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Flippers Undo "Birthing House" Conversion in Country Club Park

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[Images via Skyviewpix/Rick Alexander]

You can't tell now, but a year ago this 1912 Mission-style home in the Country Club Park HPOZ was on its way to becoming an 11-bedroom "birthing house" for women who wanted to come to the US to give birth. The illegal conversion was spotted by neighbors who called the historic preservation police (that is, the HPOZ board), work ceased and the house went on the market. The new owners picked up the house for $550,000 last summer and found that the new walls--in addition to being painted powder pink and baby blue--had been carefully notched so as to preserve the original moldings they obscured. After a seven-month renovation, the house is now looking more like its old self again. With five bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, "original hardwood floors, large formal dining room with oak built-ins, huge living/family room, breakfast room, sumptuous master suite, African mahogany front entry and exceptional period details throughout," it's on the market for $960,000.
· 1016 S. Gramercy [Redfin]