Updated December 2, 2022
These houses tend to be good choices for people who love the exterior design of older houses but consider original materials irrelevant. The architecture may be relatively intact, but the historic character has been diminished, often for the sake of a fix-and-flip money grab. The houses typically have vinyl replacement windows, cheap “luxury” vinyl flooring and/or vinyl siding. Original ceilings tend to have been replaced and often the walls as well.
Regarding fix-and-flip houses, the Dunning-Kruger effect is real. Caveat emptor.
Greensboro and Guilford County
410 E. Whittington Street, Greensboro
The Bessie Brame House
sale pending September 26, 2022
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,075 square feet, 0.18 acre
- Price/square foot: $181
- Built in 1900
- Listed September 19, 2022
- Last sale: $39,000, June 2020
- Neighborhood: Arlington Park
- Note: Renovated with cheap plastic floors, replacement windows and vinyl siding.
- The listing shows 1,444 square feet.
- It’s not clear who the original owner was. Bessie Virginia Bitting Brame (1893-1981) bought the house in 1916 and owned it until 1933. Although she was married, only her name appeared on the deeds. Her husband, Arthur Archie Brame, was an assistant steward at the Guilford Hotel.
- By 1931, Bessie was listed as Arthur’s widow, although he reportedly didn’t die until 1943. She had become a clerk with Dixie Fire Insurance Company.
- The house number was originally 446.
- What it looked like when it was sold in 2020:
- $160,000 (originally $170,000)
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,130 square feet, 0.17 acre
- Price/square foot: $142
- Built in 1938
- Listed October 17, 2022
- Last sale: $105,000, June 2022
- Note: Vinyl floors, windows and siding
- Four-month turn-around time on this fix-and-flip
3225 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
sale pending November 3, 2022
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,160 square feet, 0.22 acre
- Price/square foot: $82
- Built in 1916
- Listed October 27, 2022
- Last sale: $46,000, October 2001
- Neighborhood: Rankin
- Note: Vinyl siding and replacements widows. Little is seen in the listing’s photos of the original floors. Ceilings aren’t original. This renovation doesn’t look especially recent.
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Alamance, Caswell and Rockingham Counties
- $279,900 (originally $285,000)
- 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,743 square feet, 0.28 acre
- Price/square foot: $161
- Built in 1932
- Listed October 24, 2022
- Last sale: $67,500, May 2022
- Note: Five-month turnaround time for fix-and-flip
406 Lawsonville Avenue, Reidsville, Rockingham County
sale pending October 30, 2022
- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,372 square feet, 0.28 acre
- Price/square foot: $90
- Built in 1925
- Listed October 27, 2022
- Last sale: $53,000, June 2001
- Note: Some replacement floors, vinyl siding and odd color choices.
- Inexplicably, Zillow has the right street address but says it’s in Stokesdale.