Dreams keep us going. I’ve always dreamt of living in Downtown Memphis and lucky for me, my wife had a similar dream. We decided to keep our eye on the market and put out feelers to sell our place, two weeks later, we fell in love with a fixer-upper.
South Main Gallery Condominiums
417 South Main was one of the first downtown buildings converted into a residential building in the 1980s. This condo was owned by a part-time resident of Memphis, who really used it as a hotel. Katie, my wife, took some convincing look at this FSBO because it was packed with oversized furniture on top of the office carpet. As always, she trusted my adventurous spirit, and we saw the potential.
We knew a major renovation would not be feasible since Katie was in the middle of law school ($$$) at the time. We tackled projects like tearing out carpet, installing new 16 light fixtures, staging art, hanging new doors, configuring new closet systems, painting cabinets, setting up a smart home system, including a fingerprint lock for our front door. We hired professionals to lay new vinyl plank flooring.