Some days, the blog posts just write themselves. All I had to do today was drive through Cameron on my way to work, and this post formed itself inside my head.
So, you know I’ve been thinking a lot about restoring properties in Cameron. It’s obvious that many of my neighbors have been thinking about it, as well. Some, though, did not. Here’s a report.
Someone we know is doing an amazing job on a huge old house near the center of town. The house lost most of its land on one side when the main road through town was made wider, so it would not be the ideal residential property, but it would be an amazing commercial spot. From what I’ve heard, they are planning on retail downstairs and rental upstairs.
You can see from my before and after shots that they have done an amazing job. Broken windows have been replaced, rotting porch columns and trim has been lovingly renovated, and the roof no longer is full of holes. This building will have a long life ahead of it, now that it has gone from huge eyesore to huge asset to the town. We are so happy with the work the owners have been doing.
Across from the Hermit Haus
We really can’t miss this example of restoration, because it is right across the street from our old church building, the Hermit Haus. This house is on a very large lot, and has lots of vintage charm in its trim, windows, porch, etc. Last week I noticed some paint tests on porch posts, so I thought maybe something was up.
Today, there is a painter making the house bright and shiny again. Now the new roof really sticks out in a good way. We were happy to see properly taped up windows, too. Someone knows how to paint a house! And again, this house will be able to stick around and be an asset to the community.
We’ve heard that the plan is to sell the place when they are finished, so we are hoping for good new neighbors who will keep the property looking good, because once this house is fixed up, our building will be surrounded by places that are in good shape.
Not all houses are so lucky
Throughout Cameron there are reminders that the economy has seen better times and that residents have not been able to keep houses up. If you go through any neighborhood, even the “better” ones, you will see empty lots that obviously once had homes on them. And in all the neighborhoods, you will see places that look like they just can’t be saved. You can only defer maintenance for so long.
We hear that a lot of these are places whose owners pass away and the heirs don’t care to keep them up, or are unable to. Aunty’s house, one of our next projects, is lucky that it’s going to be repaired in time to keep going strong.
The house next to the Sonic on Travis Avenue was not so lucky. We’ve been watching its downward spiral ever since we moved to Cameron. I kept waiting and waiting for the porch to fall in, and with every storm I could see through the roof more. I wondered if anyone was going to do anything with it.
Well, what is happening is that the house is being razed today. I drove around and looked at the action, feeling sad for the old house and its lost history. Its owners just didn’t want to sell until too late.
We wonder what will happen to that lot now? Will a new business be built? Or will it become another empty lot on the main road going into town?
What about you?
If you have a deteriorating property, I sure hope you find someone like Hermit House Redevelopment and let them buy it and fix it up so that it can continue to support families, or become a commercial property. Call us to talk, any time! 512-807-8777!Hermann says please like and share!