House of the week: Greek Revival on Philip St.

It seems I will continue to torment myself by searching through long listings of elegant New Orleans-style homes until either I win the lottery, write a best-selling novel or some philanthropic soul becomes empathetic to my misery and gifts me my dream house. What? It could happen!

During my latest tour of self-imposed dolor, I discovered this little beauty on Phillip Street. Naturally, all of the features you know I adore were present and accounted for including the ubiquitous hardwood floors and high ceilings, transoms, ceiling medallions, floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding pocket doors, exposed brick fireplaces and a freaking guest house out back past the courtyard.
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House of the week: Shotgun on North Rampart St.

Have you ever experienced love at first sight? I have, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Yes, I am head-over-heels in love with an object. More specifically, I am in love with a house. This IS my house. This is what I picture when I dream about the perfect little abode for John and I. I see myself here…I must have it!

I want it now!

Like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the old one with Gene Wilder mind you, not that demented Johnny Depp version), I want a house, a house on N. Rampart Street. There’d be roomfuls of laughter, bows in my hair and all kinds of bean feasts if I could slap the cash down for this ultimate little haven.

Located in Bywater, this absolute jewel is a two bedroom, one bath shotgun with high ceilings, gorgeous hard wood floors, transoms, exposed brick fireplaces, barge board wainscoting, bead board ceiling, mammoth built-in bookshelves, distressed-wood kitchen, a claw foot tub … can you hear me panting? As if that isn’t enough to drive me into a frenzy, one of the finest features is a cute little, “shack on da swamp” guesthouse in the back where I would set up my office and write till my fingers fell off.

My house (a girl can dream!) is also in a great neighborhood within walking distance of Vaughan’s Lounge, The Joint, Jack Dempsey’s, Meltdown Pops and Bacchanal. Sadly, at $295,000, I could never afford this piece of heaven on earth, but it won’t stop me from dreaming about it.

Of course, if some super-rich soul out there wants to buy it for me out of the kindness of their heart, I certainly wouldn’t be opposed!

House of the week: Double on Jeanette Street

In case you didn’t notice from other posts, I really love my neighborhood. Although my current digs leave something to be desired (washer & dryer, lack of mold, light etc.), the ‘hood in which it resides makes it worthwhile. So, in that vein, I’ve been searching the Riverbend for a home that would delight me and be in my price range.

Okay, so this double on Jeanette Street is twice as much as I can pay (pathetic, I know), but I can’t help thinking what it could be if I got my grubby little hands on it. The realtor describes it as a “new-classical revival” but I just think it’s beautiful. With almost 2000 square feet, I’m assuming each unit is one or two bedrooms per side, both replete with gorgeous wainscoting, 13 foot ceilings, stained glass windows, sliding pocket doors, fireplace mantles, original hardwood floors, transoms and what appears to be barge board ceilings.

The house is located only a few blocks from where I now sit, typing away furiously because there is no way in hell I’d be able to purchase it. Not only is it listed at $275,000, but the house still needs a good bit of work. I hope that someone who can afford it will snap up this gem and love it as much as I would.

House of the week: Mansion on Amelia Street

“Sing hey! for the bath at close of day that washes the weary mud away!” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Submerging most of one’s body in a tub filled with water hot enough to to make you sigh audibly is easily one of the best things life has to offer. I know there are plenty of people out there who prefer a shower, but bathing is not just about cleanliness. Taking a long, luxurious bath can relieve both body and mind, making you feel like a woman of means even if you’re a member of the working poor.

Sometimes, when I am browsing though house listings, certain features catch my eye and I can’t get them out of my mind. That was the case with this particular house on Amelia Street. Indeed, this spectacular (and gargantuan), century plus, five bedroom, five and half bathroom house possesses many architectural features I love, from a wrap-around porch and floor-to-ceiling windows to transoms, French doors and a swimming pool; there was one particular image I can’t seem to erase.

Although it’s not overly grandiose like some bathrooms I’ve seen, this one image of a free-standing, modern tub in front of a blue-tiled fireplace literally makes me drool. I can picture myself lounging in that tub with a fire crackling, candles overwhelming the mantle and sudsy bubbles oozing over the side onto the hardwood floor.

I may as well continue fantasizing though, because at $1,600,000, a dream is all it will ever be. I think it’s time to take a bath …

House of the week: Cottage on Cambronne Street

Talk about dangling the carrot … right around the corner from my current residence, I’ve discovered a home, that I’ve admired on many occasion, that is up for sale. I can’t tell you how many times I have walked past this house, dreaming it was mine all mine. Also, there’s a large owl statue perched on the left column of the front porch (they have wiped it from the picture, but check it out on Google Maps) whose eyes seem to follow as you pass.

Over a century old, this craftsman-style shotgun features two bedrooms, two bathrooms and approximately 1500 square feet of living space. It offers all the details I love, from hardwood floors and high ceilings to exposed brick walls, fireplace mantles, transoms and a claw foot tub. Plus, it’s in one of the coolest neighborhoods in New Orleans (my ‘hood!) and it’s within walking distance of Cowbell, The Maple Leaf, Blue Cypress Books, Dante’s Kitchen, Brigtsen’s, Truburger, Pho Bistreaux, Oak and so much more.

I was hesitant to post about this house because I just know, listed at $350,000, it’ll be snatched up right under my nose. Doesn’t matter really, I can’t afford it anyhow. I’ll just go cry quietly in the corner now …

House of the week: Fixer-upper on Banks Street

I always feel a little forlorn when I see a classic New Orleans home in a sad state of repair. Peeling paint, trailing ivy tearing up the siding, rusting wrought-iron … all signs that either the homeowner couldn’t afford to maintain the property or just didn’t care. Sometimes, like with this particular house, the environs are dotted with unfortunately-ugly retail establishments and empty lots. It’s depressing.

Recently listed, this house on Banks Street is not located in the best area. It’s really close to busy Broad Street in a neighborhood that has seen better days, but the house is quite beautiful no matter how dilapidated it has become. There’s excellent architectural details around the door, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sweet front porch. I bet the ceiling is at least 12 feet high and (hopefully) there are original hardwood floors inside. I really hope someone finds the time and the money to fix up this old beauty. I also hope they don’t renovate out all of it’s charm. It’s listed at $180,000 for almost 2,000 square feet. Here’s hoping there’s someone out there who will love it as much as it deserves…

House of the week: Greek revival cottage on Moss Street

If you’re going to dream, might as well dream big, right? Or perhaps in this case, dream small. Before I confuse myself, and you, let me explain. While browsing my weekly torture (read: real estate) sites, I discovered this reclusive, little cottage in Mid-City.

Currently owned by famous artist Mario Villa, this three bedroom, two bath Greek revival cottage is another one of those “Oh don’t I wish” type of homes. Little more than 1800 square feet, this Greek revival home is over two centuries old and is located smack on the Bayou St. John. Here, take a glimpse on Google maps what the view is like from the front door. The cottage features high ceilings, marble mantles, a double parlor, elaborate mouldings, columned front porch, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, transoms, French doors, surprisingly modern bathrooms, textured walls and an overgrown “secret garden” in the back.

You have to look past all of the artistic “clutter” in this creative abode. It might not seem like it’s worth $1,300,000, but if I had the money, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

House of the week: Victorian on Congress Street

Because I simply can’t help myself, I was browsing available real estate listings again. Regardless of my apparent lack of income, I still can’t rip the hope from my heart that one day, before I die, I will enjoy a gorgeous, New Orleans home of my own.

This week’s bout of self-flagellation let me to discover a drool-worthy property in Bywater. This 120-year-old Victorian Italianate was once a double, which I certainly wouldn’t have objected to, but has been converted to a single. Luckily, quite a few of the classic details are intact like wainscoting, old fireplace mantles, floor-to-ceiling windows, pocket doors, heart pine hardwood floors and transoms. Not to mention some note-worthy details like a couple clawfoot tubs and a screened-in back porch.

As if all that were not enough, the house is less than three blocks from places like Elizabeth’s, Pizza Delicious, Satsuma Cafe, Oxalis, Markey Park and the new Crescent Park. Wouldn’t you buy this three bedroom, two bath, 1900 square foot dream listed for $389,000? I would …

House of the week: Victorian on N. Dupre Street

I can’t think of a better time to dream, and dream big. Tis the season for me to wish on a star, cross my fingers and toes, and keep throwing spilled salt over my shoulder because who knows? Santa may still want to treat me to something truly fabulous.

So Santa, if you’re still listening, I really, really want this eye-popping stunner located on N. Dupre Street. Over a century old, this unique Victorian will most definitely make me swoon, what with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, transoms, exposed brick fireplaces, French doors, crown moulding, clawfoot tub, and a two bedroom/one bathroom guest house to boot!

This Mid-City beauty is listed at a mere $649,000 … oh please Santa! Pretty please? I know I’ve been a good girl this year!

House of the week: Double shotgun on Royal Street

In my seemingly never-ending quest for a house, one specific consideration I have not mentioned a whole lot is a decent backyard. Not only do I want to plant herbs and vegetables in a small garden of my very own, I have a dog. He is an extremely cute and fuzzy dog named Pippin who is quite mischievous, playful and wholly deserving of an outside space where he can run around, bark at elusive kitties and sniff out all the wonders a proper backyard can contain.

While browsing this morning, I came across this cute double located in Bywater, right on the edge of the Marigny. The house itself offers two bedrooms and one bath on each side in the traditional shotgun layout, floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplace mantles, super-high ceilings and hardwood floors. It’s located less than two blocks from the new and improved Crescent Park, nine blocks from Frenchmen Street, eleven blocks from the Quarter, two blocks from Pizza Delicious, and five blocks from Elizabeth’s.

Yet with all of these fabulous features, what is most stunning about this particular house is the gargantuan back yard. I mean, the house is approximately 1,600 square feet and the lot is 2,300 square feet leaving about 700 square feet just for the backyard, which includes a sprawling oak tree. Though it’s about $60,000 out of my price range, I wish I had the means to buy this awesome house listed for $249,900. I’m sure Pippin would love it!