Finding character in Central Gardens

2022-05-14 19:40:19 By : Ms. Volkslift Elevator

Gary Jones moved into his new home in Central Gardens because he wanted to have a home with character. Most of all, he wanted to have a pool.

“I was already a homeowner in Central Gardens, so I knew I loved the area,” explained Gary. “However, I lived on another street in the neighborhood, in a house that did not have a pool.” Gary’s commute time really didn’t change when he made his move. The difference was negligible in his drive time to his job as a Human Resources Business Partner for CPS Solutions in East Memphis.

To begin his house hunt, Gary contacted Leigh Martin, an agent with Sowell Realtors. “I reconnected with Leigh because she had handled five previous real estate transactions for me. She has helped me both buy and sell homes. I wouldn’t make a move without her.” Leigh added, “I started working with Gary approximately 15 years ago.”  She has helped him buy and sell several homes.  Leigh continued, “I love all of my clients, but it is especially rewarding to work with repeat clients, like Gary, and help them fulfill their long-term goals and dreams.”

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This time, Leigh and Gary looked at only two properties. The one that best suited Gary was a traditional, two-story brick home, built in 1900, in Midtown. He paid $715,000 for 3,660 square feet of living space, which included three bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. 

“Everyone seems to want an open concept these days, but we like that there is a formal living and a dining room, with a separate family room,” said Gary. “And the beautiful backyard with a pool is what really sold us. I loved my former home. However, this home is larger, has a bit more character and it has a pool.”

When asked if there were any planned changes for the new abode, Gary said, “Since moving in, the powder bath has been renovated, a little plaster repair has been done and several rooms have been repainted. Also, the back of the house is wood, which has now been painted the same color as it was and some of the wood has been replaced. And I’ve added to the existing landscaping, putting more plants in the front beds and replacing the boxwoods in the planters located around the pool. Plans are underway for future changes in the kitchen, like adding a wine cooler and additional seating space at the counter.”

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In settling into his new home, Gary said he is really happy with his housing choice. “I love the beautiful, older homes in our neighborhood,” said Gary. “The mature trees are a plus, too. Most of all, I have found the nicest neighbors.”

Emily Adams Keplinger is a freelance reporter who produced this feature for the Advertising Department.