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Work is underway at this historic home, at the corner of Page Street and Connecticut Avenue. 

On North Page Street in downtown Southern Pines, a costly transformation is underway for three side-by-side historic homes once slated for demolition. The largest on the block — the former Magnolia Lodge — has been reimagined as a duplex. Work has started on the other two old houses (both of which were divided into apartments long ago), plus two new cottages that will fill in the empty spaces in between.

The project is architect Dean King’s, who partnered with Pinnacle Development Design Build to make it happen. “When we bought, I was terrified of the risk. Looking back now in hindsight, I think we stole that property. The market has only gotten stronger,” he says.

In Southern Pines in particular, “infill” developments are popular, and builders are working with what amounts to not much more than slivers of land. “There are a lot of ins and outs with the reasoning” to renovate rather than demolish and build new, Dean says. He and his wife, Tori (also the owners of 305 Trackside) and their sons will eventually move into the home pictured.

What do you think? Would you rather pay a little more for a home that’s been lovingly restored, or move in to something brand new? Hit reply and let us know.

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