Owners Martin Wander and Richard Warholic have travelled the world together for nearly 43 years, and their home—the third they’ve owned in the Historic District—is packed with treasures from the many countries where they have lived.
When the pair first encountered this 1913 frame and masonry home—reputed to be one of the few Sears catalogue homes in the area—it had been repossessed and was in very poor condition. Fortunately Martin, a retired architect, and Richard, an artist, were up to the task of bringing it back to life. They repaired and rebuilt the back of the house, added a backyard screened porch, replaced and improved all the bathrooms, as well as the kitchen, restored the floors and added crown molding and other architectural details.
The couple is thrilled with the final results—and the neighborhood. “Riverside and Avondale are consistently beautiful, and livable,” says Martin. “It is one of very few true neighborhoods that are pedestrian-friendly and architecturally consistent in Jacksonville.”