It has been a little crazy lately. Or so it seems to us. And we've been a little more than a little bit preoccupied around the Box Bend Circus and Traveling Fun Show. Translation: We've got a lot of irons in the Box Bend fire - maybe too many. And we have a whole pant load outside of Box Bend.
For Box Bend we are listing Hazel 2 -our mini lot down the street from Hazel Baby. We were going to build a small bungalow on it, but prices are getting crazy which means it is a good time to sell. Proportional profits without the time-suck or delay of building a new place. Faster turnover. Which, by the way, is partially the name of the Box Bend game. Or at least that's the story today... If it doesn't sell, we will be rethinking this plan of ours. ("Maybe a bungalow is the thing...")
Speaking of Hazel and all her relatives, our realtor sent us a picture of what used to stand on Hazel Baby's lot before our new construction. Here it is (was):
And just as a reminder, here is what we built & then sold on that lot:
In addition to the Hazel sisters, we have listed our flip and slide funhouse on 5 acres in Roxboro, NC for sale at a super low, you-renovate-it price of $55,000. Why? Busy, busy, busy. Here's a shot of that bad boy:
And then there is Main Avenue -which is in process of renovation. No pictures needed. It still looks like a third grade art project. But never fear, we're working it.
And, the longest fast remodel in history, Barbour (the elephant) is about a week or so away from being done. Delays, delays, delays and carrying costs, carrying costs, carrying costs. But never fear, we're on it. Kind of. Sort of.
So, outside of the Box, we're focusing on a baby that is due soon. And, drumroll please, we're working on a new blog -about a planned road trip between father and oldest son. If you want to check it out, (shameless plug), then just jump over to www.FastPresent.com. (Picture below.)
And, back to the crew, we are working on finding a new surveyor for our Sanford land. We have a pending deal or two, but need to sew up the survey.
Finally, we are working on a special use model for the post-Main Avenue Box Bend days. We'll share more as we progress, but for now that's an update on the five to seven Box Bend irons in the fire. Burn, baby, burn.
Well, guess what, race fans? We signed a contract for Hazel Baby. If everything goes swimmingly, we will be out of the pool and sunning ourselves on the deck by June 9th -the slated closing day. But, as we always say, it's not over until the fat check sings.
In other news, we had breakfast yesterday with our contractor on Main. So far, so good. An unexpected discovery is translating into some new roof trusses, but what the hey? This is par for the course. And, like a great friend and father used to say, "If you don't have problems, you're dead." This is part of the renovation game, Daniel-San. Sometimes the wax goes on. Sometimes it comes off. Either way, your arms are in motion.
We will meet tomorrow with our friend, confident and realtor for, what else, breakfast. We'll talk about the future over animal byproducts. Daylight's burning, son. Hit it hard and hit it early.
Okay. Enough "down home" vernacular.
Enjoy this spectral shot from Main until next time...
Here's a little Handyman and/or Investor Special that we just won't have time for this year...
The dog is negotiable....
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday! 2:00-4:00 Open House at 1007 Hazel in Durham.
Please spread the word.
Well, no ghosts in the shell, race fans, but we are now at the ghost of a shell stage on Main Avenue. Here are a few photos of a demolition week that included taking out a fireplace and cleaning out the crawl space.
porta-potty, dumpster, house montage.
We also dropped the price a little on the old Hazel One. Strange market right now, so we'll see what shakes out. We are prepared to go to our old fallback position of renting the property if it does not sell in a reasonable amount of time.
Also, no news for our alleged "really interested" buyer on the Richmond Road property, so we may be listing that bad boy in a day or two.
Barbour Store should be finished and listed shortly. That's all we're going to say on that one -for now.
We hope to have more updates soon.
Have a great week, race fans.
A lot of people talk about flipping. And some do. But rehabbing is not for the faint of heart. Take a run down house, demo like a madman on PCP -ignoring the pain of reality around you, and move forward. Easier said than done.
Here's what we're talking about -utilizing Main as our poster boy of going to a worsening state of affairs in order to get "better:"
Demo taking place outside...
Now the trick is to put it all back together. Are we ready to rock?
Ok. You got us. We're ripping off John Oliver. But all the Englishmen commenting about Americans aside, here is a brief pictorial summary of last week.
Hazel is still for sale.
Main in received a dumpster. Ta-dahhhh!:
We went on two early morning scouting missions to find our next score. ("C'mon Louie, baby. I need it real bad." 1980's movie drug reference from "Trading Places.") Here's a photo from one of the two early AM drives:
Our new contractor smoothed things over with the city, started the permit process on Main, and had his demo crew on site. A demolition photo or two follows:
We also spent some time considering the purpose of life, not to mention picking our noses due to the insufferable amount of green pollen floating through our local atmosphere. Multitasking?
Other than that...
Well, well, well, welcome back race fans!
Today we sign a new contract on Main Avenue. Remember Main Avenue? If not, here is a visual reminder:
This bad boy has been sitting idle as we wrestled with the Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. Or Hazel, in our case. (The Beastly Beatitudes... is a book by J.P. DonLeavy for our literary friends... or Jeopardy contestants. "I'll take Obscure American Authors Who Lived in Ireland for $1,000, Alex.")
We have it mostly cleared out, but the city is tired of waiting. So while we get Hazel out there and hopefully SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!, we will juggle our finances in the hope that we see some notable progress on Main shortly.
We've also put on our Doc Brown lab coat and have gone back in time to evaluate our original ARV on this bad boy -all while Marty dicks around in the garage with an oversized speaker cabinet. The neighborhood is starting to wake up and we think we are now looking at a roughly "Somewhere North of 400" After Repair Value.
Until next time, please return your library books on time, don't juggle your books -only your finances, and keep the amplifier for your guitar 🎸 below 11.
Oh, and stay tuned.
We took a little breath this past week. Two things took place:
First, we had a new team member join the day gig, and getting her up to speed on all things day and all things gig has been all consuming. She and her family come from the day gig's sister office in Australia.
Second, we had Combs Electric back at Hazel to correct a few issues that came up. This is A-Okay, as we expect a few bugs in a new building, and we also want to make sure that we put out a great product. After all, we are putting the old Double B imprint on this little plan book jewel. (A good name is worth more than temporary profits. Or, at least that is what we believe.)
A third item -unrelated to our delays on Hazel -involved the death of our friend's father. Our deepest condolences to Judson V. of Century 21, and all of his family. Jud is a brother, and our hearts ache for him.
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