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1716 Truman Road

1716 Truman Road  |  Patrick and Lacey Kavanagh Sponsored by Yafo Kitchen   After renting in the Sedgefield area, Patrick and Lacey were very excited to relocate to their dream neighborhood in October 2014, when they purchased their craftsman-style home on Truman. Though the house was fairly new, built in 1998, they knew they wanted to slowly remodel it to fit their more modern bohemian aesthetic. Because the couple loves being outdoors, the initial updates were focused on the exterior and yard. First up was Continue reading →

2900 Belvedere Ave

2900 Belvedere Ave  |  Ellen Kelly & Grace Morales Sponsored by Fern Flavors from the Garden   In 2013, Ellen Kelly tried to buy a stunning midcentury modern home at 2900 Belvedere Avenue, but the deal fell through. She bought a new house on Chatham Avenue, but never got over losing Belvedere. In 2016 and newly married to Grace, the couple reached out again through Facebook to the then-owners of 2900 just to let them know they’d love to buy the house if it ever Continue reading →

3101 Loma Lane

3101 Loma Lane |  Home of Steve Firenze & Dave Holtzman Sponsored by The Light Factory + Birdsong Brewing   Back in 2011, Steve and Dave noticed this Loma Lane midcentury and felt a strong pull to it, hoping one day it would hit the market. In 2013, they quickly met their realtor there after they saw that it had popped up on the listings, looked around the house for about fifteen minutes—and made a strong offer immediately. Both homeowners are fans of a modern, Continue reading →

2415 Mecklenburg Ave

2415 Mecklenburg Ave   |   Home of Perry & Sheridan Lorenz  Sponsored by Andrew Roby General Contractor & Charlotte In-Vironments, Inc.   According the Lorenzes, “We believe that it is important to preserve the essence of a beautiful old building. Historic homes can meet modern living needs, yet retain the historically important features and the essential style that make them so special.”  As they renovated their lovely 1932 Colonial Revival, this mantra was the driving force. Upon purchasing the house, they expected to find problems – after all, Continue reading →

1804 Mecklenburg Ave

1804 Mecklenburg Ave   |   Home of Madelyn Christie Sponsored by PMNA & Red Clay Ciderworks   When Madelyn Christie was planning to move her family to Charlotte last summer, she knew exactly what she wanted in a neighborhood and home. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Madelyn has always been drawn to historic homes with lots of character. Her most recent home in Birmingham was located in a revitalized historic neighborhood; Madelyn was interested in finding a similar neighborhood in Charlotte. She wanted to Continue reading →

1424 Thomas Ave

1424 Thomas Ave   |   Ben & Cara Schroll Sponsored by Undercurrent Coffee   Since meeting in their first class on the first day of college, Ben and Cara’s relationship has been characterized by more than a few spontaneous decisions. Like planning a rendezvous in Italy less than a week in advance, or quitting both of their stable jobs in Charlotte in the middle of a financial crisis to go bartend in the Virgin Islands. But one such decision has proved fortuitous—they purchased the Continue reading →

1325 Pecan Ave

1325 Pecan Ave   |   Bungalow 1325 Sponsored by BlueSky Photo Artists     Cass and Brian Bradley had lived in Plaza Midwood for eleven years and had always eyed a tiny little “fixer upper” on Pecan Avenue near the business district which would be ideal for Cass to display her photographic art. When it hit the market in the spring of 2015, they excitedly purchased it and set out to create the perfect ‘tiny house’ for Cass’s art—and to share space with other Continue reading →

1700 Tippah Ave

1700 Tippah Ave  |  Garden of Dr. Sharon Kugelmass Sponsored by Groundworks Studio with chocolates from The Underground Truffle   Sharon wanted an inside-outside house, which is exactly what she got when she remodeled her home at the corner of Tippah and Kensington. Inspired by the gracious and charming porches of her neighbors—and some fantastic porch parties, she rebuilt the sunroom and doubled the size of the porch—which now serves as the primary spot to relax and watch the world stroll by. Now that Sharon Continue reading →

2100 Midwood Place

2100 Midwood Place  |  Paul and Kate Terrigno Sponsored by Moxie Mercantile Kate and Paul grew up in Sag Harbor, a small town in the Hamptons known for its unique charm and classic, timeless homes. So they instantly fell in love with Plaza Midwood upon moving to Charlotte—most especially the 1936 cottage they stumbled upon in 2014. Its undeniable charm, craftsmanship and great bones prompted them to purchase the home after their first walk-through. From the start, the couple’s vision was to modernize and create Continue reading →

1908 Belvedere Ave

1908 Belvedere Ave | Ken Riel and Steve Heinecke Sponsored by Ken Riel of Nestlewood Realty w/ food from The Good Kitchen When Ken and Steve moved to Midwood in 2008 they immediately fell in love with their new community. They lived on Thomas Avenue before buying their 1939 bungalow/cottage mix on Belvedere in 2010. Before moving in they performed a soft renovation, which included new counters, back splash, appliances, paint and refinished floors. The house was then 1350 square feet with two bedrooms and Continue reading →