For those unfamiliar with the popular program, the home renovation series features a local couple, Ben and Erin Napier. They are now in the middle of their fifth season rehabbing historic homes in the quaint small town.
Back in 2016, this Craftsman-style home in the town’s historic district was featured in the show’s first season in Episode 2. Dubbed the Warren House after the new owners, the home, built in 1910, gets a stylish makeover in the show.
The home’s transformation from drab to dreamy is simply dramatic.
A covered porch was opened up to create an open-air living space, providing some welcoming curb appeal. As seen on TV, the landscaping was also refreshed. Craftsman colors were used to add to the historic flavor of the facade.
Inside, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,950 square-foot residence has new paint, wainscoting, and colorful tile around the wood-burning fireplace.
The redone kitchen serves up new quartz counters and a gray, subway tile backsplash. An added breakfast nook received the Ben Napier touch: He cut a church pew in half to serve as bench seating.
The space also features a built-in hutch, which was restored with its original hardware, and with copper sheeting on the counter.
Off the upstairs bedroom, a cool secret door pops open to reveal another room for an office.
“It’s a gorgeous house,” says the listing agent, Beau Davis with Vines Realty & Land. “The interior is amazing.”
Not surprisingly, the home with a Napier pedigree has attracted plenty of attention. Davis told us he’s getting calls from all over the country about the listing.
It’s not that his phone is dormant otherwise—the Laurel market is hot with buyers in search of a little dash of “Home Town” magic.
“I literally get 3 to 5 phone calls a week from people who want to move into Laurel—simply because they saw the show,” says Davis.
A coveted asset
The owners purchased the fixer-upper for an undisclosed price. On the episode, viewers are told the home was listed for about $140,000. But on top of whatever the Warrens paid came the cost of the reality-show renovation. In addition to what was done on camera, they continued to work on the house over the years, adding a new roof in 2019.
The next owner can now enjoy the benefits of living in a renovated, historic Craftsman. As a bonus on the half-acre property, an income-generating apartment behind the garage comes complete with its own driveway.
The prime downtown locale offers a tree-lined street within walking distance of Laurel’s shops and restaurants.
While the home’s price has increased mightily since it last came on the market, Davis provides some perspective.
“Property values in Mississippi are lower than every other state in the union,” he says.
So even at a price well above Laurel’s median list price of $185,000, this is still a sweet deal.
It’s a deal that won’t last for long, though. An open house is scheduled for this Saturday, with no showings or offers accepted until then.