21 February, 2009

Hiawassee it is!

After much deliberation and some difficult negotiations, we chose Hiawassee, GA.

The Hiawassee property had been run as a B&B for years. The name of the inn was Mountain Memories. Original and subsequent owners ran it well and had a following. People came, and kept coming, for the great views and for hospitality. When we found it, it had been empty for over a year. The structure itself was built in the '60s as a small house with a couple of bedrooms and a garage. Pieces were added along the way, and now it's difficult to decipher the exact original footprint of the house.

Here are some pictures of the inn as we found it:

This is the view as you drive up. The house has potential, but you can see that the landscape needs work and that huge tree in the middle of the front yard needs to go so you can see the house.

This is the gazebo - completely covered in ivy. The rest of the side yard is in similar condition.

The year of disuse while the inn was on the market took its toll on all rooms.

The carpet needs to be replaced, the walls painted (one of the rooms has visible water damage), and some general aesthetic upgrades are required. We also assume that some of the guts of the house will need work, since the place has been empty so long. Well, we'll talk to some inspectors and the deed holders, and we'll see what happens!

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