What a difference a clipping makes! Old house in Judsonia AR revived!

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We had this old house in Judsonia to sell.  We begged for a yard clean-up to make the house show better.  Hold it!  Let's not call this an old house.  Let's call it a historic house because it survived the Judsonia 1952 tornado and most of Judsonia AR did not.

Alas, no clean-up....

It looked liked this on the side and on the front.

Side view of house in Judsonia

front view of house in Judsonia AR

Fortunately, one buyer could see behind the bushes and bought the house.  A drive-by after the sale made us slam on the brakes and back up quickly to see if what we thought we saw was really what we saw.

Look at the difference.

After a trim Judsonia AR house

Old house Judsonia AR after clean up

Thanks, Mr. Buyer, for bringing this historic house back up to an attractive look.


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Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols
ReeceNichols Real Estate - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Much better Barbara! Less is always more!

Jun 13, 2013 03:42 PM #1
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Hi Carol,  thanks for stopping by.

Jun 13, 2013 09:29 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

It's not what you see it is the potential of what it can be and the buyer clearly saw that.  :)

Jun 13, 2013 09:44 PM #3
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

James, you are SO right.

Jun 14, 2013 09:48 PM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Looking back, I wonder why they didn't center that front porch???

Jun 14, 2013 09:49 PM #5
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

Adding just a touch of love to any home makes such a difference.  I wonder what things they may do on the inside of this home.

Jun 15, 2013 12:11 AM #6
Lori Crawford

I am so happy to say that my husband and I are blessed to have the opportunity to revive this home! My name is Lori, and my hisband is Kirk. We became empty nesters last fall when our baby girl left for college. My husband and I actually met two doors down from this home almost 24 years ago on a blind date. This will be our 4th and last home to bring back to life. I saw it online and called my husband. When I drove over and looked throug the windows, I fell in love with it. We do not plan to remodel but will restore as close as we can to keep its charm. We sadly had to gut the side entrace because of all the damage from the ivy. We did save all the charming cabinet doors, and we plan to use them in that same room. The odd box on top of the house will be removed and fixed. We will be adding a metal roof after the repairs. I just founda cook stove to put in the kitchen. It is a 1950 model. It is not as old as I would have liked but in mint condition. I am now on the hunt for a Frigidaire of the same model or close to it. We have as much work to do outside still as we do inside. I don't know if you were aware, but we discovered a secret garden behind all of the over growth in the back with a large rock pond, fountains, and a concret bench just behind a wrought iron fence on one side of the shed. The other side of the shed has the old concret parking runnders with a gate to the backyard. The two areas still have to be cheared out because all the old windows and a lot of trash were thrown back there when previous owners put the new windows in. I am so happy to be here. I know it is not for everyone, but it is perfect for us. I am living my dream! I have always been able to look at a home and see beyond its struggles. I know it sounds as if I am talking about a living breathing thing, and in a way, I am. I sit and wonder and think about all the people who walked these floors before me. What there lives were like and all the life that happened in these rooms. When I pass by a house and see restoration taking place, it makes me so happy. I can't tell how hapyy it makes me that I get to be a part of this one. I have tried to find out information on the house online but have not been successful. If you could tell me how to research this home, I would be so grateful. I am going to go down to the local libarary tomorrow. If you would like to see the secret garden or updates, feel free to stop by. 

Jun 23, 2013 08:24 AM #7
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Lori, what a great story about your love for historic homes.  It is wonderful to know that this house found someone who didn't try to find all its faults but found the good things and loved it for those things.

Hearing about a secret garden sounds so romantic!  We certainly couldn't find it through the overgrowth and the back yard must extend back further than we had thought.

I just might stop by to see the updates. (I agree that the strange thing on top needs to go.) I'd really like to see the restored garden.  Thanks for sharing your love for this house with us!!

Jun 23, 2013 11:26 AM #8
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