into an in-law’s apartment, with a full kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Kehoskie said it could also be used as a deluxe first-floor master suite or home business.

The original reception area, with vaulted ceilings, is now the place for a cool home bar with granite countertops. There is also a super convenient bench/cubby system which matches the bar.

The wide-open space in the first floor living area is great for large parties. An original wood fireplace is the focal point of the living room.

The remodeled kitchen has granite counters, a center island, new stainless appliances, and soft close doors and dove tail drawers.

The four full bathrooms have also been remodeled, with new showers and tubs with tile surrounds and granite vanities.

Kehoskie has been “chipping away” at the house all year long and he figures it is about “99 percent done.”

He would like to plant some trees on the half-acre lot and fence it in.

“Whomever buys it will love it,” he predicts. “It is a great deal.”

For more information about this property, please contact owner and Realtor Tommy Kehoskie, of Independent Realty Group. His information is below.


Address: 2800 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, N.Y. 13219

Price: $399,900

Size: 3,851 square feet

Acreage: 0.44 acres

Monthly Mortgage: $1,366 (based on this week’s national average rate of 3.10 percent, according to Freddie Mac, for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment. Fees and points not included.)

Taxes: $12,687 (Based on assessed value of $229,000)

Built: 1929

School District: Westhill

Kitchen: The kitchen, like the rest of the interior, is brand new. It features all-new stainless appliances, granite counters, center island, and soft close doors. There is a large pantry which adds to the kitchen’s large amount of storage space.

Living areas: This 1929 Colonial, once was converted into a doctor’s office in the 1970′s, is now back to being a residence. The interior was completely changed to be modern and given a “wide open feel.” Owner and Realtor Tommy Kehoskie says the property has been given a “fresh start.” The first floor living room and dining room, just off the kitchen, makes one large open space, great for entertaining. The wood fireplace in the living room is original. The former reception area, with its vaulted ceiling and large windows, is now the place for a home bar.

Bedrooms: There are four bedrooms on the second floor and one inside the first-floor in-law apartment. Each of the bedrooms are large. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and its bathroom.

Bathrooms: There are four full bathrooms. Each have new granite vanities and new showers and tubs with tile surrounds.

In-Law Apartment: What were once a doctor’s examination rooms, today is an in-law apartment which has its own private access. The space has a large bedroom, living room, dining area, full bathroom, and kitchen. Kehoskie has the space could be made into a large first-floor master suite or, as long as the home remains a primary residence, a home business.

Outdoors: Located in the Westhill School District, the home is built on a half-acre lot. A new black-top driveway has plenty of room to park and the two-car garage is 150 feet away from West Genesee Street. Owner says he would like to plant some trees and fence in the property when the ground thaws. The roof, windows, siding, most of the wiring, hot water tank and high-efficiency furnace are all new.

Agent: Thomas Kehoskie

Independent Realty Group

Address: 99 Yorkshire Boulevard, Syracuse, N.Y. 13219

Phone: (315) 727-0177

Email: [email protected]


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