83 Yr Old Ellenton Woman Sees Her Old Home Restored

Industry Observer with No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.

I was reading the paper this afternoon online and came across this story.  I thought it was a neat story to share with you.

It's a story about a woman who was surprised on her 83rd birthday.  Her daughter planned a surprise party for her 83rd birthday at a home she was born in and grew up in, in Ellenton.  The home use to be in disrepair and needed a lot of work and was ready to be condemned.  Fortunately a couple bought the home and restored it to what it is today.  It is now a beautiful home the way Mary Martha remembered it as a child and growing up. 

The home today has been fully restored and is now an antiques and collectibles store on Leffingwell Ave in Ellenton.

I thought about what it must have been like for Mary Martha to see the home she grew up in fall into disrepair and almost get condemned and then to have someone restore the home to what is was like when she was growing up.  I have to think that meant so much to her and to see the home once again fully restored in beautiful condition. 

Ellenton has a lot of old homes that have a lot of meaning to many people.  I hope that some of the older homes that need to be repaired are purchased and restored like this one was, instead of bulldozed down and something new built in it's place.

Comments (3)

Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC
Becky - the Ellenton area is full of old homes like this - and some are so far gone it is heartbreaking.  If the storms didn't get them, then the termites did.  I remember some 20+ years ago seeing some that I would have loved to be able to renovate.  But at that time the money didn't match the imagination.  Good post!
Aug 09, 2007 03:11 PM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

OK, that story is so cool and that is a really neat birthday gift.

Aug 09, 2007 06:23 PM
Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL

Carol, Yes termites are a big issue here and those older homes are frame homes.  But they could still be rehabbed even if they fix the termite damage.  Yes, it will cost a lot more and that's the problem.  Many people just don't want to deal with the cost of fixing termite damage....it's easier to plow the house down and build a new one.

Todd, I bet Mary Martha felt a sense of relief when she found out it had been restored also.

Aug 09, 2007 11:37 PM