|SOLD 57 South Catherine Street 2016 in the Old Dauphin Way District|
The Mobile Historic Development Commission is an appointee-run group with paid city staffers. The staffers are well-trained in historic preservation and are available to the tax payers for advice on the exteriors of their homes. In addition, their office houses photographic records to help historic home owners pinpoint original features that may have been on their homes. The Architectural Review Board is under the MHDC and helps keep historic district homes in their original look. This is important to preserving historic home values, as long as the facades keep their correct time period look. Home owners can save themselves much heartache by calling the MHDC FIRST before attempting on their own to change the facade of a historical home in one of historic districts. You can check for historic district maps here.
|SOLD 1126 Montauk Avenue 2017 in the Old Dauphin Way District|
For instance, during a renovation of one of our Oakleigh Garden District homes, we were wanting to add french doors. While they would have looked great, once we checked old photos, we were able to see that there were floor to ceiling windows there. French doors would have been incorrect so we added the correct, original style. The staff with the MHDC are incredibly helpful so I encourage you to give them a call before you make a critical mistake. If a complaint is filed with the city against your facade change, you can be required to replace it by the city.
|Our home we renovated at 251 South Georgia Avenue in the Oakleigh Garden District|
|SOLD 2016 Grand Bay, AL Historic Home|
The Oakleigh Garden District Society is simply the neighborhood association for the Oakleigh Garden District. They also host events and have a membership. People tend to get HMPS and OGDS mixed up since they are both in the same area. Many of the districts have their own associations that are not required (like a Home Owners Association), but it will help you get involved in your neighborhood. Some other association groups are Old Dauphinway, De Tonti Square, and Church Street East. In some cases, there are even individual streets that have a membership although usually to help throw a street party. Some of these streets are North Monterey Street and North Reed Street. Always check before you buy concerning street parties- sometimes home owners on a street got tired of hosting and the street party may be defunct.
|Co-Chairs for an Oakleigh Garden District Society Fundraiser|
From L to R, Christy Gustin, Martha Webb, Deb Becker
Restore Mobile and the Oakleigh Venture Revolving Fund are both revolving funds for restoring homes in Mobile. Both groups have saved many important 1800's homes from demolition. Presently, they offer low income potential homeowners the chance to own a completely renovated home. Contact me to find out more.
As a real estate agent who specializes in selling homes in Midtown and Downtown historic districts, I am happy to help clients understand how to quickly get in touch with the proper office or what to do next. I've served for 7 years on the Mobile Historic Development Commission, and I'm presently on the Historic Mobile Preservation Society's board. I have over 23 years experience renovating and building homes. Call me at 251-508-7952 or firstname.lastname@example.org today if you need help with buying or selling a home in Mobile, Alabama.