Pops of color and simple updates make this affordable home the perfect starter home in Spring Grove Village (clearly the market agrees; it’s already under contract). Built in 1885, the home was completely renovated by the Village Development Corporation (VDC) in 2016. “[The] house was in complete disrepair,” says current owner Sarah Maguire. “Another investor may have just torn it down instead of preserving its sturdy bones.” The home has charm, but with modern flair, complete with an open concept that is up to today’s trend. From a staircase with risers decoupaged with pages from Harry Potter books to bookshelves accented with octopus-shaped brackets, Maguire and partner Brian McLaughlin matched bright colors and eclectic decor to make this home one-of-a-kind.
The two bedroom home with one full and one half bath catches your eye with its turquoise siding and orange front door. The white painted brick porch columns offset the pops of color. Inside, the living room is to your right, where custom built-ins from a local carpenter in Northside frame the exposed brick fireplace. High ceilings create an open and airy feeling on the entire first floor. The living room and dining room share the same laminate flooring, and both spaces lead to the kitchen. A small bar lines the wall behind the stove, while white cabinets brighten up the space, with stainless appliances and granite countertops adding a sleek look.
Upstairs, there’s original hardwood throughout the second floor. The master boasts an exposed brick non-working fireplace and large windows that overlook the backyard. A sage green shower in the master bath pairs well with the clean white floor tile, vanity, and walls. The current owners use the second bedroom down the hall as an office. Natural light pours into the room thanks to the large windows and neutral color walls.
The house is set on nearly a double lot allowing loads of fenced-in space for pets, kids, and privacy. “The privacy fence has proven [to be] great for projecting movies or streaming shows while enjoying a fire in the pit on cool summer nights,” Maguire says. “The location and neighborhood were a big draw,” she adds. “Being on a cul-de-sac is a huge bonus.” As for the future, Maguire says the VDC finished a few more renovations in the neighborhood capturing the historic homes before someone condemned them. “The new owners of 626 should take pride in being on this street and in this neighborhood during this time of enhancement and transformation,” Maguire says.