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One October 2013 Award Home Winner is Living Large

October 2, 2013

Sandy Johnson moved out of Southwood Park… but couldn’t stay away long. “When we started looking for another house, we looked all over Fort Wayne, but I kept coming back here,” she said.

She originally ended up in the neighborhood because it was affordable and a great value. That’s exactly what brought Sandy back a second time, to her current house at 4602 South Wayne. “In my price range, this was the very best house I could get,” she said. “And I looked at a lot of houses.”


Sandy has now lived there for just over 2 years, and despite the house being move-in ready when she bought it, she has made a few changes here and there to make it her own. In the front yard, she cut down a tree which blocked the house, and added a lovely window box. “I’ve always wanted one,” she smiled.

The one unique thing about her home is the extra-large master bedroom. “The whole back section [of the house] was added on,” Sandy said, “so my master bedroom is the size of two bedrooms.” The massive bedroom boasts a sitting area, walk-in closet, and an en suite bathroom. “The one thing this house doesn’t have is a fireplace,” she said. “I miss that.” But she hopes, down the line, she might be able to have one built.

Sandy enjoys Southwood Park’s proximity to Foster Park and downtown. “I work downtown, and I ride my bike down there sometimes for dinner,” she said. But her favorite thing about the neighborhood is the people. “I like that people are out walking and are very friendly,” she said. “I haven’t met anyone I don’t like.”

– Kelly Benton

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Janet Bilyew permalink
    October 2, 2013 10:36 pm

    And if I can add something else……………Sandy has done most of the work, herself. She is a hard worker and very talented.

  2. October 25, 2013 10:14 pm

    Reblogged this on annladenberger and commented:
    I love this neighborhood in my hometown of Ft. Wayne, IN. Had I known it existed when I lived there, I might never have moved away!

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