The HGTV display “Home City,” starring Ben and Erin Napier, is a enjoy letter to Laurel, MS.

In 5 seasons, the Napiers have rehabbed about 80 convert-of-the-century houses in the small Southern city. They’ve revealed a highlight on the region and its architecture.

Folks from across the region have retained a shut eye on the Laurel housing industry, many dreaming of settling down in the city created well known by “Home Town.” But this is wherever provide runs brief of demand.

Laurel at present has 123 properties on the current market (with a median checklist cost of $136,500), and quite several are accessible in the historic district wherever the Napiers concentration their attention. So when a Napier-renovated gem lands on the current market, a frenzy ensues.

The Warren Residence from the show’s initial period landed on the marketplace in early February, and it drew an onslaught of fascination, according to listing agent Beau Davis.

Sweet household

The 1910 Craftsman-design and style dwelling in the town’s historic district was highlighted in the show’s next episode at any time. The attractive makeover integrated opening up the protected porch to produce an open up-air dwelling place and employing a coloration palette to reflect the period architecture.


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Living room with vibrant tiled hearth


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The 2,950-square-foot, 4-bed room residence was refreshed with new paint, wainscoting, and colorful tile all around the wood-burning fire.

The kitchen area is now highlighted by quartz counters, a grey tile backsplash, a eating nook, and restored created-ins.

Kitchen area with quartz counters and gray tile backsplash


Restored developed-ins and dining nook

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The half-acre ton consists of a sweet back again porch and grassy yard.


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Hectic open dwelling

The house owners procured the fixer-higher for an undisclosed rate in 2016. On the episode, viewers are informed the house was listed for about $140,000. It lately arrived back on the current market for $390,000.

“We place it on a a single-7 days listing” and held an open property, suggests Davis. “Turnout for the open household was phenomenal.

“We logged 72 or 73 people all from out of state,” adds Davis. “The majority of individuals who are procuring in and all around Laurel are folks who check out the show.”

The prospective purchasers have been smitten by the town’s charms as shown on the preferred HGTV clearly show, says Davis.

“They want to be part of it. They’re coming in in droves and investing in the region, shopping for properties, obtaining and starting up firms,” says Davis. “There’s surely a large amount going on in the location, a good deal of income coming by means of and investing in Laurel. It is generally mainly because of the clearly show.”

Fast sale

The sellers received 3 prepared presents and picked the all-hard cash give for whole price, minus $5,000 in seller concessions.

“That was total value in a weekend,” notes Davis.

Based mostly on the sale price, the Warren Residence marketed for $132 for each square foot. That is a cut price in most elements of the state, but it is a splurge in Laurel exactly where the median price for each square foot is $100.

To assistance satisfy purchaser demand from customers for adorable Craftsmen as observed on Television, Davis has a plan. He’ll be strolling up and down the historic downtown in search of property sellers.

“I’m likely heading doorway-knocking upcoming 7 days down Sixth Avenue,” he says. “I have customers who are dying to stay on Sixth Avenue.”

Very hot in Laurel

The housing growth Laurel is seeing is similar to other parts of the place, Davis notes. But there is a massive big difference.

“Mississippi has the most affordable property values in the U.S. It is why we’re getting this kind of an inflow of men and women from other states. Individuals can go in right here and get something they want for considerably fewer,” he clarifies.

Whilst other small towns are established to get the “Home Town” cure in HGTV spinoffs, the advancements in Laurel go outside of renovated househo
lds, Davis notes.

The clearly show has revitalized the town, he claims. “To see the transformation that has been built in the place, it’s totally wonderful.”