Are you interested in living in Westview? Great news – Westview is participating in an “Open House” this Saturday, May 7th to encourage and showcase the possibilities of home ownership. These houses will be on the tour.
1455 Lucile Avenue
409 Inman Street
415 Altoona Place
472 West Ontario Avenue
1517 South Gordon Street
1679 Rogers Avenue
Come to the “Host Home” for a snack and a map! 1455 Lucile Ave Atlanta 30310
Finally- I see some of the fruits of my labor…and this one was easy. It was as simple as having a motivated buyer untainted by the city prejudice views of many of our SW communities. OK, this is not so easy. My buyer- Larry Carter, currently the President of this emerging community. Larry and I met by referral, shortly after I closed another $25K “gem” in West End back in 2009. Larry not only had cash to buy, he had VISION because he knew his cash was up against investors with even more cash. While everyone was busy snatching up homes in Historic West End and Westview, Larry set his sights on a less desirable area- just 1 block away- Ashview Heights. Larry purchased a home that looked like it would be ready for tear down or a match….even I did not want to go in to show him LOL.. again, he was brave and with vision! Today it would be VERY hard to believe its the SAME home..he’s renovated it himself …slowly, weekly making it’s value triple the purchase price!
Take a peek into Ashview Heights and let’s make YOU my next blog story:
Welcome to Ashview Heights Atlanta’s downtown urban escape. Ashview Heights, a community along Atlanta’s Belt Line, is perfectly nestled between downtown Atlanta,West End, Westview and Atlanta University Center. Ashview Heights is Atlanta’s in town bright star; it offers suburban life in the city. We are a diverse community, ranging from single young professionals, families and seniors. Come get involved! We have the first edible garden on the Belt Line which each member of the community is welcomed to plant and grow their own herbs and vegetables.
Commute free-living! Working downtown? You can come home for your lunch break and be back to work on time. Oh the kids have Parent Teacher Conference? NO problem the local schools are near the heart of the community. M. Agnes Jones Elementary,Kipp Ways Academy,Kipp Strive Academy, Booker T. Washington High School are all less then a mile from our community.
Let’s talk to your future neighbors:
Larry Carter, Ashview Heights Association’s current president: I purchased my home in 2009 for 10,000 dollars. It was the best money I have ever spent! I have a five bedroom three bathroom home that is everything I need and more. I had to do a little work but it was a blank canvas I created my perfect home in the city. There is a sense of community here.
Debra Parker, Active Ashview Heights Association member: My family and I moved to Ashview Heights because we have always wanted to live near downtown. We looked in several neighborhoods surrounding downtown and made the decision to call Ashview Heights home. We love the history as well as the architectural detail of the homes. My kids are having a ball making new friends as well as taking advantage of the great programs that the neighborhood schools have to offer. We look forward to planting roots here for many years to come. We just have one question. Would you like to be our neighbor?
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.