UPHA Sept 2014 HOM

September 2014 Home of the Month

Home of Trisha Simpson
911 Brooks Avenue

The little Craftsman house was built in 1932. Trisha Simpson is the sixth owner to live in the house. Before Trisha moved into the house in September 2010, extensive renovations were completed in the interior of the house: the bathrooms were gutted, hardwoods installed upstairs, new shelves for downstairs office, closet space added, and painting throughout.

In December 2013, a new metal roof was added, a new wood fence installed, and the exterior of the house was re-painted a cheerful pink. What better color to accentuate the ever growing collection of pink flamingos?
Trisha had always wanted a little pink house, and as the half-way point for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® every June, it was truly a serendipitous moment … She finally had a wonderful excuse to paint her house PINK. The pink house, in addition to the BRA-VO Tree (adorned with more than 200 bra donations), and other pink decorations that change from year-to-year help make the event special for The Race participants and those who join Trisha for the Pink Porch Party. While she uses The Race as the reason for the pink, the real reason is that she fell in love with two pink houses on the other side of Wade Avenue several years ago.

Landscaping work is next on the list. Unfortunately, the beautiful, huge oak tree in the front yard – one of the many reasons Trisha purchased the house – had to be taken down this spring because of interior rot. After a year of worrying about the tree falling during every storm, a dear friend pointed out that it could either be the loss of the house or the tree. While logic prevailed, the loss of the tree still hurts. But a new tree will start growing soon – perhaps one with lovely pink flowers.

The 82 year old house has become a welcoming home for Trisha, her curmudgeonly Basset Hound, Woofie, and her friends & family. It is perfect for entertaining and the location is the best location in Raleigh. But most importantly, the neighbors are wonderful.





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