904 N. Washington Ave., Murfreesboro, Arkansas
My First Home I Remodeled from 2004 to 2008
I did 90% of the work on my own to include rewiring it all
$16,000 purchase price; resold for $59,000 but was far too much labor & cost for even that markup.
Sustainable and convenient home based business
Completely paid for, low taxes
High speed internet; reliable utilities; good cellular reception
Fenced yard with gate
CCTV, security installed
Lots of shelving and room, storage shed, covered parking
Attached guest quarters and storage space
Cons; Reasons I Sold it
Low income; small indigent market
Noisy and toxic location (diesel trucks and gas station)
Only one grocery store with bad selection
Too far from amenities - 2 hours round trip
Nowhere to walk safely; too much traffic
Local water recreation turned to private
Very hostile climate; dog allergies & fleas
Unappealing neighborhood and culture
Lots of cigarette butt & other litter
Most looks unrecognizable due to extreme makeover
How much time, labor and cost would all this take you?
I've actually had people tell me I avoid manual labor, ha! How delusional others can be!
This is a full cinder blocked wall I busted a hole out completely by hand!
with a sledgehammer to install this door. My hands hurt for months!
Oldest known photo
Building history: Built around WWII, gas station, mechanical repair shop, bootlegged alcohol & mercury!, crafts
For fun in the area: Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, biking,
hiking & dredging for diamonds, four wheeling, etc.
The Story of This, My Own First Home & Sustainable Business
This was quite ironic considering the building had been a gas station where mercury was bootlegged long ago.
I wanted to switch the business to selling eco friendly and natural health products or even start an environmental history museum, but this was the wrong market. I was a misfit: A health conscious, enlightened environmental activist smack dab in the middle of the heartland that does the most damage to the environment with an anthropogenic culture.