Friday Fixer-Upper: A $25,000 Beauty in Goldsboro, NC

by Meghan White. Source: Preservation North Carolina.

If you are looking for a historic building to shower with love, try this late-nineteenth century single-family home in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Isn’t she a beauty?


The Hicks-Broom House


The Details

406 N. James Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Wayne County
2858 sqft, Lot Size: 0.38 acres, Zoning: Residential/CBD
Listing courtesy of Preservation North Carolina.
The interior of this white clapboard house is designed with a central hall with rooms on either side. The porch is beautifully carved—the details on the balustrades show the character of this house and give a hint as to how the house will look once somebody fixes it up. There’s definitely a lot of work to be done—the interior will need new wiring, HVAC, and plumbing, in addition to an updated kitchen and bathrooms. But its original wooden floors and countless other details remain intact.
It’s not hard to picture how this charming house once looked in its prime—doesn’t it deserve to look like that again? The historic town of Goldsboro is located in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain and is about 55 miles southeast of Raleigh. It is home to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and features a number of parks and outdoor areas to explore, including access to the beach. Goldsboro and Preservation North Carolina have partnered to revitalize a number of historic structures in the town. If you take on this property, you will have a number of restoration experts at your disposal, plus you’ll be contributing to a great cause. Win-win!

The Eye Candy

Meghan is from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied history and art history at Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University & College of Charleston’s joint graduate program. She loves living in a city where tangible history is everywhere. Charleston is also the first city in which she can claim a historic property home—she currently lives in a converted stable and carriage house from the early nineteenth century. When not battling the humidity and palmetto bugs, she works at the Aiken Rhett House, a historic house museum with a “preserve as found” philosophy. Meghan is enthusiastic about advocating for the architectural and historical importance of auxiliary structures after uncovering the likely original appearance of George Washington’s horse stable at Mount Vernon through an internship and her Master’s thesis. She hopes one day to own a Queen Anne fixer-upper where she can live her days reading in its turret.

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