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December 23, 2008
Bringing back old capital houses to their period charm
 Not long ago in a Friday Home Front column I included an item on Jayne Ellen Woody, owner of Sacramento's Vintage Properties - and noted how she fixes up classic old homes in the city, one apartment at a time. Days before she had showed me an apartment restoration she was undertaking near the 16th Street Light Rail Station.
 If you recall her message to property owners is this: if you restore the place to period charm you can get higher rent.

Earlier today I had a chance to visit the same apartment which is nearing the end of restoration. The old oak floors were sanded and oiled. The broken windows were fixed. All the dull white paint was replaced with colors like Snip of Cannon and Wise Owl. Painter Dan Pinkham was on the job, spiffing up another house after nine years working with Woody.

"I like to see things the way they were. Especially, the old ones," he said, painting inside a apartment house built in 1910.
This historically restored individual apartment, which rented for $910 a month, will now command $1,225 in its restored state. But enough of the explaining.

Here is a very short video of the building exterior - also repainted and spiffed up. In the second
longer one, Woody explains the business of for-profit historic preservation in California's capital city.

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