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: 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: Double shotgun on Annunciation Street

Ever since I moved here, I’ve dreamed of living in and/or owning a double shotgun house. Why a double? I knew that it could be a good investment, the tenant would be paying the majority of my mortgage and well, they just look cool. Plus, I’ve seen owners remodel their doubles into singles and the results are most often stunning. I am thinking in particular of one house my friend Shalom used to live in that the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans transformed in the Holy Cross. It was gorgeous! There were four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge kitchen, laundry room and family room plus a massive backyard. I think they paid around $110,000 and even after Katrina, this lovely house is still standing. The new owners added wrought iron railing around the front porch and steps, too.

So, since I am now more seriously considering buying a home, I can’t help but eye the doubles even though the price might be twice what I can afford. For example, I found this awesome Victorian shotgun double on Annunciation Street and simply fell in love. Each side is decorated a bit differently (especially the kitchens), but each unit had two bedrooms and one bathroom, original hardwood floors, high ceilings, exposed brick fireplaces, transoms, claw foot tubs, floor-to-ceiling windows and even a nice, big backyard with a pagoda in the corner. This house is so damn cute and so perfect for me, it hurts! It’s only three blocks from Magazine Street and restaurants like Lilette and Baru Bistro & Tapas, and only 7 blocks from the parade route and Tipitina’s! It’s listed at a mere $320,000 and with a 5% down payment, it would set us back about $1600 per month and more than half of that would be covered by a tenant. What do you think? Would you take the risk?

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!

House of the week: Victorian Centerhall on Chestnut Street

My search should end right here…and if I was a beautiful, busty billionaire (two out of three ain’t bad? Ha!), it most definitely would. This is a dream house I would kill to die in.

Located on the corner of Chestnut and Foucher, this two-story, Victorian Center hall built in the the late 1800’s boasts over 3,700 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an inground swimming pool, hot tub and a “cabana” all wrapped inside a gorgeous, wrought-iron fence. All those Victorian features I cherish are present and accounted for; 14 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, transoms, floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful fireplace mantles, wainscoting in the massive, modern kitchen (including more storage space than you could shake a stick at), stunning moulding and mill work, front and back porches replete with fans, a large, bricked patio around the pool and enough parking for up to five cars.

As if the house was not enough in and of itself, it is located in a prime, gargantuan corner lot that is only three blocks from St. Charles Avenue (a.k.a. the parade route) and two blocks from Magazine. It’s only a skip or two away from Baru Bistro & Tapas, Lilette, Bouligny Tavern, Mahony’s Po-Boys and a bunch of great shops, among them my favorite local jeweler Mignon Faget. This list is only a short, four block stretch of Magazine Street, which happens to be the route for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parades as well!

This corner of bliss is listed at a mere $1,725,000…such a small price to put on a dream come true.

House of the week: Raised Centerhall on Washington

As it gets closer and closer to Mardi Gras, my search for the perfect carnival house intensifies, but I think I just found it. Located on Washington Avenue, less than half a block from St. Charles, is this gorgeous Raised Centerhall Victorian “cottage” that would hold my whole family and then some.

Built in 1855 and restored in the early 90s, this house features all the right stuff; hardwood floors, high ceilings, marble fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, big front porch and balcony, library, a huge bricked yard and three stories, six bedrooms and almost 6,000 feet of living space. This stunner is listed at a mere $1,595,000 and the sale is pending, lucky ducks.

Oh the parties we could have…

House of the week: Victorian on Zimpel

“So near, but yet so far.” It’s a perfect analogy for this week’s house…not to mention my whole housing dilemma. Hundreds of gorgeous homes all around me, yet they are all out of my reach.


Anyhow, just a skip away down Zimpel, I found this beautiful Victorian for sale and snapped a picture with my phone, so I could do a bit of research before I shared it with all of you. Built over a century ago, this house features a free-standing fireplace that separates the two front parlors, high ceilings, crown moulding, cypress doors, and pine floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and (of course) transoms. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a brick courtyard with a cute fountain in the backyard and it’s in my neighborhood, one I rave about on a regular basis.  Best part? The house is listed at only $310,000…

House of the week: Victorian on Broadway

It seems like every time I turn around in this town, I fall in love. Yep, I found another dream house. Located Uptown on Broadway Street, this colorfully painted Victorian is not only an eye-catcher with great “sidewalk appeal,” it’s practically a steal. Over 1,300 square feet of living space, this little beauty was built in 1912 and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, new hardwood floors, high ceilings and a sweet front porch. There is a ton of built-in storage, especially in one of the bedrooms, an updated kitchen with a range set into the center island and marble-tiled bathrooms. As added bonuses, the house features a lush backyard with a large, shaded deck and gated, off-street parking for two cars! In any city, parking is a valuable commodity and New Orleans is no different.

What’s extra cool about this particular house, you ask? Well, it’s only two short blocks away from Audubon Park, two and a half blocks from the levee, little more than a block from Tartine and right across the street from the Crescent City Farmers Market that pops up every Tuesday! Do you think this gem is worth $385,000? I do!

House of the week: Victorian double on Annunciation

Location, location, location…it is one of the key stipulations when it comes to buying a house. While most of the homes I have posted have been in what I believe are wonderful locales, there are occasions when I wish I could pick the house up and plop it down in my preferred neighborhood. This is one of those times.

On Annunciation Street in the Lower Garden District lies this gorgeous Victorian double. Built in the late 1800’s, the house features stunning architectural detail both inside and out with floor-to-ceiling windows, original hardwood floors, pocket doors, high coved ceilings, fireplace mantles, claw foot tubs, a huge front porch and a cute garden out back replete with fountains. Since it’s a double shotgun, I could live in one side and rent out the other which would help pay the mortgage.

 The only problem is that the house faces a huge apartment complex that is, in my opinion, an eyesore. Not to mention, the driving habits of folks on this part of Annunciation is atrocious! I can’t tell you how many times I have seen vehicles seriously flout the speed limit in this area. Now, if I could pick it up and move it to the other side of Annunciation Square, I might be willing to buy it for $424,000.