The Julian Price Mansion: A Hoarder House Restored

I will fully admit that I am a total voyeur when it comes to watching “Hoarders”.  While I know that these people are seriously mentally ill, I’m still flabbergasted by the state of their homes, and I just can’t. look. away.  Awhile back, I watched the Mother of All Hoarder episodes, featuring Sandra, a once successful interior designer, lived in the 9,000 square foot historical tudor-style home – the Julian Price Hillside Mansion, built in 1922 – that had fallen into complete disrepair and contained a hoard like none I have ever seen.  If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the two part episode here – (affiliate link) – it’s episode nine.  She had lost her home in foreclosure, and the new homeowners, Michael and Erik Fuko-Rizzo were planning on restoring it to its former glory.  They were kind enough to give Sandra the opportunity to go through the home and salvage some of her stuff, as opposed to calling in 1800-GOT-JUNK.  After watching this episode, I admire them for their kindness, empathy and patience of a mountain of saints.  I don’t know if I could have survived the ordeal.  If you saw this episode, I’m certain that you still remember it, because it was like no other.

When I learned that the new homeowners were going to restore it, I made a note to follow up and see what sort of magic they were able to create, given the state of the home when they bought it.  You can see that was a massive project.  Absolutely huuuuuuge!

The Exterior

Julian Price House Before

Julian Price Hoarder House Exterior Before

I’ll share the exterior transformation right off the bat, because as you can see, the exterior alone was an unbelievable undertaking after so many years of neglect.  But look at it now.  Wow.  It makes my heart happy to see this home brought back to life.

Julian Price Exterior AFTER

To get the full effect, look at this side by side comparison.  Unbelievable.

Julian Price Exterior Before and After

The Interior – BEFORE

After the restoration was complete, the new homeowners opened it up to the public in Greensboro, NC, and for a hot minute I tried to figure out if I could justify a trip down there to see it.  Talk about the ultimate before and after.

This house was packed to the gills.  30+ rooms, full of stuff.  Like this.

Julian Price House Living Room Before

And the staircase – 

Julian Price Home Staircase Before

It’s really staggering and overwhelming to even consider, isn’t it?  These new homeowners bought the house and the hoard.  Ultimately, they did get the house cleaned out, but you could see that years of neglect had taken its toll.  Yet, you can also see the potential that was there, underneath all of the junk.

Julian Price Hoarder House Staircase Before

Julian Price Hoarder House Foyer Before

Julian Price Hoarder House Kitchen Before

Julian Price Hoarder House Before

Julian Price Kitchen Before

Julian Price Hoarder House Before

Julian Price Flower Room Before

Julian Price Fireplace Before

Mind you, this house is massive, and I don’t have pictures of everything.  But, what I do have is still pretty compelling.  A large group of designers contributed to this project by taking on individual rooms of the home, and the transformations are nothing short of spectacular.

The Interior – AFTER

Let’s start with that main staircase.  I can’t even imagine the work that was involved to restore that behemoth.  

Julian Price Staircase After

From this vantage point, you can see how expansive it is.

Julian Price Staircase After

Again, here it was before the restoration – 

Julian Price Hoarder House Staircase Before

And here it is now.  You can see that they were able to reuse and restore the original light fixture.

Julian Price Staircase After

And then there is the main floor living room with its stunning ceiling detail and ornate fireplace.  I love the color palette in here – it’s so light and fresh, such an amazing transformation from where it once was.

Julian Price Fireplace After

A couple of other angles of this lovely room as it stands now.

Julian Price Hoarder House Living Room After

Amazing.  As if it was this way for years.

Julian Price Living Room After

One thing I didn’t realize initially is that this room, with the pool table, was transformed into the new kitchen.  A refresher – here it is before:

Julian Price Hoarder House Before

And now – what a stunner.  But yet so warm and welcoming.  I could totally imagine sitting on a barstool at the island and chit chatting.  I love that despite this home’s massive size, the kitchen isn’t a bit out of place in its scale and design.  (But I’m hoping that whoever wallpapered that ceiling has access to magnificent massages).

Julian Price House Kitchen After

Julian Price Showhouse Kitchen

Julian Price Kitchen After

Even the nooks of this kitchen are gorgeous.  And I’m kind of smitten with that subway tile – what a unique look to a traditional classic.
Julian Price Showhouse Kitchen Nook

I know what you’re thinking.  “What happened to the original kitchen?”  It went from this – 

Julian Price Hoarder House Kitchen Before

To this.  It looks like the original cabinets were restored – I can’t even imagine the work that was involved to pull that off.  Wow.

Julian Price Breakfast Room After

Julian Price Breakfast Room After

The upstairs attic space was one that oozed with potential.  (Although I’ll admit that it probably felt a bit scary before the remodel when the house was empty). What a great getaway space for work, guest space, etc…

Julian Price Attic Space BEFORE

Julian Price Attic Study Space BEFORE

Julian Price Attic Space AFTER

Oh the molding and trim details in this home.

Julian Price Hoarder House Before

Julian Price Entry Foyer AFTER

Julian Price House Entryway AFTER

This room was transformed to a playroom.  The before – 

Julian Price Flower Room Before

And the after – 

Julian Price House After Playroom

Julian Price Playroom AFTER

If you’d like to learn more about the Julian Price Hillside Mansion, and see more photos of the home, you can check out their Facebook page here and the Julian Price website here.  I’m still a little bitter that I didn’t find a way to get down there and see it in person!  So if anyone lives in Greensboro, and can hook me up, send me a message. 😉

I hope you enjoyed this restoration as much as I did.  I’ve been keeping tabs on this project since I first watched the episode of Hoarders.  The new homeowners are good people to undertake such a huge project (huge, in more ways than one), and restore such a historical beauty to its original glory.

Note: Photos are sourced from the Julian Price Facebook page and Greensboro News and Record.









  • Reply
    May 22, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I am speechless! That was one massive undertaking. I cannot imagine the amount of time and money that took to restore the home, but it is amazing.

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      May 22, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Isn’t it fantastic? Totally overwhelming, but absolutely amazing!

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    May 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I want to know more about the previous owner, the designer. How could someone who has such a passion for design let the home get that way? I am obsessed with home decor/design and with that, comes an obsession with cleanliness so it always looks pretty! That is baffling to me!

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      May 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      From the episode, she went through a divorce and then some legal/financial troubles, but from what I can gather, at one point that home was in amazing condition while she was living there. Very sad what this disease can do to a person.

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    May 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    OMG, WOW! what a beautiful transformation. I love whats was done. thank you for sharing. That for sharing the before and afters. I am so happy to see this house being restored, because its fabulous in and outside.

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      May 22, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      I was so happy to see it restored to its original glory. It makes me so sad to see such a beautiful home in such a state of disrepair. It’s like even the house is happy again. 🙂

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    May 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I remember seeing that episode on “Hoarders” – I think they actually did it in 2 episodes. I had never seen anything like that before, it was truly shocking and heartbreaking. I don’t understand how that happens, but it’s very sad. What really stood out to me was the compassion and kindness of the 2 young men that bought the home. They were so understanding of the previous owner – even when she refused to leave the property and lived in her car on the property – she was breaking the law and yet they were still so kind and patient with her, willing to try and work it out with her. The home is absolutely beautiful and has been brought back to life so tastefully. Thank goodness those 2 young men became the new owners – they were amazing….

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      May 22, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      The new homeowners were absolute SAINTS in dealing with that whole situation. I don’t think I would have that sort of patience – it was all so overwhelming on so many levels!

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    Lynn Terry
    May 22, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Southern Home magazine is publishing this house in the September/October issue. The transformation was really spectacular and it will be a fantastic feature! Michael and Eric really did an amazing job to bring this grand home back to life. They maintained the architectural integrity of the home while updating it for modern living. As the editor of Southern Home, it was really a treat to partner with Michael and Eric to bring attention to this great project and benefit the Greensboro Preservation Society.

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      May 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      I have been absolutely captivated by this home since I first laid eyes on it, and I could tell by the kindness that Michael and Eric showed to the former homeowner, that they would do right by this home. I can’t wait to see the feature! I’m still upset that I didn’t get to see it in person! If only I lived closer!

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    Joen Bayliss
    May 23, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    My sister inlaw and myself went from Iowa just to see the designer showcase. It was AMAZING.

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      June 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      I’m soooo jealous Joen! I wish I had made plans to see it in person – I was so captivated by it, I’m sure photos don’t do it justice!

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    February 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I am amazed at how beautiful it is now. Does anyone know what the renovation cost was? I can’t believe anyone can afford such a house and renovations. What did these young men do for a living? Their daughters are adorable!

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      Rachel White
      February 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      From what I could find, they paid $415,000 for it when they bought it but God only knows how much money they must have sunk into it. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! They did a spectacular job renovating it.

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    jackie weaver
    April 9, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    watched the emsoide of this. I agree the new owners were awesome with her. I would like to look up more about her Sandra what is her last name. is she still living.

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    Andrea Carman
    April 10, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I just watched that episode of Hoarders Overload last night! (4-9-2019), so many feelings went through me; the previous home owners mental illness, the patience and kindness of the new owners, the unbelievable undertaking just to get it cleared out, not to mention the restoration. Judging by your photos, they did an impeccable job, and mostly the love and sympathy they showed, and how their little daughters have a real Princess Castle to call their forever home.

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      April 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      The whole thing was overwhelming even to watch, wasn’t it? I can’t imagine living through it! Those new homeowners are some special human beings to behave the way that they did.

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