Handyman special steeped in history
Builder fixes up Animal Rescue league founder's home
By Greg Turner
Monday, May 7, 2012
Stacey Cordeiro searched for her first house for years, hunting for an affordable fixer-upper where she could put her carpentry and gardening skills to use, but established real estate investors always seemed to be one step ahead of the Jamaica Plain resident.
“An old house on a large lot is what I’ve been looking for, but that’s always what developers are looking for,” said Cordeiro, business manager at JP green-building company Living Structures. “I feel like I’ve been racing developers for years, and they’d always win.”
Then she came upon an historic opportunity: 65 Pleasant St. in Dorchester, a house on a relatively large corner lot that a “This Old House” crew would find challenging.