Originally Published: June 6, 2014 6:01 a.m.
The phrase "moving houses" in real estate generally means selling a high number of homes.
But last week in Prescott, the "moving houses" phrase had a literal meaning: Three homes got up off their foundations and crossed the street.
They did get a little help, from Garrett Denny of GR Denny and Sons Structure Relocators. He happened to stop by the lot on Whipple and Ruth streets, where clearing is taking place for a Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.
Hearing that three homes on Dameron Drive - parallel to Ruth Street - on the east side of the lot - were going to be torn down, "I said, 'Don't do that - I can move them!'" Denny recounted. "I drove around the corner and saw a lot for sale, called somebody and worked a deal."
With his business partner, Vince Fornara, Denny bought the Ruth Street lot, then hoisted up three old buildings and hauled them across Whipple Street. So the old houses have new homes, just across the street from where they were for decades.
It would have been a shame to tear them down, Denny said. "They are pretty well constructed," he said. "The only difference between an old home and a new one is the insulation. And that's something we can take care of."
Denny said the houses likely will end up as rentals.