before and after

Before and After – Victorian Cottage in Roswell New Mexico

Here’s the Before and After of a fixer upper OHU50K featured back in September of 2019. The listing was removed after it was reduced to $59,900. The home was flipped and put back on the market for $350,000, then reduced to $299,000. The realtor calls the after “impeccably renovated” and a “magical transformation.”  I’ll keep my opinion to myself. Yours?


Before 

104 N Kentucky Ave, Roswell, NM 88203   $80,000 Reduced to $72,000 ~ Reduced again to $59,900

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OHU50K NOTES

You don’t find too many homes like these in the west for under $100K, but we found one for our Under $100K Sunday. Located in one of the safe, low crime neighborhoods of Roswell, New Mexico, this old fixer upper home and carriage house need plenty of TLC. Some of the “improvements” have me believing aliens may have performed the work. Perhaps little green men installed that small interior window, or designed the bathroom with the corrugated fiberglass ceiling.  Enough of my Roswell references. This fixer upper has great curb appeal, and the unfortunate DIY projects are nothing that can’t be fixed.

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REALTOR COMMENTS

Oh the possibilities in this fixer upper! This Historical Home has all the makings of a Labor of Love Renovation. Original wood floors under the carpet, Shiplap in the walls, wrap around front porch and Original Horse Carriage Barn. A little demo, a little design, and an eye for creativity are all you need to make this your next project investment!

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AFTER

Explicitly one of a kind and impeccably renovated! This home has been shown to exist as far back as 1905. A true piece of Roswell’s deeply rooted historical home history. Upon arrival, you will experience the unique feeling of the 1900’s. As you enter the home, you have all of the amenities of a modern day new build for your convenience. This property is uniquely zoned R3 so a multi-use purpose can be achieved, if desired. You have to see it to believe this magical transformation!

 

 

 

14 Comments

  • Naima Haviland

    Ok, not my style at all but I have to admit that the flippers did all the right things from a resale perspective. Gave it an open floorplan, went all white for brightness and versatility. This is probably a lot of people’s dream home. I hate to see period details eliminated, but I’d rather see it given a new chance at life than to have it just sit there and crumble.

  • Jane

    So sad. This home had character that should have been used in its favor. Now it is just an old home that a flipper didn’t respect and stripped its beauty away. For me it is important to respect and care about the original integrity of an old home. If a flipper wants canned lights, open floor plan, etc then flip something that is less architecturally and historically significant.

  • Jordan

    The whole point of this amazing site and I am truly thankful for these curators is history preservation. That being said , while preservation of the past is important to everyone addicted to this group , the people of the 60s -the 90s lost their minds on renovating it’s not always easy to come back from wood paneling and T bar ceilings on a budget . I don’t like it but I believe they did a pretty good job here . Not my idea of justice but better than no love at all

  • Karen

    Only thing left was the Front Door , what happened to that beautiful stain glass in front ?????

  • Curtis

    I sorry but I have to agree with everyone. They stripped all the charm from this house it was better before. I love in a historic home and it is sad to see someone ruin one.

  • Gregory Hubbard

    OK. I don’t understand. This makes no sense, and short of demolition, why did the ‘flippers’ spend so much money to do so much damage? They obviously have no appreciation of Victorian architecture. Why else would they strip out real Victorian details? The front windows and gable design are the most obvious damage, but the overall neutered whiteness will not bring the same money as a repaired Victorian. Check the national statistics and sales records.

    What is more, it will be impossible to place the home on the National Register of Historic Places, and so take advantage of the tax credits. The credits are not trifles. There are corporations dedicated to dealing with the tax credits. In fact, I believe that the Historic Preservation Tax Credits are the best credits still available.

    This leaves me with serious questions; they obviously rammed this renovation through as fast as possible, or they might have thought about the architectural and historical damage they committed. What did they overlook? Did they consult a structural engineer? Will their new interior have structural problems?

    THEY HAVE SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE WALLET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gregory Hubbard

    In addition to my comments above, in my opinion, this is the ‘Why Bother School of Design.’ This job makes them appear incompetent. They stripped all the character out of the house. These interiors could be anywhere. They look like a cheap college dorm room.

    This is so bad, they should be embarrassed to have their names on it.

  • George Bahr

    The village is up in arms!
    My take- someone took a cool old house, dipped it in bleach, stripped it of all its cool old funk and called it an upgrade.
    Not my cup of tea, but someone will buy it…

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