When last Swamplot visited the tiny Freeland Historic District at the foot of the Heights almost a year ago, Samantha Wood and her husband, architect Jack Preston Wood, had just given up on plans to purchase a little bungalow at 536 Granberry St., demolish it, and replace it with a new 1-1/2-story bungalow. The Woods’ earlier plans — to build two 4-story townhomes on the property — stirred up protests from neighbors and a rejection from the city historical commission.
Did all that hullabaloo in the newly-minted historic district scare off potential buyers? A Freeland neighbor says no — and suspects most of the neighborhood’s new attention is coming from builders:
525 Granberry Street (now listed on the tax rolls and MLS as 525 E. 5th 1/2 Street) went on the market last week. So many offers have been received they ask that final bids go in tomorrow, April 16.
Why would builders be so interested in this property?
For one thing, it isn’t on Granberry St. But better yet, the property is directly across the street from Clark’s Hardwood Lumber, which should make obtaining supplies for construction (or sure, renovations) on the site fabulously convenient.
The 1,064-sq.-ft. bungalow has 2 garage apartments — totaling another 1,232 sq. ft. — in back of its 5,000-sq.-ft. lot. Asking price: $169,900.