When I arrived at Preservation Durham 2-1/2 year ago, as Executive Director, I inherited many ongoing projects. Once of them was the house at 118 S. Driver Street, in East Durham. It was down on its heels and had been unoccupied for at least 4 years. It had structural problems and ridiculously low (7-foot!! ceilings). It was a hobbit house that we were offering at a low price for anyone interested in rehabbing it.
I walked many interested parties through the house in the first year. Many of these cute young couples were newly married and excited to find a house that they could buy for less than $20,000. In good conscience, I had to talk all of them out if