Preserving a neighbor’s legacy: The owner of the two bedroom craftsman home at 8643 Wabash Avenue South was part of the Rainier Beach community for over half a decade. Built in 1905, the house had been loved and lived in for many years without much upkeep when it hit the market last year.
As the house sat, neighbors wondered what the future of the lot would be. With such close proximity to Lake Washington, developers were driving by the property, many tempted by potential rooftop views of Mount Rainier and the profits that come along with new construction.
Licica and Damon of Team Benefield are part of the Rainier Beach community, living, working and playing in the vibrant Rainier Valley neighborhood, so they recognized a legacy in their neighbor’s Wabash home that deserved to be preserved. They also know the shock and fear that new construction can bring into a community –so their vision for the home was different. They saw restored, original Douglas Fir hardwood floors with inlays; they saw a cozy breakfast nook overlooking a landscaped backyard; and they saw an open kitchen layout for hosting friends and neighbors in the natural light of this cozy home.
Licica and Damon watched the listing for over a year as the owner lowered the price again to entice developers, and Team Benefield made an offer, embarking on their first home restoration project.
TIP #1: Sweat equity could be your competitive advantage when buying a home that isn’t quite move-in ready. Having a vision is key, with willingness to put in some hard work.
For the last 5-months, Team Benefield has poured sweat into the project and hired some of the best contractors to bring the home into its next 100 years –neighbors stopping by everyday to gauge the progress and keep an eye on things. “Iris would be so happy to see all that you’ve done to her home!” is the sentiment of the block.
There have been no shortcuts for this project either; both functional and cosmetic fixes have been fully realized, with room for future owners to expand if desired and build up or into the backyard.
Team Benefield updated the home with new installation as well as new electric, plumbing and all new windows. The walls of the bathroom and kitchen are made of new drywall, and the roof has been replaced. A french drain was dug around the home, and a charming privacy fence now encloses a tidy backyard; and instead of tearing down the shed, it too has been revived.
TIP #2: Find a real estate team with relationships and connections to proven vendors and contractors! Team Benefield has quite the list from this passion project.
As you look for a team to guide the transformation of your current home to sell, or if you’re looking for your dream home –whether it’s move-in ready or needing some TLC– Team Benefield is here to help!
Come say HELLO and see this labor of love at open houses:
8643 Wabash Avenue South
Saturday, July 30 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.