I wrote about 319 Grinnell Street many months ago when it was offered as a bank owned property. Many buyers looked at the property. I showed it several times during the short time it was available. The house had been turned into three separate living units, illegally, of course. That happens a lot here. I remember the back half of the house had a newer kitchen and a couple of sets of French doors that looked out to an old cistern that had been converted into a plunge pool. A little shed was in the backyard. It might have made a cute cabana for some new owner.
Several months passed between the time it was listed for sale and the time it actually closed. I would drive past the house on occasion to see what, if any, activity had begun. Then one day I was surprised to see that the house had been jacked up and the old failing piers were being replaced by new ones. That to me was the first signal that the new owner was going to do a substantial remodel. Hooray! Too many people cheap out and do a minimal fix and leave things undone (and unsaid).
Last week I took the photos below. Was I impressed? Yes I was! Look how crisp and clean the old girl was looking. I was so excited to see the place being treated properly. Lovingly.
I took the photos of 329 Grinnell Street on March 29th, the day after the fire. So sad.
Whatever the cause, I hope the owner will be able to salvage the building and complete the renovation.