Old Houses: Looking and Fixing

By on 6 May, 2014 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Two things to consider today. First, the Old House Expo was a big success. Second, a new home improvement show might be just the thing you need to fix up your own old home!

Fleming Pruett and his family have lived in Midtown Montgomery “forever.” And as Midtowners, they were well aware of Old House Expo. So when they put their Garden District home on the market last week, Fleming asked his agent to enroll their house in this event which many of us fondly call “the annual Parade of Homes for old houses.”

Yet when the day dawned and people began to stream through the house, Fleming was more than a bit nervous. That is, until he realized there were so many people inside at any moment that they’d all “be watching each other,” so to speak. When the clock struck 5 and the event was over, 186 people had toured the home. Considering that the average open house may draw a dozen folks — 186 is a lot of people! And another large 2-story home in Old Cloverdale drew even more: 203 total.

Old House Expo has been held since 1985 and is one of Montgomery’s official Preservation Month events. Mark your calendar now for next year’s Expo: Sunday, May 3, 2015.

335 Felder interior

And now, the chance to fix up your own house! Tired of looking at the peeling paint and beat-up hardwood floors in your Midtown Montgomery home but lack the time, talent, money and vision to accomplish a makeover? Here’s your chance to get it done for you—at zero cost and all in one day!!!

Raycom is producing — and WSFA is promoting and will air — a new home improvement show, “Fix It and Finish It.” The show’s producers will, in one day, transform a room (no bathrooms) from “ugly duckling” to “fairy princess,” all in one day and at zero cost to the homeowner. Their application says you need to shoot a video, but the producers have called me to say they need applicants and will waive that requirement for a compelling story line.

Think you might apply? Here’s the info: http://www.wsfa.com/story/25241931/fit-it-finish-it We’ll be happy to help in any way we can. Just call Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS 334-834-1500.

They say, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” But I have it straight from news anchor Mark Bullock’s mouth: This is the real deal. So get busy and apply!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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  1. Jay Croft says:

    Our house at 1431 Magnolia Curve was one of the 12 on the Old House Expo. 151 people streamed through, and today several cars pulled up, took notes and left. This is great exposure.

    Plus, the YouTube video is fantastic. Type in “1431 Magnolia Curve” and see what those 151 people saw!

  2. Great homes, wonderful structures and thoughtful design provide a sense of space.

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