Sorry for the slack, but I am back with a new “house of the week” to wow you and make me cry in the corner like a chastened little girl. This week’s stunner is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the Garden District.
Right off Magazine on 2nd Street lies this beautiful camelback house hidden in the foliage. Build in 1887, this home features 4216 square feet of living space, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and pocket doors. The property also includes a two-story guest house that has it’s own, fabulous entryway.
The house is less than five blocks to St. Charles Avenue (a.k.a. parade route), only a couple of blocks away from Coquette or Stein’s Deli and a short hike to Juan’s Flying Burrito. It all could be mine. It’s just a small matter of digging up $775,000.
Although I love looking at huge houses with 5+ bedrooms, gargantuan dining rooms and mammoth kitchens, in truth I really don’t need a whole lot of space. Naturally if I bought a house I would like at least one extra bedroom for guests, but otherwise I am perfectly happy with minimal furniture and a few bookshelves. I don’t own a lot of of tchotchke, knickknacks, baubles or kitsch, so I don’t require a ton of display space. A cozy little cottage with lots of charm and style and a little bit of outside space is fine by me…that’s exactly what I found.
On Delachaise Street, less than half a block from Magazine, I found this adorable camelback cottage that seems to be just my size. It has two bedrooms (one of which is in a loft) and one bathroom, hardwood floors, high ceilings and a cute, built-in kitchen. It has a great backyard space with just enough room to entertain and a precious little porch with room for a couple of rocking chairs on which to lounge and watch the world walk by. You know what else is perfect? The location! As I said before, it is really close to Magazine Street with Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop around the corner, it’s only one block from Louisiana Avenue and only five blocks from St. Charles (a.k.a. parade route). The most amazing aspect is that this little gem is actually in my conceivable price range listed for only $219,000
It’s that time of the week again where I torture myself, my boyfriend, my friends, family and yes…even my dog…with yet another house I will never be able to afford. The irons are hot, the pincers are rusty and my checking account balance is stapled to my forehead. Let the pain begin!
The house I found this week is in an up-and-coming neighborhood called the Bywater that lies just below the Marigny between Franklin Avenue and the canal. One of the many cabbies we’ve traveled with told us that “they” plan to relocate the port to the Army Reserve base near the end of Poland Avenue. Regardless of the truth, the Bywater is growing and already contains some killer local spots like The Joint BBQ, Jack Dempsey’s, Bacchanal Wine Shop, Elizabeth’s and last on my list, but certainly not least, Vaughan’s.
The house, ah the house, is a 1900s Camel-back Victorian double that has been remodeled into a single, 3 bedroom – 3bath beauty. My usual list requirements are all accounted for; high ceilings, hardwood floors, pocket doors between the living and dining room and exposed-brick fireplaces. But, the bonus features include a whirlpool bath in the master bedroom, a stunning kitchen replete with a breakfast nook and a gorgeous courtyard with a huge, shaded deck.
I think the price is really not all that bad (regardless of whether or not I can afford it) at $359,000.
“He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”