This absolutely gorgeous 1940's home in Arlington, TX is just blocks to the Southwest of Dallas Cowboy Stadium and the Ballpark of Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. University of Texas at Arlington is a few blocks in the other direction, and the surrounding neighborhood is a mixture of historic homes, multi-family development, and commercial/industrial complexes. The home is sitting on a unique "L" shaped lot of 1.77 acres, incredibly rare in this congested city, and it is amazing to see some of the old homestead boundary markings (fence posts and barbed wire) practically buried beneath rampant overgrowth as the land attempts to retake control. What can I say, we saw it and fell in love.
After signing the "as-is" contract with the bank that repossessed the property from the previous owners, we find out that our dream home has serious issues that will require razing of most outbuildings and massive overhaul of the primary structure. This will include replacement of the pier and beam foundation, the roof sub-structure, a great deal of the exterior wood framing, most of the electrical wiring and some portion of the plumbing; and the inspector says we're going to have to do this before the city will let us live there.
Could we walk away? Probably. If we do, though, a developer will likely purchase the property, level everything and put in an apartment building or hotel and the charm and history of this delightful home will be lost forever. But reality is not always nice, and today she reminds me that I can't solve the problems of the world on my own. With your help, maybe I can still make this happen. If you're not able to support this project financially, thanks so much for your consideration, and I hope you'll send some warm thoughts our way in Arlington, TX!