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‘Eyesore’ house in Lake Wylie gets fresh look

Steve McGirt grew tired of driving by the house he called an eyesore on the main drag in Lake Wylie on Highway 49. So he bought it.

The five-room, dilapidated house on 2 acres at 4379 Charlotte Highway sold for $215,000 on April 30, according to Realtor.com.

McGirt, owner of McGirt Trucking Co., said he bought the house as an investment, but isn’t sure what he’ll do with it.

“It was in such bad shape, I just thought we’d just fix it up for now,” said McGirt, who lives nearby.

McGirt has been in the trucking business since 1978. He’s also a property investor.

“I’ve looked at it for so long,” he said, “and we’re just cleaning it up for now.”

Columns have been added to the front porch. New marigold yellow fiber cement siding replaces the white weathered wooden siding.

Eric Davis of Steele Creek, a mechanic employed at McGirt Trucking and carpenter on the side, has been working on the one-story house for about three weeks.

“People have been stopping by saying how good it looks,” he said.

Davis said once the outside is completed, he’ll move to the interior, which has torn up floors and graffiti on the living room walls.

“In another month, it should be done,” he said.

As McGirt considers options for the property, one thing is certain.

“No trucking terminal is going in there,” he said, explaining a neighbor told him he heard that rumor about the property.

“Hopefully, it won’t be such an eyesore,” McGirt said.

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