On the latter: We just picked up the 1950s ranch pictured above, and we have big plans for it — a total overhaul that’ll transform it from an ordinary brick build with potential to a bright, stylish, total dream of a move-in-ready home.
I live for this kind of stuff — seeing a place that’s a little bit of a duckling get the love and attention it needs and deserves, and reemerge as a wow-worthy swan. I particularly live for it when I get to be the one providing the love and attention.
Do you have similar feelings about rehabbing older homes? Has taking on a project like mine been on your mind? If so, this week’s Open Houses roundup was written expressly for you. I scoured the Nashville-area Open House listings for properties with project potential, and listed a few of my favorites here.
Cool things about this 1968 Hickory Bend home: a bunch of the original features that are still in place also look great — the hardwoods have been refinished, and the cabinets in the large, open kitchen feel fresh, thanks to a cool gray paint job. A few simple touches, like popcorn ceiling-scraping and new tile, would go a really long way, if you were looking for less of an overhaul, more of an upgrade. And like I wrote recently: The Donelson area is coming up in a big way. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
910 Petway Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Over the past year, the average price per square foot in 37206 shot up to $237, from $201. So for a property that needs TLC in East Nashville, you can probably expect something closer to $140-$180 a square foot, like this 1940 brick home. It has a lot going for it — a good amount of space, easy jump to Ellington and Gallatin, walkable location to dining, a big porch that has big potential. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
2044 Sherbrooke Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
This is a lot of house (just shy of 3,000 square feet) with a lot of property (just shy of an acre), and it also needs a lot of love — from the photos, it looks like much of the home hasn’t been updated since it was built in 1969. Since it’s in a nice, established neighborhood and even has expansion potential (an 1189-square-foot, plumbed, heated and cooled unfinished basement), it could also be a major project with major upside. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
214 Liberty Pike
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
These days, it’s hard to find a real turn-of-the-century fixer-upper in Nashville proper, what with the market being as intense as it is. But if you were willing to head out a bit — maybe to Bell Buckle, about an hour southeast of Nashville — you might find a circa-1900 stunner just waiting for you to come fall in love. Oh, the possibilities with this one. It’s overflowing with historic charm, from the 11-foot ceilings to the pocket doors, transom windows and original fireplaces. And with some restoration here, some kitchen and bath work… it could really be a historic dream home. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
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