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From Massage Parlor to Masterpiece: A Roller Coaster Ride of a Historic Home Renovation in Old Towne Orange
Episode 13825th January 2023 • Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven • Katharine White MacPhail//Gabl Media
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Hugh Siler is back with me on this episode talking about the renovation of the J.W.Wilson House in Old Towne Orange, California. Hugh was the guest on episode 70- How to Find, Buy and Restore Your First Historic Home.

About our guest:

Hugh Siler has been making waves with his innovative restorations of homes in the historic district of Old Towne Orange, California located five miles from Disneyland. Working with a variety of artists and artisans, Hugh infuses his restorations with an undeniable cool-factor and rents them out to historic home-loving tenants. Old Towne Orange is the largest district of historic homes in California.

In all, Hugh has restored a few dozen homes and his approach is quite unique: he finds the properties, figures out how to pay for them, handles all of the design, and even serves as the general contractor/owner builder by overseeing the restorations.  Then, he turns them over to discerning tenants with an eye for architectural uniqueness.  And yes, there is a waiting list to rent his homes.

Six months ago, one of his homes, The J.W. Wilson house built in 1905, was awarded The Sweet, Sweet Orange Award, the City of Orange’s top honor for restoration excellence.

You can find Hugh’s projects on Instagram and Facebook by searching “Historic Home Row.” Hugh likes to say, “he’s made just about every mistake in the book so that you don’t have to.”


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