Regular readers will know that we have been working on the Saint John house in San Antonio for a long time. It has had a pretty rough history, and things keep happening that make our job hard (contractor issues, a person living in it and messing up the floor, people stealing copper, drug deals in the yard, etc.). I just searched for St. John in our blog archives, and got depressed just reading about it.
Now, we put it back on the market a couple of weeks ago, and I did a big Facebook marketing campaign for the house that got lots of hits and reactions. It brought us a good real estate contact in the area, but didn’t get us many showings.
What DID happen was that people who live around the area where the house is located began to complain about what we had done to the house and the selling price. You see, it’s in a neighborhood that was historically occupied by working class black people, but the homes in the area are rapidly being bought by redevelopers and being fixed up with an intended purchaser that is in a different demographic. It’s a lot like the East Austin area, only a few years back. There are a lot of people who are not happy that the trendy folks have bought so much of that area, as well.
And you know what, here at Hermit Haus, we don’t blame them. Our goal in renovating a house is to make it safe, clean, and affordable by residents of the neighborhood. Affordable housing should be available to everyone, no matter what their income or situation.