The Julian Price Mansion Featured on the Season 9 episode of Hoarders....
I just recently heard about this amazing mansion. I haven't watched the episode as of yet but I spent hours researching articles and the Julian Price Show House Facebook Page and I have seriously fell in love with the story and the renovations that this home has endured.
This 7,266 square foot 31 room Tudor-Revival Style Mansion was originally built by the president of Jefferson Standard Life insurance company in 1927. It is located in the historic Fisher Park area of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Timeline for the Julian Price Mansion
I found it very interesting to know the details on this amazing mansion. So I did further research and put together a timeline of where this house has been over the past almost 90 years.
You can see by the before and after of this picture how this house has truly transformed.
In 2017 Sandra Cowart a famed interior designer was featured in A&E's Hoarders. She had lived in the home since 1972. She had kept the home in pristine condition until her husbands left her in 1979 after she refused to sell the home and have it demolished. The next straw in Sandra's compulsive hoarding came when she got sued by a customer and lost the court battle. She became a compulsive collector and eventually lost her business due to the controversy surround the court case. I believe at this point Sandra went into survival mode believing that the junk she was collecting would eventually make her enough money to pay her mortgages. Which is when she undertook several refinancing schemes and forced her to foreclose on the home. She also started renting out rooms for $125 and $225 per person per night to help with the payments but she fell hopelessly behind. Not paying a note for over 5 years and owing over 2.1 million dollars to the bank.
The new owner's Eric and Michael Fuko-Rizzo contacted A&E's Hoarders after they purchased the home from the Bank of America in 2016. Sandra Cowart refused to leave the home so they were faced with a crisis of conscience to figure out how to compassionately evict her. They allowed her to sell and dispose of her things. Cowart said she was lucky to have called hillside her home for 40 years. More than 1.2 million households watched the 2 hour finale episode.
The whole home was filled with her long time collections of her interior design business among so much more. You will not believe the progress that has went underway since the Hoarder's episode.
Eric and Michael with their twin daughters
Now I will get on to the good stuff as I know if you are like me you love a great before and after. It took days to get the home fully cleaned out and then Five Star painting crew came in and starting the renovations. watch this short video posted on the Julian Price House- Facebook Page
First I will start off with the Grand Foyer Makeover
This is what it looked Like after the Hoard was cleared out and before the renovations.
This is what it looks like now
The Spare Bedroom Before and after
The dark walls closed in this room on the before photo. but the transformation is a mix of charm, sophistication and beauty
Now this room is made for a special guest to have sweet dreams.
Next we will move on to the Girls Playroom
This room was filled with flowered wall paper that I am sure in its prime was all the rage. Along with the matching bright green trim
Now this is any princess's dream playroom. Filled with lots of character and class.
Now on to the Library
The library was a great room but it was very bland. Wait until you see the after.
The bold and dramatic modern color theme
Moving right along into the Master Closet
You will not believe the transformation of this room into the massive master closet.
Now there is a masculine charm but sophisticated feel for this closet with a blue, gray, white and black color palette mixed with some amazing textures.
The attic is sometimes an unused space
The before had nothing but boring and dreary written all over it.
notice the bamboo trim during the renovation
The Greeting foyer features something I have not seen in a long time
The greeting room is supposed to be a place to welcome guests for a chat without bringing them fully into your home.
Do you notice the telephone nook inside the small closet?
Now on to a room near and dear to my heart the Kitchen
This was the kitchen Before. Notice that amazing butcher block island.
They actually created this kitchen area in the Breakfast nook.
another look at the kitchen before
Those ceilings are a lot of work and detail. The new metallic hood. The pot filler, They left no corner untouched as they went through this kitchen.
Do you notice the white pinstripe detail on the island. And the restored butcher block slid into the island?
Last but not least the Living Room
The living room had great detail featured already but still in need of some cleaning up
The final thing I will leave you with is what we started with the exterior of the home.
This is the other side of the home where the driveway is located here is the before shot overrun by vines and bushes.
The last thing I will leave you with is the exterior Front.
I know you remember the front over grown not even visible.
And now here she is in all of her glory to be seen by everyone. Show her true beauty and let itself shine.
Leave a comment below of your thoughts of this beautiful home and the wonderful transformation that has gained fame for .
If you would like to read more about Julian Price Mansion, the interior designers, and the process You can view them at any of these resources.
Julia Price House- Facebook Page
Julia Price Show House- Website
Show House Designers
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A&E's Hoarders Episode
I watched the episode on A&E's Hoarders. It was so much worse that I originally thought it was the amount of things that they pulled out of the house was beyond anything I have ever seen before. The compassion that Eric and Michael showed Susan was beyond what they were legally responsible to do. By allowing her time to get what she wanted out of the house it slowed down lots of processes.
Sandra was locked out of her home by the Bank of America and was living out of her packed van with her 2 dogs. Her 3 brothers were worried that she was going to die in her van.
You could see what a toll this whole process was taking on Sandra as in the beginning of the show she was the sweetest Southern Belle and by the end of the show in pure desperation to keep as many things as possible she became hard to deal with and manipulative. You could also see how this affected Eric (one of the home owners) as he cried with compassion for her feeling on more than one occasion during the show.
I truly feel for Sandra as I know that it is a disease and depressive state that has caused her to hoard this way thinking every single thing she had could be used and one day her interior design business would be up and running again. I would love to find information of how Sandra has moved on and doing now and how the Show-house now look's With Eric and Michael's things in place.
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