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ABOUT THE OWNERS

After living in other parts of the country, Eric and Michael Fuko-Rizzo have chosen to make Greensboro their home. Eric studied Art History at UNCG before working as a graphic designer for Royal Caribbean Cruises. Michael is originally from New Jersey and works in logistics. After time spent in Miami, Chicago and Atlanta, their family expanded to include twin daughters Elizabeth and Victoria. They saw the resurrection of Hillside as an opportunity to return to extended family and friends in the Gate City and build a forever home for their girls.  

Before Hillside the couple completed several home renovations, but they developed an affinity for older homes and that became the focus of projects in Greensboro and elsewhere.

THE HOUSE

Hillside was built for Julian and Ethel Price and their adult children in 1929, in the Tudor-Revival style. The sprawling house was built to resemble an ancient British manor house and included 31 rooms, servants’ quarters, an auto court, gardens, as well as modern touches such as a telephone room off the foyer.

Later generations of Price family members called the house their home before the property was donated to First Presbyterian Church for use as a manse by renowned pastor, author and radio preacher Dr. John A. Redhead. The home was eventually sold in 1972 to local interior designer Sandra Cowart, and in 1979 Hillside was briefly opened to the public as an American Society of Interior Designers showcase home.

Over the years Hillside fell into disrepair, and the home entered the national spotlight after being featured on an A&E “Hoarders” episode in January 2017. More than 1.2 million people tuned in as new owners Michael and Eric Fuko-Rizzo helped Cowart clear decades of clutter from the property, and begin the painstaking work of restoring Hillside’s original beauty.

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