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In 2015, the Southern Pines town council signed off on architect Dean King’s plans to replace a group of historic mansions on Page Street with eight luxury townhouses. But after hearing from the neighbors, Dean decided to renovate rather than demolish, and thus Vinelands was born. Dean and his firm, Pinnacle Design Build, have since turned the most dilapidated property into a duplex, with the King family living in one half and renting out the other. The home got to keep its original floorboards (some nearly 20 feet long), as well as exposed brick chimneys, narrow staircases and oak-carved banisters. The neighborhood got to keep a bit of character.

Dean and Tori King with their children in what was once the Magnolia Lodge.

In the end, there will be eight townhouses on Page Street — just of a different sort. See more of the Kings’ home in this month’s PineStraw; read more about the Vinelands project in this article from The Pilot.

Bonus: You may also recognize Dean and Tori from another project in downtown Southern Pines. The couple is renovating the Seaboard Freight Depot into a rustic chic event venue, 305 Trackside, which is now open for booking.

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