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Two empty-nesters bought an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania for $220,000. They’ve spent nearly 2 years and $150,000 renovating it — here’s what it looks like now.


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Two empty-nesters bought an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania for $220,000. They’ve spent nearly 2 years and $150,000 renovating it — here’s what it looks like now.

DeWitt and Jean Paul. DeWitt Paul In 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul moved from their home in Las Vegas to an abandoned, 31-acre farm in Pennsylvania that they bought for $220,000.The property includes six structures: two small barns, a large barn, a small house, the main house, and a garage/workshop.The first and largest structure they…

Two empty-nesters bought an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania for $220,000. They’ve spent nearly 2 years and $150,000 renovating it — here’s what it looks like now.

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DeWitt and Jean Paul.
DeWitt Paul


  • In 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul moved from their home in Las Vegas to an abandoned, 31-acre farm in Pennsylvania that they bought for $220,000.
  • The property includes six structures: two small barns, a large barn, a small house, the main house, and a garage/workshop.
  • The first and largest structure they decided to renovate was the main house.
  • They moved into the house three days after they purchased the property and immediately began renovating it.
  • Business Insider caught up with DeWitt to find out what their journey has been like so far and how they were able to transform the main house into their dream home.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In May of 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul packed their bags and moved from their suburban home in Las Vegas to an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania.

The couple had been living in Las Vegas, where they raised four children and ran a business, for about 15 years. But after the kids moved out, they were eager to start a new adventure. So, in March of 2018, they sold their businesses and bought another one across the country in Easton, Pennsylvania. After a few months traveling back and forth, they decided to move there permanently. 

On the hunt for a renovation project, the couple came across a rundown, 31-acre farm in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania — a village about 30 minutes away from Easton. After some back-and-forth bidding, they won the property for $220,000.

The farm includes six structures, some of which needed more repairs than others. Those structures include two small barns, a large barn, a small house, the main house, and a garage/workshop.

The first — and biggest — project the couple tackled was the main house, which spans over 5,000 square feet. They moved into it just three days after they bought the property and have spent the past 18 months transforming it from a rundown house into a dream home. They’ve documented the transformation on their website and Instagram and plan on repairing the other five structures on the farm by May of 2021. 

Business Insider caught up with DeWitt to find out how they were able to do most of the renovation work themselves, and to get an idea of what their plans are for the rest of the property.

Do you have a similar home-renovation story you’d like to share? Get in touch with this reporter at lbrandt@businessinsider.com.

In May of 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul moved from their suburban home in Las Vegas to an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania.

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DeWitt Paul


They lived in Las Vegas for about 15 years. There, they raised four children and ran a business. But after the kids moved out, they were eager to start a new adventure.

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The couple’s home in Las Vegas.
DeWitt Paul


DeWitt spent one week a month in Pennsylvania until he and Jean decided to pack up their house, rent it out, and permanently move across the country.

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DeWitt Paul


Finding their new home wasn’t easy. While on the hunt for a project, the couple came across a rundown, 31-acre farm with a lot of potential. However, their first bid on it was rejected.

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A garage/workshop on the farm.
DeWitt Paul


“After losing the bid on another property, we bid on this one sight unseen. There were 4 bids and all were rejected. Our first stop in PA after driving across the country was this property – we wanted to see it before deciding whether to bid again at a higher price,” DeWitt wrote in a blog post.

After a real-life visit, they decided to place a second, higher bid. They won.

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A small barn on the farm.
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Around $220,000 later, it was theirs. While the closing price was $220,000, Dewitt estimates that there were about $3,000 worth of additional fees.

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A small barn on the farm.
DeWitt Paul


Source: We Bought The Farm

There are six structures on the farm: two small barns, a big barn, a small house, a garage/workshop, and the main house.

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A large barn on the farm.
DeWitt Paul


When the couple bought the property, two of the barns were (and still are) in ruins and both of the houses were uninhabitable. They had their work cut out for them.

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The small house on the farm.
DeWitt Paul


The first major project they embarked on was fixing the main house. According to DeWitt, it was in terrible condition.

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The main house.
DeWitt Paul


DeWitt told Business Insider that while the main house is around just 30 years old, some of the buildings, like the small house, have been on the property for over a hundred years.

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