Sometimes we see things that others do not. That has certainly been the case for Eugene (Gene) Strickland, Owner/Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty. Gene has been eyeing 39 Island Street in downtown Bryson City for years. While some saw a tired HVAC storage warehouse and office, Gene saw a diamond in the rough. “It is all cosmetic,” he explains in regard to changes that need to be made to this unassuming commercial building.
Gene recently purchased 39 Island Street and has been busy since with building renovations. “Some day those holes will be filled with windows overlooking the Tuckasegee River,” says Gene (see photo above). The building is now taking shape as a 1 bedroom, 2.5 bath open floor plan home with a Tai Chi deck and Yoga Studio. The prime location is only 150 feet off of Everett St, the main street of downtown Bryson City. “This is more than just a renovation. It’s an investment in our downtown area. Renovating downtown America helps everyone in the community and makes this an even more worthwhile endeavor,” explains Gene.
“This is more than just a renovation. It’s an investment in our downtown area. Renovating downtown America helps everyone in the community and makes this an even more worthwhile endeavor.”
It’s no accident that Gene was able to spot a prime property for renovation. He has the combined experience of over 45 years in land development, home construction and Real Estate sales. He has developed SkyCove and other developments in Western, NC. Bryson City is a frequent contender on Top 20 lists of places to visit and has been named a ‘best small town’ on multiple occasions. In regard to 39 Island Street, Gene could see that it clearly met the “Location, Location, Location” requirement for investment.
The renovation itself wouldn’t be possible without the help of Gene’s friends, like Larry Becker and David King, who have volunteered their time. It isn’t only a matter of budget constraints, but the actual amount they are allowed to put into the project because of flood plain laws. “Much thanks to George Carson as well,” explains Gene, “without his help I would not have been able to buy this beautiful diamond in the rough.”
Stay tuned for updates on the #39IslandSt project and if you are interested in realizing your own vision for an existing home or property don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about getting started.
- September 10: Spray foam insulation will help keep this old jewel warm in winters and cool in summers.
- September 25: Window installation!
- October: AC Duct
Video taken from a bridge that’s just a short walk from 39 Island Street, capturing the Tuckasegee River as it flows into Bryson City’s Island Park.
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