There is a national push to help save and restore old homes in many neighborhoods across America. Have you ever driven down the road and see an old dilapidated home wondered what would happen to it. Will someone buy it and restore it for their family? Will someone try to flip it? What will happen to it? There are Nation, State & City conservancy groups for almost every age and style of a home. There are even neighborhood groups and private help companies such as Village Real Estate in Nashville that are taking matters into their own hands on a mirco level. These groups are raising private dollars to help save older neighborhoods where the maintenance has been deferred for many years and the homes are in threat of being town down. Can we not help more of these homes and communities from being forgotten about? Can you think of an area where you live that you would like to save or it may be your own neighborhood.
Growth is inevitable in most areas and Developers are always going to buy old homes and tear them down to build new homes or a new condo development. I have restored old homes before and will do more in the future. There is great gratification in taking a 1920’s bungalow that is near being town down and putting life back into it. When you are able to keep the character but add energy saving updates and creature comforts then you give another generation a chance to enjoy the home.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau the median age of a home in the United States is 40 years old. There are over 40 million homes in the United States that are between 35-54 years old.
I am not one for keeping an old home around just because it is old. I feel that it is the feeling that a neighborhood gets from its history and the original homes that we need to try to keep. I hate to see an historic old home town down for a gas station or a Wal-Mart, but there has to be a way to preserve and progress at the same time. Can a new development of Condos that now stand where a 1900’s home once stood help the neighborhood? Can they incorporate the same feel that an old home once did?
If you lived in an older neighborhood full of abandoned older homes would you care if someone tore them down and started over if the construction “fit” the style of the neighborhood? For most people I know the answer is yes.