My husband and I (okay, mostly him) restored this house in 2005. According to tax records, the house was built in 1904 and has over 4200 s.f. of finished living space. We moved out of this house two years ago when the real estate market tanked and we were caught holding 7 properties (all restored with the intention of re-selling). In order to make ends meet, we offered up everything for rent until the market got better, including our own home. With its downtown location and close proximity to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (literally a few blocks from campus), our house was easily rented to college students. Five young men have been enjoying a college lifestyle here for the past two years and if these walls could talk I don't think I want to hear it!
The boys move out Friday I am anxious to see what is waiting for us inside. I know already that the exterior lighting fixture has been shattered and a chunk of the marble has been broken off of the kitchen island. Obviously this kind of damage is bad news, but nothing we can't handle. After all, we tore it down to the studs and completely rebuilt it 5 years ago!
Stay tuned - I will be sharing the good, the bad and the ugly! And then comes the fun part - another round of before & afters (round 2).
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