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Historic home from Magnolia’s ‘Restoring Galveston’ for sale

by Staff

3110 Avenue N, Galveston.

Premier Realty Services/Save 1900 Realty

The historic Galveston home known as “Mystery House” from Magnolia Network’s show “Restoring Galveston” is back on the market.

Fans will remember Save 1900 and its founding couple, Michael and Ashley Cordray, from the show. Each episode centers around the duo purchasing mostly dilapidated but historic properties around Galveston and undertaking massive renovations before selling them off (some also became vacation rentals). “Mystery House” was the title of the show’s third episode early in season one, when it was still called “Big Texas Fix.”

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3110 Avenue N.Premier Realty Services/Save 1900 Realty

“This was affectionately referred to as ‘mystery house,’ because until we figured out what to do with it we didn’t know what to do with it,” Cordray says of the 2019 renovation. “It took us a while to figure it out.”

Ashley is a bit harsher at the start of the episode, calling the house at 3110 Avenue N (or 3110 Ursuline Street, either works) “a wreck” that Michael bought for $53,000 without, he says, seeing the entire interior. 

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3110 Avenue N.Premier Realty Services/Save 1900 Realty

Over the course of the 40-minute episode, the couple completely remakes the the house from scratch, including tearing off some additions in the back, lifting the whole structure, installing a staircase, converting the attic into a primary suite and adding a bathroom. According to the show they ultimately put about $100,000 into renovations and then listed it for $250,000; the episode ends with Michael saying they got a “full price offer.” 

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The “Mystery House” has had only one owner since then, Cordray says, and the listing notes that the now four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has been used as a full-time residence but could be converted into a short-term rental. Much of the detail that the couple put into the property is still evident in photos, including faux brick floors, shiplap walls and exposed beams. The owners also dramatically upgraded to the backyard, including adding a pool and hot tub, outdoor shower, covered deck and more parking. 

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3110 Avenue N.Premier Realty Services/Save 1900 Realty

Like many traditional vacation destinations (and rural properties), the Galveston real estate market saw a huge boom during the pandemic, with homebuyers from Houston and elsewhere looking to spend time outside of the city. Gulf Coast destinations also saw a massive rise in the number of short-term rentals, though some of that activity has since slowed

Five seasons of “Restoring Galveston” are available to watch on Amazon, Discovery Plus and Max, as is “The Inn,” a recently launched series about a historic boutique hotel the Cordrays opened on the island. Episodes are still being released.

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