‘Idol’ Alum Fantasia Barrino Ready to Unload Charlotte Mansion for a Song

‘Idol’ Alum Fantasia Barrino Ready to Unload Charlotte Mansion for a Song

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Singer Fantasia Barrino became a reality TV hit when she captured the “American Idol” crown in 2004. Barrino’s now hoping for another hit with the sale of her home in Charlotte, NC.

Perhaps looking for a fresh start, Barrino is willing to part with the property at a loss. The home was listed on Feb. 22 for $500,000. Just four days later, the price was dropped to $479,000. Translation? Someone wants a quick sale.

The home’s low price is a bit of a shock, considering it was purchased in 2004 for $740,000. But the bargain-basement price reflects the need for “extensive renovation” to the home.

Built in 1996, the 4,541-square-foot brick house sits on a half-acre lot on the Piper’s Glen golf course. It has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Front exterior realtor.com
Living room realtor.com

According to current listings, similar homes in the neighborhood are valued from the mid-$600,000s to the mid-$800,000s.

The interiors of Barrino’s home are bright and airy. A fifth bedroom was converted into a walk-in closet—which every diva needs—but it could easily be converted back into a bedroom.

Bedroom that was turned into a walk-in closet realtor.com

Other nice amenities include the sauna in the master bathroom and the screened-in back porch.

Sauna in the master bathroom realtor.com
Screened-in back porch realtor.com

Some design elements that might not appeal to every home owner, such as the bedroom with black walls and casino-style carpet, can be easily fixed. But the home’s bones seem solid and ripe for a makeover.

Bedroom with black walls and casino-style carpet might not appeal to everyone.

Besides, rolling lawns and classic brick Southern charm never go out of style.

Back lawn realtor.com

It’s understandable if Barrino isn’t in the mood to oversee a remodel project. She spent the end of 2017 on tour to support her new holiday album, “Christmas After Midnight,” and just weeks ago, tragedy struck her family.

Barrino’s 18-year-old nephew, Tyquan Von Ricco, was fatally shot on Feb. 13 in front of his Greensboro, NC, home. The teen’s father is Barrino’s brother, Ricco, who’s also a recording artist.

This isn’t the first time Barrino has held a real estate fire sale. She tried unsuccessfully to unload another mansion in 2013, and eventually signed the deed over to the bank in February of that year, according to TMZ. She had purchased the home in 2007 for $1.3 million. It was later sold for just $750,000.

Looking at another real estate loss, Barrino appears to be ready to cut a deal and move on. And for the right buyer who’s willing to invest some time and money, here’s an opportunity to snag a lovely golf-course home with charm to spare.

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