New home….great location… BUT…

There is so much work to do to make my new home meet my vision. It’s sometimes hard coming from a fully renovated home to a “fixer upper” . Dont get me wrong- the house has the potential to be perfect:  the Beltline is my neighbor! Great schools (KIPP Strive), MARTA at my door, an active Westview Community association, spacious inside and out! But…. why is the street a dumping target? It’s just unbelievable EVERYDAY either someone dumps trash on my property (not just 1 bag or a little bit of litter-I’m talking several contractor bags) and if not the trash- I wake up to a stolen vehicle parked at my front or back door.  I would like to think the construction of the Beltline path would give indication that Muse St is not an abandoned street but I guess criminals dont think– then again, if they did, they wouldn’t be criminals.. lol  My husband is on a wireless surveillance camera mission to add to the trees-lol which is a good and bad thing. I dont want to be a prisoner in my home nor watch footage all day to see who tossed what. I’ll start with putting out some “No Dumping” signs  and making the outside of my house look more homey and occupied. Which reminds me, if anyone has extra Hasta plants or Mondo(Monkey Grass) I can use some.

That’s the outside. Where to begin on the inside? LOL… let me just say that the people who bought the home (some really good friends willing to part with this gem so that I can have a better quality of life- my last home mortgage was killing us) the previous owner are visionaries, brave and do not let anything deter them from their renovation/restoration goals and had a plan for this home.  I, on the other hand- have the vision but am a PUNK when it comes to work!! I try though. I really do try …..before I resort to hiring a contractor.    I did say the house is a “fixer” right? ……….well, I now know the true meaning. LOL.. The house was one caught in the mortgage fraud scheme and was flipped at ridiculous prices. Get this:  Dec 2005 sold for $206K, Sept 2006 $326K then it went to the bank in 2008… I’m sure in between there were private hard money sales to investors who caused the mess inside.  It’s as if they had blind contractors working without braille rulers … walls are crocked, archways are a tad shorter on one side, and my ceilings appear smooth ode to sloping dry wall. They were going for more of a “modern” open floor plan feeling so they knocked out walls and made huge opening between the kitchen and diningroom/great room… Apparently they didn’t think plaster would fit into their plan so they added drywall over the plaster walls. It was crazy to me to be laying in bed, look up and notice that the window molding are even with the wall.  Usually the molding would be sticking out,  right?  I jumped up to figure it out- are the windows sinking in? I see little round circles around the walls edge and started to pick the paint off…to discover nails-nails holding down drywall. *hilarious*

We have a huge renovation project for the many years we plan to live here. I’m finding the house to be a good conversation piece and think in the midst of some renovations I may just leave a crocked arch as a reminder of what happened to our homes during the dreadful years of mortgage fraud in the West End.

Here are few pics of views I enjoy. I’ll have some inside pics soon- right now you wouldn’t see anything  except boxes.

Why I serve West End & Westview…

I received this email today:

My name is David Hill. My mothers name is Gwenetta Hill. I was raised in the West End at 986 Oglethorpe Ave, We’ve long since moved from that house back in the late 80s.Im bumping 30 now and can remember Andrew Youngcampaigning for mayor right on that very street back in the days, Ive had quite a few friends who also lived on that street as well who have moved on. If at all possible, can you send a picture of my old home, despite the fact that I always thought the place was haunted?lol(if available of course).I was actually “tripping” over the fact that a lot of those homes have come a long way since then. My friend Albert Duncan lived in that very home that was featured on your home tour review and I was veeery impressed with it. Hard times affected a lot of families back then, so when I see pictures of the homes now, I’m very impressed. I can remember the days when people would actually physically work on their own homes to try and maintain them the best they could despite being financially strapped. Anyways, I’d appreciate the favor. I’m actually overseas right now on a port-of-call in Sydney and for some reason that house popped back into my mind. Respectfully, -David

I was very touched by this message today. It’s not out of the ordinary though- while at the Home Show, many who now live in Virginia Highlands, Inman Park,Grant Park etc.. would come up to our booth with a sense of longing remembering a time when the West End was shining. I listened to a number of stories from Seniors, of when they visited the Wrens Nest as a child.  

We’re not far from regaining our status.

Thank you residents of West End. Thank you for holding on, working HARDER, and continuing the fight.  We are remembered, we are cherished, we are cheered for….

 

See, I knew I liked Will and Jada Smith..

they home school! And now they’re opening a new school… see Essence article HERE

I met a man a few weeks ago who was totally against everything except for Public School..needless to say he is a Teacher in the APS system. He was going on and on bashing Charter Schools about the use of public funding etc… so I had to ask “What do you think about Home school?”  As a deep frown spread across his face, he began to tell me all the WRONG with home schooling and home schooled kids i.e they will not know how to work with others, they are sheltered, they are not social etc- the same nonsense many think. ( I wasn’t angry- I’ve been doing this 3yrs now and have heard everything from family,friends, “teachers”- and my favorite, STRANGERS. ) But here is the killer…so I ask this highly opinionated teacher, “Do you have kids?”   and as usual, the response was “NO! But, I work with kids daily.”   That was all I needed to hear to end the conversation.

Anyway, for all of you other home schooling moms or those thinking of it, here is a cool new group I was introduced to : Kid Cultivators Homeschool Support Group

Memorial Day Weekend in West End…

We really did need this 3day weekend! The 1st day that I did get to relax was wonderful; I’m looking forward to the 4th of July..

Besides the normal race of finding the perfect house for my new buyers (which they found!) I  did attend the Malcolm X festival, had a blast and was grateful I left my money at home or else I would  be over flowing with hand made bracelet’s, earrings and hair ornaments.   My girls enjoyed watching the show of African Warrior dance moves. *pictures to come*

I also had the pleasure * NOT * of going to David’s Bridal and try on dresses for a summer wedding my girls and I will be in- check out the girls:

Then on Monday we got to enjoy a BBQ- Jordon enjoyed watching the fish swim in the pond-this little one was hard to snap a picture of…

I did get a chance to snatch up a baby…

and watch a card game… *I suck at ALL games*

 

Leah was trying to butter me up for more chips..

Leah

my neighbors have done an amazing job with their backyard adding a pond, veggie/herb garden, island seating area…

I think I’ll take some before and after pics of my yard. I’m working on it- slowly…. I’ll try to have it done by July 4th. 

So when I look at the pictures and reflect, I realized although I really really really miss Brooklyn- it’s pretty wonderful to be in the West End.  I’m looking forward to adding new neighbors.  Only 5 more available homes on my block!