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project:HOMES Transforms a Grandmother's Childhood Home


Bernardine Goode Miles, a retired school principal and grandmother of three, loved growing up in a beautiful, two-story historic cottage in the Southern Barton Heights neighborhood of Richmond. Her father and mother bought the Queen Anne style home for $5,000 in the 1960s. It was the perfect location for the tight-knit family because their relatives were nearby. Bernardine’s grandparents and her aunt lived within six blocks of the new house. Her parents also liked how close the home was to public transportation, offering easy access to downtown and a quick work commute for her mother, who was a waitress and later worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office.




Recently, project:HOMES gave Bernardine and her husband Lawrence a tour of her childhood home. In partnership with Historic Richmond, project:HOMES spent the last two years transforming the historic cottage into an affordable home.