Converting an old home to a new office
To onlookers who admire the new office on 195 Northwest Fifth Street, they see the beautiful natural siding and interesting architecture of the two-story structure.
The building that sits on this lot has a much bigger story, however. The office is occupied and owned by Jeremy and Mystie Grover and is the new location for Homestead Realty.
Jeremy Grover began working in real estate in 2014. He worked for The Associates for three years and worked to get his principal broker's license. He established his current business, Homestead Realty LLC, shortly thereafter. Initially, he worked out of his home.
"As I had agents come to work with me, we rented an office space next to Goff Computer. We were there for one-year-and-a half," added Jeremy.
"It's been a dream of ours for years to become a husband and wife real estate team, but I have quite a few years left before I retire," commented Mystie Grover.
She works as a mail carrier for the Post Office in the same part of town as their office. Prior to getting his broker license, Jeremy worked for Les Schwab for 19 years. The couple flipped houses for two years to make it possible to buy the lot and begin the office build. Then a turn of events changed the plans for the office footprint.
Jeremy's aunt's family home, located at 4820 N.W. Elliott Lane, needed to be removed from the property. Ira and Willard Powell were the second owners of the home.
"We heard through the family that they were looking for someone to salvage it," said Mystie.
There was a secondary dwelling on the property that was put there 25 years prior as a hardship, due to the fact that it was a 100-plus acre farm.
When the last parent passed away, the family was looking for a family member who could use it or salvage it.
"We volunteered, and it just bloomed from there," said Mystie.
The Grovers had planned to relocate the building onto a lot that they had purchased for Jeremy's real estate business. Their plan also included setting it up as his office. Upon contacting the county for permitting, they learned that they couldn't set it back up as a commercial structure.
"We would have had to bring it up to commercial code, which would have been a waste of everything that was there," noted Jeremy.
They decided it to deconstruct the building and stage it on their property on Paulina Highway. The building was cut in half and brought through town in two pieces. The sight of a vintage house coming through town isn't something that one sees every day.
"It was too tall to pass under the power lines." Mystie said of the move. "They went in wall by wall and cut it just above the second floor."
The Grovers wanted to use what they could of the lumber, doors, and mouldings. They hired an architect from Bend to duplicate the floor plan of the old family building, so they could reconstruct it for their office.
The flooring, except for the carpet upstairs, is from the original house. A lot of the trim work and most of the doors were salvaged and used. Some of the lumber was used on the toe kicks under the stairs. When they planed the flooring, they discovered that the wood was beautiful and left it natural.
"We took a piece of the old siding that was on the house — the original wood siding — and we had someone custom-make the siding for us, so it is identical to what was on there. They made us the same exact siding as 1906," said Jeremy.
During the building process, Jeremy was heavily involved in everything but the concrete, asphalt and electrical. He laid all the flooring with a helper.
The house had been remodeled several times, with doors and windows replaced and taken out. The office space was taken from the same footprint as it was when they moved the building, except for an added conference room. The entire process took 16 months.
When the office was complete, Jeremy and Mystie had as many of the Powell family as possible to come and see the progress.
The house was built in 1906 for a couple, Charles and Sarah Belle Christiani, by Michael Christiani as a wedding gift. It was located on the Crooked River on 111 acres on what is now Elliott Lane. The family raised all six of their children there. The house was later bought and occupied in the 1930s by Willard and Ira Powell. The Powells, migrated originally from Scio, Oregon in 1871. Joab Powell's family were some of the original founders of the community in Scio, as well as the Providence Church outside of Scio.
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Principal Broker, licensed in Oregon: Jeremy Grover
Address: 195 NW 5th Street, Prineville, OR 97754
Contact: 541-447-6040 office
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