But when he looked at the two-bedroom cottage on Johns Road, he knew it was meant for him.
“What sold me is that it had a big, stand-alone ice maker and a nice screened-in back porch,” he said.
The 1926 home is furnished with an eclectic mix of family heirlooms, Craigslist finds and antiques. Hagler enjoys finding pieces at bargain prices.
For instance, his mahogany dining room table, which was built in the 1800s, was an almost accidental purchase at a Historic Augusta auction. He hadn’t planned to buy anything, but no one was bidding on it and the price dropped. He needed a table, so he bid on it and won.
“I like to hunt for things like that,” he said. “It’s something I’ll find eventually.”