House of the week: Victorian double on Green Street

I’m not good with money. I see something I want and I buy it, regardless of whether or not it’s the best deal, it’s right for me or if it’s even worth it. Because of my impulsiveness, I have often been disappointed and I really don’t want that to happen when I finally buy a house. So, when I come across fixer-uppers like this one, I have a difficult time deciding on whether I want to spend the money and time to put in the work or go the easy route and buy a home that needs nothing but interior paint, furniture and new curtains.

But, I am not afraid of extra work and I have to admit, this house intrigues me…

Located mere blocks from where I currently reside is this Victorian double with two bedrooms and one bathroom on each side with a total of 1,624 square feet of living space. From the images (and the description), the original hardwood floors are still intact, as are the transoms, fireplace mantles and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are no appliances, so I would have to purchase stoves and refrigerators for both units and there’s no information about the bathrooms at all or if there’s any washer and dryer hookups, what the yard looks like, etc., but I have a feeling about this place. It’s like an itch that won’t go away. I’ve made an appointment to go check in out in person and get more details from the realtor, but I’m crossing my fingers on this one. This little dream is listed for only $230,000. Should I grab it?

Is it my obnoxious “Buy! Buy! Buy!” impulse that’s tickling at my brain or have I found a winner? I’ll just have to wait and see…

House of the week: Side Hall on Aline Street

Unless I manage to win the jackpot from Publishers Clearing House (which I enter religiously online), I don’t see poor little me ever affording a my own home. Until then, I will continue to dream, hope and work real hard…who knows what can happen? Maybe one of these days I’ll write a best-selling book and this simple dream will become a wondrous reality. Until then…

There seems to be no shortage of gorgeous homes in New Orleans and I just discovered yet another beauty. Over on Aline Street is this elegant Victorian Side Hall featuring all that I love about local architecture including a large front porch, a double parlor with pocket doors, high ceilings, transoms, ceiling medallions, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. The kitchen has been wonderfully renovated while still retaining an exposed brick fireplace, lovely bathrooms with wainscoting, two walk-in closets in the master bedroom, a quaint, well-manicured backyard and an indoor spa.

The house couldn’t be better located, only 1/2 block away from Magazine Street and about 5 blocks to St. Charles Avenue. Also, it’s mere steps from Martin Wine Cellar and Mahony’s Po-Boys, plus only a few blocks from restaurants like Lilette and Baru Bistro & Tapas. Although anything is out of my price range right now, I do think this beauty is overpriced, seeing as it’s a two-bedroom home being listed for $625,000. I just gotta keep on dreaming!