Renovation Projects

Updated June 23, 2020

Recent Sales

The run-down, falling down and down on their luck — these classic houses require varying degrees of renovation, some extensive.

221 College Road

  • $290,000 (originally $300,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,660 square feet, 1.04 acres
  • Price/square foot: $109
  • Built in 1917
  • Listed May 27, 2021
  • Last sale: $70,000, March 2014
  • Note: Not owner-occupied

1008 Haywood Street
listing withdrawn March 4 to December 30, 2018
listing withdrawn November 5, 2019
relisted March 13, 2020 (at $189,000)

  • $219,999 (originally $499,000, last listed price was $309,998)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,604 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $137
  • Built in 1905
  • Listed November 25, 2017
  • Last sale: $65,000, November 1998
  • Neighborhood: Glenwood
  • Note: For sale by owner
    • Zillow listing says the house is 1,804 square feet; county tax records say 1,604.
    • Even reduced by almost 60 percent from the original price, it’s still priced far higher that what you would expect to pay for a house in Glenwood that needs work.
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4201 Pineneedle Drive
Blog post — Two Classic Greensboro Houses and Their Spacious Lots May Be Too Much for Developers to Resist
under contract, September 2-September 28, 2019
under contract, October 2-November 13, 2019
under contract February 21-April 15, 2020
under contract November 1-9, 2020
listing withdrawn December 23, 2020; relisted December 30, 2020
contract pending June 5, 2021

  • $169,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,416 square feet, 3.76 acres
  • Price/square foot: $120
  • Built in 1903
  • Listed August 29, 2019
  • Last sale: $5,500, December 1982
  • Neighborhood: Summit Hills
  • Listing: “House is sold AS IS and will not qualify for FHA/Va loans.”
    • No heating or cooling systems
    • No photos or description of the interior
    • The property appears to be priced for development, as $120/square foot is a very high price for a house in this condition, even with the acreage. The listing says, “Would be a great property to develop.”

607 Summit Avenue
The Jacob W. Lindau House

  • $149,900
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,750 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $55
  • Built in 1900
  • Listed June 16, 2021
  • Last sale: $31,625, March 2018 (see note below)
  • Neighborhood: Dunleath Historic District
  • Note: One of the most egregiously maimed historic homes in Greensboro
    • Divided into three apartments
    • The asking price is about five times the amount the owners paid in 2018. No exterior improvements appear to have been done, and no interior pictures are included in the listing.
    • Online listings include misleading figures on the last sale. It was one of four properties sold as a package for $127,500. No individual prices were broken out. County property records show the price as $31,625, the most appropriate figure under the circumstances.
    • The original owner was Jacob W. Lindau, secretary-treasurer of the Southern Finishing & Warehouse Company at Proximity. The National Register nomination for the district describes the house as Queen Anne-Colonial Revival.
    • Photo with 2017 listing:

4007 Oak Ridge Road, Summerfield
contract pending June 5, 2021

  • $145,000 (originally $150,000)
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,308 square feet, 5 acres
  • Price/square foot: $111
  • Built in 1938
  • Listed July 28, 2020
  • Last sale: Not identifiable in online records
  • Listing: “…a lot of potential for the right person with a keen eye, a lot of Elbow Grease and TLC.”
    • Something you don’t see everyday: “A bonus yard feature is a fire box for cooking Beets in a Steel Pot.”
    • “No septic or well records on file at Guilford Co. Environmental Health.”

446 Gorrell Street
contract pending April 14, 2021

  • $75,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 1,292 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $58
  • Built in 1928
  • Listed April 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $35,000, April 2014
  • Note: No central air conditioning
    • Listing: “… many vintage features remain” but it has vinyl siding and deck boards for the front porch floor.

2417 Cypress Street
contract pending April 8, 2021

  • $70,000 (originally $50,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 934 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $54
  • Built in 1922
  • Listed March 27, 2021
  • Last sale: $45,000, December 1995
  • Neighborhood: White Oak
  • Note: A rather fatalistic description of the house includes, “Fire department about a mile away and cone hospital close.”
    • “The water and utilities are not on. Copper pipes were stolen.”

1222 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
contract pending March 27, 2021
no longer under contract April 6, 2021

  • $40,000
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,020 square feet (per county records)
  • Price/square foot: $39
  • Built in 1921
  • Listed January 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $25,000, September 2020
  • Neighborhood: Asheboro Community
  • Listing: “Property has active code violations and is condemned.”

732 Julian Street
outbid period in effect

  • Auction held March 18, 2021
  • Opening bid: $129,500
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,496 square feet, 0.31 acre
  • Built in 1905
  • Last sale: $25,000, April 2005
  • Neighborhood: Asheboro Community