House of the week: Sidehall on Gallier Street

Sometimes the strangest, most insignificant things will sell me on a house. One small architectural or design detail will get stuck in my head and wham, I’m sold. Who cares if the plumbing is shot! Did you see that stained glass window of a duck? Adorable! Thankfully, my significant other is around to deter me from making inane purchases, especially on something as expensive and life-changing as a house. But it still doesn’t prevent me from falling in love…

For example, during my latest bout of self-torture, I came across this little beauty in Bywater. Located on Gallier Street, this cute, colorful sidehall cottage has many of the classic New Orleans architectural details I love from heart pine floors and high ceilings to a claw foot tub and French doors. But, the “piece de resistance,” the feature that made me squeal in delight, was the booth-like kitchen table. Insane…no? Though these are the things that drive me.

Plus, this darling cottage is located in that big, booming area of Bywater where Pizza Delicious, Satsuma Cafe, Booty’s Street Food and Elizabeth’s are all only mere blocks away. It’s also super close to Markey Park where the Mirliton Festival is held every year. It doesn’t really matter what quirkiness I love about this house, though, considering this three bedroom, two bathroom, 1,896 square foot cottage is out of my price range, listed at $398,000.

House of the week: Shotgun Sidehall on Plum Street

Now, you know I love old homes and the buildings in New Orleans are truly a beauty to behold, but there is one gorgeous specimen that just went on the market — in my ‘hood no less — that I’m jonesing for in a big way.  Only three short blocks away on Plum Street lies a beautifully restored Shotgun Sidehall featuring three bedrooms, two full baths, heart pine hardwood floors, high ceilings, fireplaces in the bedrooms, original light fixtures, claw foot tubs, a huge kitchen with brand new appliances and a walk-in closet in the master bedroom.

This lovely house has 1500 square feet of living space, is going for $259,000 and it qualifies for First Time Home Buyers financing with as little as 3.5% down. The  cool thing about this listing is the video walk-through that lets you really see what is being offered without moving your butt from your office chair.