House of the week: Cottage on St. Phillip

I often use the word “cute” to describe some of the houses I have found, but this one had me “awing” with my head tilted to the side and a blissful smile on my face, a reaction that only got more pronounced  that as I watched the visual tour.

Right on the edge of the French Quarter on St. Phillip Street lies this adorable little cottage that almost looks like a child’s drawing from the facade. All that’s missing is a cotton ball tree, some “w” shaped birds and a big, smiling sun in the sky. Built in the 1800’s, this house is so precious it hurts…seriously…and features all of the classic New Orleans architectural goodies I love, plus a really cool extra. It’s is a cozy, one-bedroom affair with high ceilings, original mantles, hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, but there is also a delightfully charming courtyard that separates the main house from an irresistible, two-story guest house! This addition is even more precious than the main house, if that’s even possible, complete with a spiral staircase leading to the bedroom and it’s own kitchenette and bath! I think this house is a steal at $515,000 because it’s just that damned cute…but that’s just me.

House of the week: Cottage on Adams Street

Every one had heard the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and I think for this week’s house, that saying is oh-so apropos. When I first saw the ad, I looked at the front shot of the house and thought “yucko.” I mean, just look at it! It’s a blocky, baby blue blob with no personality, no front porch, nada. Then I scrolled down and got a glimpse of what’s inside…

This deceiving, block-like cottage features beautiful hardwood floors, wood-beamed ceilings and brand new kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops. There are two bedrooms, one bath and (if you can believe it) two stories! It’s also loaded with all the appliances I’d ever need, including a washer and dryer, plus off-street parking and a good-sized back yard. To top it all off, this unbelievably cute property is located in my current neighborhood (how I love the Riverbend) and…you’re not going to believe this…it’s selling for $163,000!

Click this link and check out the interior shots and tell me…do you think they made it that ugly on the outside on purpose?