Q & A With Josh Romano | The Man Renovating Northside

Mortgage and Lending with First Heritage Mortgage NMLS #: 938761

If you’ve read any of my posts on the Northside, you know I’ve had quite a few house crushes there recently. The dynamic of the Northside is quickly transforming now that talented craftsmen like Josh Romano with Cobblestone Development Group are giving the area’s beautiful historic homes some good old-fashioned TLC.

I first met Josh when he renovated a home in Glenburnie, just down the street from my house at 5506 Dillwyn Road.   I helped him host an open house there and quickly gathered from talking to Josh he was going to do some pretty neat things in the future. Since then I have gotten to know Josh and his mission is quite clear: He wants to bring these houses back to life and put them on the market for affordable prices.

Take a look at some of Josh’s work:

Josh will hosting a Q & A at Hardywood Brewery on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 from 6-7:30 p.m., and is eager to answer your questions pertaining to home buying, renovating, and flipping. And, yes, renovating and flipping are two entirely different things (he has been clear to point this out to me on several occasions).  Here’s the flyer for the event:


This event is free of charge, but you’re encouraged to support the local brewery and food trucks that will be offered during the event.


This post was originally published at Loan Officer Lately.

Comments (19)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Whitney,

What a great shout out for Josh..I love the homes he is renovating..keeping the flavor of the original structure and bringing the modern craftsman touch into the his creations. The flyer for the event is outstanding!

Oct 06, 2014 09:13 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Whitney. His work is wonderful and I can understand why you gave him such a shout out. Sounds like a great working team.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

Oct 06, 2014 10:26 PM
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Dorie-His work is beautiful and the intention behind his work in the Northside makes these homes even more special. He has a lot of big plans for this up and coming area.

Joe-His work is wonderful and I hope the news spreads fast so that first time home buyers that seem to be flocking to the Northside can benefit from these beautiful houses at such great prices. Thank you for your comment!

Oct 06, 2014 10:50 PM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

That is quite the rennovation.  I can see why you have fallen love with that house!  Maybe HGTV should use him for a show.  I love the flyer he created.

Oct 07, 2014 07:03 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Wow Whitney, nice profile of Josh Romano with Cobblestone Development Group. Amazing transformations!!!

Oct 07, 2014 07:33 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Whitney, I like what Josh Ramono is doing and think it's very important work. There's an area here in Huntsville where they are doing just that and another that I wish builders or investors would.

Oct 07, 2014 11:50 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Josh sounds like he would be an interesting man to meet Whitney.

Oct 07, 2014 11:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is beautiful work. Thanks for sharing the photographs.

I hope the event is very successful. Flipping is a very good business for those that know what they are doing.

Oct 09, 2014 06:59 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Josh does beautiful work and it shows. And, he is doing such a great service with helping to revitalize the Northside of Richmond!

Oct 15, 2014 07:15 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

The best flippers are the quality flippers.

Josh Romano has that touch!

Oct 15, 2014 07:26 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Whitney, I love your photos of Josh's work.  What a great way to make a living!

Oct 21, 2014 01:16 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Whitney, I have a lot of admiration for those brave souls who risk it all to rescue old homes and make them something that people will love again.

Oct 21, 2014 04:47 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Whitney, I have to say I like all the homes you featured with pictures. This guy is good. Thanks for sharing. we want to redo our kitchen. i wish he was here! 

Oct 22, 2014 06:17 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Whitney,

It's obvious that Josh does amazing work.  The pictures speak for themselves!

Oct 23, 2014 02:04 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Nice testimonial to Josh's work!  The homes are gorgeous!  I really love the half and half photo on the poster!

Oct 23, 2014 07:09 AM
Donny Carter
Carter & Roque Real Estate - Frostburg, MD
Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert

Amazing! I love the before and after. The kitchens and baths are stunning!

Oct 24, 2014 01:25 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I love all of the light that he allows into his homes! What a great transformation!

Oct 25, 2014 06:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Whitney, oh my what beautiful homes, and nice of you to shout it out.    Hope the event was well attended. 

Oct 26, 2014 11:32 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Whitney, you made a good friend with Josh! He's an innovator and I can see a promising future for both of you and an amazing transformation for the neighborhood and every project he touches. My prediction is you will be instrumental in getting them sold and I wish you both the very best.

Oct 27, 2014 11:18 AM