Christine Dola and her husband, Mike, live in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house on the edge of downtown Salt Lake City.
They are building a new home in the area and want to build a second, larger home to match.
The Dolan’s will not be moving out.
Christine’s brother-in-law and the other family members will stay with the Dolans, but they will be moving in as renters.
The couple also want to take advantage of the historic properties that make up the South Hills neighborhood and are trying to sell their current home for about $2.4 million.
Their current home has a basement and has an old fire escape that could be turned into a new garage, said Christine Dolas brother- in-law, James B. Dolan.
Christine said the couple has been trying to buy a home in this neighborhood for several years.
She said her brother- at-law has been telling her to come here to see if he can build a new house and to make it happen, but she has always been hesitant.
“He has always said it will take years to get to the point where I can do this,” she said.
“I don’t want to have to give up my son, my daughter, my house and my home.”
She also said she has been frustrated by the slow pace of the process, which could take years.
Her brother- son, Mike Dolan, has said he wants to live in this area, but he has not lived there.
He said he would like to sell the home and move into a larger one in the neighborhood.
Christine and her brother are looking for a place in the community where they can live and have a home, and to build something special in the future, she said, adding that they want to give back to the community.
“We are building for our future and our children’s future,” she added.
“And I want to live here.”
She said she plans to buy the property on the south side of town and build a house that will have a basement, garage, open space, open dining room and more.
She and Mike will move in with their wife, Christine, their daughter, Laurie, and a couple of cats.
The home will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool, deck and patio, said her family.
The family wants to make sure the house is not overbuilt, because it will require a lot of work, she added, adding she is going to be making a lot more money in the end, as she will be living in the house for her husband’s retirement.
She added that they plan to build the home on the north side of the neighborhood, so it will be a more walkable neighborhood.
The current home was built in the 1930s and has been on the market for about a year.
It has been vacant for a couple years now and is currently being sold, said Beryl Dolan of the Salt Lake County Assessor’s office.
She confirmed that the sale was underway, but said it was not yet final.
She would not say when the sale would happen.
The price is currently $2,350,000, which is higher than the $2 million price the Dolas paid for the home when they bought it in 2014, she confirmed.
“It is a big house and it’s really large, but it is a lot smaller than we originally anticipated,” she told The Irish Sun.
The previous owners of the home had purchased it and built it in 2004.
They wanted to put a new roof on it, but the property had been sold.
“They didn’t want any more money invested in the home,” she explained.
She also noted that the house was designed in a different style to accommodate people who want a large house and would like it to be more modern.
“But they wanted something that was going to stand up in the middle of the block,” she acknowledged.
She noted that it also would need a lot to do with climate control.
The area is known for its rich history and it has the largest population of Hispanic and African-American people in the Salt Valley, she noted.
“There are a lot people who have lived here for a long time,” she concluded.
“This is not just a neighborhood we are trying a new life in, but a place that is welcoming to everyone.”