To be honest I had never even heard of Rockmart until a few years ago. I knew it was a small town but that is all I knew. I grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia. Kennesaw was a small town in the 70's, when we moved to Maple Dr. (the house I spent my childhood in). I remember walking to the convenient store to get a drink or candy when there were only a few buildings on this road. In 1986, when I was 10 years old, Town Center Mall was built. Around that same time, Kennesaw College became Kennesaw State University. The enrollment went from around 4,000 to now 35,000 students! These changes, along with many others changed our little town of Kennesaw into a very popular city!
Fast forward to a few years ago...we purchased a large home in Cobb County with 4 acres. Two of our three kids were almost grown when we purchased the home and we quickly realized this was too much house for us. After four years, we decided to put the house up for sale and downsize.
I have always dreamed of living in a small town where we could walk to town and have dinner or walk to the park. I love older homes and since small towns often have older homes, I thought buying a fixer upper in a small town would be ideal. We searched for homes in popular small towns near our hometowns. We actually fell in love with one in Powder Springs and God closed the door not once, but twice on that house. We were devastated.. but God always has bigger, better plans for us.
Soon after that deal fell through we put an offer on two additional homes and thankfully those fell through. We discovered later that there were major issues with both houses. I was beginning to lose hope..but then God led us to Rockmart. In September of 2018, my husband got a call from his aunt about needing an HVAC service on a rental she owned in Rockmart. When he came home that afternoon, he was going on and on about all the older houses in Rockmart that were in desperate need of restoration. He took me the following weekend to see a few of the houses he thought would be good projects for us. I have to admit, I was not thrilled about any of them. As we were leaving Rockmart to head home, we drive down Ballenger St. We begin to turn right onto N Piedmont Ave, when we both see this gorgeous brick home. Richard notices that there is a "For Sale By Owner" sign in the yard, so he calls. We both knew this house would be way out of our price range..but we really wanted to see it anyway.
The owners met us that afternoon to show us the inside of the house. As soon as we walked in, we were both in awe of all of the original features of the home, and the character. The french doors, 12-foot ceilings, six fireplaces, plaster walls, and three layer brick were just some of the things we fell in love with. We knew this was our house! I could feel it. Like when you try on your wedding dress and know it is "the one"..lol!
This is where the journey begins...
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