Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Old Girls--A Labor of Love

Here is the latest progress on one of our Old Girls, a small collection of historic (OLD) multi-family properties.  We have had this one for not quite three years and we have finally gotten to her exterior. 


Here is her "before" exterior.

Here is the "after", that is the after BEFORE we worked on the landscaping yesterday.

Yesterday, we planted azaleas and sweet potato vines...  Thanks to one of our great tenants, Paul, who had the strength to dig up the snarly, scraggly, old holly bushes and roots!  The rocks were donated by a friend of ours who was changing their landscaping.  She is starting to look as good on the outside as she deserves.

Here are a few photos from the interior of one of the four apartments. 


The building is about 4800 square feet, with each unit consisiting of a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bath and "bonus" room that has been used as a second bedroom, an office, an art studio and a yoga room since we have had it.

I can imagine that in its day, this was a fine old apartment building. 

There is so much character in the Old Girls and I love them every one.

If you are interested in seeing a before and after of another of the interior units see this post.

I say, find one, love one, save one!  ;)

25 comments:

Dana said...

Oh my goodness, everything looks beautiful! I would love to rent one of your places!!

Solar Powered said...

someday I will...Old Girl is an inspiration. I love it!

kim said...

I didn't know you had rental properties. That reno looks great. I love the vintage style of the kitchen and bath.

Katherine said...

Wow, she looks great! You have such a great vision for these old houses and add so much character to them. Tyler is lucky to have you guys and your passion to restore these great houses!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

How beautiful! I love the flower beds, the rock border is perfect!

Amanda said...

Scrumptious. Love her - she's the belle of the ball.

Vickie said...

I love these beautiful old homes around our area - I would love to live in one of them myself. They are so elegant, not like our houses of today. So much character and beauty in them. Thanks for showing these old Girls!

Diana said...

Looks so great!!! You have done an awesome job.

Lisa said...

What a beauty! Your hard work really paid off! That kichen is beyond lovely! Great job!

Pamela said...

I would so love to live in one of those! How much is rent!;) Great job!

deedee said...

Checked out the before link - WOW - what a beautiful improvement! I sure you didn't know this but... If I didn't live in Arizona, Texas is my second most favorite state.

California Girl said...

How many do you own now? The interior looks familiar. Have you posted this one or another in the bldg before? You guys do a great job. I could live there too, sans kid & MIL!

Chatty Crone said...

So what is a girls house - is there a group of you going in together and then restore homes and rent them? You did a great job on it.

sandie

Darlene said...

WOW Noni it is GORGEOUS!! I think you have done a fabulous job on it. Enjoy your day.♥

nanny said...

It looks just wonderful....I love it....

Christine said...

Labor of Love, that Old Girl!
Good bones and now she shines.
Hobby? Mission? Passion?
What ever you call it, well done.

Lauri said...

Ditto to all the previous comments. They sure don't make apartments like that anymore, do they? Beautiful!!

smith kaich jones said...

Ohhhhh, I've been thinking about moving . . . .

:) Debi

Brian Miller said...

very nice. love what you did with the outside...the inside too...

Jill said...

OH MY! I just love everything about this building! It is CHARMING! You all have done a WONDERFUL job with this "old girl."

It's Just Dottie said...

Lovely to look at . You did a great job.I wish it was nearer to were I live. I know someone who would love to live in it..
Dottie

Deb said...

wow great job.....

Sir and Miss said...

What an amazing property - it has so much soul. Nothing better than restoring a home to its former glory. Oh, and I love your new socks! I would definitely pay money for a pair of those.

Holly
x

p.s. Thanks for stopping by 3 Sisters, 365!

Sandra said...

Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous. When I think if the first apartment we rented and how thrilled we were with it and how plain it was -- this is a WONDERFUL apartment! You and your hubby obviously have a talent (and a heart) for this type of restoration. What a blessing you are to your neighborhood. :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I just found your blog. Love seeing what you've done to the apartment buildings you own. I adore these kind of apartment buildings. There is a row of them on the edge of my neighborhood. Sadly they have not been fixed up like yours. I hope someday they will be. I see so much possibility in them.

My whole neighborhood is full of 20's and 30's homes that have all been beautifully. So hope someone like you will come in and fix them up someday.

I just became your newest follower. Please come by and see my little 1931 Storybook Tudor Revival home in OKC.

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