FTN CITY: $349,900 - 5512 Dogwood Dr., 3bd/2.5bth:
I'm always amazed when someone buys a total disaster of a house and transforms it into a beauty. It takes real vision to see the possibilities when most people see only impossibilities.
This home I shot in Fountain City is a great example. Wow! What an incredible rehab!
The house was vacant for about a decade. The ceiling in the family room had completely collapsed and was open to the elements for years. I included some "before" pics just to show you how bad the house was.
It wasn't a complete wreck, though. The owners were able to salvage some of the original features, and let me tell you, it adds a ton of charm!
Check out the original wooden front door with the offset peep window. Good luck trying to find one of those at Home Depot! Many of the original interior doors and casings remain. The original hardwood flooring has been beautifully restored, as has the tile in the living room and front porch.
I absolutely love how the restoration stays true to the era of when the house was first built. For example, the hall bathroom Is completely redone with all the modern features we demand, but it's restored to the style of 1945, when the home was built. The tiny black-and-white, hex tile floor paired with the subway tile in the tub/shower is gorgeous!
The front living room has the original tile flooring and huge windows that let plenty of natural light shine through. In fact, this house has lots of great natural light throughout.
I'm loving those kitchen cabinets with glass doors up top! The shelves above the stainless farmhouse sink are made with reclaimed wood. There are granite countertops, all stainless appliances and an island with a butcher block top and plenty of drawers.
The family room has a cool white-washed stone fireplace, and I love the white stucco exterior with the black accents and trim.
Fountain City is becoming the hip place to live in Knox County, so there's lots of gentrification taking place in this part of town, especially on this street. If you're looking for a cute historic home without the hassle of rehabbing it yourself, give this one a good look-see. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.