It’s been nearly one year since Sandra Cowart’s home — the historic Julian Price manor in Fisher Park — was featured on a two-hour episode of Hoarders. Unfortunately, it has since been foreclosed on. According to Greensboro News & Record, Michael and Eric Fuko-Rizzo bought the massive 31-room mansion at 301 Fisher Park Circle from the bank after a lengthy court battle.
Despite the overgrown foliage on the 1.5-acre property, the couple saw potential in the 1929 estate. “What we could see, we really loved,” Eric said. Keep scrolling below to learn more about the home — and Sandra’s whereabouts in 2018.
She was in legal battles with the bank for years
A report from the same publication revealed that Sandra — who represented herself — was deeply in debt and “working 18 hours a day to save my home and get back to work.”
According to the outlet, she filed numerous complaints against the Bank of America in federal courts, “asking to proceed in a ‘pauperis’ status for those who cannot afford the filing fee and other costs of court action.” In early 2015, the bank argued that Sandra had failed to pay a loan that was “approximately 67 months past due.”
She’s a renowned interior designer
An entire floor of her 7,266-square-foot house was dedicated to her design studio. “She was the best,” her brother, Earl, once said of her career, adding that she would often take things that others left on the street. When her business suffered after a lawsuit, Sandra’s hoarding habits increased. Soon after, she failed to make payments on her house.
As a result, another business was born. She began renting out rooms in her home twice a year for the International Home Furnishings Market, which took place in the Greensboro area. She would charge between $125 and $225 a night per person. “I find out in advance what kind of food they like and have breakfast and dinner catered. Or, I’ll make reservations for them at a restaurant if they want to go out,” she said. “That’s got to be done months in advance because everything is filled during market.” She added, “I didn’t realize how lucrative this could be until I started getting these larger groups. It certainly helps. This house was built in 1929 and always needs something. The big thing, though, is I love having people here. This is a big house to always be bouncing around in all by myself.”
She’s reportedly in therapy
Last year, reddit user lsp2005 wrote, “She lost the home. A male couple and their young children purchased the home as a foreclosure. Most of her stuff went to the dump. She had to leave in the car that they were finally able to start. She said she would stay with friends and took the recommendation for aftercare therapy.”
She considers herself lucky
Speaking with the Greensboro News & Record in 2016, she said that she was lucky to call the mansion home for over 40 years. “If this had happened 35 years ago, I really would have been devastated,” she said in regards to the foreclosure. “I have not allowed a single thing to be changed.”
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