House of the Week: Bungalow on Numa Street

If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that my living situation right now is somewhat . . . tenuous. When I am not working or figuring out what to eat, I’ve been spending my days looking for another place to live, but rents are ridiculously high and I don’t know if we’ll be able to swing it. I mean, just six years ago, I could find a 1br/1ba in Orleans Parish for $850-$950 without too much trouble. Now I’m lucky if I can find one for $1100 as most are $1500 to $1800. What happened? My theory is landlords have been striking it rich with AirBnB and then coronavirus and hurricanes came around to kill tourism and they’re still trying to get those bonus ducats.

With all this apartment hunting going on, I got curious about housing prices and shifted gears for a minute. That’s when I found this adorable bungalow on the Westbank. Now it may not look like much on the outside, and it seems it’s in need of some repair (not exactly sure what, perhaps the roof?), this house still had me squealing.

Built in 1967, this is definitely on the newer end of my spectrum, but it’s still so, so cute. I love the hardwood floors, French doors, and the window casings. The kitchen needs a little work, but not too much as it still has that funky old charm and reminds me of an old apartment I used to have in Burlingame, CA. And would you look at that bathroom? I adore the old tile, mint green/black color combo, and the deco-looking tub.

This house is priced at the wholly affordable rate of $150,000. Even with a minimal down payment, our note would be around $900 per month. It is pending right now, which means someone else loves it as much as I do. Maybe it’s time to go to those first time home-buyers classes again?

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