Posted 3/14/2019 11:28 am
Updated 5 days ago
Little Rock Attorney and former state Rep. Steve Harrelson bought the Villa Marre, a historic downtown Little Rock home, on Tuesday for $463,500.
The seller was First Community Bank of Eastern Arkansas.
The Villa Marre, which was featured in the 1980s CBS sitcom "Designing Women," had been owned by Ronald W. Lazenby's RWL Investments LLC. But that company had to sell it after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016.
Harrelson, of Harrelson Law Firm in downtown Little Rock, told Arkansas Business that, at first, he was looking to use it for a new law office.
"But the more time I spent in there, the more I realized I'd like it to be my home," he said. "I'm a history buff, and I would like to have a hand in trying to maintain the historic accuracy of this place. It just ended up the timing was good for me."
Harrelson also plans to open the property up for weddings, receptions and tours. Two couples have already asked him if they could hold their weddings there, he added.
Harrelson is already working to restore the home while he continues to reside in a condo at the 300 Third Tower in downtown.
This is not his first experience with a historic property either; he owned an old building in Texarkana, Arkansas, that he used for an office.