1818 building that once housed a hotel and then a school Preservation of Historic Suffolk, the property arm of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society sold the package to the developers for $225,000.
Garcia was born and raised in Roopville, Ga., a town that got its first traffic light just a year ago. He built his first house when he was 20 and was hooked on construction. He worked his way through the University of Georgia by supervising the construction of 10 gas stations, building his own Shell station by the time he was 26.
Garcia moved to Virginia Beach with his wife several years ago and began rehabbing houses and commercial properties. He gradually got into restoring vintage homes in Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.
About three years ago, Garcia, 32, met Spiers, a Marine, lacrosse player and national surfing champion who graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College. They found more in common that Just their fond-ness of Hawaiian shirts, and together, the two tackled several restorations, including a 6,500-square-foot project in Portsmouth's Olde Towne.
|| "We learned many valuable lessons on that six-month journey," said Spiers; 30.
College Court is the largest project the pair has taken on.
"I think that Suffolk is the future of Hampton Roads and we look forward to doing a lot of projects downtown," Garcia said.
Around 1915, John B. Pinner, a successful Suffolk businessman who was intrigued by the California bungalow style, built the College Court cottages low and sprawling with gables, bays, porches and lots of distinctive architectural detail.
The property is located on Main Street across from several other vintage properties recently restored or under restoration as commercial or office buildings. At the College Court site, the two largest houses and the old school all are potential commercial or residential buildings. The smaller bungalows, 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, will be three-to five-bedroom residences. The residences will sell for up to $150,000 and the commercial sites will be priced in the $200,000 range.