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Couple Turns $1 Abandoned Memphis Mansion into Immaculate Bed & Breakfast

Jose and Jennifer Velázquez purchased an abandoned two-story farmhouse from the city of Memphis for $1 and turned it into the exquisite bed and breakfast they’d always dreamed of.

The James Lee House, originally built in 1848, had been abandoned for more than 50 years before the city of Memphis put out an RFP looking for someone to restore the dismal structure.

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Jennifer and Jose Velázquez.

The couple had spent more than two decades dreaming of owning their own bed and breakfast before submitting their plans to the city of Memphis. In August 2012, the official transfer of the James Lee House was made for the purchase of $1.

The restoration of the James Lee House took 12 months and $2.1 million. It was a daunting task with many challenges, but in the end, they said it was worth it.

On April 17, 2014 the James Lee House opened officially as a bed as a breakfast by its new owners. 690 Adams Ave. is no longer an abandoned two-story farmhouse. It is now home to an 8,100-square-foot Victorian mansion that boasts five immaculate guest suites all with a modern twist that still preserves its history.

Take a look at some of the transformation photos from the James Lee House below:

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James Lee House

The Lee Suite Before

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The Lee Suite After

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The Harsson Suite Before

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The Harsson Suite After

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Kitchen Before

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Kitchen After

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To believe it, you have to see it! For more on the renovation of the James Lee House, visit their website.

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