On The Market: Renovation dream project in Old City
The condo is a three-bedroom, two-bath unit covering nearly 2,300 square feet. Current owners Tracy Boone and her boyfriend Gerry Eaves renovated almost every room.
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When Tracy Boone and her boyfriend Gerry Eaves first toured their condo in Old City, they saw a future. Not just together, but in renovation bliss.
"We walked in and saw what it could be, not what it was," she said. "We love tackling projects like this."
The couple had renovated a property before, but this was their largest project to date.
"We did a ton of work," Boone said.
The condo is a three-bedroom, two-bath unit covering nearly 2,300 square feet. Boone and Eaves renovated almost every room.
They brightened the kitchen with white laminate cabinets, white quartz counters and nickel detailing and added stainless appliances. In the adjacent dining room, they added a chandelier made from mason jars.
The couple spent a lot of time focusing on the bedrooms in the unit.
"Our intentions were to really maximize the space upstairs," Boone said.
In addition to expanding the master suite and moving the laundry facilities to the second floor, the couple created a beautiful master bath. They installed a waterproof liner under the floor, which made way for a doorless shower.
"It really opens up the space," Boone said. "Plus we do not have to wipe down a glass door every time we are done with a shower, which can be very nice – especially if you don't want to get cold."
Boone said the master suite provides a quiet oasis given its location at the back of the home. She's also thankful for the large closets they installed.
"I love having a closet that has space for me to hang all of my clothes and organize my shoes and bags and be able to visually see everything at once," she said.
The couple made a few big changes throughout: sanding and re-staining the floors and replacing every door in the condo. To keep with the theme of adding light, the couple also installed more than 40 hardwired lights on the first and second floors.
Recently, Boone and Eaves decided to embark on another round of renovations. They were planning to move the stairway and create an open-riser staircase in order to make additional room in the kitchen and let in even more light.
"We had planned to have our staircase changed while we were traveling and had already put a deposit down for this work," Boone said.
That's when they found another project.
"We found another property that was too good to pass up," she said. "The property we are buying was a good deal for us."
She said that project, as well as ideas to build a Juliet balcony and install bookshelves in the living room will have to be completed by future owners.
"The condo still has a ton of potential," Boone said. "It is definitely move-in and turnkey but there are so many things that can be done if a homeowner wants to put their personal style stamp on it."
The home is currently listed with Coldwell Banker's Michelle Burns-McHugh for $569,900.