urban (2007-51)

â"A Dream Come Trueâ" 

Urban Renewal

And it comes with a built-in community

by Matt Edens

An executive with Home and Garden Television, Amy Quimby knew sheâ’d snagged a fabulous home when she and her husband bought this big Craftsman Bungalow in Old North Knoxville two years ago. â“To find one that had been completely updated from top to bottom was a dream come true,â” says Quimby, â“all of the charm and none of the headaches of an old home.â”

Purchased and renovated by Knox Heritageâ’s Vintage Homes program, the work was almost complete when Quimby signed the contract. â“A 4-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home completely updated with a great backyard for under $300K,â” says Quimby, â“and it has charm, curb appeal and real hardwood floors? Sold!â” Then the couple completed the work, customizing the kitchen and baths, and settled in with their two kids to enjoy center city living at its finest. â“We didnâ’t just want a neighborhoodâ"we wanted a community,â” says Quimby. â“Neighborhoods with older homes attract people who are active in helping to restore the old beauties and tend to be a tighter community. It held true for Old North Knoxville. And with more than 20 kids under the age of 4, we had plenty of playmates for our children.â”

And with a new community park going in just down the street, thereâ’s no shortage of places to play, plus all the extra advantages of being adjacent to downtown. â“Market Square became a second backyard for us. We loved going to the Farmerâ’s Market and loved that a new movie theater was four minutes away,â” says Quimby, before adding: â“Can you tell we miss the house?â”

Now that a job opportunity has drawn them to Denver, Quimbyâ’s loss can be your gain. Drop by the realtorâ’s holiday open house this Sunday, Dec. 16, and youâ’ll immediately realize that to walk into this place is to instantly fall in love with its bright, airy rooms, hardwood floorsâ"oak down, pine upâ"and original ladderback doors. Thereâ’s a nice fireplace and French doors in the living room, wainscot paneling in the dining room. The kitchen features custom cabinetry, a butcher-block countertop and stainless appliances plus a breakfast room loaded with light from the casement windows that line two walls above beadboard paneling.

Outside, thereâ’s that shady back yard with plenty of big trees, off-street parking and a big front porch perfect for a swing. m

321 E. Oklahoma

2,646 sq. ft.

4 bdrm/2.5 bath

$289,000

Contact: Jennifer Montgomery

693-1111

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