The Aiken City Council accepted a purchase bid on a house in Crosland Park as part of their ongoing Northside Revitalization Initiative during their regular meeting October 13, 2014.
The sale is the latest in an ongoing project, begun by Council, to revitalize the 550-home neighborhood by investing in it by buying a third of the houses and renovating them for sale.
Since 2009, approximately 20 Crosland Park homes have been purchased, restored and sold. Proceeds from the sales are funneled back into the initiative to buy more dilapidated houses in the neighborhood and for their renovation costs. The City currently has ten homes for sale spread throughout the large neighborhood with one of those already under contract for sale, says Emory Langston, City Special Projects Coordinator.
The homes are priced in the “Low 70s,” said Langston. They have all been extensively renovated, “taken back to the studs” and fitted with new appliances, carpeting, HVAC, paint and fixtures. Each house has three bedrooms a kitchen and den and has either, 1, 1½ or 2 bathrooms.
“We want to thank the local real estate professionals who have been a great help to us in marketing these homes,” said Langston. She especially thanked Laura Thomas and Janice Nix of Aiken Properties, Gail Toole of Meybohm and Lester Harper of Harper Realty.
Anyone interested in a tour of the homes should call Emory Langston at (803) 642-7723. She can also supply callers with the addresses of the ten available homes so that interested home buyers can drive by and observe the houses and neighborhoods.
Langston added about the October 13 sale, “A couple bought the house who are nearing retirement age, but are not yet retired. I think that it is wonderful that the couple who is buying the house is very excited and Crosland Park is their neighborhood of choice.”